America’s Death Zones: Where NOT To Be When It Hits the Fan


Although it is an uncomfortable topic, it is far better to be prepared in any event. If our economy continues it’s downward trend we will be in a word of hurt. Those who “have” will become the target of those who “have not.”  God did not make us fools…wake up…be prepared.

As always, we give a big thanks to author of “” Mac Slavo with excellent ideas for us to consider should the schtuff hit the fan.


America’s Death Zones: Where NOT To Be When It Hits the Fan

As the potential for a globally destabilizing event becomes ever more probable, many concerned Americans are starting to wonder where they’d go if the worst were to happen.

To help answer that question, we can start by identifying the areas of the country to avoid.

The following map of the United States takes into account all of the gun related deaths since the Sandy Hook school shooting. You’ll likely notice that there is one common denominator. The majority of the violence has occurred in major metropolitan areas, with some incidents spreading into outlying ex-urban and rural areas. As of this writing 2,244 people have been killed since December of 2012.

If this is the state of our nation during relative peacetime and perceived prosperity, imagine what it’ll look like in the midst of financial, economic or political turmoil.

Americans living east of the Mississippi River will likely experience the brunt of it. But anyone residing in and around any major U.S. city will, likewise, have a tough road ahead of them.

If you live in one of these red zones, you’d better plan accordingly:

Mapping the Dead

As you may have guessed, the overwhelming factor in determining your chances of survival during a wide-scale regional or national emergency will be population density, a topic that has been extensively covered by Strategic Relocation specialist Joel Skousen:

…every crisis that threatens, even a local crisis, can turn exponential because of close proximity to people who cannot help themselves. Even good people panic in a crisis…

Wherever we find large groups of people, when crisis strikes we will also find the worst that mankind has to offer – rioting, looting, starvation and violence.

Survival expert James Rawles refers to them as the golden horde; the thousands of people who will be desperate for supplies, shelter and safety in the aftermath of a major catastrophe:

…there is just a thin veneer of civilization on our society. What is underneath is not pretty, and it does take much to peel away that veneer. You take your average urbanite or suburbanite and get him excessively cold, wet, tired, hungry and/or thirsty and take away his television, beer, drugs, and other pacifiers, and you will soon seen the savage within. It is like peeling the skin of an onion—remove a couple of layers and it gets very smelly. (Survival Blog)

Given the probability of the United States succumbing to any number of devastating catastrophes that may include an economic collapsefood shortages,pandemicregional earthquakessolar storms, or war, there is ample motivation for those with the means to do so to get out of densely populated areas of the country. Likewise, living in locales with close proximity to major thoroughfares such as interstate highway systems could pose a danger as the ‘horde’ evacuates disaster-struck areas.

For many, relocation is not possible because of job requirements or other factors. Thus, those of us who are left with no choice but to remain in populated urban or sub-urban areas, it is strongly recommended that you consider preparedness planning for staying put, or bugging in, during an emergency. It’s not the ideal scenario, but if you plan on hunkering down then you may find it advantageous to have food stores and other long-term supplies, as well as home defense plans. And, should things get so bad that you have to leave your primary residence, be sure to have evacuation plans in place.

The U.S. government is actively preparing to deal with the aftermath of many of the possible crises cited above, namely the civil unrest that will follow. Police and military units are training to deal specifically with urban scenarios because emergency services planners understand that America’s metropolitan death zones will be completely devoid of law & order.

If you’re in one of these areas, and plan on staying during a major crisis, take steps now to prepare for the inevitability of mass chaos.


Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 82,156 people
Date: April 4th, 2013

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The Perfect Pantry…show us yours!

Many thanks to THE PERFECT PANTRY  for this contribution which definitely be listed in the top ten Prepper’s pantry!

“So our pantry contains a little bit of everything — arranged so that the most used items are up front, less frequent in the back. What we reach for the most are the spices, so my husband made a rack for the back of the pantry door that when closed keeps the room cool and dark.”



Thanks to the clever buyers at the container store we have easy-access large and small bins and click clack containers that hold a wide variety of wonderful stuff at the shelf level we most need it to be. Our own and friends’ canned goods we use lovingly and sparingly so they are out of immediate reach (we have to think about it).


We made sure we had to walk an extra few steps to the kegerator for that second beer.



And a fave — the homage to Julia pegboard for all those out-of sight out-of-mind items that plague the over-60 crowd. I mean at our age, untangling a whisk from the beaters causes agita!

Thanks for the inspiration!

On Saturdays, for more than three years, we’ve been peeking intoOther People’s Pantries all around the world.

*There are three more pantries to share. If you’d like this feature to continue — if you’ve been meaning to send your photos but haven’t gotten around to it — please send in your pantry photos. Here’s how.

And, please put your camera to work on Market to Pantry, alternating on Saturdays with Other People’s Pantries.

*There are two more markets to share. Show us your favorite supermarket, farmers’ market, ethnic market, big box store or roadside stand. We’d love to see where you shop for food.  Here’s how..

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Preparing for the Future…NOW!

In the coming days, weeks and months I will be posting articles to assist you in getting your home, office, vehicle and family “prepared.”

We may or may not see chaos through civil unrest in our country but the way things are shaping up…it could be a very real eventuality. With so many out of work there are those who have turned to looting, burglary and assault. I have seen several reports of homeowners shooting an intruder and whether we want to believe it or not an increase in crime will be the result of unemployment.

Heed or ignore…that is your decision. As for me I prefer to prepare for anything. It could be a power grid failure or storms or snow but the outcome is still up to you.

To the best of my ability I have merged information from other sources and used my own experience to compile these guidelines. If you have additional ideas or suggestions, please feel free to sound off.

Here is the first of my “lists” to “Get-Prepped.”


1 each Basic First Aid Book
2 each Bandages (Ace) elastic, 4″
4 each Bandages, gauze, various sizes;
2 each Non-stick tape & Waterproof tape
1 each Bandages, gauze, 18″ x 36″
2 each Bandages for burns (Second Skin)
3 each Triangular Bandages
1 box Band-Aids in assorted sizes, flexible and moisture resistant best
1 box Bicarbonate of Soda
1 box Butterfly sutures or Leukostrips
1 each Cold/heat Pack, reusable
1 box Cotton Swabs
1 box Dental Floss
1 box Epsom Salts
1 each Eyedropper
2 rolls First Aid Tape, 1/2″ x 10 yards and 1″ x 5 yards
1 box Box Gloves, lightweight rubber or latex; S-M-L, (for medical and hygiene purposes)
1 tube Insect Repellent WITH DEET
1 bottle Isopropyl Alcohol
1 box Masks, Respiratory, surgical (like the 3M N95 Particulate Disposable Respirators)
1 bottle Meat Tenderizer for insect bites and stings
1 box Moistened Towelettes
1 each Nail Clippers; Toe Nail; Finger Nail Clipper
1 box Razor Blades, single edge
1 box Safety Pins, assorted sizes
1 each SAM splint
1 each Scalpel
1 each Scissors, Surgical pointed
1 each Snake bite kit
1 bottle Soap, liquid, antibacterial
6 each Tongue Depressors
2 each Thermometers, disposal OR 1 digital, (no breakables with mercury)
1 each Tweezers
1 tube Analgesic Cream (Camphophenique, Paraderm Plus)
1 box Antacid (Mylanta, Tums, Pepto-Bismal)
1 series Antibiotic (Tetracycline for general infections)
1 box Anti-Diarrheal (Imodium, Diasorb, Lomotil)
1 box Anti-fungal (Desenex, Micatin, Tinactin, Lotrimin)
1 box Antihistamine (Benadryl, Claratyne)
1 tube Antiseptic Ointment (Neosporin, Dettol)
1 each Anti-toxin (DMSO)
1 tube Burns (Hydrocortisone, Derm-Aid)
1 box Cold/Flu Tablets (Nyquil, Repetabs)
1 box Constipation (Ex-Lax, Dulcolax, Durolax; Castor Oil)
1 bottle Cough Syrup (Robitussen, Dimetap)
1 box Decongestant (Actifed, Sudafed, Repetabs)
1 bottle Eye Drops (Visine)
1 tube Hemorrhoid Relief (Preparation H, Anusol)
1 box Ibuprofen (Advil, Nurofen, Paracetamol)
1 bottle Itching, Insect/Rash (Caladril, Calamine)
1 tube Itching (Dibucaine, Paraderm, Lanacane)
1 tube Lip Balm (ChapStick, Blistex)
1 tube Lubricant, Water Soluble (K-Y Jelly)
1 bottle Nasal Decongestant (Sinex, Ornex)
1 box Nausea, Motion Sickness (Kwells, Dramamine, Travacalm, Meclizine)
1 box Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever (Tylenol)
1 box Pain, Fever Reducer (Panadeine, Mobigesic)
1 box Pain Reliever with Codeine (Panamax, Tylenol 3)
1 Prescriptions (at least one month’s supply of any you are taking; try to find natural alternatives if possible)
1 jar Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) Also has uses other than First Aid
1 bottle Poison Ivy/Oak Relief (Dermarest Poison Ivy Mousse or Ivarest)
1 packet Poison Absorber (Activated Charcoal)
1 bottle Radiation Protection (Potassium Iodide-[KI] or Potassium Iodate-[KIO3] either is fine)
1 can Sunburn Relief (i.e. Solarcaine)
1 bottle Sunscreen (SPF 15 at least)
1 box Tampons (various uses from plugging wounds to filtering water)
1 bottle Vomit Inducer (Ipecac, Activated charcoal)
1 tube Yeast Infection Treatment (Gyne-Lotrimin, Monistat)

Don’t forget about extra prescriptions glasses or contact lenses.
Multi-Vitamins, Amino Acids Combo and Pro-Biotics will help keep you healthy

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