The Safest Places To Be During Natural Disasters and SHTF Threats

Many preppers and ordinary folks alike wonder where the safest places will be when a major natural disaster, economic collapse, or power grid down SHTF scenario where to occur.

Truth be told, there is absolutely nowhere that is going to be totally safe.

But while no location is going to be truly 100% safe, there are certainly some locations in the United States that will be significantly safer than others, and those are the locations that we are going to talk about today.

The safest locations in the United States will have the following qualities:


  • Low population density
  • Not on the coastlines
  • Less risk of natural disaster (such as hurricanes or tornadoes)
  • An abundance of fresh water
  • An abundance of natural resources
  • Good agricultural land for growing crops with long growing seasons
  • Low average crime rates
  • Strong local economies
  • Located away from military bases and nuclear power plants
  • Located away from major cities

With those in mind, here are the safest places to be during natural disasters and SHTF threats:

  • Appalachian Mountains (Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia)

Appalachian Mountains

And specifically, the Great Smoky Mountain region within the Appalachian Mountains, in the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. But the Applachians in general offer many good qualities in the event of a major disaster: they are away from major population center, they offer an abundance of wild game and other natural resources, and they are among the most well secluded regions in the eastern United States in general. The only section of the Appalachians to be wary about will be the Northeastern mountains, because you’re getting closer to large population centers like New York City or Philadelphia.

  • Cascade Mountains (Washington, Oregon, California)

Cascade Mountains

Located in central Washington, Oregon, and northern California, the Cascade Mountains are essentially to the West Coast as the Appalachians are to the East Coast. As with the Appalachains, the Cascade Mountains are well secluded and protected, have an abundance of natural resources, are naturally defensible, and have a climate that is favorable towards gardening. Just be careful that you stay away from regions of the mountains close to major cities such as Seattle or Portland, which could become targets from enemy nuclear weapons and would otherwise be totally chaotic in the event of SHTF.

  • Rocky Mountains (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)
Rocky Mountains

Perhaps the safest region in the entire United States would be the northern Rockies across Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The mountains are teeming with wildlife and other edible plants, have an abundance of freshwater in the form of rivers and lakes, have a thin population away from the coastlines and major cities, a low crime rate, and fertile land for growing agriculture or raising livestock.

  • Northern Arizona

Even though Arizona is known for being a ‘desert state,’ the reality is that only roughly the southern half of the state meets this description. The northern half of Arizona more closely resembles the Rockies like Idaho or Wyoming, with taller mountains, pine forests, a much less dense population, snow in the winter, and a lot more available freshwater. The biggest negatives are the fact that to the south you have Phoenix, which is a major population hub, and that northern Arizona itself has a relatively higher cost of living. But when it comes to the Southwestern United States in general, northern Arizona will probably be your safest bet in the event of a cataclysmic disaster or SHTF scenario.

  • Northern New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine)
Northern Vermont
The northern region of New England, such as in northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, will easily be the safest region to be at in the northeastern United States during a major disaster. Down south you have major population hubs such as New YorkCity or Boston, but as long as you stay away from those and stick to the forests of northern New Hampshire or western Maine, you’ll be relatively safe. The vasts forests in these regions have good agricultural land and are packed with wildlife with a strong hunting community, so it’s entirely possible to sustain yourself there. The biggest thing to worry about, as with the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains, would be the harsh winter storms.
Article written by Nicholas Oetken, writer for Survival Gear Systems, Guns.com, and many more top survivalist websites.

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