Dangerous Peril – Areas I would leave now
United StatesChicago and Areas Around Chicago, Illinois - Moved up from High Risk on 7/4/2023
High Risk – Areas I would avoid or relocate from relatively soon (within a year or two)
Chicago area was originally listed here on 6/21/2022
Medium-High Risk – Areas I would avoid or relocate from
United StatesSan Francisco, CaliforniaMid and Southern Coasts of California
Medium Risk – Areas where there will be many disasters in coming years
United StatesEast and West Coasts
East coast of Florida and areas in southern half of Florida (south of a line marked by Orlando)UPDATE: Hurricane Ian ran through Florida starting on 10/28/2022, staying within the area described here almost exactly. See the update for more...
The traditional hurricane states in the Gulf of Mexico
Pacific Northwest/Washington State
Upper Midwest and Areas Around Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota - Around May 2022, I got strong feelings to prepare for utilities, like electricity and heat, to be cut off for extended periods of time (about a week or two).
I believe this will happen because of severe storms, like has been seen
in many other parts of the United States in recent years.
I felt I needed to get alternate power sources and methods to cook and
heat the house that will last for 10 to 14 days. I don’t feel that
stocking a lot of food and water are necessary at this time, but only to
prepare for utilities to be unavailable.
I already had a mid-size battery (standard automotive/deep cycle
battery) with a power inverter that I used for camping and emergency
power, but even a large battery will not run heating or cooking
appliances very long. Just one of those kinds of appliances require high
wattage in the range of 600 to 1200 watts, which will drain batteries
The battery back-up is fine for low wattage use, such as to charge small
electronics, like phones and laptops. I’ve used a standard car battery
for those purposes and it will usually last about 2 days. Also note that
most automotive, even many deep cycle batteries, can be permanently
damaged if they are discharged (run down) past 50% full, so using a
power inverter that tells you how much charge the battery has will help
you know when to recharge it.
For longer-term power back-up, I opted to get a 10,000 watt dual-fuel
generator (runs on either gasoline or propane) that could power the
house, so that heat and kitchen appliances could run. That is enough
wattage to run a lot of minor appliances, plus one or two high watt
appliances, like an oven range or microwave, at the same time.
I also got solar panels to recharge the batteries I have and large
kerosene containers to fuel a kerosene heater I already had, though, I
likely won’t need these extra things because of the generator. They can
provide additional back-up if I run out of fuel for the generator.
Also note, if you will run a gas generator, always treat your gasoline
with stabilizer. Otherwise, the fuel will deteriorate, absorb water, and
become syrupy (turn into lacquer that will foul your engines) after a
month or more. Depending on the fuel stabilizer you use, it will
preserve your fuel for a year or two. I’ve preferred to use Sea Foam
stabilizer for decades since my motorcycling days, because it kept my
engines in running condition through winter storage when other brands
Stabilizer shouldn’t be needed for kerosene as it can last a decade by itself in an approved kerosene container.