The problem with staying ahead of the game, is that in certain areas, you are still days behind.
Chicago, New York, Atlanta, I can catch a plane/train or whatever headed out within minutes.
Fargo, Bismark, you ain’t getting out quick in an emergency unless you are driving or piloting yourself. And in the middle of winter, quick isn’t happening.
If you’re not used to cold weather, the northern great plains are a killer. Men and machines.