I am considering moving from Eugene to Bend. I would like to know the pitfalls and concerns of living in Bend one should be aware of. I am more concerned about the preparedness/survival aspects then the financial or recreational aspects. Although if you have insight into other areas one may overlook I would like to hear those as well. One thing that attracts me to Bend is the hot summers and cold cold winters. This naturally poses a problem, while I think its not a deal breaker. Any insight into this? A pitfall I see is the lack of rainfall in Bend. This obviously poses problems in regards to gardening and water(rainfall) collection. (wiki - Annual precipitation averages 11.7 in (300 mm), which partially comes as the average snowfall of 27.6 inches (70.1 cm)). Also, (wiki - Bend's growing season is quite short due to a brief frost-free period.). Another aspect that I am having a hard time finding information on would be the natural disaster aspect. While Bend has an extinct volcano within its city limits, given that it is extinct I am not too worried about it. How would you guys rate Bend in regards to a preparedness/survival? What considerations should one take before considering a move to Bend? What important information would you like to know before making the move? Thanks!