- Noah went into the arc and seven days later the floodwaters came upon the earth.
- Lot arrived at Zoar and only then Jehovah made it rain sulfur and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah
- The Israelites went through the Red Sea and only when they arrived at the other side the sea returned to its normal condition and killed the Egyptian army.
These are only 3 examples of how God helped his people to survive. There was always time enough for his people to get in a secure place. In the case of Lot the angels even waited for him to arrive at Zoar, the next city near Sodom and Gomorrah.