Places and Factors to Consider:
Plentiful water–preferably spring fed or an artesian well.
Good exposure for gardening and photovoltaics.
Not on a flood plain and in aregion with minimal natural disaster risks. (See this map: Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster.)
Southern exposure–particularly important at higher elevations
“Panoramic views.” This usually means a hilltop location with open fields of fire and defendable terrain. The concept of holding high ground goes back to pre-history. Yes, I know, that this is mutually exclusive with the concept of having a house that is not in line of sight of any major road. TANSTAAFL. Decide on one or the other. But don’t buy a place that has neither attribute.
A diverse and healthy local economy.
Minimal noxious weeds. (Russian Thistle, Teasel, Russian Knapweed, Yellow Star Thistle, etc.)
Not in the path of real estate developers. Look at where suburban developments have been established in the county. Suburban tracts tend to follow a “line of march” in certain directions—especially where there is level terrain. Note that in most regions row crop farmland and orchard land is at the greatest risk because it is easy to subdivide. Put on your thinking cap and do some extrapolation. If your intended area is in the path of the sprawl within 10 to 15 years then start looking in a different direction in less advantageous terrain, or a little further out of town.
If it has an existing house, a house with fireproof/ballistically-protected (e.g. masonry) construction.
Low housing costs.
Knowing how to bug out is important because it'll keep you alive when civilization is disappearing, but you also need to give thought as to where you'll be heading.
Knowing your needs and where to go to is just as important as having the necessary tools on the way to your destination.
Check out what else you should consider after the break, even if you may not agree with the “west is best” strategy. Then, decide on which states are the best to head for when society is collapsing!
The secrets from that book are about to be revealed together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness…