In the posts that I have written on bugging out, we have concentrated on writing about how to map out a route. We have discussed topo maps and the use of Google to learn about your area. Well I came across another government website that provides a large amount of useful information that will help you decide where you may want to move to or develop a good bug out location. This site is NationalAtlas.Gov http://www.nationalatlas.gov/.
This site is full of useful information and maps that you can print yourself and best of all they are free. They describe themselves as “ Maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life. Maps that supplement interesting articles. Maps that tell their own stories. Maps that cover all of the United States or just your area of interest. Maps that are accurate and reliable from more than 20 Federal organizations. Maps about America’s people, heritage, and resources. Maps that will help you, your children, your colleagues, and your friends understand the United States and its place in the world.”
They have maps that show all the federal land boundaries, Indian Reservations and many other things. The location of every airport in the U.S. is shown. The amount of information that they show on water is amazing. Water features include streams and rivers, canals, aqueducts, lakes, reservoirs, marshes, glaciers, bays, and oceans. Also included are waterfalls, dams, and designated channels, such as the Intracoastal Waterway. Many of their maps can be enlarged to let you look at a small areas.
What I am touching on here is just the tip of the iceberg, this site has a tremendous amount of useful material for serious preppers that want to find a good area to live in or bug out too.