Today I am going to talk about my idea on what makes the perfect location for preparing. First, I am going to qualify a couple of things. The area in which I live does not meet my own requirements. I live in a semi rural area of Northern California. The big reason I live here is family. I have elderly parents, a brother and his family, several children and a whole bunch of grandchildren that live close to me. Having lived in the area for many years and being heavily involved at church, I have lots of contacts that could be helpful in an emergency. I am in my late 60’s which gives you some idea of my parents age.
That said I am going to describe my idea of the perfect location.
- Because of my age I don’t want to live too far from medical care, we all need it eventually.
- I would want to be on the edge of a small town, one just large enough to have a hospital. Maybe 3-5000 people.
- I would want to be at least a hundred miles from a large metropolitan area. I know a lot of people think this is still to close. But with traffic jams, accidents and fuel problems I don’t think many people would make it this far.
- The town would not be on any major transportation routes. No major roads, railroads or airports. Most people will stick to the major roads.
- The town would not be located near any military bases.
- No industrial plants, mines or other strategic businesses.
- No major government centers.
- Good availability of surface water.
- An area that exports food. Produces more than it uses.
- I would want to be in a political conservative area with good firearm laws.
- As long as there was good water and a decent growing season, I wouldn’t worry about the weather.
Before I moved there, I would spend a fair amount of time learning about the community. In addition to the research you can do through the internet and Chamber of Commerce, you need to spent time there. This means getting to know people other than realtors. Maybe subscribe to the local paper. Go on some of the Blogs and ask if anyone lives near there, you may get lucky. This said I still think the most important asset can be family and friends that you can trust.