If you’re dead serious about surviving (and even thriving) when the power grid goes down and society ends as we know it, then you likely know one of the most important criterion to success is a good location off the grid. Some of us, due to family or work, need to live in suburbs or near a large city. If that’s the case, there’s a lot of good information out there about forming a group of like-minded individuals to protect each other, and to provide for each other, in case of disaster.
Others have more flexibility in their life, and can choose from a broader range of options of where to live. Obviously, your location depends on how you plan to live off the grid. For example, a group of people planning to raise grass-fed cattle requires a different geography than someone who wants to live alone in a mountain cabin, and hunt and forage. This article focuses on a family that plans to live off the grid with a modest garden for food or a little space for small animals like chickens or rabbits, but otherwise doesn’t need a lot of space.
So for those who want to have a small homestead who are able to live where they want, keep in mind the following criteria when choosing a location.
When the power grid fails, you want to be as far away as possible from large population centers. There are many reasons for this, but the primary one is that in the days and weeks after societal breakdown, there will be a lot of desperate and hungry people. After the stores have been looted and the weak robbed, they’ll branch out to nearby towns and farms.
Worse, as time goes on, many believe that the strong will form roaming bands of thugs, traveling around in armed convoys and stealing whatever they need.