In light of economic and political turmoil, many have moved elsewhere within the U.S., hoping to be in the right place when “the big one” hits.
For instance, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas and Alaska have drawn refuge seekers. So have southern states like Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina, to name a few.
Some want to get out of the cities, which are sure to become chaotic. Others want land for homesteading. But moving is a major undertaking, and the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere.
John Steinbeck’s well known book The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family and so many others who migrated to California during the first Great Depression. Do we have anywhere in this country now that offers the promise California once did? Would newcomers meet with the same disdain the Okies were faced with?
Today several places we might consider to be ideal locations have plenty of problems, such as high taxes and clannish residents. Maybe the area you’d like to move to doesn’t want newcomers.
Is it better to stay where you are, where you’ve got connections?
Not all of us have a good support network or connections where we live now. Is it worth moving elsewhere, hoping to build new connections and get a fresh start? Would you move closer to relatives for a better support network?
We once considered moving to another state, partly for health reasons, but have never had the resources to do so.
If you’re considering a permanent move, how does the geography of an area affect your plans?
What circumstances do you think dictate a move elsewhere? Is moving already a key part of your preparedness and survival strategy? What might cause you to stay where you are now?
What if one day unforeseen circumstances force many of us to relocate for reasons we can’t fully envision today? How ready will you be?