Does Your Survival Strategy Include Moving to Another State or Staying Put?

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.

I recently read John Steinbeck’s well known book, The Grapes of Wrath, which 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?

A blog called “The American Dream” featured a couple of posts on this subject. One pondered the best state to move to, and the follow up post ponders whether America may be becoming a giant hellhole. Comments on the first article prompted the second one.

Interestingly, many comments were negative. Several places we might consider ideal locations have plenty of problems, such as high taxes and clannish residents. Of course, some comments could have been aimed at keeping unwelcome newcomers away.

Someone left a comment saying it’s better to stay where you are, where you’ve got connections. What do you think?

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 don’t have the resources to do so. That doesn’t mean we’re never moving.

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?


Click here to find out about right sizing your life for a move.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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