So I read an interesting post from the Rural Revolution blog today. The author reposted an email recieved, asking about finding communities of like minded people to settle down with.
This rang a bell for me because it’s incredibly important for people to not isolate themselves. In any sort of survival situation when our preps would be tested we will be better off in a community of other preparedness oriented folks than off in the middle of the woods by ourselves.
Now this doesn’t mean that you count your average town or suburb as such a community, nor does it imply that you have to go and find a commune to live in.
When looking for a place to relocate to, you want to keep the following in mind:
- General Mindset - You’re looking for a region that by and large has a self sufficient mindset. This usually means rural, but that’s not necessarily always the case. Nor does this mean boonies, because a small town can have the right mindset as well. Avoid large populations of people that depend on government handouts.
- Your Neighbors - Once you have a good region picked out, and you have your eye on a plot of land or a home, you need to meet the neighbors. Now these folks aren’t just going to come out and say they’re preppers. But you can usually get an idea of someone’s mindset with some casual conversation. You’re not looking for full on blatant preparedness mania, but you definitely want most of your neighbors to have a compatible mindset.
All in all, we got lucky with our land. All of our neighbors have a self sufficient mindset and there’s a broad variety of skills that would be useful during the Zombie Apocalypse. Heck, we even have the rural equivalent of a block party to talk about such things.
Keep your eyes open, get to know the people around you, and if you’re in a good region, you’ll do ok!