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Prepping in some cases is about taking proactive steps to avoid or mitigate the risk of danger. Usually when we think of prepping nirvana the vision is a remote location, far away from the hustle and bustle of any city. Something like the Walton’s home that is far away from any neighbors and a trip into town isn’t something you make for a single carton of milk like we currently do. The ideal location provides safety from the threats we routinely discuss on Final Prepper, but there are a lot of factors to consider if you are looking for your own survival retreat.

Some of you may be thinking that the hour is at hand and any chance of finding a survival retreat for your family has passed. That train has left the station and if you aren’t already in your off-grid sustainable home, it’s too late. I don’t know if that is the case for everyone. I do believe that even if SHTF happened right now there would be ideal (as possible) locations that people could move to. Now, this movement might be a long and tortuous process. You may be moving not because you have stuck that For Sale sign in your yard, but you might be moving cross-country as part of a bug out after a collapse has happened.

Assuming for a minute that you have the resources, desire and time to move to a new survival retreat, your safe place from the rest of the world, what types of features should you be looking for to make your new home most suited for long-term survival and self-sufficiency? The items below are not in priority order, but I think they cover a few of the bases.


Water Sources

You know that you must have water. There is plenty of good property for sale in the desert that is pretty affordable, but without water how long can you live there? The perfect survival retreat property has at least two sources of water year round. A well is one desirable feature but if you are buying land outright with no improvements you may have to have someone come out and so an assessment on your property. Assuming you have a good source of ground water you could drill your own well or have someone take care of that for you. Rain barrels are a great alternative, but what if it doesn’t rain enough to replenish the supplies you need?

In addition to a well, running water in the form of a spring, river, stream or even stationary water from a pond will greatly extend your ability to provide water for your family, livestock and crops. It should go without saying that all water on the surface will need to be disinfected prior to drinking. Well water will need to be tested also to make sure it doesn’t contain toxins from farm runoff or pesticides aren’t present. The USGS has a good page explaining different sources of water for the rural homeowner and important considerations.

You need to have great soil conditions to grow food to feed your family and livestock.

Soil Quality

So you have a great piece of land nestled back in the forest and water flows freely from a creek on the property. You still have to eat don’t you? For most people that includes some form of crop production that will likely account for most of the food you consume. You can have thousands of chickens but you will need to grow crops to feed them as well as yourself. Man cannot live on chicken nuggets alone contrary to what millions of children across the world think.

Testing the soil quality on a piece of land is an important consideration before you purchase any property. There are soil testing kits you can purchase online that will quickly tell you the soil conditions. Once you know the type of soil you have, you can work to amend it if necessary. There are a few common issues:

  • Soil is too acidic – Adding lime, poultry manure or wood ash to your soil can make it more alkaline and raise the pH to a healthier level.
  • Soil is too alkaline – Many gardeners swear by coffee grounds as an inexpensive, safe and readily available way to lower pH levels.
  • Soil is lacking nutrients – Organic matter can include anything from compost to bone meal to lawn clippings, depending on your specific needs.
  • Soil is too sandy or dense – Adding peat moss is an inexpensive and effective way to loosen up clay soil, while compost can build up and enrich sandy soil.

If you don’t have the ability to purchase a soil testing kit, you can go the DIY route as well. The video below shows you how.


Growing Season

Along with soil quality, you will need a long growing season to maximize the amount of produce and crops you can grow. Each part of the world is different and most sustain some form of plant growing, but there are differences. You can read more about growing zones on the USDA website or view the map below to see where your survival retreat property falls.

How long will you have each year to grow crops?


Strategic Relocation has a myriad of data points and analysis on the best locations to move for survival.

This is usually the first criteria that people consider when they are looking for a new home and you might say some of the items above fall into the location aspect. The location of your retreat does matter greatly from a couple of standpoints. Ideally you want to be further away from high concentrations of people. The golden horde affect will be a very real risk I believe in the face of large disasters, wars or economic issues. Look at the migrants fleeing Syria right now landing in Hungary to see a real-live example of the migration of people away from troubled areas. The further away you are from large centers of people the better off you will be from the risk of a swell of people on foot in a tragedy.

Do you have plenty of timber on your property? How far away are you from neighbors? Will there be any developments that put a big neighborhood or shopping complex in your back yard? Who owns the property near you?

Location also matters when you are considering paying for this new survival homestead. Are you able to find work that will pay the bills? Even if you buy your piece of land and pay cash for it, there will always be taxes. You will likely need to purchase some supplies and that requires money. Perhaps you have a source of income that isn’t dependent upon location and that might be the best. What about schools, access to healthcare? All of these are considerations you will need to make. Strategic Relocation is a great resource that takes a lot of the finer points and makes them easy to search. We also have access to a free download that allows you to use Google Maps to mine data on threats as well. Read more about that here.



Moving is never easy, but if you are planning to move primarily for the security of a survival retreat, the decisions are harder than simply moving to a better neighborhood across town.

What other factors would you consider before you moved?

Prepping in some cases is about taking proactive steps to avoid or mitigate the risk of danger. Usually when we think of prepping nirvana the vision is a remote location,


One of the many books I have related to the concepts of Preparedness and Survival is Strategic Relocation. Mr. Skousen is a political scientist, by training, specializing in the philosophy of law and Constitutional theory, and is also a designer of high security residences and retreats. I had heard about Mr. Skousen several years ago when I purchased another of his books The Secure Home which I plan to review later.

I purchased my copy of Strategic Relocation in May of 2012 and wanted to give a review of the book and my thoughts on its usefulness as a resource to Preppers. I plan to do the same to many other books I have purchased along the way as I continue to build my library of reference material.

Strategic Relocation was rewritten in 2011 and expanded to 400 pages. I did not have the original version but this new version is a treasure trove of data for anyone looking to either better understand where they live and the potential threats they face or the Prepper who wants to move to a new location.

The book is broken into sections dealing with information from a high level going down into finite detail on the various countries and ending with each State in the US. The first section is called “Essential Criteria” and covers big picture information as related to the concerns of your average Prepper. Mr. Skousen takes this opportunity to present his worldview, makes the case for what he is saying and I must admit I agree with him on virtually every point. I think that this section is a great overview to the reader who needs to be sold but may be redundant for someone who I expect knows what the subject matter of the book at large is for. Nevertheless, I think there is a lot of good information in this opening section and it may offer something to people that already consider themselves Preppers


After setting the stage for why you should be considering your relocation options, Mr. Skousen goes into Geography and Climate. Strategic Relocation explains the benefits and risks of each facet of climate and how it could impact your decision on where to relocate. Earthquake and Volcano data is presented on a global scale so you can see how your location stacks up against the competition. Politics, Crime Rates, Standards of Living even potential War gaming from Mr. Skousen’s perspective. Strategic Relocation finishes off the first section of his book with an analysis of different countries and geographic zones titled “Selecting a safe Country”.

Section two offers more detailed information on climate, taxes, Nuclear Plants, Missile silos and the political environment of the US. The final section is a state by state analysis and rating. For each state, Strategic Relocation offers between 0 and 5 stars for its relocation rank. Spoiler Alert!! California and New York are not the highest rated states.

Each state’s page offers general information on Climate, Cost of Living, Private Land Availability, Building Permits, Food Production, Heath, Politics, Urban Planning (Agenda21), Taxes, Corruption, Gun Liberty, Homeschooling and Military targets. There is some really good information here and Mr. Skousen does an excellent job of presenting factual information he has backed up with data. The book is packed with maps and diagrams. The nail in the coffin are his “Strategies for Populated Living Areas” where he tells you what areas to avoid and “Retreat Areas” where he shows you almost to the highway boundaries where to move if you have to move to that state.

This book offers a ton of information and I am glad I purchased it. In doing so, I already knew, in general terms some of the information covered in Strategic Relocation. For example, no one in their right mind would want to relocate to New York City if you are planning on putting yourself or your family in anything remotely resembling safety.

What I did learn was a lot about my state and the neighboring states that I didn’t know. I learned that one state over held a much higher potential for retreat security so I was able to adjust my plans. This book is also highly valuable if for example I am forced to move to another state due to a change in work. I can use this resource to plan where I should move to and what to stay away from.

In terms of a resource for Preppers who want to gain valuable intelligence into virtually all areas of the globe and succinct guidance on where to move, this book is for you. I highly recommend you get a copy for yourself.

  One of the many books I have related to the concepts of Preparedness and Survival is Strategic Relocation. Mr. Skousen is a political scientist, by training, specializing in the philosophy