I do not live in my dream SHITF location. Who does? Nor is anywhere ideal. Everything has trade offs. Just like dealing with women. My list of what counts for me in situations like this come from seeing failed and failing nation states up close and personal. Will what I have seen down range apply here? Who the fuck knows, but I reckon its likely. Some themes are the same everywhere too. Most especially my 1st point.
Every where I have been, the more diverse the ethnics groups the more trouble there will be. In fact most failed nation states I have seen 1st hand are multi-ethinc states that have ran out of money. Sound familiar to anyone? Of course there is more going on, but the ones I have been to that are really nasty fit that description. Folks like to throw in the religious conflict thing but from what I have seen those are also tribal with one tribe/ ethnic group being religion #1 and the other belonging to religion #2. Northern Ireland is a good example of this. Protestant vs catholic? it is also actual Irish (catholics) vs Scots and Englishmen Prot’s). Now here in the usa the inter White ethnic clashes are also regional and political and only loosely based on religion (catholics vote like liberal yankee Prot’s against the best interests of Founding Stock Prot’s but thats the end of it). In the usa, unless you live near hajjis your violence will be economic and racial. You want to be surrounded by your own kind. That is literally the best you thing can do. If your White.
My major issue here at Camp Ton is demographic. Frankly it can suck living among negros on the best of days. This was more true when I 1st moved in but they are mostly cowed now. And thats what I had to do. Cow the locals. Three times in the 1st three days. Don’t really have to many problems these days. #1 the area is becoming more White. #2 the longer term locals have gotten over it and know better, but new people move in and negros have families who come visit. Which means more trouble. The other day, while walking the Ton Spawn with the girls, some urban diversity drove past us doing 45 or maybe more in a 25. Nor was he real happy about my response. He stopped his car and said some bullshit, which is what those people do while his bitch egged him on but he wised up before he took a set of brass knuckles to the face and ate by Girl ( the absolute worst part of living around negros is black chicks. I will always be amazed at how little domestic violence goes on). This sort of things are a rather regular occurrence. Time before that was over them throwing trash in my yard. I am the racist cracker because I don’t someone elses bullshit McDonalds trash in my yard. And they lie like they breath. I caught them in the act and they said I left it out there so I could harass them. Think of the insane amount of black on White crime. And it is an insane level. If Whites targeted negros like they target us, it would be called ethnic cleansing. Now imagine diversity which is no longer being paid off by the Federal Government via welfare, food stamps, social security disability etc etc. However it is not all bad here. I got a house, 5 acres with a pond for less then my yearly income. My front yard is level and fruit trees have flourished. My garden does all right and I am a suck ass gardener. My pond and the stream which feeds it are lovely and productive these days(plus a source of water), and my land backs up to a sand/ gravel quarry. Meaning a few things. There are unlikely to ever have neighbors behind me, additional land to hunt and fish and access to heavy machinery, repair shops, fuel storage etc would be a major plus.
There are several places I’d rather live, but doing so is not practical any time soon. I was declared 100% disabled so no more trips down range and big pay days for me. Because I a rural Southern White man and prefer to be surrounded by other rural and Southern Whites, the places I would prefer to live would all be better SHTF locations.
#1 on my list of other places I’d like to live is the lest best option for riding out bad shit. Why? #1 it gets a lot of storms and flooding so I would be basically moving into a place where we’d have the Mother Nature’s shit hit the fan more often. Also it’s on the coast and expensive which would cut into the money saved. Remember our most likely SHTF events we will face are money related. Injury and not working, laid off, bad run of luck on shit breaking( plowed through 7200 in three weeks with repairs that I could not do myself) etc etc. Cash is your #3 SHTF tool. #2 is a gun in your pocket. #1 is living in a nice safe area to began with, but its all a balancing act. You will be regularly out of whack in some area or another. Its the way things go so don’t stress over it. Have a plan, keep working your plan and improving.
The best place I have walked on to ride out bad times is a particular town and surrounding land here in NC. It’s way White and not infested by illegals or damnyankee transplants ( which should also be illegal). It is way rural, tons of people who have been in that county since its been a county so a real since of belonging. Church attendance is high, so is employment. Lots of vets and civic events going on. More volunteer cops and fire fighters then professionals. Crime? Folks laugh at you for locking your doors. It is mostly a farming county. Lots of corn of course, but tobacco, cotton and beans too plus a couple major poultry operations, a big pork operation, horses and cattle. They harvest timber as well. Going hungry? Unlikely. Heavily wooded as well, especially in two directions. That many miles of timber and swamp makes an effective barrier. Crime triples? Who cares when it is already so low no one worries about it. Its the kind of place where folks get their conceal carry so they don’t have to do paper work when buying guns or for when they go into the big city. The county does have some diversity, but in an area that could be easily cut off from the rest. Burn a bridge and they are stuck on the other side. Not known for being swimmers it wouldn’t take much
Lets talk about the least sexy topic of SHTF prepping; water. This area has it. A major river runs through the county and its one of the best stretches of that river in the state. Wide, deep and navigable for a goodly way. The river has branches and creeks. Ponds are common. Water to drink bath etc, fish of course but the branches and some of the creeks are navigable as well. Transportation is important.
Lets hit on transportation. A major state road runs through the county and it has been well maintained. Right now it is an important trucking route from an interstate highway to one of our bigger cities. This means…. a lot of good things. Besides county road crews the state DOT has a facility there; there are some truck stops and of course repair shops, tow trucks for the semi truck, machine shops to support the trucking industry and fuel. Lots of fuel. Something you can rarely have to much of. And the skill sets involved in keeping roads in good repair and trucks rolling down those roads are important skills. Blue collar skills are money most especially when shit goes wrong
Along those lines I want to look at the skill set in this county
There is good size community college which cranks out all sorts of useful workers, computer nerds are unlikely to be of much use in the type of SHTF scenarios seen on TV but in the shit you are likely to face? Yea it would be good to get your interwebz back up and working. Nurses, plumbers, wielders electricians… well the schools curriculum is a prepers wet dream. Plus they have votech in the highschools. If they have the skill set to train folks to do that, they can train others and oversee projects. They also have goodly number of boat shops and boat mechanics and a very small airport… commercial airport. Pilots, small planes, a few mechanics, fuel farm… big advantages. Interesting enough they also are semi famous for making bricks. Damn good building supply on hand with the possibility of making more. Good size junk yard too which is a gold mine of possibilities. #1 of course spare parts to keep cars and trucks moving.
Now the big biggie; a power generation plant. Not sure what it runs on< i think coal, but power is everything and that plant can make it. Plus the skill set that is required to manage it. Not just the blue collar guys but engineers.
The next item on the list is… rail road. There is a rail yard there. I am not sure how active but the tracks run right to the power plant. Another set of skilled blue collar workers.
Basically it has food, water and the ability to produce more. A ready supply of timber and a rough saw, saw mill. A population with a real sense of belonging to land and community and skill sets required to patch things up. This is the rural South. These are men who have done these kinds of things for generations. They hunt, they fish, they build, they drink, they worship, they break shit and fix it and keep on keeping on. One of those places that probably has more guns then people and damn sure have more crops and livestock then people. You have three modes of transportation, (horse, car/truck and boats but maybe 4 with the train. I don't know much about trains besides who to destroy them and tracks so I haven't and won't say much). That's a good start on rebuilding for the TV shit and people who don't have to wait for FEMA on the more realistic stuff.
Defense. On an individual level, there isn't much need. Folks cannot recall the last murder and most of the crime there is of the redneck sort. Drinking and driving, getting drunk and punching someone etc. Property crime is as close to 0 as you are going to get. Fire through the right part of the county and burning a bridge would take care of the most criminal element
Defense on the county level.
The river and water ways are key. In some crazy shit like on the movies, you block the bridge you have effectively shut down travel from the major interstate highway 40'ish miles away. There is a goodly size swampy area between that town/ county and the largest near bye population center. Another good natural obstacle. Course there is a two lane country road running through it but there are three small bridges on that road within a mile of each other. I would not destroy the bridges myself. There is that junk yard after all, and packing the bridges with a mash up of old cars will effectively block the bridges. Add a little semi precision rifle fire and you have one hell of a bottle neck for any group of people who aren't military. The river is old as old gets, and although not what she use to be, the banks make it effectively impassible for cars trucks and large groups of people. The swamp? Well it is not the Great Dismal but it will do the job and for the same reason. Cars and trucks won't make it through, nor would large groups of people. The pine forests are not the best obstacle around but they aren't the worse either. There are fire breaks that can be used, 4 wheel drive not required most parts of the year, but that channels people and cars. Those roads can be blocked fairly easy. Drop some trees, bob cat makes a ditch and well those are old school but a real bitch to deal with. Again add that semi precession rifle fire. a few prepared fighting potions and what not and its a real bitch to deal with. There are other small roads leading into the town/ county. None particularity large or well traveled. Those roads can be blocked, junk cars, trees dropped a goodly size ditch via bob cat or any of the other construction equipment around. Add the rifle fire from prepared fighting potions and…Nor do these have to be heavily guarded at all times. Radios and cars can get people where they need to be in a hurry. Defense in depth; a few guys at the 1st road block, they slow the other side down, get on the radio and call for help. 30 guys who know its their day and are packed and ready are at the second obstacle within 30 minutes. There are also wide areas of farm land folks could walk through. No where is really perfect but most folks are not going to be walking cross country anywhich way.
What inspired this post? Most of what I read regarding prepping for TSHTF is utter bullshit.