A guest post by Andrew
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Northern Maine has vast beauty, inner peace, and a plethora of natural resources. It may not be for everyone, but it is for us. My family and I are celebrating our 2nd year in this heavenly state. They don’t call it “vacation land” for nothing.
We transplanted ourselves from New Jersey two years ago in an attempt to give our children and ourselves a better life. Life in NJ was getting very dangerous and expensive every year and our family of five was taking a beating.
We were outside Philadelphia and the city trash was creeping far too close to our quiet suburban neighborhood multiple murders daily. Itdidn’t help that I worked as a Police Officer in one of the nations most violent cities. It was a job that took its toll on my family and myself.
Two years prior to moving to Maine we purchased our house up here and just used it as a vacation home. Soon after we realized it was time to make it our permanent residence after the economy took its first nosedive anddidn’t start to recover. Those desperate times caused people to do desperate things.
Our home in Maine is actually our “compound”. We boast two acres with wooded privacy. We currently have five buildings here along with our house, including a guest cottage, stand-alone garage, office building, and storage shed.
Once we moved here I started a mail order business selling tactical and survival gear. I ship worldwide and it allows for a nice outlet for obtaining my own supplies at discounted prices. A win-win.
I was also lucky enough to land another Law Enforcement job in a small nearby town. It’s like working in a Norman Rockwell painting. Th closest town being over 15 miles away still allows for privacy and the ability to be self-sustained in these ever-turbulent times.
On our homestead we have chickens now supplying more than enough eggs and as possible meat in the future. We have gardens during the warmer seasons, getting larger every year, and green house exposure during the wintertime to keep going with the natural edibles.
Our house has a well with a hand pump option. The type of natural well that most of the famous bottled Water Company’s get their aqua. LOL
We are currently set up with generators and I am presently working on my solar power set up to help further. This way, when living off the grid is the only option, we will be ready for the most part.
Certainly I do not have all the answers and I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot but you get the idea.
One complaint a lot of folks have about the northern east coast is the long cold winters. My family and I found them to not be bad at all. Survival is fine with winter green house gardening, plentiful wild game and a decent wood burning stove to keep warm.
Some other benefits of Maine as a survival retreat after the SHTF:
The state itself has a very low population, which extends the natural resources and adds additional security.
The closest “city” has a population of approx 35,000 and is well over 50 miles from us. Most of which is forest. In an end times scenario,most people will head south towards warmer climates and hopes of government assistance.
Our property is in proximity to over 22 lakes in a 20 mile radius. Fishing is abundant and water for drinking and bathing is available with no limits if needed. Two of those lakes are in walking distance of our home.
Hunting in this vast majority of forestland is huge with so many types of game to devour and an over abundance of them will hold their population for years in my opinion.
Trees in undisturbed abundance can supply an eternity with home heating wood.
Maine’s cooler climate helps wards off warmer weather diseases, and bacteria do live as long.
Canada is about an hour away. Depending on the situation this could come in handy.
A majority of homes up this way are seasonal or hunting cabins and/or vacation homes. Most of which have supplies readily stored. All in case scavenging is needed.
All in all, I believe we made the right choice and hope it all works out. I am in 100% survival mode now and could not be happier in life!
(M.D. Creekmore adds: the most researched and thought out book available on retreat location and “safe places”, is Joel Skousen’s book Strategic Relocation . This book covers every state with recommended retreat locations within that state.)