As the world edges closer to societal collapse, the idea of finding a sanctuary becomes more appealing. For those of us who prioritize preparedness, the notion of a societal collapse isn’t just a plot for the next blockbuster movie—it’s a scenario to plan for.
The United States, with its vast landscapes and diverse climates, offers several potential havens for those looking to escape the chaos of a crumbling society. From the icy frontiers of Alaska to the protective embrace of the Rocky Mountains, the regions I’ve identified as the best potential refuges for their remoteness, ability to support self-sufficiency, defensibility, and sense of community.
How to Choose a Refuge In the Event of Societal Collapse
Choosing a refuge in the event of societal collapse involves weighing the pros and cons of each location against your personal preparedness goals and abilities. Whether you’re drawn to the solitude of the desert or the protective heights of the mountains, the key is finding a place that offers safety and the opportunity for growth and renewal.
Remember, the best place is where you feel prepared and connected, both to the land and to a community of like-minded individuals.
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska, often dubbed “The Last Frontier,” is synonymous with rugged individualism and self-reliance. Its expansive wilderness offers not just a buffer from the crowded cities but also an abundance of natural resources.
Whether you’re fishing in its rich waters, hunting in its dense forests, or tapping into its potential for renewable energy, Alaska provides the means to live independently from the grid.
The challenge here is the harsh climate, but for those who are prepared, the isolation becomes an advantage in times of societal collapse.
The Pacific Northwest: A Temperate Refuge
The Pacific Northwest, encompassing states like Washington and Oregon, is prized for its lush forests, fertile land, and abundant water sources.
The temperate climate allows for year-round agriculture, making it an ideal spot for self-sufficiency. The region’s natural barriers, such as the Cascade Mountain Range, offer seclusion and protection.
Community-oriented and with a strong emphasis on sustainability, the Pacific Northwest could be a beacon for rebuilding society.
The Rocky Mountains: A Natural Fortress
Spanning across several states, the Rocky Mountains provide a diverse range of environments to call home. From the protective heights of its peaks to the sheltered valleys below, this area is a natural fortress against any threat.
The abundance of natural resources supports a self-sufficient lifestyle, while the varying climates cater to a wide range of agricultural practices. The Rockies are not just a barrier against physical threats but a sanctuary for those looking to start anew.
The Great Basin: Desert Resilience
Covering most of Nevada and parts of Utah, the Great Basin is an expanse of arid desert and rugged mountains. Its beauty lies in its isolation and the resilience it demands from those who dwell within.
Water sources are scarce, but for the resourceful, the Great Basin offers solitude and freedom from societal constraints. Communities here are sparse but tightly-knit, often with a deep understanding of how to live in harmony with the challenging landscape.
The Ozarks: A Hidden Haven
The Ozarks stretch across Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, offering a mix of rolling hills, deep forests, and clear rivers. Its remote locations are perfect for those seeking privacy and a community that values independence.
The region’s natural caves provide unique options for shelter, while the abundance of water and arable land supports a self-reliant lifestyle. The Ozarks represent a blend of natural beauty and practicality for survivalists and preppers alike.
Hawaii: Island Sustainability
Hawaii’s isolation in the Pacific Ocean makes it a unique choice for escaping societal turmoil. The islands offer a tropical climate, fertile soil, and an abundance of fresh water, ideal for sustainable living.
The sense of ohana, or family, permeates the local culture, providing a strong foundation for community resilience. However, it’s essential to weigh the benefits against natural disaster risks, such as hurricanes and tsunamis, that come with island living.
Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.
She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.
Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).
Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.
Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.
Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.
She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.