JW,R: Back in the 1930s, when we had our last big depression, 20% or more of the population still actively engaged in ranching, farming or fishing. Now we have 1% of the population feeding the other 99%. We’ve essentially built ourselves a deck of cards, and so that is why I advise people should relocate to a predominantly farming region with plenty of rainfall where they can live self-sufficiently. In the event of a grid down collapse, I believe the cities will disgorge a golden hoard of people – a mixed bag of legitimate refugees and looters – and so you don’t want to be within 100 miles of a city. I recommend people position themselves much further than that if possible. A region I like the best is The American Redoubt. Those states are Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and the eastern halves of Washington State and Oregon.