AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With European countries falling like dominoes, out of control spending by Governments across the globe, nuclear meltdowns, tsunamis, and possible pandemics or terrorism events, the 'prepper and survivalist' movement is growing by leaps and bounds.
A recent survey with 1,840 prepper respondents showed an overwhelming 76% believe the most likely big disaster for the US is Economic Collapse. (http://www.growyourowngroceries.org/survey-of-preppers-shows-economic-collapse-most-likely-big-disaster/).
The very real possibility of the US defaulting on its debt would cause a worldwide depression that would last for decades or possibly generations.
Many prepper families are taking the radical step of looking for a retreat location in a rural area.
"Most people think that getting out as far away as possible is the best strategy. But moving way out to the hinterland is the biggest mistake you can make," says Marjory Wildcraft, author of the recently released book "7 Shortcuts To Finding The Perfect Survival Retreat," available at www.RelocationShortcuts.com.
Wildcraft has been described as the "Martha Stewart of self-reliance." She is a regular guest on national radio and television shows and was recently featured as an expert in sustainable living on National Geographic's hit series "Doomsday Preppers." Wildcraft is best known for her video series Grow Your Own Groceries (www.GrowYourOwnGroceries.com/dvd), which is a crash course on growing food that is used by homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations.
"When we first panicked we headed out as far as we could," says Wildcraft. "We were at least 6 miles from the nearest little store and 25 miles from a small town. After years of living that far out we realized as a family that we wanted to be closer to other people. I have seen this same pattern repeated among people who move – they head way out. Then they end up moving back in a little closer.
"We humans are at heart, really social. Who will sew you up after a misplaced blow while chopping wood? Who will help you fight off that renegade mafia claiming to be the new Government? Who are your kids going to marry? Who knows the local plants to treat infections after the antibiotics are expired? With whom will you make music or swap jokes?"
So being near a small community is ideal. Americans with our car-centric culture have lost touch with a pedestrian lifestyle. How close is best?
In the middle ages many European markets were spaced approximately 14 miles apart. That way you were only 7 miles at most from any town. Seven miles was a good distance as a person can walk into town, spend a few hours at church or the market, and then walk back home all within a day.
So being in, or within 7 miles of a small community is ideal.
For more useful insights, buy Wildcraft's new book "7 Shortcuts To Finding The Perfect Survival Retreat," available at www.RelocationShortcuts.com.
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SOURCE Marjory Wildcraft