Though this review centers in large part on Northern Idaho, the many variables involved in finding your perfect home are discussed and can be applied to potential retreat locations anywhere in the country.

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For example, the Paradise Valley bench outside Bonners Ferry is a spectacular spot, for both sun exposure and food production, however there is a layer of silt that can be as deep as 700 feet before hitting the water table.

Fortunately, there are a eight key tactical points that may slow or stop travel northward to Sandpoint and then to Boundary County, including a number of bridges SEE MAP.

Remember, that it is actually beneficial for your safety to have numerous towns between your location and major cities, to absorb refugees.

The main threat from social unrest and the resulting refugee flows comes from I-90 which will channel people from Seattle into Spokane—the largest city in Eastern Washington, and right on the Idaho border.

From there, it will channel refugees into Coeur d’Alene.

This not to say not to look in these areas, just ask your Prepper Realtor or Consultant to pull well logs for the surrounding properties before your final property selection and subsequent purchase.

If you’re looking for both security and water then several main retreat areas come to mind that may work for you.

Northern Idaho has an abundance of water from streams, creeks, rivers and lakes; you can’t go wrong searching for a great property there.

However, there are several spots within these counties due to geologic factors that don’t provide economical well water—either low flow or too deep (very costly).

This area has unique geographic features that determine the weather patterns.