In another thread this morning I wrote:
Precious_Roy, I doubt anyplace in the world can be considered safe come WWIII or a global collapse. Some places will be safer than others however. The key variables in my opinion are the extent to which an area can feed itself, has ample water supplies, the ability to stay warm in cold climates, distance from major population centers, and the underlying culture of the region.
In my “underlying culture comment” I was thinking in terms of whether the area’s culture was relatively homogenous vs what we see in so many places with significant culture clashes, be it racial, ethnic, or even urban vs rural. As noted in the past Northern New England is relatively homogenous and won’t be quickly at war with itself. Hopefully you’ve got yourself back to Maine at this point. The Southwest is a disaster of epic proportions waiting to happen as soon as the grid goes down.