Have you asked yourself these questions lately?
1. Would it make more sense to affiliate with a group of like-minded folks who are organized and prepared for such an event because there is safety and skills in numbers?
2. Just how prepared are you if something happened next week?
If the facts and your intuition are telling you something big is going to happen–then join a group that is preparing for it. We are prepared to sustain ourselves long after the stored provisions have been used up.
We are an organized multi-family prepper retreat located in central North Carolina near Virginia. Our membership comes from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. We don’t live there–we just prepare it for the day we know we will have to occupy it. We are not sure how that will take place or when but we know it will.
The retreat has a deep well, a pond and a fast flowing creek surrounded by many acres of state protected hunting land. Deer, wild turkey and rabbit are abundant. We have livestock such as goats, chickens, ducks, and are adding rabbits soon. We have several gardens that are tended by our on-site staff. We will grow food for consumption and medicinal plants as well. We also have a fruit orchard with 18 trees and numerous fruit bushes. We have been planting natural growing non-cultivated food sources such as tubers. Our objective is to be self-sufficient when we have to occupy our retreat. We have also constructed a greenhouse to cultivate vegetables and seedlings.
It is our belief that there is safety in numbers and skills in those numbers as well. We feel it is more critical to store and prepare together than risk an isolated effort that cannot be defended when social order fails. We believe there is a strong likelihood that a major event will occur within the next year or two and value our families’ safety enough to collaborate in preparing for that event.
I am a Vietnam Vet who served with an infantry unit (173rd Airborne) 1969-70 as part of five years in the US Army. I have organized a retreat community made up of a retired Special Forces officer, several retired naval officers, several former Army, Navy, and Air Force vets. We have non-veterans as well.
The retreat includes a small medical clinic as our membership includes a doctor, a physician’s assistant, retired Army medic/EMT and an RN. We are prepared for many medical emergencies or situations.
The members also include two mechanical engineers, an auto mechanic, a teacher, a homesteader and trained beekeeper, a shooter /fisherman. Additional members include a seamstress, a teacher, construction carpenter, an IT professional and a pilot. We have formed teams to address solar power, water/wind power, hunting, food preparation, water purification, recycling, gardening, orchard management, hygiene, armorer, herbalist, etc.
We hold Skills Development and Retreat Building Workshops one weekend every other month. We have, until recently, conducted monthly training sessions. These workshops include working on developing the retreat as well as developing our skill sets. We have taken several of our members to other homesteading skill training programs in other parts of the state to improve homesteading skills. I have spoken several times this year on retreat management at these conferences. We have a 360+ page operations manual to support our members. Part of the ops manual is a 60+ page security section that has been reviewed and critiqued by several retired Special Forces officers and a current security systems expert.
We also have a separate 100+ page Retreat Activation & Perimeter Security Protocol. Perimeter security includes patrols, fortified LP/OPs, fortified defensive positions, a watch tower, security cameras, Early Warming Systems, and numerous anti-intrusion deterrents and devices. We have a 35 meter and 150 meter pistol and rifle range and provide on-going training in basic handguns, rifle and shotgun use.
Additional training topics have included foot patrolling techniques, compass reading and orienting, gardening, food packaging, alternative energy devices, cheese sealing, EMP protection, herbs and homeopathy, sanitation, solar energy, slaughtering and dressing of domestic animals, small unit patrol techniques, reloading, and survival skills, etc.
We have 8 accommodation cabins, eight RV spaces, a medical clinic, 2 laundry rooms, well-house, a 3-room bath house with showers, community center, provisions storage area, kitchen and commo room. We have 4000 gallons of stored water, solar energy, solar backup generators for water pumps, propane supply and wood burning as well. We have prepared for EMP with multiple precautions to include nesting within Faraday Cages.
We have installed a four-stage air filtration unit (with large bank of deep-cycle marine batteries) for our fallout shelter that can remove 99.99% of the impurities in the event of a NBC or fallout event. Every member has to have a functioning gas mask and fresh filter. Our fallout shelter is self-contained and able to sustain the community members for weeks, if needed. We also have radiation monitoring equipment, dosimeters and hazmat suits for clean-up and outside monitoring.
We have our own communications center and equipment to “stay connected.” Several of our members have Tech Licenses. We are in the process of securing a 75 foot antenna. Our communications center will monitor radio traffic and stay connected when the event occurs. We also have our own internal switchboard system. As a precaution, we have stored all our electronics in Faraday Cages for EMP protection and have duplicate equipment for everything.
The governance bodies are: an Ops Leader, Assistant Ops Leader, a Planning Council and a Community Council made up of various members. We periodically meet via WebEx in a virtual online meeting.
Our members rent space (RV space or cabins) and share in the development of the community through their work every two months on a weekend. We don’t occupy the retreat until an event has occurred. The rent is nominal based on size of the cabin or RV. It helps to cover part of the expenses of keeping staff there 24/7. Our members can also use the property for R&R to enjoy hunting, fishing, relaxing as we are surrounded by a large area with plentiful game and state protected hunting land. We do have a one-time membership fee that is non-refundable. We have several cabins available as well as a couple RV spaces.
We have recently established a process to allow new members to progressively build their stores over a period of 5-6 months as we do have requirements for weapons, ammo, food, etc.
We are looking for capable and willing folks to help with physical requirements of post-event such as patrolling, gardening, wood gathering, hunting, etc. We are also looking for skills to add to our mix.
Prospective members go through a vetting process that includes email interviews, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, and a background and criminal check.
Although we are secular, we are principally Christian but will consider all religions (or non-religious types). We are not “Bible-thumpers” but have deep moral and ethical beliefs.
If you have been prepping for a while and want to affiliate with a like-minded group in North Carolina near Virginia or safety and skill development, then ask for an application.
The retreat has a full-time grounds keeper and a full-time caretaker for maintenance and security. Our caretaker is retired Army.
It is ready to be occupied by members at a moment’s notice. You could be one of those able to flee the perils of the decline of social order for the security of a small well-armed and prepared community.
We are preppers–not food hoarders. We are serious—are you? Think about the advantages of a well-organized group when it comes to the safety and welfare of your loved ones. Don’t be caught in your house wishing you had a secure and organized bug-out location to escape the strange and dangerous world that awaits us.
Is your family’s security and safety worth it? Of course it is. Contact us today. Contact sgtprepper2 [at] gmail [dot] com to request an application and list of further requirements.