- Do you really have confidence that the government will be there within a week or so after The Event?
- Just how prepared are you if something happened next week?
- 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?
The facts and your intuition are telling you something big is going to happen–then listen to your heart and join a group that is serious about preparing for an event. We are ready to sustain ourselves long after the stored provisions have been used up and we can defend what is ours.
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 what will take place or when but we know it will. It is not a matter of if…it is a matter of when.
The 50-acre retreat has a deep well with pristine water, a pond and a fast flowing creek surrounded by many acres of state protected hunting land. Deer, wild turkey and rabbit are abundant. We raise livestock such as goats, chickens, ducks, and are adding rabbits soon. We are stocking large amounts of manure to amend the soil and 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, sprouts and seedlings.
It is our belief that there is more safety in numbers and wider range of 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 collapses. We all believe there is a strong likelihood that a major event will occur within the next one to two years 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 also served as CEO of three successful companies in my career so I know how to organize people and projects.
Having had firsthand experience defending perimeters against intrusion, I have developed a means to secure what we have. If you plan to attempt an intrusion after the event, make sure you have identified who gets your personal effects because they will be collecting them.
We have organized a retreat community made up of hard-working and dedicated folks preparing for an event. About a third of our membership is former military.
The retreat includes a small medical clinic as our membership includes several doctors, a physician’s assistant, and an RN. We are ready for many medical emergencies or situations.
The members also include numerous engineers, an auto mechanic, a teacher, a homesteader and trained beekeeper, and a competition shooter/fisherman. Additional members include a seamstress, a project manager, construction carpenter, an IT professional and a pilot. We have formed seven teams to address security/weaponry, medical care, food production, food preparation, communications, construction and power, and child welfare and education. Each has a Team Lead and charter.
We review our Vision, Mission, and Core Values at every Gathering. Our motto is: Plan…Prepare…Practice.
We hold monthly Gatherings which are also Skills Development and Retreat Building Workshops one weekend every month. During that weekend we conduct many 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 on retreat management at these conferences. We have a 360+ page operations manual to support our members.
We also have a separate 100+ page Retreat Activation & Perimeter Security Protocol that has been reviewed and critiqued by several retired military officers and a current security systems expert. Perimeter security includes numerous anti-intrusion deterrents, warning system, and anti-personnel devices. We have a 25 meter and 100 meter pistol and rifle range and provide training in basic handguns, rifle and shotgun use at every Gathering. One of our members, former military, is a qualified weapons instructor.
Additional training topics we have presented have included foot patrolling techniques, compass reading and orienting, gardening, battery storage, food packaging, water purification, alternative energy devices, cheese sealing, EMP protection, herbs and homeopathy, sanitation, candle making, operating earth moving equipment, solar energy, slaughtering and dressing of domestic livestock, reloading, and survival skills, etc.
We have 8 accommodation cabins, seven RV spaces, a medical clinic, 2 laundry rooms, a well-house, a 3-room bath house with showers, community center, provisions storage area, commercial kitchen and commo room. We have 4000 gallons of stored water, solar energy, propane supply and wood burning as well. We have prepared for EMP with multiple precautions to include multi-layer nesting of all electronics 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 calibrated 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 and several are studying for General. We are now erecting a 90 foot mast tower with five antennas. Our communications center will monitor radio traffic and stay connected when the event occurs. We also have our own internal switchboard system with hard-wired phone system. As a precaution, we have duplicate equipment for everything.
The governance bodies are: an Ops Leader, Assistant Ops Leader, a Planning Council and a Community Council.
Our members rent space (RV space or cabins) and share in the development of the community through their work every Gathering. We don’t occupy the retreat until an event has occurred. The rent is nominal based on size of the cabin or RV. The rent 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 two cabins available as well as a couple RV spaces.
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 additional 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, spiritual 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 caretaker that provide security and upkeep.
The retreat is ready to be occupied by members at a moment’s notice. We keep the candle burning 24/7. 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, organized and prepared community. How important is your family’s welfare and security? Think about the advantages of a well-organized group when it comes to the safety and welfare of your loved ones. It is like owning an insurance policy you never want collected.
Don’t be caught in your house as the armed gangs are going door-to-door pillaging. Don’t wait too late wishing that you had a secure and organized bug-out location to escape the dangerous world that awaits us.
We have been told by several TV production companies that have approached us for filming that we are one of the most organized groups they have come across. Then why haven’t you seen us on TV? It is simple…our OpSec and obscurity is far more important than ‘15 minutes of fame.’ We are preppers–not food hoarders or entertainers.
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. I can also send you pictures of the retreat so you can see what we have accomplished. We are serious—are you?