Mar 292018
 

Revised—

WHO WE ARE-

We are a family of four.  I am 37 yr old male, my wife is 36 and we have two sons 14 / 7.  I own a construction company in Maine and will be semi retiring within the next year, maybe two if I can stand it.  I am very skilled at many jack of all trades things.  I know that doesn’t put me at the top of most lists of skill sets needed so I will list some of what I have done.

Rebuild 1970 backhoe / Build my high end custom off grid house / built my barn, mini barn, shelter, septic, 1,000ft driveway, clearing for house / Spent last 10 years living completely off grid with solar (I am poor in the electrical skills department) / Built my construction company from scratch to be able to retire by age 38 / I train with my firearms and tac gear, currently hiring pro trainer for private lessons.

While this is not a list of my skills, it is a list of things I have accomplished with skills I have and have acquired.  My main focus now on skill building is with tactical firearms training which I am doing every month and on the side at my personal range.  I am also use to extremely high stress environments due to doing construction for 15 years.  My wife has pioneer skills like making bone broth on our wood stove and sewing, natural medicine, soap making, excellent garden skills, and is great at animal husbandry.  She does everything for vet work with our goats including giving them shots, and giving birth to their kids.  We raise goats, rabbits, and chickens. All by her initiative and I essentially am her farm hand.  My two sons are home schooled.  (by my wife) They are typical children.  Though they do help us daily with chores and are not completely ruined by the school system.

We live in Maine.  You could learn a bit about me by looking up some of my Maine posts.  (Maine retreat post deleted.) We currently have a retreat.  Probably one of the better locations as we are a mile down a dirt road off grid surrounded by 3,000 acres.  We have lived here for 10 years and built the place from scratch.  I am strongly considering a move to WV.  My reasoning behind this is due to a few different things.  I don’t really like the idea of harsh winters for a SHTF situation.  It is not good for long term survival and patrol defense.  Also we have a poor water issue here at my retreat.  Another reason why I would leave is because I struggle with winter blues and would like to find somewhere that has more of a mild winter with temps in the 40’s and 50’s like I see in WV.  Also I have sought and sought to build a dedicated group here and no one has had any interest in joining.  So I am at the point where in approx 1 year I will be able to financially uproot.  I post this now at this time because it would be good to build a relationship with a new group now and strongly work towards this as I assume that this is going to take some time.  Not that I am trying to drag this out.

Our preps are complete for the most part to a high standard.  Our list of supplies would far exceed 90% of most.  The best way that I can say this is that we are 1 family and have essentially prepared for a small group due to no one joining us I have laid up for my neighbors without them knowing as I just did not have another solution.  If you seem like a good fit for us I will gladly share more info on this sensitive topic, but just know that our preps will exceed your expectations.   We even have an “ace card” that would help to financially take care of us and a whole group for lifes basic needs in the event of a collapsed economy as long as there is still some kind of commerce and shipping even if the cost of everything is inflated by a dollar collapse.  No mooch’s please we are not rich. Just have an investment that is not subject to dollar or stock crash.

We are christians.  I have been a believer in Jesus for 19 years.  I have a mixed doctrinal back ground, but am very solid and not full of wacky teachings.  My wife has been a christian for 14 years.  We would like to find more fellowship where we move as the church here is pretty much just an in and out non participant entertainment atmosphere.  I can get along with brothers from most denominational back grounds as long as their beliefs are not cultic or new age like.  If there is something that we don’t agree on I am humble and still able to get along as long as it is not related to salvation or who Jesus is which I have conservative / early christian roots regarding.  I do love to converse about many different biblical topics though.

Although I am not fond of the current state of our country, (quite embarrassed actually) I am a patriot and believe in the constitution of the united states.

Our health overall is good.  I could use some jogging, although I am physically fit from doing farm work and construction work for years.  I am not over weight.  Essentially can not put on weight as I could use to gain a few pounds in the Maine winters.  My sons are typical healthy children.  My wife overall is not unhealthy, but she does have limes. (from a tick bite) She has been doing some super cleansing and major dietary work with some natural health physicians to flush out the lime.  In less than 4 months it has been working showing night and day improvement.  So all and all this is not an issue.  Just want to be upfront about it.

WHAT WE SEEK-

We seek a well established small/medium sized group.  We would really prefer the people of this group to have christian background and beliefs and good moral ethics.  I am hoping that in the group some of the skill sets would be some military and leo and medic skills.  The groups retreat should have extremely ideal defensive location well away from big cities.  I would not want to be taking a step back in the quality of what we have for a location at my current home. Group must have 1-3 years supplies for all members and be getting together on a regular basis to train.  Must be in a similar position of your preps as I am or we would not be a good fit.  I am not supplying a group although I am not selfish either and realize that we all come together on this and form a group with some who have strengths in other areas.  Not a group with just an informal bug out plan of a few families with no organization or forward moving goals.   Ideally the members of this group would be close in friendship and like a small family.  I am only interested in groups where every member is like minded and active in some way within the group.  I am not interested in groups that just invite anyone.  I would hope that you would be very careful in your selection of people to join as this is not a free for all type of thing that anyone even reading on this forum should be like even though I see some of that here.  I realize how hard it is to find people who are trust worthy and also have skills and motivation/ability to prep.   It would be preferred if there were some kind of pre-established bylaws for times of peace and post shtf.  Also we would be of the mindset that it would be necessary to store the majority of our preps at the retreat as moving them after an EMP event would not be desirable if possible.  Being from the other side of the fence when it comes to owning a retreat we see the necessity of these things and even though we don’t have them established here it is something we desire and see would only help for smooth operation.  All of what belongs to us will be labeled so that it is easy to identify in the event of a future move although that is not what I am interested in.   I want to do this right and don’t have time for a mistake here.  We do not want anyone who is affiliated with any racist, cult, or anti government type groups.  Also even though I would like it if there is military / leo skills within the group I am not looking for a militia type group, though I do think it is extremely important that we train as a group for patrol/security. I think that it is extremely important that there is a multi leadership and not a single commanding king withing the group.  Although I do realize that in many cases executive decisions will need to be made.  Jonathan Hollerman’s books talk a lot about this.

WHAT WE BRING-

(Actually SOME of what we bring, as I would never list it all on here.  I only write this so that you can make a judgement to the level of our preps.  The things that I write should let you know where we are at.)

Two EMP proof vehicles diesel and gas. Foot powered grain thresher. Deep well hand pump. Shallow well pump.  5 dakota alerts. 1,000 jars with ten x times that in lids.  Diesel generator.  Diesel fuel trailer.  Retreat size supply of medical items.  Retreat size supply of many other things I feel I should probably not mention here, I am speaking about the core essentials.  We also have 15 goats and half a dozen meat rabbits we would want to bring. At least some of the goats.  Storage for all of these items could be an issue.  Some of it can go in a conex box and some would need to have stabilized temps. We would also bring my skid steer and all of the attachments- in new condition.  And could bring my old backhoe if there wasn’t a machine to dig on site. And the list goes on.

MY PLAN-

My plan is to continue to do what I am doing and prep where I am.  I am going to continue to run my company in order to bring in enough cash flow to buy a house and make the expensive move and also to have enough to start another business when I get to a new location.  By the time that I move I will not have to work, but I think it would be irresponsible and lazy being only 38 or 39 to completely retire.  I will try to make a business that would benefit our preps in some way.

Let me know if we seem like a good fit and we can consider the same and if all works out we can begin to entertain the possibility of making a move in the upcoming year.

PM me and leave an email on the private message. I will then email you from my email.

ADDENDUM-

At this time we have not joined a group and would also be interested in single families.  We are currently seeking to buy a large piece of property this summer in Southern WV to begin to build our retreat location.  So if you are interested in starting something small with us from the ground up then please contact me and if it is a good fit for both of us then perhaps we can move forward.

 

Mar 182018
 

Seeking to form—Small Christ centered conservative preparedness group of like minded individuals / families.

We are seeking only 3-5 couples or families to join together ahead of time to prepare a small group and land before a collapse.  

The type of people / families that we would like to find can be from anywhere in the USA and be willing to move in the next year to begin to build the retreat.  All must be firm Christians with a solid scriptural foundation and like minded to some degree. As families begin to join one another then bylaws will be created with all adults working together to form a Christ centered and constitutional view.  In other words we are all equals in this. Very specific requirements for supplies of food, gear, seeds, and essentials will be made. A higher goal than most of 3-5 years of the above would be on my list for all to obtain. 1 year as an initial in order to be considered.  Must be living a life free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and {sin to the best of your ability}. My goal here is not to be a lord / ruler, but to be a band of brothers helping each other and being more of a small tight knit family. All must be able to work together and not be the types that try to control and make everyone do what they see best.  That may even be of utmost importance for success in this.

Currently we are shopping for 100+ acres of land in some strategic locations with the following characteristics- Mountainous or hill country area that is defensive.  Region with mild winters. Land that is good for farming with surrounding population of people that farm.  As low as possible of a population with no large cities anywhere nearby and away from smaller cities. Must have good quality year round water source on site. Away from major roads. Ect. With that said we do have some areas in mind but are also willing to work with others if they want to help with choosing the area with all that goes into such a strategy.  When it comes to buying the land this could be done in different ways and it is something that we can work out. We are buying land anyways regardless if we find someone here unlike some who are looking for others to fund their mission of buying land or building a bunker ect.  Most important skills for a collapse would be farming, defense / real military operator skills that only 10% of those in the military have, and emergency medical care (not your typical family doc stuff).  Other important skills but lesser on the list would be JOAT’s, carpentry, electrical, communications, mechanical, and macgyver types who can rig anything from a pile of junk.
If what I have said here fits who you are and makes you want to know more please PM me.

May 102017
 

Like the title says

I am reaching out to any like minded Preppers or Prepper Families in or around East Tennessee.

I am willing to email ideas back and forth to run scenarios by each other. Or meet you in a public place for a cold drink and just shoot the breeze for awhile and bounce ideas off of each other to try to keep you from making mistakes i may have already made or so you can help me to keep from making mistakes you may have already made and learned from. Cause it helps to learn from other peoples mistakes that cost time and money.

Here’s a little about me. I am located in the mountains of East Tennessee 30 minutes from North Carolina and Virginia. We live on a small acreage farm. Where we raise Chickens, Rabbits, Meat Goats and an occasional Hog. My wife is wanting to become a better gardener. My daughter is wanting to work on raising milk goats. We have trail horses. We work hard to prepare for bad situations and emergencies because I am sure trouble is coming and it is going to be bad.

I am an Eagle Scout and Ex-Army Infantry. Came home and served locally in the Tennessee Defense Force. I am a Community Service Minded individual but i won’t let my family be a victim. I am a licensed Tennessee Handgun Permit Instructor. A certified CERT “Community Emergency Response Team”Instructor. I used to be a decent mechanic before they computerized everything. I am a certified Glock Armorer. I am working to learn how to reload. I was certified in CPR and as a First Responder in Tennessee. Working to obtain my Ham License.

Feel free to contact me and we will see where it goes from there.

Take care, Keep your powder dry and Watch your Six.

 

Jan 092017
 

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Well established Northern Va prepper group looking for new members.  We are NOT a militia!!!  We are seeking like minded families willing to come together in an emergency and be active in a group. Backround in the Medical field is a plus.     We are down to earth people that believe in our country but also believe in self reliance.  if interested email [email protected]

Jan 052017
 

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The present facts of our current and emerging reality coupled with your gut-level intuition about what is getting ready to happen can no longer be ignored…we are heading for a major life-altering event. You’ve come to the unsettling conclusion that there are too many danger signals to deny.  If you follow the prophecies of Nostradamus, 2017 looks to be the tumultuous year.

So, you have stored some food, ammo, and weapons; you read some books on gardening and basic medical care.  But are you really ready?  You can wait until you are facing fundamental societal change to determine how ready you are, but that is a decision that carries serious consequences if you aren’t.

Safety and Skills in Numbers

The wise choice would be to join a group that is serious about preparing for an event.   We have been preparing for several years to shelter our membership and sustain our existence for many years afterward at a secluded and secured location with full-spectrum provisions for long-term sustainability.

For six years, we have prepared a safe-haven community of multiple family units located in central North Carolina for our membership 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 just like you, we can discern the signs of that inevitability.  After all, it is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when.

Our 50-acre retreat has all of the needs necessary for long-term survival under any circumstances including:

  • A deep well with pristine water (with a backup manual pump)
  • A pond and a fast-flowing creek
  • Abundant deer, wild turkey and wild rabbit
  • Domesticated livestock including rabbits, chickens, Guinea Hens, goats, and ducks
  • Sustainable gardens (raised beds and tilled ground) to replenish our stores for food consumption and medical needs
  • A fruit orchard and numerous fruit bushes
  • Abundant natural growing tubers, blackberries and other non-cultivated food sources as a back-up
  • Ongoing construction of a greenhouse to cultivate vegetables, sprouts, and seedlings for longer growing seasons
  • Solar energy systems under development with a dedicated and skilled team working on Energy to determine exact power needs and equipment.

Who We Are

Because our objective is to be self-sufficient when we have to occupy our retreat, we feel it is critical to store and prepare together rather than risk an isolated effort that cannot be defended when social order collapses. We all value the safety of our families above all else, which enables us to collaborate in preparing for that event.

I am a Vietnam Vet who served with an infantry unit as part of five years in the US Army, so I know what it takes to protect your habitation.  I have also served as CEO of three successful companies in my career, so I know how to successfully organize people and projects.

We have organized a retreat community made up of hard-working and dedicated folks committed to preparing for an event.  Many of our membership are former military, so we bring that self-discipline and spirit of camaraderie.

The retreat includes a small medical clinic as our membership includes medical personnel. We are prepared for many medical emergencies or situations.

In addition to the medical staff, our members also include several engineers, an attorney, an auto mechanic, retired Army infantryman, a competition shooter/fisherman, a seamstress, several correctional officers, and a certified aviation mechanic and assembler. We have formed teams to address security/weaponry, medical care, food production, food preparation, communications, construction, and energy.  Each team has a team leader and organizational charter.

Our Leadership Team (all former military) sets executive policies and provides day-to-day operational decisions.  Issues that involve long-term implications or significant allocation of resources or major policy changes are brought before the group for discussion and decisions.  We do not run our organization like a commune or homeowners association—but more like a corporate or quasi-military organization.

If you are looking for a pure democracy with extended deliberations and a vote on everything while progress is measured at a snail’s pace… pass us by.  If you are looking for a group to join that you can maintain a passive enrollment, store food with your “name on the list” for “when the balloon goes up”; we are not the group for you.

We are looking for team-oriented individuals that bring useful skills and positive “can do” attitudes to the table with committed families to actively participate in and further develop what we have achieved so far in the following areas:

  • Operational facilities and extensive sustainable survival provisions maintained in a high state of readiness with the services of a full-time caretaker and group projects conducted at regular meetings.
  • Personal and group training in sustainable living skills (gardening, livestock, construction, food preservation/preparation), operational security / defensive skills, and medical/TCCC (tactical combat casualty care) training.
  • Solid relationships between members based on trust, competence, and contributions to the group over an extended period. Everyone in the community contributes from their resources and skill sets to make us a stronger group.

Our motto is:  Plan, Prepare, and Practice.   

We hold monthly gatherings which are also Skills Development and Retreat Building Workshops one weekend every month. During a typical weekend, we conduct training sessions, defense simulations, and work projects.

Firearms and security training is part of every session, and members are encouraged to seek out individual firearms training as well.  Most of our membership have also attended off-site weapons training, occasionally together. We have a 25-meter and 125-meter pistol and rifle range and provide training in basic handguns, rifle and shotgun use at every monthly Gathering with trained instructors.

Our onsite workshops include working on developing the retreat as well as developing our skill sets. Many of our members have attended homesteading skill and survival training programs at conferences to enhance skills.

In addition to a 360+ page operations manual to support our members, we have also developed a separate 200-page Retreat Activation & Security Protocol which has been reviewed and critiqued by several retired military officers and several security systems experts. We take our security seriously, so security is 24/7/365.  After all, if you can’t defend it, it’s not yours.

Our Retreat

We have accommodation cabins, RV spaces, a medical clinic, a well-house with backup manual well pump, a 4-room bath house with showers and laundry facilities, community center, provisions storage area, commercial kitchen and communications center/operations room. We have a large amount of stored water, solar energy, propane supply, and wood as well. We have prepared for EMP with multiple precautions to include multi-layer nesting of all electronics within Faraday Cages.

To support our communications center, several of our members have Ham licenses.  Our communications center will monitor radio traffic and stay connected with a network of other ham operators when the event occurs. We also have an internal switchboard system with a hard-wired phone system.  As a precaution, we have duplicate equipment for everything—back-ups to back-ups.

We all share in the development of our community through working at every monthly Gathering. While we don’t occupy the retreat until an event has occurred, our members can use the property for R&R to enjoy hunting, fishing, relaxing as a large area surrounds us with plentiful game.

Our members rent space (RV space or cabins) at $250/month to pay for on-site caretaker/security personnel and utilities to man 24-7.  We do have a one-time membership fee that is non-refundable.

We have cabins available as well as several RV space (RV has a full range of sewer, water, and power hook-ups). We are looking for capable and willing folks to help with physical requirements of post-event such as energy (solar, etc.) patrolling, gardening, wood gathering, hunting, etc.

There May Be A Place for You in Our Community

We are also seeking additional skills to add to our mix.  No anti-government types, militants or racists.  We are Constitutionalists and despite a major concern in how our government is run—we are pro-America. Prospective members go through a vetting process that includes email interviews, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, as well as background and criminal checks.

Although we are secular, we are principally Christian but will consider all religions (or non-religious types).  We are not “Bible-thumpers, ” but we do have deep moral, spiritual and ethical beliefs. We often have Sunday Bible service, but attendance is optional. We review our mission, vision, and core values at every meeting and have a 12-page set of rules to govern behavior.

If you have been prepping for a while and want to affiliate with a well-organized, like-minded group in North Carolina, then ask for an application. We start with a phone call first to assess where you are in your prepping efforts.

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-trained, organized, and prepared community.

How important is your family’s welfare and security? What are their lives worth to you?  Think about the advantages of a well-organized group when it comes to the safety and welfare of your loved ones when everything turns upside down. It is like owning an insurance policy you never want to be collected or that spare tire you keep in the trunk of your vehicle you never want to use.

If you want to see a video of our group, then go to YouTube and search for “Tranquility Ridge r2”.  You should get a sense of our group from the video. We are serious folks and have a mission that is reviewed every meeting.

If your family’s security and welfare is critical to you and you live in North Carolina, Virginia or South Carolina, contact us today. Contact me via email: sgtprepper2 [at] gmail [dot] com to request an application and list of further requirements.  We will arrange a phone call for more details and a discussion of your skill sets and readiness.

We are committed to preparing—are you?

 

 

 

Jan 042017
 

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Just want to send out a new post since the old post is from last August. Been hard to meet people with life and schedules, but for any MD prepped out there, hit me up. Keep up the good fight. Hope to hear from you.

Nov 052016
 

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Hey my name is Tom and my wife and I live in Lewisville just outside of Winston-Salem. I have been prepping for many years and have what I think to be all of the basics.

I have food stores I have unlimited water with a deep well and a hand pump, I have a pond, chickens and I’m beginning to raise rabbits. I live in a rural area and have a sufficient garden each year and I am putting solar panels up to be able to run a refrigerator freezer in case of a loss of power. I’ve got a wood-burning stove with a lot of oak trees and cords cords of wood ready to go.The blower will also be on solar. I only have 3 acres and it’s just my wife and I.

My problem is I have some concerns on how to defend it myself should SHTF. If you’re interested in contributing to the homestead, email me and perhaps we can discuss options. winstom1 at aol dot com

Nov 012016
 

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It appears that most people are waiting for the outcome of the s-election. Regardless, whoever gets in, we are still going to experience an unprecedented upheaval. 30 years of research and studying have taught me one thing; forget most of what you’ve learned from so-called “survival experts”. Under normal conditions, their advice is accurate and right on point. But when it hits the fan this time, it will be entirely different circumstances. Scriptures will confirm that fact. Increase the odds of your surviving by hearing us out before making the final decision of where, what, why and how.

Contact us at: yahssoldier [at] use [dot] startmail [dot] com

Oct 282016
 

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Hello hello long time friends.
Been a crazy winter but getting back into the swing of things.

Where?
-Central Virginia
-Boarder a National Park (80,000 acres)
-Over 2,000’ in elevation
-Private community on over 400 acres
-Deep Well
-Streams
-Currently have “on grid” power looking to build solar and wind
-Plenty of fire wood
-Plenty of hunting
-8 miles away from the closest store

What?
Build a small self-sufficient community.
We need each other and no man is an island.
We want to create an environment where we all need each other.
We all can focus on things were good at and leverage everyone’s skills.
-Building multiple homes (Cabins or Shipping Containers… but not “Tiny Homes”)
-Expand the garden
-Add livestock (Bees, Pigs, Chickens, horses, etc)
-Build a greenhouse
-Building a wood/metal working shop
-Build more root cellars
-Expand water storage
-Expand our saw mill
-Expand Communication
-Build an archery range
-Move off of on grid power
-Build WVO fuel procedure
-Create a secure perimeter

Who we are? Homesteader
-Retired Engineer
-35 years old
-Marathon Runner
-Grow up a city boy learning how to be a country boy

Who is are present team? Present Group
5 Families in their mid 30’s from the PA, DE, VA areas

We are of “old school values”
Not associated with any religion
Have strong morals

Who we are looking for? You?
Strong, hardworking, level headed individual or small family.
It would be a plus if you had knowledge of gardening, raising farm animals, hunting and other practical skills.
We will help you build a modest cabin for your residence to live in.
We will work together to maximize the sustainability of our little purpose built community.

If this interests you we would like to start a meaningful dialog because the screening process will be very important to us as we imagine it would be for you.
Contact us at juergs [at] gmail [dot] com

Check out more at YouTube

Oct 132016
 

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Anyone in the Hampton roads area?

Sep 192016
 

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Anyone in northern VA? Looking for a group/couple, bug out possibilities, or meeting to discuss prepping.

 Posted by at 12:06 pm
Sep 092016
 

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I will be in Stafford/N.Virginia on September 20-25 and again on November 20-27 this Fall.

I quit my company job to focus on DIY solar electric and have very low cost alternatives to the usual pay and play equipment.  I have a workshop in Fredericksburg and another in Japan (where I am building out microgrids and providing DIY kits for solar electric).  If you have any interest in DIY Solar Electric please contact me and I will set up something in Stafford County or even another location of your choice.

Let’s get moving on our energy self sufficiency and resilience!

best regards

Marvin M

(you can contact me through www.yugeshima.com if you cant get a message via this group)

 Posted by at 2:41 pm
Aug 032016
 

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I learned a great lesson in life about people. There’s people that do, people that talk about doing, and people that do nothing at all.

We’re looking for those that can Think and DO. People that feel, know and understand the signs of what’s been occurring, and has only escalated in the past twenty years. We’ve wasted too much time already, tying to appeal to others ideas about how to prepare. Face it, no matter how much we prepare, there’s always going to be a should have, would have and could have. There are no absolutes in this world. The only absolute there is, is it’s time to dump the log and get off the pot.

There is 2.65 acres up for sale right next to our location, with room on our land for more. We’re 80% prepared and ready to finish, as best anyone can. We have all the tools for building, mechanical, gardening, energy and security. All we need now, is people. People with the ambition, knowledge, ability(financial) and skills to join us. We’ve already spoken with our fair share of crazies, people that don’t have the common sense to take things seriously.

So, if you are serious and realize the urgency, we are willing to share our knowledge, experience, and sincerity in being prepared. We are trustworthy and loyal, with principles and values outlined within the Scriptures. Which means, we do not judge and treat people the way we want to be treated. Extensive research went into choosing this location.
If interested, private message, with email or number. Security protocols will have to be met, to weed out the speculators and spectators.

May our Creator have mercy on all our souls!

Jul 202016
 

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The present facts of our current and emerging reality coupled with your gut-level intuition about what is getting ready to happen can no longer be ignored…we are heading for a major life-altering event. You’ve come to the unsettling conclusion that there are too many danger signals to deny.  DON’T IGNORE YOUR INTUITION.

So, you have stored some food, ammo and weapons; you read some books on gardening and basic medical care.  But are you really ready?  You can wait until you are facing fundamental societal change to determine how ready you are, but that is a decision that carries serious consequences.

Safety and Skills in Numbers

The wise choice would be to join a group that is serious about preparing for an event.   We have been preparing for multiple  years to shelter our membership and sustain our existence for many years afterwards at a secluded and secured location with full-spectrum provisions for long-term survivability.

We have prepared a safe haven community of a dozen family units located in central North Carolina for our membership 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 just like you, we can discern the signs of that inevitability.  After all, it is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when.

Our 50-acre retreat has all of the needs necessary for long-term survival under any circumstances including:

  • A deep well with pristine water (with a backup manual pump)
  • A pond and a fast-flowing creek
  • Abundant deer, wild turkey and rabbit
  • Domesticated livestock including rabbits, chickens, goats and ducks
  • Sustainable gardens (raised beds and tilled ground) to replenish our stores for food consumption and medical needs
  • A fruit orchard and numerous fruit bushes
  • Abundant natural growing tubers, blackberries and other non-cultivated food sources as a back-up
  • Ongoing construction of a greenhouse to cultivate vegetables, sprouts and seedlings for longer growing seasons
  • Solar energy systems under development with a dedicated and skilled team working on Energy to determine exact power needs and equipment.

Who We Are

Because our objective is to be self-sufficient when we have to occupy our retreat we feel it is critical to store and prepare together rather than risk an isolated effort that cannot be defended when social order collapses. We all value the safety of our families above all else, which enables us to collaborate in preparing for that event.

I am a Vietnam Vet who served with an combat infantry unit as part of five years in the US Army, so I know what it takes to protect your habitation.  I have also served as CEO of three successful companies in my career so I know how to successfully organize people and projects.

We have organized a retreat community made up of hard-working and dedicated folks committed to preparing for an event.  Many of our membership are former military so we bring that self-discipline and spirit of camaraderie as well as mission-focus.

The retreat includes a stocked medical clinic as our membership includes several doctors, a RN and an EMT. We are prepared for many medical emergencies or situations.

In addition to the medial staff listed above, our members also include several electrical engineers, an attorney, an auto mechanic, a teacher, DOC officer, retired Army infantryman, an IT expert, a competition shooter/fisherman, a seamstress, construction contractor, teacher, a former SWAT member and a trained aviation mechanic and assembler. We have formed teams to address security/weaponry, medical care, food production, food preparation, communications, construction and energy.  Each team has a team leader and organizational charter.

We also form Task Forces to address specific needs like Mobilization/Activating Communications and Perimeter Security Training Aids.

Our three-person Leadership Team (all former military) sets executive policies and provides operational day-to-day decisions.  Issues that involve long-term implications or significant allocation of resources or policy changes are brought before the group for discussion and decisions.  We do not run our organization like a commune or home owners association—but more like a corporate or quasi-military organization.

If you are looking for a pure democracy with extended deliberations and a vote on everything while progress is measured at a snail’s pace… pass us by.  If you are looking for a group to join that you can maintain a passive enrollment, store food with your “name on the list” for “when the balloon goes up”; we are not the group for you.  Our motto is “Plan-Prepare-Practice” so we don’t just think about alternate energy–we develop it.  We don’t just read books on first aid–we practice it.

We are looking for team-oriented individuals that bring useful skills and positive “can do” attitudes to the table with committed families to actively participate in and further develop what we have achieved so far in the following areas:

  • Operational facilities and extensive sustainable survival provisions maintained in a high state of readiness with the services of a full-time caretaker and group projects conducted at regular meetings.
  • Personal and group training in sustainable living skills (gardening, livestock, construction, food preservation/preparation), operational security / defensive skills, and medical/TCCC (tactical combat casualty care) training.
  • Solid relationships between members based on trust, competence, and contributions to the group over an extended period of time. Everyone in the community contributes from their resources and skill sets to make us a stronger group.
  • The governance bodies are: an Ops Leader, Assistant Ops Leaders (Leadership Team) and a Community Council (made of adult members).

Our motto is: Plan, Prepare, and Practice.   

We hold monthly gatherings which are also Skills Development and Retreat Building Workshops one weekend every month. During a typical weekend we conduct numerous training sessions and defense simulations.

Firearms and security training is part of every session and members are encouraged to seek out individual firearms training as well.  Most of our membership have also attended off-site weapons training, occasionally together. We have a 25-meter and 125-meter pistol and rifle range and provide training in basic handguns, rifle and shotgun use at every Gathering with several trained instructors/range officers.

Our onsite workshops include working on developing the retreat as well as developing our skill sets. Many of our members have attended homesteading skill and survival training programs at conferences to enhance skills. We plan to bring select experts in for additional training in the next few months.

In addition to a 360+ page operations manual to support our members, we have also developed a separate 200-page Retreat Activation & Security Protocol which has been reviewed and critiqued by several retired military officers and several security systems experts. We also have an extensive CCTV camera system for surveillance with several monitoring stations. We take our security seriously, so onsite security is 24/7/365.  After all, if you can’t defend it, it’s not yours, so ours is defensible.

Here is a sampling of some of the training topics we have presented:

  • Foot patrolling techniques
  • Tactical gear
  • Small unit tactics
  • Radio Talk Protocol
  • Running & gunning
  • First aid and trauma medical care
  • Compass reading and orienting
  • Communications protocol
  • Battery storage
  • Water purification
  • Sanitation
  • Alternative energy devices
  • Solar energy
  • Gardening
  • Cheese sealing
  • Food packaging
  • Slaughtering and dressing of domestic livestock
  • Herbs, homeopathy, and essential oils/tinctures
  • Candle making
  • Radiation-countering supplements
  • EMP protection
  • Earth moving equipment operation
  • Survival skills and much more…

Our Retreat

We have accommodation cabins, RV spaces, a medical clinic, a well-house with backup manual well pump, a 3-room bath house with showers and laundry facilities, shop, diesel and gas storage, community center, provisions storage area, commercial kitchen and communications center/operations room. We have a large amount 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 are finalizing our solar power system as we have done extensive research in the process and have been accumulating solar equipment for years.

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.

To support our communications center, six of our members have Ham licenses.  Our communications center will monitor radio traffic and stay connected with a network of other ham operators 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—back-ups to back-ups.

Anyone can have a Plan B…but you may need a Plan C.

We all share in the development of the community through working at every monthly Gathering. While we don’t occupy the retreat until an event has occurred, our members can use the property for R&R to enjoy hunting, fishing, relaxing as we are surrounded by a large area with plentiful game.

Our members rent space (RV space or cabins) at $250/month to pay for on-site caretaker/security personnel and utilities to man 24-7.  We do have a one-time membership fee of $750 that is non-refundable that goes into our construction fund.

We have one cabin available as well as a RV space (RV has full range of sewer, water and power hook-ups). We are looking for capable and willing folks to help with physical requirements of post-event such as energy (solar, etc.) patrolling, gardening, wood gathering, hunting, etc.

There May Be A Place for You in Our Community

We are also seeking additional skills to add to our mix.  No anti-government types, militants or racists.  We are Constitutionalists and despite a major concern in how our government is run—we are pro-America. Prospective members go through a vetting process that includes email interviews, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, as well as background and criminal checks.

Although we are secular, we are principally Christian but will consider all religions (or non-religious types).  We are not “Bible-thumpers” but we do have deep moral, spiritual and ethical beliefs. We have Sunday Bible service, but attendance is optional. We have an optional Sunday Service when we hold our weekend Gathering but attendance is optional.

We review our mission, vision and core values at every meeting and have a 12-page set of rules to govern behavior.

If you have been prepping for a while and want to affiliate with a well-organized, like-minded group in North Carolina, then ask for an application. We start with a phone call first.

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-trained, organized, and prepared community.

How important is your family’s welfare and security? What are their lives worth to you?  Think about the advantages of a well-organized group when it comes to the safety and welfare of your loved ones when everything turns upside down. It is like owning an insurance policy you never want collected or that spare tire you keep in your trunk you never want to use.

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 operation security is far more important than ‘15 minutes of fame.’  We are preppers–not food hoarders or entertainers.

If you want to see a video of our group, visit YouTube and search for “Tranquility Ridge r2”.  You should get a sense of our group from the video. We are serious folks and have a mission that is reviewed every meeting.

If your family’s security and safety is critical to you and you live in North Carolina, Virginia or South Carolina, contact us today. Contact me via email: sgtprepper2 (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss your qualifications by phone and then we will send you an application and list of further requirements.

We have one cabin and one RV space left and it is first-come-first-serve.  Remember, most of the Jews of Europe missed the early tell-tale signs of the sinister changes that were taking place in the 1930’s.  Don’t miss this opportunity to join an established and organized group–we are serious…are you? 

 

Jul 182016
 

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Looking for a shenendoah valley or northwestern va prep group. Looking to learn and contribute.

May 232016
 

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Hi, I live in the Shenandoah valley of northwestern Virginia, I am a 24 year old female, single, Christian (Baptist), I believe in a small government (I’m not an anarchist–I believe the government must have some control, but that our current government has taken on too much). I’m not interested in being a hermit. In a TEOTWAWKI scenario, I think it’s important to hold onto one’s humanity, and that includes rebuilding “civilized society” after it falls.

Here are further facts about me, positive and negative: 

I am an intermediate/advanced loom knitter, I can weave on a pin loom, I am a novice sewist, I have this ability to design some textiles without buying a pattern. I love to bake, and am learning to cook. I have a strong desire to homeschool my future children. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher (a pen-on-paper art form, easy to do, it can have anti-anxiety effects on the person using the method). Depending on when SHTF happens, I may have some book knowledge on psychology and counseling by then; currently I have some innate talent for giving sound counsel, and I’m constantly learning.

The negatives: I am currently unable to work a “real” job due to Aspergers, a sleep disorder, and psychiatric issues. (So in a SHTF scenario I’d need to explore natural ways to combat depression and anxiety before my meds ran out). I am currently on government assistance and live with my parents. I will always need gentle reminders to do certain things, but I don’t usually need direct help to complete tasks I’m capable of accomplishing. I’m out of shape. I have started a bug out bag and a more extensive bug out box that I can easily put in the trunk of a car, but otherwise I have no tangible preparedness items.

If I were to join a group with a BOL, I would soon ask that, if SHTF, would my mother, dad, brother, and his family (if he has one by that time) could join me at the BOL. Below is a short list of their skills and limitations:

Mom: expert crocheter, can teach crochet, can supervise older children. She is physically disabled with chronic pain.

Dad: handyman, maintAins our cars, house, knows when to take shortcuts and when not to, safety conscious, decent carpentry skills, excellent work ethic. Has type 2 diabetes, some back issues (monthly chiropractic visits take care of it) otherwise in very good health.

Brother: young adult, has interest in becoming a gunsmith and possibly doing some blacksmithing, has much book knowledge on firearms. Has POTS (look up POTS in children) but has slowly been improving. Hoping he grows out of this chronic illness within the next few years. Insanely smart.

We as a family do not currently prep. We do not have the space to store extra food or supplies; daddy is so busy at work and home that he has no business adding “prepper” to the mix; we are financially strapped. I am a follower, not a leader, else I’d take charge of some measure of prepping.

If you’ve read this far, then you or your group are capable of dealing with the disadvantages to including me. I DO have something of value to bring to the table, but I’m very frank, and I don’t want to make myself out to be this perfect prepper lady when I’m not. Thank you for reading my post, and have a nice day.

You can reach me at sghluchy (at) Gmail (dot) com.

Apr 042016
 

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I was wondering if there are any survivalists in my area that are members here. I am new to prepping but not new to survival. I have many skills and extensive experience in outdoor survival. Just recently started to put together a Bug out bag (you can call it what you like) and I soon realized that in a EOTW senario, people would be your greatest resource. I would like to establish a group of like minded people so we could pull our resources, experience and knowledg.

Apr 022016
 

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Hello everyone, I am looking to start interaction  with some “like minded” people that live around my area.  Although I have some contacts already, this internet, synergy, blogging thing is new to me.  I will try to summarize some details that describe who I am in the upcoming sentences.  For starters, I am close to my mid 40’s and work out 4 to 6 days a week. My wife and I are both in the medical field and the parents of 2 wonderful sons.  Give or take a year and they are around 10 years old.  The Blue Ridge Mountains are very addictive and my family is always hiking, fishing, hunting, or camping every moment we can. This may sound a bit strange but the mountain’s tug at my being and I am happiest when I am in them.  Unfortunately, my occupation is lucrative but extremely demanding and takes the vast majority of each day.

I started my prepping mindset in the year 2007.  Every week I would go to Walmart and buy 1050 rounds (2 value pack boxes) of Federal 22LR  for $37.94.  The preps moved onto different calibers and I started upgrading some of my reloading equipment.  Obama was elected and all hell broke loose.  It started in ammo, moved to guns, magazines, then to primers and powder, etc.  Stocked up and with no fear compared to the rest of the nation, I realized that prepping specific items would be essential for the years to come.

Somewhere along 2006 to 2007, I took my first defensive handgun course in West VA.  Lets just say I was hooked!!!  One course led to another, then another to the point I have now taken around 9 courses from pistol to precision rifles and everything in between.  I try to take at least one course a year to refresh the drill skills.  Without question, my favorite style of range time is long range shooting.  Over the years, I invested in several custom rifles with scopes of equal expense or more.   A precision rifle cannot be utilized to the fullest unless the barrel harmonics and optimization of the ammo has been evaluated.  What that means is I have spent hours and hours at my reloading bench then collecting trigger time.  On the norm, I get about 50 to 100 rounds down range about every 2 weeks depending on what firearm I feel the urge to take with me.  For those of you that know the lingo, I am a sub MOA shooter with my precision weapons.

My personality is one that is extraverted.  In my occupation, I am in an Alpha position and have numerous employees that need my help/guidance every day.  I naturally migrate to people that are genuinely nice, knowledgable, and where an unspoken respect can be established between us simply because I like them.  On the other hand, my fuse is pretty short for people that reek of arrogance, drama, self righteousness, laziness, and entitlement.

Lastly, I have made some mistakes in the past “regarding preps” but have learned what is cost effective verses wasted money.  There’s so much to learn that it takes years to develop experience.  Unfortunately, everybody wants to offer advice but at least 95% of the people just regurgitate Bull Shit they have heard in hopes of trying to impress.  I can honestly say I am pretty proficient in hunting, fishing, marksmanship, moderate gun smithing, and gardening.  My wife has other sought after skill sets that make her extremely valuable.  If we sound like the kind of people you would like to meet, then reply to this post and we can plan something over coffee.

Mar 252016
 

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“Read more about us on page 146 of Lights Out by Ted Koppel!”

Friends,  we have had a TON of success networking with other preppers across the country, but mostly on the East Coast.  When we saw there was a lack of good expos out there, as a place for people to get quality education and products and services, we decided to do something about it, and that’s where EC PREPCON was born.  We’re now on our 5th show, and in the past, have had folks like Ted Koppel come through when he was researching for his acclaimed book, Lights out.  You can actually read about a past show on page 146 of his book.

Scott Hunt of Practical Preppers will be our keynote speaker.  NYTimes bestselling author on survival will also be there.  Former SWAT officer Jay Blevins from Doomsday Preppers will be sharing about surviving active shooter situations, and there will be many more top notch speakers, over 100 tables of survival and preapredness vendors and services, and we’re evening doing ON THE FLOOR special classes, as well as a back to the good old days film on self-reliance will be premiering there!  You can find more info at http://www.sepsllc.com/#!ec-prepcon-v/c129z, or you can follow us on Twitter @sepsllc, or on FB https://www.facebook.com/sepsllc.

Tickets are only $10 per day, $15 for the weekend, and kids 12 and under are FREE!  Come on out and join us for a GREAT weekend of all things preparedness!

Mar 222016
 

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Confused as to Next Steps in Preparing? 

The present facts of our current and emerging reality coupled with your gut-level intuition about what is getting ready to happen can no longer be ignored…we are heading for a major life-altering event. You’ve come to the unsettling conclusion that there are too many danger signals to deny.

Rather than waiting until you’re facing fundamental societal change to determine how ready you are, the wise choice would be to join a group that is serious about preparing for an event. We have been preparing for several years to shelter our membership and sustain our existence for many years afterwards at a secluded and secured location with full-spectrum provisions for long-term survivability.

Our 50-acre retreat has all of the needs necessary for long-term survival under any circumstances with all of the housing, agricultural, domestic/wild game, and energy technology solutions necessary for thriving and not just surviving.

Who We Are

We have organized a retreat community made up of hard-working and dedicated folks committed to preparing for an event. Many of our membership are former military so we bring that self-discipline and spirit of camaraderie. Skilled medical personnel as well as all of the necessary disciplines for all aspects of a working society are part of our ranks.

Our leadership team, composed of former military,  is guided by a 360+ page operations manual to support our members. We have also developed a separate 200-page Retreat Activation & Security Protocol which has been reviewed and critiqued by several retired military officers and several security systems experts.

Our motto is: Plan, Prepare, and Practice. Consequently, we have extensive skills, safety, survival and defensive training sessions with skilled professionals. An extensive list of training topics covers all areas of maintaining and further development of a self-sustaining and secure community that can prosper over time rather than dwindle and become vulnerable.

We are looking for team-oriented individuals that bring useful skills and positive “can do” attitudes to the table with committed families to actively participate in and further develop what we have achieved so far in the following areas:

 

There May Be A Place for You in Our Community

We are seeking additional skills to add to our mix. No anti-government types, militants or racists. We are Constitutionalists and despite a major concern in how our government is run—we are pro-America. Prospective members go through a vetting process that includes email interviews, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, as well as background and criminal checks.

Although we are secular, we are principally Christian but will consider all religions (or non-religious types). We are not “Bible-thumpers” but we do have deep moral, spiritual and ethical beliefs. We review our mission, vision and core values at every meeting and have a 12-page set of rules to govern behavior.

If you have been prepping for a while and want to affiliate with a well-organized, like-minded group in North Carolina, then ask for an application. We start with a phone call first. If we each see a shared vision and compatibility, we will share an extensive list of features within our community that we have barely hinted at in this introduction.

If your family’s security and safety is critical to you and you live in North Carolina, Virginia or South Carolina, contact us today and we will send you an in depth description along with a link to a video about the group.  If you are still interested, we can discuss requirements.  Contact me via email: sgtprepper2 (at) gmail (dot) com (sgtprepper2 [at] gmail [dot] com) to request more info,  an application and list of further requirements.

We are committed—are you?

 

Feb 292016
 

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Seeking to Join/Form/Start a group of like minded individuals. Not interested in Joining a Cult, or Religious Group, I am 22 Years of Age and have been interested in Prepping for a few years now. I believe the world may end in our lifetime, or perhaps the next and I want to be Prepared, and have good people at my side when it does.

Email me @ Irish1313z [at] gmail [dot] com

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Jan 112016
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA3STIcitTo <— Big Thank You

Where?
-Central Virginia
-Boarder a National Park (80,000 acres)
-Over 2,000’ in elevation
-Private community on 500 acres
-Deep Well
-Streams
-Currently have “on grid” power looking to build solar and wind
-Plenty of fire wood
-Plenty of hunting
-8 miles away from the closest store

What?
Build a small self-sufficient community.
We need each other and no man is an island.
We want to create an environment where we all need each other.
We all can focus on things were good at and leverage everyone’s skills.
-Building multiple homes (Cabins or Shipping Containers… but not “Tiny Homes”)
-Expand the garden
-Add livestock (Bees, Pigs, Chickens, horses, etc)
-Build a greenhouse
-Building a wood/metal working shop
-Build more root cellars
-Expand water storage
-Expand our saw mill
-Expand Communication
-Build an archery range
-Move off of on grid power
-Build WVO fuel procedure
-Create a secure perimeter

Who? Homesteader
-Retired Engineer
-35 years old
-Marathon Runner
-Grow up a city boy learning how to be a country boy

Who? Present Group
5 Families in their mid 30’s from the PA, DE, VA areas

We are of “old school values”
Not associated with any religion
Have strong morals

Who? You?
Strong, hardworking, level headed individual or small family.
It would be a plus if you had knowledge of gardening, raising farm animals, hunting and other practical skills.
We will help you build a modest cabin for your residence to live in.
We will work together to maximize the sustainability of our little purpose built community.

If this interests you we would like to start a meaningful dialog because the screening process will be very important to us as we imagine it would be for you.
Contact us at juergs [at] gmail [dot] com