Retreat Owner Profiles

lots of fuel tankage. Most likely an F250 short bed 4×4 (the big truck rides like a …truck with no load). I’d get a diesel Excursion if I could get a bigger fuel tank in it. I commute to and from LA to work, I try and schedule my work so I get 5 days straight, a week or more off, and then another 5 days straight so I cut down on commuting. I’d like to be able to commute (about 500 miles each way) without refueling and would like more cargo room than the Mercedes has. Each vehicle has a customized BoB for the primary driver. Each also has a small cardboard box filled with ammo: We were at a public range in the LA area the day the Rodney King riots started. Of course, we shot up all our ammo. Going home was sporting, to say the least….




Establishing a Community of Like-Minded People, by P.S. in Virginia

to do them differently. I found what works the best for me in finding like minded people is to stick around my own age group. People who grew up in the mid 50s to mid 70s are a prime target. People who understand what it was like to work hard for a living and realizing that things are not just given to you but you had to earn them. I think modern technology is great but it is also going to be our undoing in the long run. There is some merit to grow up using your imagination as a child for entertaining yourself than finding it in a video game. As kids growing up and playing Army out in the woods, we were learning how to build forts, set up defenses , working together as a team and forming strategies without even knowing it. When finding like minded people




A “10% Test” Survival Trip by C.J. in Helena Montana Edited by Capt. Barr

…to add to our gear a way to lock a door from the inside, any door. 4. If you like an alcohol drink at the end of the day, keep that in your personal gear, not stored away in the truck. My wife and I like a private drink at the end of the day in our bedroom away from the need to have a conversation with everyone else. It helped us unwind and plan the rest of the project, not to mention get away from impolite questions and improper behavior. 5. Bring your sleeping bags with you into the bedroom or hotel room. For some reason people do not provide enough blankets or bedding. One sister’s house provided us with a room, two small beds and  one blanket! People are used to turning up the thermostat. We like good bedding.  Also have ear-plugs. Kids and even adults in some…




OPSEC and the Dangers of People You Thought Were Like-Minded, by R.S.O. in Arizona

thing in our non-state of emergency day to day life. They buy the homeless person a burger, help the little old lady put the gallon of milk in her car, are in a job that is for the benefit of society, they may be Doctors, Law Enforcement, Military, or Fire Fighters. You know the types people who help people in their day to day lives. I was recently told by an individual that I held to a higher standard than most people in the community, that he and another person on my list of Friends that I thought were like minded and trusted confidants were Prepping. You can imagine the joy these two individuals are well respected in the community that I participate in and many of my friends participate in. The first is a Sales representative for an international firearms company (Mr. Gun) and the other is a Successful…




America’s Gun Grabbers Have Accelerated the Mass Exodus to The American Redoubt

are perfect, but Middle Tennessee is a very practical alternative to the Mountain West Redoubt for all the reasons they adroitly stated. The Cumberland Plateau area of the Appalachian Redoubt is particularly attractive for many homesteaders and preparedness-minded folks seeking a secure, practical retreat location. Real estate pricing remains very reasonable on the Plateau and decent agricultural or forested lands are plentiful. OPSEC-minded sellers appear to avoid the commercial MLS and other Realtor sites, so you’ll probably need to look for unique DIY websites that are becoming more common. Survivalblog archives have several good articles on what to look for. And don’t discount the possibility of finding an aging Boomer family (without likeminded heirs) selling their existing off grid retreat as aging takes its inevitable toll. Tennessee has a lot to offer for self-sufficiency-minded homesteaders; it’s not a bunch of rednecks and porch goobers as some would have you believe….




Finding Like-Minded People in Your Area

I’m often asked “How do I find people in my area that share my interest in preparedness?” When recruiting for a retreat group, or if you are considering joining an existing one, proceed with appropriate OPSEC precautions, extensive background/reference checks, and prayer. To supplement your own extended family, try to find folks with the same religious background and representing a good mix of skills. My novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse” describes some of the specific skills that would be ideal for a group retreat–like a doctor, a mechanic, a machinist/welder, a farmer, a combat veteran, and so on. If you are already living at your intended retreat, it is probably best to recruit locally. If not, then you should probably recruit regionally looking for preparedness-minded people that have the same long-term relocation destination, or at least people with the willingness to be flexible about where they relocate. I recommend…




Letter Re: Finding a Family Oriented Survival Retreat

others, and character does matter, but if you haven’t found the people you are looking for in your immediate area than maybe it would be advantageous to look for others outside your area. The bottom line is that there are others out there who would be great to work with and have the right mind set, but maybe like yourselves, don’t quite have the financial means to buy a big remote property, and even if they did, they wouldn’t have the man power to make it work. That’s why we need to connect with others somehow, maybe even set-up a forum for people to be able to discuss these matters and potentially find other like minded families too work with. C) Relocation This leads me to my last point, and that is location, or maybe better stated, re-location. After studying several areas and reading the articles written by Mr. Rawles…




Guest Article: Strategic Relocation: Are You Missing Out? by Kit Perez

Traffic/Long commutes Nosy neighbors Inability to become truly sustainable Lack of room for storing preps or other necessities Higher prices and cost of living Draconian HOAs and suburban “beautification” organizations Gun laws Overregulation, ordinances, taxes, levies, and all the related idiocy Wanting to get your kids out of public schools Lack of likeminded attitudes or political/religious ideals Another thing you might be dealing with in your area is the locale’s natural disaster type. Everything is a trade, and while preparing for natural disaster is somewhat the same regardless of where you live, each area has its own specific challenges that you might not be okay with. If you live in an urban or even suburban area, you might also find that you’re having a hard time finding people who believe as you do, whether that be your worldview, politics, or religious belief. Like it or not, harassment is a very…




Countering The Retreat Freeloader Meme, by Caroline B.

I feel it is my duty to the Lord to be a good steward over the all of blessings that He has placed in my hands. And so… I prep. I “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” And I invite you to do the same. Here is where I can start helping you: 1. Find likeminded people. If you are in my area, are already my friend or family member, or even if you live an Internet based life, feel free to contact me, befriend me, and share your thoughts, concerns and questions with me. Having likeminded people surrounding you can be encouraging, uplifting, and provide excellent resources in your efforts to meet the challenges ahead. 2. Make a list of what you have, and what you know. You may already possess materials and skills that will be useful for your family’s safety, or provide a valuable…




Letter Re: Finding Like-Minded Folks

that I live in! (Sorry to be so circumspect , but I ‘ve made solemn promises to family members that I can only mention that I live in TUWS, somewhere west of the Rockies, on the bank of TUR, on a ranch in TUROM. All this dissimulation might seem odd to some readers, but please put yourself in my shoes. We had some odd stalking incidents when we were living at our previous ranch, so when we made or last move we took some unprecedented OPSEC measures. I even have cousins that don’t know where I live. Your situation, feeling unable to link up with other that share your preparedness goals, is fairly typical . See my static web page: Finding LikeMinded People in Your Area. The advice there will probably be very helpful. May God Put You in the Right Place, at the Right Time, with the Right People….




Learning Prepper and Barter Skills at Your Local Dump, by N.J.

or even keep your eye out at the dump for another of that same or similar item to find the working part you need. I would often tell people that the dump has a great return policy; you can take it home, hold onto it for awhile, and if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted or you were unable to repair the item, just bring it back to the dump. A huge hit at the recycle center for repair-minded people were lawn mowers and snow blowers. Handy people would take them home, tinker around with them, repair them (when possible), and sell them. Another skill worth practicing is making from the items you find at the recycle center. A lot of people I knew would gather enough items of value, fix the ones not working, and host a yard sale. Besides gathering items and selling them, there were…




Planning For Success During And After The SHTF- Part 1, by Old Bobbert

is talking. How to balance OpSec with finding like minded people? I like the suggestion of taking canning classes, first aid classes, etc. Once a Marine… I ask an innocent question, like: What would you do if an ice storm took out the power supply for a week? Other followup questions help me discern someone’s level of awareness. Still looking for folks who are paying attention. Although I have been able to find out several neighbors who have firearms. J.T. This article got me thinking – which makes it good! The more I read and rationalize all that I have read (the facts and fiction) the more I believe in the skills of leadership. In our neighborhood, we likely have 5 of 30 that could assume a strong leadership role, the rest will follow and most will be able to contribute something, and a few will reguire our immediate support….




How To Prep For … Throwing In The Towel- Part 1, by DR in Tennessee

members are you planning to support at your bug-out location? How many likeminded families have you recruited to come together in defense of your rural lifestyle, if there’s an emergency like never before? Off-Grid Lifestyle A Handful If you’re like some aging preparedness-minded folks, you may be thinking that the labor-intensive off-grid lifestyle of remote retreat living is getting to be a real handful every day. Severe winter months in some locales can really accelerate this thinking. Maybe you’ve been living the retreat life for 15 or 20 years and you know firsthand that it isn’t anything like reality television would have you believe. You know full well the average aging homesteader won’t make it on “Mountain Men.” How long do you intend to be able to pursue off-grid retreat living before you, a) get some live-in help; b) injure yourself and cannot continue with the manual labor routine you’ve…




Letter Re: Finding a Like-Minded Spouse

JWR – I have read through all of your archives, and your Finding LikeMinded People in Your Area [static page]. From a recent personal experience, I thought maybe it might help to note that the site www.FarmersOnly.com is an online dating-type site that caters to: “Farmers, Ranchers, Ag Students and all of Agriculture Horse, Livestock Owners and all Animal Lovers Cowboys, Cowgirls, Rodeo Fans and Country Wannabes” I recently signed up and, unlike the mainstream sites, they give you a three day “try it before you buy it” period. Also, unlike the mainstream sites, their membership fees are reasonable for anyone who is just casually “looking” and can’t justify sacrificing their logistics budget on a $200+ per year subscription. The really impressive part is that by the last day of my three-day trial period I had already met four women who were really into survival and survivalesque activities. One of…




Letter Re: Networking With Like-Minded Individuals

…difficult at best. We have skills to offer, we are rapidly building up our preps and we are studying all we can – but we realize now the need to align ourselves with others who can help us learn and grow and work together if/when the Schumer hits the fan. Do you have any suggestions for us on how we might locate/contact groups in our area (North Texas) who may be looking for members? Thank you for any assistance you can give – and thank you for your book and blog. – Matt W. JWR Replies: I get one or two e-mails like yours every day. They all ask, in essence: “How do I find likeminded people that I can team up with, in my area?” I usually offer two suggestions: 1.) Wear a SurvivalBlog logo T-shirt or hat around town, or on trips to the shooting range and gun…