Security is a vast topic and
beyond the scope of this
however, as my survival retreat employs security measures
not common to most of the retreats, you may find
something useful in this section. The word security means
or suggests keeping something secure or safe. I'm going
to use it to mean the physical and strategic methods
employed to keep me and my survival retreat safe from
So what dangers am I preparing
for? How you answer this question for yourself
will guide you in your preparations, including location,
geography, climate, materials, population density, what you
stock or store and more. So start there. What dangers or
enemies do you think might threaten your safety? The list of
possible scenarios grows longer each year, as forces and
institutions beyond our control appear to be pushing all of us
towards an uncertain, and probably unsafe, future. So pick one
or several that you believe are more likely than others to
endanger you, and then decide what measures you can take to
deal with them, should one or more actually occur.
1) nuclear war 2)
terrorist attack 3) contagious disease or virus 4) biological
war 5) economic collapse 6) fuel shortage or crisis 7) comet or
meteor hits the Earth 8) hurricanes or tornadoes 9) massive
earthquake 10) flood 11) EMP disables power grid, vehicles,
electronics, computers 12) new ice age.
What I find bizarre is that, as our global society
becomes more unbalanced, more of the things on the
list seem possible, even probable. Have a look at the Crash
Course at www..Chris Martenson.com for a well-prepared
introduction to what could be called our global crisis,
involving the three 'E's': Energy, Economy and Environment. Now
that you have picked a crisis or two - a dangerous event,
consider what events will possibly preceed it/them and and how
you envision that 'event' unfolding. What will things look like
during and after this event?
Since the crash course and Mr. Rawles' book (about surviving
the end of the world as we know it) do an excellent job
presenting this scenario, I won't dwell on it here.
www.survivalblog.com is another worthwhile resource, the
website of James Wesley Rawles, author of two books mentioned
on this website, both recommended reading for those serious
about preparing for the worst.
If you remember only one idea from this section, or even
from this site it is this: "Do whatever it takes to avoid
becoming a refugee." Refugees have no power, no options and are
at the mercy of others who may not care.
It is not unreasonable to conclude that, as the
economy spirals downward, as more people remain
unemployed, as people's financial resources are exhausted, and
as desperation replaces hope for improvment, more people will
be pushed to commit crimes like theft, burglaries, etc. to
survive. It may not be a big breakdown at all, maybe just a
downward spiral into depression, chaos and panic. I'm not
making any predictions, but it doesn't matter how it happens.
Prepare now while you can. Get your beans, bullets and
band-aids while they are still to be gotten.
Your survival retreat must do all of these for
1) shelter you from the elements
2) keep you safe from harm (environment, animals,
3) feed you
4) provide your water
5) help you heal, physically and psychologically
6) help you be productive and thrive
If your survival retreat is going to shelter you
from the elements and keep you safe from harm,
you must design and build it (or modify it) both for the most
severe weather you would expect and from the most dangerous
attack or assault you suspect might come your way. Unless you
are a psychic with a phenomenal reputation for accuracy, the
task at hand appears impossible and probably is for most of us.
Nevertheless, you must make choices and you must manifest your
survival retreat and hope that you made the right choices.
Do you really have to do this? I mean, what an
undertaking! It'll take lots of money, lots of
time, lots of labor. Maybe everything will be fine; maybe all
those predictions about the end of the world, the big collapse,
the end of the Mayan calendar - maybe its like Y2K, the
disaster that never happened, the killer bees that never came,
and all the other scares the media hyped up.
That's possible. It could be that none of the events
on our list ever happen in our lifetime. Could it
happen to my children? To their children? If you're the psychic
that I wish I were sometimes, you will probably want to keep
your self tuned in for some inside tips on 'coming
attractions'. You, your kids and their kids may all experience
one or more events, perhaps all of you together at the same
Follow the Boy Scout motto: "Be
prepared". If the proverbial sh!t hits the fan,
the power grid goes down, cities become barren prisons and
millions head for greener pastures, you may be grateful for the
day you decided to act like a Boy Scout, for the time and
effort you invested in your survival retreat and its stocks,
and even for the 'assault' rifle you used it to repel a gang of
Meditate often on your life and 'mission',
the role you play and are about to play. Trust the guidance you
receive in a fearless state of mind and take action, even if
you don't fully comprehend why. Rationality may rebel, but
intuition must prevail. It is the only true guide. more...