Are you REALLY ready for the Event? • What if it happened next month? • 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 about what is getting ready to happen can’t be denied. We are heading for a major life-altering event. Your logic is telling you something big is going to happen. Then join a group that is serious about preparing for an event. There is safety and skills in numbers. We have been preparing for several years to shelter our membership and sustain our existence for many years afterwards at a secluded and secure location with full-spectrum provisions for long-term survivability. We are an organized multi-family prepper retreat located in central North Carolina. 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 live there. 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. Deer, wild turkey and rabbit are abundant. We raise livestock such as rabbits, chickens and ducks. We have several gardens (raised beds and tilled ground). We grow food for consumption and medicinal plants as well. We also have a fruit orchard and numerous fruit bushes. As a back-up, we have been planting natural growing non-cultivated food sources such as tubers, blackberries, etc. 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 and adding a larger greenhouse to allow longer growing seasons. It is our belief that there is more safety in numbers and wider range of skills 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 value our families’ safety enough 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. I have also served as CEO of three successful companies in my career so I know how to organize people and projects. We have organized a retreat community made up of hard working and dedicated folks preparing for an event. Many of our membership are former military. The retreat includes a small medical clinic as our membership includes several doctors, a physician’s assistant, 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 numerous engineers, an auto mechanic, a teacher, a competition shooter/fisherman, a seamstress, a project manager, and construction carpenter, a former SWAT member and trained aviation mechanic and assembler. We have formed teams to address security/weaponry, medical care, food production, food preparation, communications, and construction/power. Each team has a Team Leader and organizational charter. Our motto is: Plan…Prepare…Practice. Our three-person Leadership Team sets executive policies and provides operational day-to-day decisions. Issues that involve long-term implications or significant allocation of resources are bought before the group for discussion and input. 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 buy. If you are looking for a group to join that you can maintain a passive involvement, 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 of time. Everyone in the community contributes from their resources and skill sets to make us a stronger group. 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. 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. We have a 360+ page operations manual to support our members. We also developed a separate 200-page Retreat Activation & Security Protocol that has been reviewed and critiqued by several retired military officers and several security systems experts. 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. We have several trained instructors. We also have an extensive CCTV camera system for surveillance with several monitoring stations. We take our security seriously. After all, if you can’t defend it…it is not yours to keep. Ours is defensible. Additional training topics we have presented have included foot patrolling techniques, first aid and trauma medical care,compass reading and orienting, gardening, battery storage, food packaging, water purification, alternative energy devices, running & gunning, cheese sealing, EMP protection, herbs and homeopathy, essential oils, sanitation, candle making, operating earth moving equipment, solar energy, slaughtering and dressing of domestic livestock, and survival skills, etc. We have accommodation cabins, RV spaces, a medical clinic, 2 laundry rooms, a well-house, a 3-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 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. To support our communications center, 4-5 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. The governance bodies are: an Ops Leader, Assistant Ops Leader, a Leadership Team and a Community Council (made of adult members). Our members rent space (RV space or cabins) at $200/month to pay for onsite caretaker/security personnel and utilities. We all share in the development of the community through work every monthly Gathering. We don’t occupy the retreat until an event has occurred. 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. We do have a one-time membership fee that is non-refundable. We have one cabin available as well as a several RV spaces (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. We are also looking for additional skills to add to our mix. No anti-government types 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, 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. We review our mission, vision and core values at every meeting and have a 12-page set of rules. If you have been prepping for a while and want to affiliate with a like-minded group in North Carolina, then ask for an application. 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. 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. 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 SM conversation to request an application and list of further requirements. We are serious---are you? Edit by ghrit (deleted email addy) to preserve OP's OPSEC.