When I first started off in the preparedness arena, I have to admit that sometimes I felt a little bit like a lone wolf.
Sure, there were some like-minded folks that we at 4Patriots discovered out there. And over time we certainly have connected with many more of them, including you.
For quite a while there, many of us who believe in being prepared for an uncertain future were called a lot of names. “Lone wolf” was probably the nicest of the bunch.
“Alarmist,” “paranoid” and “crazy” were some of the others. We didn’t mind being called those names because we knew we were doing the right thing. What bothered us was that so many Americans were unprepared for the inevitable storms of life.
Many more people now “get it”
Well, we’ve seen some big changes through the years. Unfortunately, it took a number of extreme weather events – not to mention physical and cyber attacks against the electrical grid – to get some people on board with preparedness.
After witnessing one disaster after another in different parts of the country, even the U.S. government has gotten involved. They now instruct people how to get ready for a wide variety of emergencies.
But now something is happening that I wasn’t expecting. As threats such as nuclear war, deadly virus attacks, EMPs and others grow, doomsday camps are opening up.
Maybe that’s not too shocking, but here’s the kicker. Even national security officials are joining up.
If anybody should know, it’s them
These are the people who get paid to keep Americans safe. If anyone knows the threat levels out there, it’s them.
This network of doomsday camps is called Fortitude Ranch. These are outposts that will supply a year’s worth of food to its members, and promise physical protection as well.
In the meantime, before a major disaster occurs that will bring people in to these camps to stay for a while, the camps are being used for prepper training and prepper vacations.
Drew Miller is a retired Air Force colonel and intelligence officer. He’s the one who created Fortitude Ranch. He calls a shutdown of the electrical grid “inevitable.”
National security personnel signing up
“We’re seeing members from all the three-letter agencies,” he said. He’s referring to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
So far, the ranches are located in West Virginia and Colorado. Ten others are planned. Miller said most of the members of the West Virginia ranch are “professional Washington-area folks.”
The cost is $1,000 per person per year to join. “They don’t have time to do this on their own,” Miller said.
He added that one member from the Baltimore area said he and others joined after waking up to the potential of a national crisis from an attack, financial meltdown or political violence.
“For most of us,” the member said, “something rattled our cages and woke us up.”
Underground bunkers and guard towers
Back to the camps themselves. Each will be able to house between 50 and 500 people, according to Miller. They will include lodges, underground bunkers, guard towers and shooting ranges.
Miller’s website says, “The best approach to reliable, effective, affordable survivability is to join a survival community that is large and well prepared to deal with viral pandemics, marauder threats and long-term collapse conditions.
“We are also a great, low-cost vacation and recreational site for our members since we locate in remote, beautiful forest, mountain areas.”
Now, I don’t know enough about Miller’s doomsday camps to endorse them. But it’s an interesting idea.
My main takeaway here is that national security officers from Washington, D.C., understand how important it is to be ready to face a major crisis.
Hopefully more and more Americans will get on board before it’s too late.
Curious for more? Check out the full website here.