DO YOU NEED A SURVIVAL RETREAT?
The first question you should be asking yourself is whether you even need a survival retreat or not. Let’s face it – having a converted missile silo somewhere in the country stocked with years of food and accessible only via helicopter would be unbelievably awesome, but is well outside the means of most people. Also, throughout the past several months, we have advocated a strategy of bugging in – namely, making your current home and full time residence the place where you will survive a disaster. For many people, their current home is an ideal place to survive. In fact, one can argue that they are already “surviving” there! We really like the concept of bugging in because you have everything you need to survive in your home – if you didn’t, you probably wouldn’t be living there.
Having said all of that, some homes are only survivable when society is up and running. A home in a large apartment complex is a prime example of that notion – sure, it’s all good now, but during a disaster, an apartment complex represents the worst possible situation – a host of tightly packed residents vying for the same resources, and with limited ability to store preparations prior to a disaster. Dense urban locations and good neighborhoods that are very close to bad neighborhoods are two other examples of situations that are less than ideal for long term survival. Lastly, areas that are prone to natural disasters also make poor survival locations – if your home is in an area that chronically floods, has forest fires, has tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other such frequent and recurring disaster, chances are, you need to start shopping for a survival retreat.