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A Survival Oriented Lifestyle

Those who are part of what might be called the survival community, i.e they both know and are actively incorporating preparedness into  their lives, break down into two large groups:
1.) They make preparations for dealing with a future event while making no changes whatsoever in the daily lives, lifestyle, etc.
2.) Those who have made changes in  their way of living and lifestyle either subtle, or dramatic.
Most will, for economic and social reasons, choose #1.  The minority will choose #2.
The largest single change one can make is to relocate your primary residence as part of an overall preparedness plan. This constitutes a tiny percentage of people involved in preparedness.
Choosing to "stay in place" or  "retreat at home" is, for many, the only choice they feel they can make. Given the severity of what will be happening in the not-to-distant future and where this primary home is located, will have a lot to do with the percentage chance of survival.
As I state in my DVD "Global Warming, What The Government Isn't Telling You" all coastal areas, the Great Lakes region and the Mississippi Valley will be damaged, or under water soon. The map I have on my DVD is one I created based on interviewing several U.S.Navy Submarine Corps veterans who reviewed and revised my map with me to get a finished product as close to the map they saw at the classified briefings as possible.
With all of the above in mind, I will address both having a safe haven ( retreat) at a distance from your primary residence as well as living at your retreat. The first and most important threat ( in the opinion of this author) is the coming Earth Changes.
The U.S. Navy states that the Arkansas/Missouri Ozarks are one of the known safe havens.
They state that for the following reasons:
1.) Altitude above sea level.
2.) Distance from major population centers.
3.) Mild winters, long growing season, lots of water.
4.) Low density, homogeneous population.
That said, one may find the Arkansas/Missouri Ozarks not doable for a retreat. Once you have reviewed my map you will be better able to make your choice. Keep in mind: being within a one-tank full drive of 100 million potential refugees ( the Eastern seaboard from Washington D.C. to Boston) is not a very wise decision.
You won't get a second chance to make this decision, so choose wisely!
Your choice of a retreat location, besides altitude and distance from major population centers, must take into account:
1.) Climate ( rainfall, growing season)
2.) Neighbors, local culture, local traditions
3.) Security ( this warrants one or more articles by itself.)
4.) Distance from your primary residence
5.) Your resources ( time & money) that can be devoted to the effort.
For most, distance and cost will be the first factors to be considered.  Choosing a location more than one tank full of fuel is not (for most) the best choice. At this point I should mention one of the best books in print on this topic. "Patriots, Surviving The Coming Collapse", by James Wesley Rawles. You can get the book at his website : WWW.SURVIVALBLOG.COM . This book is frequently referred to as a training manual disguised as a novel.  In the decision of distance ( as with most matters) the K.I.S.S. principle applies ( Keep It Simple Stupid). Devising a plan where you must either carry extra fuel, buy fuel on the road, or have fuel stored en route, is too complex and too subject to things getting screwed up.
Unfortunately, we are very nearly out of time. The U.S. Government spent hundreds of millions of dollars preparing shelters, Command and Control centers, etc. in the 1980's and early 1990's.   If your were to have your first conversation with a contractor in January 2009 to  build you a well-engineered shelter using steel-reinforced concrete, you would be very fortunate to have the keys handed to you in 11 months.
Here is what's coming at us:
1.) Severe, abrupt, violent, climate change.
     A.) Torrential rains, huge snowfalls, record hail storms
     B.) Wild swings in temperature.
     C.) Hurricanes over land ( this is already occurring)
     D.) More tornadoes and regular hurricanes
     E. 200 MPH  straight-line winds ( the Jet-Stream coming to the Earth's surface, this is already happening as well).
     F.) Increased Seismic Activity and Volcanism, (both in number and strength). Once again, we are already seeing this happen.
    G.) A pole-shift leading to climate change and the oceans sloshing out of their basins, flooding all coastal areas, possibly even the seasons and calendar changing.
Given what I just wrote above one must understand that any shelter must be resistant to 200 MPH wind, earthquake resistant and  well away from areas prone to flooding.
The best choice is obviously an earth-sheltered home made from steel reinforced concrete.
The very best choice would be to use post-tensioned concrete. Post-tensioned concrete is a commercial construction technique for building bridges, dams, parking garages, etc. It is done on the job site by engineers and men familiar with the technique and having the expertise to to it properly. I have known homes to be built using this technique and the owners are well satisfied with them. Be advised: VERY FEW concrete contractors have even heard of post-tensioned concrete, let alone have any idea of the engineering and methods involved.
Back to the retreat a distance from your home. Most folks figure out pretty quick that their retreat and it's supplies, equipment, trucks, tractors, ATV's etc. are all at risk of theft. That's a healthy, legitimate and very real concern. 
The very best security is full time residents  with dogs loose on the premises.
In the absence of the above, you're left with: Lights, Locks, Alarms, Insurance and good neighbors. I've been investigating crimes for 36 years and things have not changed much. In rural areas, property crime has always been a major problem. It's foolish to believe otherwise.
A friend ( urban dweller) once asked me why country folk who have all the acreage they have build their homes close to the road. I told her: It's so their neighbors can see their home. That's a big part of security in rural areas: neighbors watching out for neighbors.

A survival lifestyle will mean different things for different people.  I have listeners to my radio show at both extremes. On one extreme are those who have completely "opted out" of normal living to the point that they live "off the grid" i.e. they do have have electricity provided by a power company, nor do they have a land-line telephone  (or no telephone at all).

At the other extreme are the "armchair commandos" who do little more than read about preparedness and purchase preparedness related items that they store without ever taking them out of the shipping container or taking the trouble to learn how the equipment they bought functions.

Your choice, your decision. Becoming part of the survival/preparedness community can be an addendum to your normal life. It also could become a 24/7 all-encompassing lifestyle change.

John Moore
1/22/09℠ (Right-side navigation page SSI insertion)