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Self Sufficiency. Ready for Disaster? 'Preparedness Movement' Members Say They Are. Let's face it: The news these days can be a little depressing.

Ready for Disaster? 'Preparedness Movement' Members Say They Are

People can't drive because gas is too expensive, the price of food is skyrocketing, families are losing their homes, the stock market is tanking and the Arctic ice caps might be melting, plunging the planet into serious trouble. A lot of people take in all this news, shrug it off and just push on with life. But not everyone. At the Tom Brown Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School in Waretown, N.J., they're preparing for the worst. The school attracts people from every corner of the nation who want to learn how to build a fire, make stone tools and absorb an American Indian lifestyle and philosophy.

Brown said the word "survivalist" conjures "images of a bunker stocked with food and ammunition, or a soldier, or some dirtbag suffering on a glacier. " But he says that couldn't be further from the truth. "Survival is like the garden of Eden. New Threats? More recently there was the near disaster that was called "Y2K. " Retreat (survivalism) A retreat is a place of refuge for those in the survivalist subculture or movement.

Retreat (survivalism)

A retreat is also sometimes called a bug-out location (BOL). Survivalist retreats are intended to be self-sufficient and easily defended, and are generally located in sparsely populated rural areas. With the increasing inflation of the 1960s, the impending US monetary devaluation, the continuing concern with possible nuclear exchanges between the US and the Soviet Union, and the increasing vulnerability of urban centers to supply shortages and other systems failures, a number of primarily conservative and libertarian thinkers began suggesting that individual preparations would be wise. Harry Browne began offering seminars in 1967 on how to survive a monetary collapse. He worked with Don Stephens, an architect, survival bookseller, and author, who provided input on how to build and equip a remote survival retreat. Survivalist movement. Suburban Survivalist movement? Survivalists. The current economic crisis has spawned a whole new breed of survivalists.


Rather than holing up in a bunker, living off the land and waiting for “the end of the world as we know it” these new survivalists are average Americans who see the chaos going on around them and who believe that they won't be able to depend on the government to take care of them. In a recent article, the Houston Chronicle reported on this new breed of survivalists. One survivalist they featured is named Jack Spirko. Jack owns his own media company, he is married to a successful nurse and he has a son in college. He also has two dogs and lives in a beautiful house with a pool in Arlington, Texas. That sounds like a very normal guy, right? But the truth is that Jack Spirko is a survivalist. For several years, Jack has been busy stockpiling food, water, gas, guns and ammunition.

The Houston Chronicle quoted Spirko as saying this about his lifestyle: “I have a nice TV; I have nice furniture. And you know what? We do. Survivalism. Anticipated disruptions may include: History[edit] The origins of the modern Survivalist movement in the United Kingdom and the United States include government policies, threats of nuclear warfare, religious beliefs, and writers who warned of social or economic collapse in both non-fiction and apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.


The Cold War era Civil Defense programs promoted public atomic bomb shelters, personal fallout shelters, and training for children, such as the Duck and Cover films. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) long directed its members to store a year's worth of food for themselves and their families in preparation for such possibilities;[1] the current teaching advises a three-month supply.[2][3] The Great Depression that followed the Wall Street Crash of 1929 is cited by survivalists as an example of the need to be prepared.[4][5] 1960s[edit] Basement family fallout shelter, circa 1957 1970s[edit] 1980s[edit] 1990s[edit] 2000 to present[edit]