Let's face it: The news these days can be a little depressing. 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. Ready for Disaster? 'Preparedness Movement' Members Say They Are
A retreat is a place of refuge for those in the survivalist subculture or movement. 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. Retreat (survivalism)
Suburban Survivalist movement?
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. Survivalists
Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe. Anticipated disruptions may include: