Arguments For and Against a Rural Retreat

I think many if not most of us long for a rural retreat, if you don’t have one already. Say, 50+ acres with a year round stream or pond, lots of cleared land for extensive gardening, maybe even a secure bunker on site. The reality though is most of us probably can’t afford all that, even with real estate prices the way they are right now.

There are some drawbacks to such a rural location too. For starters, if the S were to truly HTF, could a family of four or five truly secure 50+ acres? Related to that point, there is the problem of securing the buildings today if you don’t live there full-time. A good friend of my wife has a “vacation home,” several hours from where she lives. Nothing fancy, just a small house with a pole barn and a bit of acreage. The property is fairly remote, though there are a couple of neighbors within a mile or two. In the last year, the garage was burned down by an arsonist and the house has been broken into a few times. Local law enforcement is finally, after much cajoling, working to catch the offenders.

If you set up a rural retreat and stockpile it, you’ll have to consider measures to secure your goodies. Consider things like strong doors and locks as well as remote camera systems that allow you to observe the property when you’re not there. One handy gadget you may want to purchase is a remote alarm that calls your cell phone or any other number you program if it detects movement in the home. You can then notify the local authorities as well as view the action live via surveillance camera.

Of course, the pros usually outweigh the cons when it comes to a rural retreat. If you can set it up to be completely off-grid, you don’t have to worry about interruptions in power and such. You have the means to provide for your own needs for food and water. You’re well away from cities and all the chaos that may happen in them.

In many areas, once you get out of the city or town limits, you are not beholden to municipal ordinances that dictate such things as when you can or cannot burn brush or how many dogs you can own.

Plus, moving to a rural retreat just appeals immensely to the independent nature of most preppers and survivalists.

Just remember though, the further you are from any town, the further you are from help if that were to become necessary.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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