Fortress Preppers

What is a fortress prepper?
That’s a person whose sole mission plan is to go into lock-down and only leave their facility when the emergency is over. Thus they are totally reliant on their logistics they have built up over time.

Bear with me for a while.
I was reading an article on the homeless in wikkorg’s blog when I read a sentence that preppers, especially the fortress mentality preppers, should bear in mind.

“Worrying about tomorrow can be a luxury if you don’t know how you’ll survive today”.

It’s a statement that preppers need to understand, acknowledge, and sear into their brains.

At the very least it should trigger those with a fortress mentality to have a think about the worse case scenario for them, BEING DISPOSSESSED.

Which means what exactly?
To dispossess someone is to put them out of possession, oust, to banish, eject, or have to abandon ownership or use of a building.

And there are literally hundreds of ways that can happen which could include flood, earthquake, mudslide, or something man-made like a Abram’s tank, and even worse the government man who boots you out backed up by a ton of legal B.S. and the local LEO’s.

Bottom line?
What if you end up sat outside with what you can carry in two hands?

Being dispossessed turns the whole game around for the fortress prepper as they’ve suddenly got to think about Shelter, heat (fire), water, and the other basics of survival.

No problem as the conscientious would have prepped for this.
You with your comprehensive bug out bag or whatever you call your short-term survival equipment. Probably good for 4-5 days tops.

So what’s your long-term plan now?
I remember, you all have a fall back position.
An alternative hideaway with the same amount of equipment and logistics prepared as a “just in case” for this very eventuality.

Well maybe 2% of you might but as the other 98%?
You’re well up the creek without a paddle.

Plan “C” anyone?
It’s going to be unlikely that you’ve got one that involves a third prepped location.

So right about then you’ve got to be thinking:-
“Why didn’t I practice my field craft a bit more”.

Just one other thing to think about.
“Worrying about tomorrow can be a luxury if you don’t know how you’ll survive today”.

This is why a survivalist trains to withstand the storm we all know is coming and how to survive afterwards.

  • An ethos that is built round flexibility and initiative.
    Most follow a regime of skills training that revolves round provisioning and protecting themselves from what they can acquire or use through their own actions.
  • A skill set built round maintaining good health in variable climates and environments i.e urban, rural, hostile, or otherwise. Plus natural events and even CBRN.
  • Skills orientated to scavenging and the guerrilla tactics of dealing with a larger better armed or equipped force.

Sounds so cool doesn’t it?
Only the reality is less than promising when you have no adequate cover from whatever occurs. For example, let’s try a tactical nuclear weapon scenario seeing as though the US government are convinced  Russia would do that.

Cover is one thing but hows about for a group of say three souls?
You’ve got to stay in good cover for a minimum of 14 days.

How much potable (drinkable) water are we talking about there?
A gallon each for fourteen days equals 42 gallons.
OK the survival straws will cope, only where are you going to get 42 gallons of non radioactive contaminated water from?

As for heat?
How much fuel will your gas stove use or where are you going to get solid fuel for your stoves to last that time as you can’t go outside?

Then there is food.
During and after the event.
I suppose 14 days isn’t too bad. Except you’ll have maybe 5 days worth in your packs so in reality that’ll only be 9 days without food.

Food deprivation effects include:-
Mood swings, headaches, trembling, weakness, sweating and fatigue.
Lack of concentration or even clear thinking.

Lastly PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Bulky and heavy isn’t it? Well it is now you have to carry it in your bulging bug out bag. Masks, gloves, hooded overalls, bags to cover your boots, gaffer (duct) tape.

Five basics, shelter, water, fire, food, and PPE.
And I haven’t even mentioned personal hygiene issues, clothing, sleeping, or self defense!
(Whoops, I just did).
Something to think about when your whole plan revolved around a lock down in a family fortress isn’t it?

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7 Responses to Fortress Preppers

  1. DM says:

    One of the ways I have been equipping myself mentally in the event that the bottom does drop out has been by accident. I love local history (we’re talking mid 1800’s) and as I’ve read the biographies, stories and accounts of those hearty souls who lived in very primitive conditions compared to today, I have taken note of what was in their diets,,their attitudes toward adversity, shelter, etc. lots you can pick up if you’re paying attention. For example, just last week I was looking @ one of our primitive outbuildings on the property and the thought crossed my mind, could I live in that building in a pinch? (or something like it) and have a good attitude @ the same time. Absolutely! It is probably in better shape than lots of the houses in 3rd world countries even today. Attitude and expectations can go along way in making or breaking a person in a crisis situation.

    • This is so right.
      Only the question I ask myself is Does that shelter have to be mine to be able to use it?

      We have a base plan to all but Chemical, Radiological, and Nuclear threats.
      Untie the boat and move to a safer location.
      Yet what to do about the CRN bits?
      Simple, we come ashore and appropriate what we need in terms of shelter and logistics.

      The survivalist scavenger part of our preparations has us scoping for opportunities NOW.
      i.e. We actively seek what we need before we need it.

      Is that better than fortress planning?
      Probably not as we will be mobile thus can carry less.
      Only we KNOW that and thus will equip accordingly BEFORE leaving our safe haven i.e. the boat.

      Then there is the question of supplies.
      Once again we are constantly looking for supplies.
      From storage utilities, from nature, from others.
      Our opportunity knows no boundaries apart from a distance limit.
      Access is a problem to solve and better to solve that by careful planning that to do it on the fly (reactively).

      Anyway once we have expended the local resources, we will move on if safe to do so (CBRN).
      We move to what we know again thus basically turn into hunter/ gatherers or, more accurately, scavenger/gatherers.

      Only what of the fortress lot? They may be OK for a while but what happens:-
      1. When they run out of things
      2. If they are dispossessed before the event or even during it?

      Unless you have gathered information and made flexible plans for such an occurrence you are in a purely reactive state. That’s not good.
      Especially if you come out too late and the likes of me and my own have cleared your local area of what is useful.

      Besides one of the questions was where do you get a source of uncontaminated water.
      The answer to where you will get 42 gallons of water is simple.
      If you can access the right type of shelter i.e. an empty home.

  2. You’re so right – and I’m glad you’ve said all this. I always try to be prepare for, well – anything. But I always got confused by these so-called fortress preppers because they imagine the world is going to end on a Sunday afternoon when they’re home and ready for it.

    In reality major catastrophes, severe terror events, major upheavals and nuclear abomination are probably going to happen on a work day when you’re away from your fortress and all of your equipment. Social disorder and societal breakdown will take longer so you might see if coming a little earlier.

    You always make me think, and rethink, my friend. Thanks.

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