The following is a well-intentioned redo of James Wesley, Rawles splendid article, “The American Redoubt – Move to the Mountain States,” which I mentioned in The Last Bastille Podcast #49 – Survivalism episode. I’ve actually written for SurvivalBlog before on the topic of survivalists and the alternative media. I have Rawles’ “Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse,” and “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times,” and honestly can’t wait to read “Survivors: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse,” so it is safe to say that I wholeheartedly support JWR philosophically, methodologically, and financially (as I am able), just like I have with TheAntiTerrorist. That said, there is no copyright infringement intended.
The intention behind his Revamped American Redoubt Prioritized Task List is to take into account more realistically what needs to be done when. While it would be just plain silly to follow each task rigidly, the categories of Initial Preparations, Lightening the Load, and Settling In are intended to be done in order. This revamped list is also intended to be complimentary to the original American Redoubt article, not superior to it.
• Research geography, climate, and micro-climates very carefully (you’re life may depend on it).
• Gradually acquire a home library that includes self-sufficiency books and classic books–history, biographies, and novels.
• Develop a home-based business.
• Conduct as much business as possible via barter or with precious metals.
• Do your banking locally, preferably with a credit union and/or a farm credit union.
• Begin homeschooling your children.
• Encourage your kids to XBox and Wii less and read more.
• Use VPN tunneling, RSA encryption, firewalls, and anonymous remailers.
• Stock up heavily on storage foods for lengthy power failures, or worse.
• Attend gun shows in your state. (This keeps money circulating in the state and keeps you legal, for private gun purchases.)
• Bring your guns.
• Encourage like-minded family and friends to join you.
• Choose your fights wisely. Don’t tilt at windmills, but when you feel convicted, don’t back down.
LIGHTENING THE LOAD
• Lighten the load. Keep the practical items but sell your junk and impractical items at a garage sale.
• Sell your television.
• Sell your jewelry and fancy wristwatch. Buy a Stihl chainsaw instead.
• Sell your bric-a-brac and collectibles. What is more important? A large collection of Hummel figurines, or having a lot of good hand tools and Mason jars?
• Switch to a practical wardrobe and “sensible shoes” according to the climate data you researched earlier.
• Sell your sports car and buy a reliable crew cab pickup (should be 4-wheel drive)
• Donate (or sell) any older bulky furniture to the local charity store (or reseller) before you move.
• Make a clean break by selling your house and any rental properties. You aren’t coming back.
• If you buy an existing house, get one with an extra bedroom or two. Some relatives may be joining you, unexpectedly.
• After your buy your land, convert the rest of your Dollar-denominated wealth into practical tangibles.
• Be a honorable, trustworthy neighbor.
• Respect the property rights and the traditions of your neighbors.
• Expect to be the subject of gossip. Live a righteous life so there won’t be much to gossip about.
• Don’t try to change things to be like the suburb that you left behind. You are escaping all that!
• Leave your Big City expectations behind. There probably won’t be cell phone coverage, high speed Internet, or Pilates.
• Get used to eating venison, elk, moose, antelope, trout, and salmon.
• Expect a long driving distances for work and shopping
• Patronize the local farmer’s market and craft shows.
• Support local businesses, and companies that are headquartered inside the Redoubt, not Wal-Mart.
• Find and visit your local second-hand stores. Watch for useful, practical items that don’t need electricity.
• Attend some farm auctions in your region to gather a good collection of useful hand tools and a treadle sewing machine.
• Pitch in by joining the local Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Ski Patrol, Sheriff’s Posse, or EMT team.
• Join the local ham radio club. (Affiliated with the ARRL.)
• Be active in local home school co-ops and service organizations.
• Be active, politically, but use a pseudonym in letters to the editor an internet posts.