I know what you are thinking, “What is the difference?” In two words, a plan. Why is this important? Let me explain. I do not want to insult anyone’s intelligence but I do want to cover some basic concepts that you or others may have missed or forgotten.
A refugee is someone, for whatever reason, who has to leave their home and seek refuge, read safety, somewhere else. A refuge is a haven, a safe place where a person can continue to live, hopefully in relative safety. (Notice how the word safety reappears in conjunction with the word refugee?)
An evacuee is someone who is taken or ordered to leave and brought
somewhere else by some political or military authority to continue to exist. This existence may be in relative safety and then again it may not. But notice one thing, the evacuee is compelled to leave by some authority and is at the mercy of this authority for their continued existence.
The examples are numerous. The German Jews who fled Nazi
Germany for Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, England and the United States prior to 1940 continued to live and even prosper both during and after World War II. Those that were compelled to leave their homes, belongings and even families and sent to a central location, i.e. concentration camps, suffered a horrible fate. In my opinion it was a fate worse than a quick death brought about by trying to fight for freedom.
For the most part, the refugee is still in control of his life. It is true he/she had to flee but the destination is still the prerogative of the one leaving. The evacuee has no choice in the matter.
If it is your idea to wait until the government comes to your door and either knocks or kicks it in and takes you to a central location, then don’t read any further. If on the other hand you would like to preserve your health, wealth and that of your family, please read further.
First, you must decide what you are running from. Is it a natural disaster? Tornado? Hurricane? Earthquake? Then you must pick a destination that will be safe from these events. Sounds easy, even basic, right? Remember all the Katrina evacuees that were taken from New Orleans, Louisiana and were taken to Houston, Texas by an all knowing government, only to be evacuated from Houston because of Hurricane Rita. So, maybe leaving one hurricane prone area for another is NOT a good plan.
Chances are, that if you are reading this article you are fully aware of what is about to happen to America because of its out of control debt, crony capitalism, corrupt officials and the Federal Reserve. Chances are that you have a pretty good idea of what you think is going to happen as a result. We are in the midst of the Second Great Depression. Remember, it is a recession when your neighbor loses his job but it is a depression when you lose your job. Knowing this, you must, and I mean absolutely must, plan your escape route and destination NOW!!
Some of you live in large metropolitan areas. Let me ask you a question. Do you feel safe walking the streets of your city at night? Not just your neighborhood but all the streets of your city at night? No? Then you will not be able to stay there once the “bread and circuses” come to an end. What are bread and circuses? Welfare payments, SSI, Social Security, veterans benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and plethora of other government benefits to keep the populace under control. I often wait until after midnight to walk for exercise in order to escape the heat of the day of summer in my area. Who do I see? More people doing the same. I have walked the city streets of large towns and small cities for exercise at night and some of them are very nice. Others are nothing short of war zones. If you live in the latter rather than the former you must relocate in times of complete financial collapse.
Where? How? When? Let’s address the last first. When, is now. You
can wait no longer. You need to have a “refuge” for you and your family and/or friends to relocate to in tough economic times. I live in a small town in southeast Texas (pop. 750). As I said I can walk the streets at night with little fear other than tripping over a bad spot in the road. But, my refuge is 17 miles from any town (pop. 250) in western New Mexico at 7,500’ altitude. The when is now. You must make preparations now.
That brings us to how. This is a multifaceted concept. Let’s take one at a time. How do I buy a piece of property in X county in the state of X with my limited budget? There are several methods. To cover them all would take an entire article by itself. Here are two tried and true methods. Locate an area where you want to settle, travel there and talk to real estate people and buy an appropriate piece of property. I have done this several times in the desert southwestern states.
The best method is so easy it is almost criminal. Decide where you want to live and either travel there, which I suggest most hardily, or call/write the tax assessors, tax collectors or other officials in that area you choose and bid on property taken for taxes.Why are properties taken for taxes? The number one reason is that the owners have passed away without heirs or the heirs were not interested in the property for one reason or another and failed to inquire at the local tax office if taxes were due. The county/parish, municipality or other governmental unit sells the property, usually for the taxes owed.
Here is a personal example. I once purchased a 50’ by 100’ city lot for $10.00. I looked up the former owner on the internet and asked them for a quit claim deed and paid them $10.00 for shipping and the total bill: $20.00. Will I ever live there? No, but if everything goes back to “normal” I may build a rental home there. It really is that easy. I know of people who have purchased entire city blocks of abandoned property for as little as $50.00 per lot. Some states, such as Nebraska and Minnesota have reinstituted homesteading programs where land is either free or nearly free. To good to be true? No. There are restrictions and you must go to the states’ websites to find out what they are.And before you ask, there is no federal government property available for homesteading. Do not fall for the tricks in the back of magazines or periodicals that declare to the contrary.
This brings us to the most difficult part, where? Where should be as much a personal choice as it is a practical one. As most of you know, once you cross the Mississippi River the population density begins to drop dramatically until you reach the California border. In a survival
situation, the fewer the people the better. Are there good places in the east? Yes, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, upstate New York and others. It is your duty and responsibility to research this based upon your prejudices, likes and dislikes. For me, I chose the R.M.E. (Rocky Mountain Empire) states. Why? Because I like the solitude and the views.This sounds silly I know, but I built, yes I personally build all my own. houses saving tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process, around the trees in my area rather than cutting them down. This provides habitat for the wildlife and beautiful views. Bears routinely walk around my house on the porch. Hummingbirds are so tame that I hold out my hand and let them feed from the feeders while perched on my fingers. Mule deer and elk often stop underneath my home in New Mexico (built on stilts) and shade underneath the house during the hot part of the day.
How did I find this luxury paradise? I read an obscure paper after having purchased two very low cost 40 acre tracts in Arizona. My curiosity piqued, I traveled to New Mexico and found the piece of property I had always dreamed of. I paid the princely sum of $2,000/acre for my dream. I built my own road and my own house. ((Hey, if I can do all this at the age of 50 (then) and older so can you.)) The best part of it was that I sold the two tracts in Arizona for more than I paid for them two months earlier.
Here is a simple fact of life. Land in the western states is hard to come by. When you do, buy it, if it meets your criteria. In Arizona the governments, local, state, federal and tribal, own 85% of all land in the state. That leaves 15% for everyone else. Even in that 15% there are some real bargains. You just have to look and do your own research
I know what you are thinking, the desert southwest! You’ll die of thirst. There is just cactus there. My response, you watch too much TV. My well is 141’ deep, cold and sweet. There are numerous wells around between 95’ and 400’. The deeper wells have water but it is almost undrinkable. Find a reputable water well driller. Ask around the area you plan to settle and find the people who are satisfied with their wells and the drillers. This should be part of you early reconnaissance.
I have incorporated into this article: https://codgerville.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/achieving-true-independence-part-i/
and this article: https://codgerville.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/achieving-true-independence-part-ii/
almost everything you need to survive. There are many excellent survival books on the market and I do not try to replicate their information but rather add my own experiences and perspective onto their already excellent texts. Research for yourself. Take it to heart and apply it.
May God richly bless each and every one. Keep packing and keep stacking.
Something to think about. My back up location is only 13 miles from where I live on the farm. The back up location is a small house in town where the utilities works year round most the time.
…..THNX, I needed that. Knowledge that just needed “refreshed” and “recalled”.
The pic of the men on the roof during the Rodney King riots reminded me of a question. I recall that time well, as well as others. During one hot time in Los Angeles history, I was bunkered down. My neighbors who were mostly black (not all African Americans, but Black) came to my apt and urged me not to move (I appear to be white/Cherokee&white). The neighbors made offers to get me anything that I might need, and then begged me to not leave. There were gun men on the roof overlooking my kitchen window also. I was in the hot spot of Pasadena, CA at the time.
So back to my question. Those white bandanas on the men with guns at the roof. I use to think it was a Korean thing, but since read that the white or yellow bandana was a sign to friendly law enforcement on who the good guys where. Can you clarify? Thanks.
Cabins in remote locations are perfect targets. You wait until the occupants leave for food and then you break in and wait for their return. They might even leave a gun and ammo cache behind for you to use against them. Better if they’d stayed in town and formed a community of armed volunteers.
If you are refugee, where on earth will you go for food? There is no Wal-Mart wen you are trying to stay alive. If you believe town is safer by all means stay there.
To Shooter, I was inspired by CC use of Walmart.
My understanding of the Country Codger’ s concept of refugee as presented is different than the Walmart version that city people take for granted. The Codgerville Refugee will have already been stocked, and most likely have long been off the Walmart grid. Skills like archery and hunting skills from kill to table are likely part of the skill set of the maxed out Codgerville Refugee.
Overall OPSEC will likely be more favorable to a town. That is the purpose of having two places – two choices, two different routes of entry/exit.
As a wanna-be Codgerville Refugee, I have already begun to wean myself off of Walmart. I still depend on store can food as I do not can or garden successfully yet. For longer-term emergency food planning, I have over a year supply of dehydrated food. I took my retirement money that I had hoped to buy land with someday to buy the food, silver, and ammo (Guns, grub, gold kind of stuff). Most of this activity has taken place over the past three years. That is what I have done- it is not a one size fits all.
In regard to Walmart in general, my rule of thumb is 2 hours or further from a Walmart greeter is best. (Nothing personal there). I live 90 minutes from three Walmarts and one Sams Club. That is really too close. We have other ground that would take me away closer to the full two hours I deem ideal.
If I lived off one of our Township roads, I could easily create a distance of 2 hours – or more during snowey weather. We have other ground in the area that is off the beaten path. Two of the other places has water, one of them has a spring fed pond that stays wet regardless of the rainfall. Yet, both places are not accessible during inclimate weather. Eventually, I hope to get a motorhome/trailer set up so I can be more mobile. I hope to set up a gravel pad to set up on. We have fish, but without crawfish, the fish we have are miseribly small. That is a whole other part of prepping that I will be needing help with. I am hoping that one of our regular fisherman/hunters will assist me in the future. Hubby is severly disabled – wheelchair and assisted mobility only. I am somewhat impaired due to past paralysis. I am getting stronger, but fatter too.
I did not intend to ramble. The reminder from CC about the Walmart mentality caught my attention. At the moment, I can go 4-6 weeks somewhat comfortably without going to a traditional grocery store (Walmart or other included). Much of my food arrives via mail order. I buy my short term (1-3 year supply) from bulkfoods.com.
Preparing to be a Coderville kind of refugee has caused me to shop and cook very differently. I am happier, and my husband is coming along. He is the hamburger and bologne sandwish kind of guy. I am more of a soup and cassorole type. I do both for his sake and mine.
Thanks for reminding me of what I could be – a Walmart dependent or an independent Codgerville Refugee. I think “Shooter” accurately described most poeple – at least in my family.
I just finished reading “How do you kill 11 million people?” by Andy Andrews (and ordered 10 more copies for others to read). Your article is timely and I recomend all to read this short but profound book. If your excellent article doesn’t spur others into DOing, this book will. I spent this weekend at my refuge and finalized plans for building my “home away from home”. By the grace of God, my husband and I had a productive weekend and agreed on every aspect(!) of the dwelling. If the weather co-operates, we should be close to completion this April. We have already had so many new salt-of-the-earth people placed in our path in our new “community” that all have the same intentions, and practice their faith by serving others. We are Blessed in our refuge to have these people near by! Keep up the encouraging words of guidance. More people are waking up to reality and don’t know where to begin to prepare. Your blog will be the first place I point those who have had an awakening!
I am spot on as concerned about the economy and understand one party’s interest in making us all dependent. Even they can’t see the disaster they’re creating, or worse, maybe they can.
I’m from Southern California and moved to Oregon in 1985 after traveling the nation looking for a suitable place to raise a family and survive the inevitable economic/fiat spending collapse.
Here’s my take: 1) Look for rural land outside a small city of perhaps 3,000 or so. That small city will have a hospital and good shopping opportuinties.2) Find land with a creek or stream. Even if power is out for an extended period you’ll have easy access to water. Learn how to create your own potable water it’s not hard. Oregon’s western Valleys from the Willamette south (Umpqua, Rogue,and coastal areas) are mild climate areas with year round green grass on the coast and nearly so inland. You can probably got by easily on 5 acres. Look for any old house, even a single wide moble home if your budget is low. A single wide will have a well and septic and access and power. You will not want bare land. The permitting process is expensive and time consuming. You can always replace the single wide.
Be sure the area is rural. You’ll want to hunt. You’ll not want a stream of refugees stealing your livestock. You’ll find good people here who will look out for you if you look out for them. It tough times you’ll organize to isolate yourselves. That’s another very good reason to get out NOW. Before TSHTF. Another important thing, Find land with plenty of trees for firewood. I raise 5 kids in an old house and we only heated with firewood. I did that for about 20 years. It’s free and you can’t beat wood heat. There’s lots to learn so you’d better get going. Contact me at hthomasmanning at msn dotcom. I’m a full time Realtor (23 years experience with town and rural homes) and know how to help you.
God Bless America!
@Thomas, I like the reminder about the attributes of an old shed of a house or a trailer with septic tank. Very good reminder. These are aspects I sometimes forget. -Thanks.
The largest town, the County Seat, near our farm house is 18 miles away. The population is about 2200 last I heard. The County next to us has a overall pop of less than 10,000.
In my opinion a pop of 3,000 does not attract shopping opportunities, but I did not move from Southern Calif to Kansas to go shopping, and neither will most readers of this blog. More on shopping; Selection and prices are not terrific. The best stuff can be had from the farm supply stores (1 hr away), and the Coop Elevator (15 min away).
Energy is one of the biggest challenges for us. I am not up to cutting wood yet, nor are we set up for it. Maybe down the road. My husband considered putting in a corn burning stove years back, but it never happened.
Correction: county seat pop at about 1300. County wide pop at 3800.
Urban areas actually have more resources than rural areas. Also the upper Midwest has fresh water resources all over the place.
Actually urban areas have high taxes,high crime, overzealous police and large numbers of citizens who depend on govenment checks that, when the system collapses due to hyperinflation or whatever, will strip those resources in days, not weeks or hours not days. Keep the urban areas. I’ll take my chances in mountains.
I perfer an angry raccoon and rapid coyote over a tempermental neighbor.
I can shoot, skin and eat the raccoon.
I can shoot, skin and kick the coyote.
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