Retreat Admittance Rules
By Joseph Parish
Since you are the person responsible for establishing your retreat it only seems logical that you should establish a few ground rules for any visitors that you may perhaps invite in during an emergency situation. Under normal circumstances a leader is usually chosen by age, experience in survival techniques and the supplies that they have accumulated. However this is not under normal conditions as this is your personal retreat. No one else has contributed towards its construction or its required maintenance. It is on your personal property and you and you alone have the final say so concerning it. Or do you? It is likely that you are not as young as you used to be. Age has been catching up to you and your reflexes are a bit on the slower side these days.
Donít be surprised that prior to an emergency crisis you have people referring to you as crazy, out of your mind, a needless worrier and a host of ridiculed names that they can find to call you. However, when the emergency situation finally occurs you will more then likely answer the door and see those very same people peering back at you. With their desperate and anguished looks they face you and have the gull to ask for your help. Your predicament is if you refuse to help they may very well decide to help themselves to everything you have. What would you do?
Perhaps with these thoughts clearly in mind you should consider very closely who you invite into your retreat. It is important to remember that in the event of a major crisis there will be a drastic drop in respect for other peopleís property as well as their lives. People generally feel that if they need something the quickest way to obtain it is to merely take it. This idea can apply to your retreat as well.
Some of us older folks who have been involved in survival preparations for a good many years probably have our retreat laid out and planned while just waiting for the day that we will need it. Others have not done a single thing towards preparing for those eventful days that may lie ahead. The key to our actual survival will ultimately lie with who we chose to share our retreat with. There is safety in numbers.
I myself feel that family would be more loyal then even my closest friends. The old saying that blood is thicker then water is certainly true today and especially when it comes to survival. I would recommend that you slowly introduce family members to the art of survival. Suggest that they start securing a bit of extra food in the event that it is necessary. Make sure they know what emergency supplies are or should be needed in a crisis. These points may appear to be simple to us however they are not so clear to those who have no concept of survival principles.
After you have indoctrinated your various family members into the primary principles of survival you could start to invite them for a weekend at your retreat. Show them the INS and the OUTS of surviving in the wild.
Eventually you will develop a small group of dedicated and loyal followers that you can rely upon in the event of an emergency.
Regardless of the crisis situation that befalls us there are some people who simply tend to be very forgiving. Others like myself tend to cast the unprepared out. People will vary greatly in their response but you should rely more upon family then friends and neighbors.
Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish
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