A Harvard doctor has built a community of survivors on the Tennessee border and they’re ready for the apocalypse
In the mountains on the Georgia-Tennessee border lies Fortitude Ranch, a community of survivors who feel ready to face societal collapse.
According to their official website, Fortitude Ranch is a survival community equipped to survive any type of disaster and long-term loss of law and order, run by full-time staff.
Ranch members pay about $1,000 per person per year and can vacation, hunt, fish, ride horses, and participate in other outdoor recreation at the ranch while they wait for Doomsday.
When visiting during “good times,” members stay in above-ground cabins reminiscent of an average Airbnb. However, there is an underground shelter system built from solid 8-inch-thick logs, concrete blocks, and metal. It is fully stocked with non-perishable food, first aid supplies, weapons, ammunition and other tools.
On site is a Doomsday Training Program equipped with a shooting range, where members can practice their aim and practice using various weapons.
The seminars teach map reading, land navigation, first aid, tactical movements, how to prepare an emergency “bug out bag” as well as “Nuclear and Biological 101”.
The man behind the ranch is CEO Drew Miller, a retired Air Force Colonel with a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Public Policy/Operations Research. It has five other survival sites in Nevada, Wisconsin, Colorado and Texas, although exact addresses are not disclosed.
Major events like the COVID-19 pandemic, the January 6 riot, and general political tensions and unrest served as examples of unpredictability and the importance of being prepared.
For some, institutions like Fortitude Ranch offer some solace, knowing that in an emergency they have a backup plan and a place to go to feel safe.
Underground bunkers have become increasingly common, especially with wealthy elites who have been known to build similar structures in their own homes and on private islands with top-notch security.
An increase in overall hustle is good for the ranch’s business model, which continues to expand each year with more locations across the country catering to Doomsday “preppers” across America.
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