Fortitude Ranch to Franchise End of the World Survival Compounds | Franchise News

Fortitude Ranch prepares to sell franchises for the ultimate in pandemic-era concepts: a members-only survival community equipped to weather any type of collapse or disaster and long-term loss of law and order .

Members will pay a few thousand dollars, on average, per person per year for what the founders consider middle class survival. They will store their weapons on site – one AR-15 shotgun per person is recommended, for defensive purposes only – as well as clothing, goggles and emergency prescriptions.

In times of peace, members can use the camps for outdoor retreats; two free weeks are included. In the event of a disaster, they will be called into service to assist the ranch manager in guarding, shooting invaders, preparing meals and foraging, and waiting out chaos for as long as it takes. . “Prepare for the worst but enjoy the present” is their motto.

“I’ve been a prepper for a long time, but I realized a decade ago that I wasn’t going to survive on my own,” said Drew Miller, CEO of Fortitude Ranch, who earned a doctorate from Harvard and is a colonel at retirement in the US Air Force.

If there’s a cyberattack on the power grid, for example, “those systems will be down for a year. Studies show you could lose 90% of the population. Especially with the chaos of a power loss, no law and order, prisons can’t work. People form groups, we call them marauders. If you have stuff prepared, you’ve actually made yourself a good target.

It ticks off different disasters and their likelihood: bird flu, meteor strikes, nanotechnology explosions or artificial intelligence gone rogue, and many more. “If you pay attention and think, you can see them coming. You can prepare for them,” he said, but he doesn’t believe on his own. “You can’t do it alone. If you’re a lone wolf, and especially if you’ve stored a lot of food, a marauder is coming, you’re going to get killed.”

Civil unrest increases membership

Interest in Fortitude Ranch membership has skyrocketed over the past two years, he said, leading to their decision to offer franchises – their goal is to have enough survival communities. so that each member is only one tank of gas away. “People are acknowledging getting ready a lot more,” he said, using the term “preparing” for people who are preparing for the end times. “It’s less the pandemic, it’s less the COVID, than what’s happened in recent years in Portland” and other major cities. “The riots. If a large group of people decides to start looting, the police can’t stop it. The police don’t have the power to do that.”

Enter Fortitude Ranch, which has five operational communities with a sixth in the land purchase phase, and is weeks away from finalizing its franchise disclosure document, Miller said, adding that he would not reveal details in the FDD until it is finished. He won’t say the number of Fortitude Ranch members so far, “for security reasons.” For a disaster, you need at least 50 members to operate the compound.

“It’s not easy to manage, we’ve spent years developing our operation. As you know, every franchise has an operations manual. Ours is over 100 pages. Our mission is to keep people in But there’s so much” included in his manual, like “how to use radiation detectors, how to deal with radioactive fallout,” and more.

Each resort will have a professional ranch manager on site at all times, and all ranch managers must be ex-military or law enforcement, construction experience desired.

Miller said the business had been profitable for three years; two established ranches, in West Virginia and Colorado, are making a profit, COO Steve Rene said.

“We will survive a collapse”

Why would a franchisee sign a 10-year contract for a franchise that is preparing for the end of the world? “In a meltdown, obviously they don’t care about profit, it’s about staying alive,” Miller said. #1: “We will survive a collapse. Our primary mission is to save the lives of our members, so we believe the primary focus of our franchisees will be to keep themselves and others alive.”

No. 2, “when this is over, when law and order is finally established, the opportunities for the survivors will be great. So many more people are gone, the survivors will have so many opportunities.”

For the facility itself, he said, “to get a capacity of 100 members, you plan to invest half a million dollars. Our rooms are small, we have three different types: spartan, economy and luxury”. For spartan, “you get a bunk bed and a hallway. Your membership, let’s say a 15, 25 year membership, that could cost you a thousand a year. Most people want a separate bedroom, so now you’re looking at the economy at the luxury, and those cost a bit more,” he said.

Membership fees are listed in a detailed table on fortituderanch.com. The down payment for a Spartan Individual Membership for five years is $1,800; plus $200 per term and an annual fee of $268, for food resupply. In contrast, a 50-year-old deluxe subscription for a family of five with toilets, is a down payment of $35,750, $1,250 per term and $1,340 annual fee.

Forbes magazine called the ranch “middle-class survival,” he said. “A lot of people have nice facilities, but they tend to be high-level politicians; the government takes care of itself. And then the rich” will be fine too. “A survival condo is about $3 million and then huge condo fees.”

He said the COVID-19 pandemic as well as civil unrest has resulted in big gains in memberships and interest in survivalist communities. “More and more people are moving out of the big cities and into rural areas. Before, when I looked at a property, I was the only one looking, but that changed two years ago,” Miller said.

Miller asks media who come for tours not to reveal the exact location. However, “we don’t rely on secrecy,” he said. “If you’re alive, people, groups of marauders will find you, trying to find food, trying to find guns and gas that they can steal, and they’ll find you wherever you are. We we will defend.”

A dual-use belvedere: wine and cheese, or filming

He said the compounds had dual-use features, such as a gazebo in the West Virginia compound. “This lookout, to use castle terminology, it’s called a bastion. It’s dual purpose. It’s wine and cheese, in good times. But in bad times, we can shoot down from this lookout. There’s just a lot of expertise that we’ve developed over the last decade.”

New members are trained on how to approach a Fortitude Ranch, among other things. “They’ll have your name, now you’re going to answer a challenge question,” like what’s your favorite movie. “And this is Terminator 2”, then you can enter, for example.

Members are told that they will have to help a lot in the event of a disaster and that they will be busy, especially in the first few days. “Rules are set by FR staff, and members shall act as directed by them until the security threat ceases or local law enforcement is restored,” the members’ agreement reads. “No member will be forced to leave unless FR staff determine that they pose a threat to the survival of the community.”

After a while, even at the end of time, Miller says, things will normalize. “We’ll have movie nights and eventually we’ll get to the point where we’ll have a good time.”

Coming Soon: A visit to the new Fortitude Ranch in Wisconsin, at an undisclosed location, shows that building a survival community takes hard work and money.

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