This idea came about when my wife and I attended a family reunion, where I had an interesting talk with one of my brothers-in-law. At that time he was fairly high in the ranks of the state patrol in a state that borders the one I live in.
He told me a large state penitentiary was being abandoned in a few months, and inmates were being moved to a newly built facility. The state didn’t appear to care about the old facility, and it would likely be left to deteriorate. The penitentiary holds about 7,000, has high, thick concrete walls, and is equipped with an industrial plant for making furniture. Gardening grounds are there, too.
My brother-in-law said he and another guy were daydreaming and pondering possibilities in the event the old prison could be acquired. Could it be turned into a place to set up a community for like-minded people who want to survive catastrophe or collapse? I thought it sounded like a neat idea.
My brother-in-law is a decent guy, and I appreciate the chat we had. I don’t think he was just blowing smoke. However, eventually nothing more was said about this.
Why couldn’t such a thing happen though? The idea is appealing to me.
If you’ve looked at material online about FEMA camp facilities, you’ve seen several possibilities, in addition to building new complexes. For example, a sports stadium or a shopping mall may be appropriated and converted to an internment camp. No doubt the same is true for old prisons and military bases.
Why couldn’t a group of investors turn this thing on its head? Why not buy such places out from under the state and federal governments for the benefit of prepper communities?
Granted, more than money is necessary for creating a community of like-minded people. Significant considerations include growing food, medical care, barter and trade, security, keeping order, etc.
Books like Rebuilding a Village deal with the aftermath of a long term catastrophic scenario.
But why shouldn’t we look ahead and be proactive? This doesn’t have to be a compound for cultists, does it? You’ve heard of gated communities in certain areas of the country, haven’t you? Why can’t ordinary people do this kind of thing, perhaps with the help of certain benefactors?
I’m interested in knowing your thoughts on this daydream. Is this something you’d be interested in, if the opportunity arose? Should we create opportunities to make it happen? Or is this total insanity and foolishness?