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See the source imageI just had a phone conversation with one of the principals of Hardened Structures, LLC.  Hardened Structures is the world leader in the design and construction of residential, commercial and military grade structures designed to withstand any natural or manmade disaster or attack.  Sounds like something out of science fiction, but this is a very real business with clients worldwide including the US State Department and Military.  It was a fascinating conversation.

The firm’s principals hold Top Secret Security Clearances as they deal with many government contracts, and they apply that level of discernment to their private clients which include individuals and sovereign nations.  Some of these clients include those of Retreat Realty, but we can’t say whom or where.  Turns out, there are a lot more of these structures around us than you realize.  Of course, that’s the point.  They are intended to disappear or hide in plain sight so that they and their occupants remain safe.  They’ve been involved in private structures that can house hundreds, and personal bunkers that are upwards of 10,000 square feet: all underground.  I can’t imagine.

Granted, most of us don’t have the financial means to design and build a shelter that can withstand a mortar attack, a nuclear blast or EMP (electromagnetic pulse detonation), but we can all learn from the firm’s expertise in selecting a piece of real estate that provides the greatest level of security within our budgets.  Then like any good Boy Scout, we can “be prepared” at the home level to take care of our families.  One thing that came through in the conversation was that the threats to our nation and way of life are very real and though our federal government doesn’t publicly discuss it often, it is taking it very seriously.  I heard things I hadn’t heard before and this knowledge has made me rethink some things.

At this moment, the economy is still stable and things are moving along pretty normally, so “prepping” momentum has somewhat slowed down.  However, just yesterday major attacks on oil tankers in the Straight of Hormuz demonstrate how quickly things can change.  As I’ve said before, it doesn’t have to be an EMP or nuclear attack, but a number of things could send us into a tailspin because our entire economy and way of life is dependent upon the steady flow of electricity.  To complicate things, our infrastructure is so aged that we don’t have an easy way to recover from such an event, be it manmade or natural.  I pray it never happens.  But if you have the wherewithal, Hardened Structures can design a system for you that will ensure you and your family can make it through most anything.  If you don’t have that kind of budget, Retreat Realty can help you find the next best thing here in the mountains of western North Carolina.  We have numerous listings of properties that can provide you a secure, out-of-the-way place with the ability to be self-sustainable if the time should come such as this totally off-grid wonder or this recently listed 65 acre tract that provides all the natural resources you need, plus it comes with a very nice 3BR home. Call us today.