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The Code Green ‘Halfway House’

 

Some people are fortunate enough to live within a reasonable drive of the Code Green Community location (we discuss how far is a reasonable distance here).  If they choose to bug out and shift to the community location, they’ll simply get in their car and drive here.  They will carry sufficient fuel reserves to ensure their vehicle has the range needed, and the total travel time/distance will be enough for them to realistically complete the journey without needing to stop and have an overnight break en route.

Many more people would also love to be part of a Code Green community, but feel they live too far away to be sure of being able to get there if/when they need to.  We agree that if you are too far away, either in terms of the fuel you can carry and the range it gives you, or in terms of driving time before needing somewhere safe and secure to stop overnight, then of course you are, well – exactly that.  Too far away.

But – wait.  Don’t give up!

There’s another option available, an option to make the Code Green community reachable and therefore viable for many more people pretty much everywhere along the west coast and inland some way too.

This is what we term the Code Green ‘Halfway House’.  In this context, the term ‘halfway house’ means a place that is hopefully within a day’s driving of where you normally are, and which is also no more than a day’s driving from the main Code Green community.

It is a secure place where you can stop for the night, refresh, cook and eat some hot food, refuel your vehicle, carry out any repairs that might be needed, and access any other supplies or resources you might have pre-positioned there.  It also has a professional grade suite of HF, VHF and UHF wireless communications equipment, enabling you to check in around the country and world to see what the current situation is, and check in also with the main Code Green Community retreat, too.

Sure, you could set up your own halfway house too, or even a string of them across the country to enable you to get to Code Green in a series of easy stages (sort of like the Pony Express with their relay stations), but for most people, having a share in a Code Green provided resource is the most viable and economic option – not only in terms of the initial purchase and set up of the resource, but also in terms of its ongoing care, maintenance and security too.

The shaded area shows the region within about a day's drive from either the Code Green community retreat or the Halfway House.

The shaded area shows the region within about a day’s drive from either the Code Green community retreat or the Halfway House.

Location

We’ll be vague about the location (we’re sure you realize the reason for this), so let’s just say it is located less than 500 driving miles from most places in northern and central California, most of Oregon, and from most places in Nevada down to Las Vegas and also much of Utah.  The greater Los Angeles area is within about 600 miles and San Diego about 700 miles away.

Going inland, we view Phoenix as also within range, as you can see from the map, and many other places too.

Our actual retreat community is located within another day’s drive of the Halfway House, and for many people, the Halfway House point is sensibly close to the route they’d be following from where they were to where they want to be so doesn’t even add a great detour to the journey.

This map shows the area which is probably within a day’s drive either of the retreat community itself or the Halfway House.

Click the small map on the left for a larger map.

More specific details will of course be given to Code Green community members.

Location Features and Services

The location has a standard normal looking residential type dwelling unit on it with supplementary storage space in an adjacent garage structure.  You would have a storage locker that would be capable of holding more than enough cans of gas for you to refill your vehicle with sufficient gas to complete your journey (of course, if your vehicle uses diesel, simply store diesel instead), plus space for whatever else you might feel prudent to keep as possible emergency supplies.

We will tell you the location is not in California, so if you had any weapons that were not legal in California, but which you wanted access to, prior to arriving at the retreat community itself, you could consider storing them in the Halfway House.

Some people might also have spares for their vehicle stored there – perhaps a spare tire, maybe a quart of oil and other fluids, cans of food, or anything else they might want (including sleeping bags for an overnight stay).

It is not intended as somewhere to settle in and live.  It is merely a halfway or road house, a place to securely break your journey at overnight, to refresh and replenish, and also a place to leave the next morning as you continue on to the more comfortable and sustainable Code Green retreat and community.

Shared Resources

The Halfway House would have regular utility service, but obviously, depending on the type of crisis you’re responding to, we can’t guarantee they’ll be operating.

It will have a generator to power the Halfway House and sufficient fuel to run for more than 60 hours.  This would allow for five consecutive 12 hour overnights (or six overnights each running the generator for 10 hours, and so on), allowing people to make decisions to travel at different times.

There will be a reasonable supply of drinking water and cooking facilities, including a propane powered stove for if the grid power is down, and utensils, but no food.

The property will have two working toilets and self-contained septic system, and while it will also have a bath/shower, their operation is water dependent and not guaranteed.  Similarly, hot water will only be available if the property is getting regular grid power.

There will be three bedrooms, but they will not have regular beds in them.  It is possible you might find yourself sharing the Halfway House with other fellow community members also on their way to the main retreat, so for maximum ‘surge’ capacity, we are providing a generous supply of air mattresses that can be laid out in rooms as you all might agree upon.  We ask that you bring your own sleeping bags or other sleepware with you (or leave a set in your storage locker).

There will be a compressor you can use to inflate tires and to drive power tools if any repairs might be needed (but we’re not providing any power tools).  We will have a standard tool set (sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc) available for some limited repairs; if you think you might need more, then you should pre-position whatever is needed in your storage locker, or leave them in the community resource area for others to share too.

There will also be a professional grade radio transmitter/receiver to communicate with the main Code Green retreat and other community members’ vehicles that might be on any part of their journey, but access to this is restricted only to people who have an FCC General or Extra class ham operators license.  All people will have access to a professional grade receiver so they can get situation updates from around the country and world.

Convoy Travel Opportunity

Preppers are always apprehensive about the ease of bugging-out, and rightly so.  Although the probability is that aware preppers such as yourself will choose to bug-out and evacuate an urban area long before most of the population has started to realize that it truly is in the grip of a massive crisis with no easy resolution, there is always the concern that law and order might break down even faster than we anticipate.

Another advantage of belonging to the Code Green community is that when you decide to ‘pull the trigger’ and bug-out, there’s a chance that other community members will be deciding the same thing and so you can rendezvous along the route, and travel together in a type of convoy, providing protection for each other.

Even traveling with just one other community member in one other vehicle also gives you invaluable redundancy in case one vehicle fails, and invaluable extra manpower in case you encounter some sort of situation that could be solved with more people than just the people with you.

Joining up with fellow members on the way to the Half-Way House, and traveling on from there the next morning as a group, greatly increases your traveling security and safety, and greatly reduces the risks associated with the overall bugging out process.

Security Considerations

Most of the time, this property will be uninhabited, which embodies a certain element of security risk.  However, we believe this risk is minimal and can be controlled.

First, it will seem like another ordinary normal lower/middle class residence in an area with other ordinary lower/middle class residences.  There will be nothing to obviously distinguish it from any other residences in its general area.  As you can already see from the site, we are not publishing any information about its location, and while you could probably make a guess, to within 100 miles or so, of where it might be, that’s not quite the same as immediately being told ‘It is the third house on the right, in the green, at 100 Main St’.

Second, although it will have apparent points of vulnerability the same as any other house (ie doors and windows) there will be obscured barriers on the inside of such vulnerabilities to protect the property.  For example, a passer-by would see normal windows with the curtains drawn, but would not see the iron-barred grill that in turn was behind the curtains.  Anyone who should decide to try to force an entry into the property would find it a lengthy and time-consuming process.

Which brings us to point three.  The property will have alarms and a monitoring contract with a security company.  If the alarms go off, the police can be called and even if it takes them an hour to get to the property, the intruders are unlikely to have yet managed to secure an entry.

In addition, we will be ‘crowd-sourcing’ the monitoring of the property, both inside and out, to ourselves.  Once you buy a share of the property, you’ll be given the access codes so you can, if you wish, receive realtime alerts from the security cameras around the property, and be able to even view realtime image and video feeds from the security system to assess what is going down and to directly interface with the alarm company and the local police.

This realtime monitoring also makes ourselves accountable to each other, too, and allows us to check and see the internal integrity of the dwelling and our stores before setting off there.

Investment Required

You can have a share in the Code Green Halfway House for $12,500 (for one person, providing you with access and storage facilities) plus $5,000 for each extra person you expect to have traveling with you (providing them with access while accompanying you but no extra storage facilities).

Normally we’d expect you to have sufficient shares in the Code Green Halfway House to match your shares in the main retreat community – it would be hard to understand why the numbers would be different (well, maybe if you have members of your group traveling from different places, including places not needing the Halfway House resource, that would make sense).

So, now it is practical for you to consider sharing a retreat location in the general Montana/Idaho region, even if you live in southern California or Arizona, due to the presence of the Code Green Halfway House.

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