What Do They Know That We Don’t? DC Officials Flock To Doomsday Camps

by | Mar 20, 2018 | Conspiracy Fact and Theory, Emergency Preparedness, Forecasting, Headline News | 67 comments

Washington D.C. government officials are flocking to doomsday camps around the country.  Which of course begs the question: what do they know that we do not?

According to the Washington Examiner, a building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), or virus attack.  Dubbed Fortitude Ranch, the outposts promise protection and a year’s supply of food for those unable to build their own bunker with preparations for a SHTF scenario. What’s more, until a crisis strikes, the doomsday camps are being used for prepper training and vacations.

One of Fortitude Ranch’s members from the Baltimore area said that he and others joined after “waking up” to the potential of a national crisis from an attack, financial meltdown, or political violence. “For most of us, something rattled our cages and woke us up,” he said.

We’re seeing members from all the three letter agencies,” said Fortitude creator Drew Miller, a retired Air Force colonel, and intelligence officer, in a reference to the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and more.  Miller called an attack or even a weather-related electromagnetic pulse shutdown of the electric grid “inevitable,” and a driving force in his project.

Prepping has offered many a sense a freedom none of us have anymore.  No longer needing the government for anything, preppers can survive most scenarios that will leave many others begging for their slavery again and in return, for the government to give them abject poverty in exchange.

Through memberships and his own cryptocurrency called “Fortitudes,” Miller has raised about $400,000 and established a ranch in West Virginia and Colorado with 10 others planned. An open house at the West Virginia ranch is scheduled for April 21-23.

He said that for the West Virginia ranch, “most members are professional Washington area folks. They don’t have time to do this own their own.” The cost is about $1,000 per person per year to join. –Washington Examiner

“You’d have to be an idiot not to think it will happen,” said Miller, author of Rohan Nation: Reinventing America After the 2020 Collapse.” Miller also said that the camps are nearly as survivable in an attack as the Mt. Weather FEMA site near Virginia’s Shenandoah River where several Washington leaders were housed after the 9/11 attacks.

Each camp has a shooting range and is equipped to handle between 50 and 500 people during any SHTF scenario. The camps will have lodges, underground bunkers, and guard towers. In the event of a social meltdown, members will be responsible for manning those towers.

With all of the high-powered government officials signing up as members at Fortitude Ranch, it’s pretty safe to say that if you are not prepping now, you should probably start. A good reference for those just beginning to tread into the realm of prepping is the book titled The Prepper’s Blueprint.


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    1. Babycatcher

      As Arte Johnson on Laugh-in used to say, Verrry Interesting!

      • Bert

        The world has had 928 atmospheric nuclear bomb test blasts. I’m certain it will survive thousands more.

      • HM

        I hope they all know that in case of an EMP, it’s a long walk from DC to West Virginia.

      • Orion

        First off, they have to be able to GET to their hole in the ground.

        Secondly, they have to be able to GET to their hole in the ground.

    2. watching and waiting

      Are they flocking like birds?

      And once they arrive do they pitch/sit on the chairs and tables and defecate all over the place?


      They are just doing what many have done. They have set up a bug out alternate location.

      So they have the bug-out fever.

      Even President has a bug out location.

      They are doing what some have already done .

      Not necessarily do they know something we don’t, And, they will be a more visible target of opportunity.

      Just like the Red Scare of the 50’s-60’s. People digging fall out shelters in their back yard.

      Would not want to go to a civil defense shelter. No, take my chances with few good friends.

      Think I would feel more safe in a fox hole.

      • muppey

        waiting and watching, Heavy Metal is not really my kind of music but for some reason I listened to a war song called ‘40,000 March of Tanith’. I think it might be connected to a video game but it is very war oriented and I was wondering. These guys seem to sense something is very wrong in this nation and world and the song is about defending the land. I got the idea that these guys were frustrated warriors and they take it out on war themed video games. Just thinking! It’s Celtic and there is something called Celtic Metal.

        • watching and waiting

          I don’t listen to heavy metal at all but I was being sarcastic regarding the article in that most of the people who come here to this site or prepp are already way ahead of these people who are coming in at the end.

          Difference between us and them, we are with the people we chooses to be with and they they are stuck with who can pay to get in. A big difference.

          We choose to join resources: They will be forced.

          Ripe for the taking.

      • Proteus

        … and a lot of them are demonrats, so they have no idea how to start a fire, wipe theirs butts with leaves, or (oops) fire a weapon with accuracy …

    3. Carrot Power

      Get Right With The Light… when yer can see what yer doing, things get a lot easier!

    4. old nam vet

      I see a convenient grouping of folks that may know too much. Would I live there? No thanks

      • TheGuy

        Yeah man, there goes the neighborhood. Great so a third of your community’s members are people that… the crowd… is going to be none too happy with post… whatever.

        Sounds like a really bad idea.

        • DowntoEarthThinking.com

          TheGuy, More like another advertisement on SHTF to me, complete with Tess’s expert knowledge. I have all the email adverts going to trash automatically and and not exactly impressed any longer, but never really was. It just gets worse.


          Notice our president has been pummelled from day one for two years now and he has been proven right about all of the real conspiracies against him and the nation. Yet no real in depth coverage of much of any of the meat of it here ? I would think this should be daily front page news ? But it is clear it is too controversial and do not want to piss off any of the dwindling readership. I also see ZH going chicken shit as well over the last few years. New owners and all, are part of the well known cabal and PRAVDA/MSM. But hey the echo chamber is still kicking and the muppets still not thinking much !~

    5. K Steele

      “The camps will have lodges, underground bunkers, and guard towers. In the event of a social meltdown, members will be responsible for manning those towers.”

      • Deplorable Neal Jensen

        I wonder how fast the clash of personalitites will happen as the three letter deep state officials fall upon one another as they as drowning men, stand on the others shoulders to save themselves…..Hmm, we know where the RESPONSIBLE PARTIES of The DEEP STATE, and the architects of the collapse will be. Good, keep them in concentrated groups. Their psychopathy will be their greatest enemy.

      • homericninjas

        That made me laugh as well. I would trade a 12 pack of Charmin for a peek at any of the metrosexual 3 letter surveillance cube dwellers in a tower with a 60, some belts and a piss pot on their head.

      • watching and waiting

        You know, you can make those towers a prison, a solitary cell.

    6. Jim in Va.

      They know something and probably what and when…..

    7. aljamo

      Everybody is waiting for the big bang. The corruption is over the top. It’s difficult not to think about it when it’s so in your face. Heightened war bellowing is all that’s left, continuing an irreversible gluttony for money and murder. More like a freak show at the fairgrounds.

    8. MWK

      Maybe the Hillary indictments are coming soon and they are hoping they can escape being caught? 🙂

      • 2018 Is Now

        No. They will try to go someplace that does not have an extradition treaty with the US.

        • durangokidd

          You must be referring to the People’s Republic of Kalifornia, right ??? 🙂

          • DowntoEarthThinking.com

            durangokidd. No that would be Kawleefornya, a state if Mexico and the insane and spineless whites who inhabit it.

            Nobody ever stood up and see what happens when people do that ? Oregon and Washington are close behind.

    9. Frank Thoughts

      I would say social breakdown is the higher probability. Neither Russia nor China want a nuclear war and both countries know all you have to do is let America meltdown from the inside. Just say ‘dat Whitey done it!!!!’ Over and over again and the riots will take care of the rest.

      It is clear as daylight some major deals went down and large swathes of government in the West are now bought and paid for by radical Islamists such as Saudi Arabia. Last weekend I watched the news and not a single non-Muslim person either anchored the news desk nor reported from the field. And the main news items were all Muslim related, from prizes being awarded in Dubai to a car attack by a Muslim, to pimping rings run by Muslims. All the commercials were either for Middle Eastern airlines or for holidays in the Gulf States. The Halal goose has been cooked.

      Better get practicing sticking your ass in the air and deciding on how many wives you would like (there are good sides to Islam!).

      • Concerned Citizen

        Frank: I have to disagree with you ,as there is Nothing good with those sand-ape, vile ass Muslims…No thanks. They are wild, crazed sub-humans and all they know is violence and radical religious garbage in their 1/2 witted minds. The only good thing about a Muslim is a damn DEAD one.

    10. Heartless

      The trick is to be the guy (or gal) that these rich “F’s” hire to stand guard or do the assigned chores for them at these camps. That you get in for free, get paid to boot and when the time is right…. how’s that phrase go? ….’hoist them by their own petard’.

    11. JAS

      I hope they have an underground railway to get there. Can you imagine getting out of DC after the baloon goes up?

    12. Ken

      I’m not sure that they “know” what’s coming with any more certainty than an informed alternative news junkie does. Rather, they’re taking steps to mitigate the POSSIBIITY of something happening. They have the means and the connections to do so, that’s all. Lots of wealthy people NOT possessing inside information are doing the same thing.

    13. B from CA

      No, I doubt that place is for wealthy DC. They certainly would not be using any true bugout location as a training camp. No, the smartest plan is to not post on the internet either your plans or your true ideology. Stay grey. Be uninteresting. Don’t attract attention. When you are ready, act. Just make sure you know what you are doing and why.

      This place looks like a honey trap for dissidents and potential trouble makers. It could easily be turned into a mass grave. Be careful who you trust. Keep your own counsel. These agencies must be taking notes on everyone who shows up for survival training.

      Why do I post here? I guess it is altruism.

      Be safe.


      • Concerned Citizen

        BCA: I agree. I would stay the hell away from that joint and anything else like it, no thanks. Those poor suckers that “sign up” will all of the sudden disappear and or end up dead…..things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmm.

      • aljamo

        B from CA..wise words. I think I’ll temper my enthusiasm in an attempt to further slip into the shadows.

    14. Flat Earth Prophet

      Globe Earth is a Religion. The Earth is Flat and Stationary. If anyone can prove otherwise, please do.

      • JustMe

        What’s it like to be retarded?

      • The Deplorable Braveheart

        FEP, get off the crackpipe.

    15. Old Guy

      There is big money in selling this sort of thing. I think its folks with more money than brains buying a false sense of security and safety. Gullible sheeple following and paying a Judas goat to a prison camp.

    16. 2018 Is Now

      Going down the rabbit hole.

      • CrackerJack

        Living in a hole in the ground isn’t what I’d call living. I’ll stay above ground, those idiots can live together in their homo caves.

      • awed bawl

        Going down the rabbi hole.

    17. rellik

      I live in my “BOL”, so I don’t have to travel far. What always interests me is how these people think they are going to get to their safe areas.
      Also if “they” know in advance what is going to happen, why don’t “they” stop it? ” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
      I have an aversion to crowds, so I also wonder why you would select a camp of hundreds of ass_holes to live with? Those of you that ever lived in a barracks or on a USN ship know what I mean. In the military it is necessary, but it does get tiresome.
      Why would a civilian choose to live that way?

      • Genius

        Because they are profoundly retarded! But have currency…

    18. TharSheBlows

      Bought my own Remote Land, Off the Grid BOL, paid cash, and everything on it is paid for. Why invite strangers?

      • OldTinStar

        That right there is the best idea.

        Advertising to the whole world of your “ranch” and it’s capabilities is a violation of OPSEC.
        It is a scam.
        He charges $1,000 a year for a “spot” knowing full well maybe 10% of those escape DC in a SHTF event might make it to the “ranch.”
        And then he doesn’t even have to let them in when they get there.
        Gets his mortgage paid for, someone else is paying for him to do nothing, what could be better?
        He claims three letter agencies people are reserving spots, can anyone dispute the claim?
        The article is free advertisement.
        A fool and their money soon parted.

    19. Sgt. Dale

      What we know it will take them 25 years to learn.

      Will they be with people that think alike, work with others, work with people with different religions, Race, or Share with others????

      I like the idea of me working with people I know and not Johnny come lately.

      Who is going to give the orders or what happens if you don’t follow orders? many unanswered questions.


      • Anonymous

        Well Dale, people will do what you’ve been doing all your working life, like all conditioned slaves of the deep state (as you are) they’ll do as they are told.

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          Anonymous, what’s your problem?

      • OldTinStar


        A lot of people will think they should be in charge, “I worked for XYZ agency, I know better than you!”

        If I were a local, I would post signs that said, “FOOD! SHELTER! FREE INTERNET! THIS WAY!” with big arrows pointing to “the ranch.”

    20. George W

      What “they” know is that “they” are starting one hell of a nuclear war! Doesn’t take more than 10 minutes of news reading to see it coming. When the Bear says “back off” and you keep poking him with a stick he’s going to jump on you with all 4 paws.

    21. Illini Warrior

      just the kind of people you need to be watching for some forewarning – if you have them as neighbors and you see them suddenly at home packing up the old flivver – get your azz in gear – the shit storm is coming ….

    22. Robert

      Thus saith Jehovah: “No one who flees will get away, and no one trying to escape will succeed. If they dig down into the Grave, from there my hand will take them; and if they go up to the heavens, from there I will bring them down.” – Amos 9

    23. Dave

      They are doing all that they can to start war with russia and china, and they are the very ones doing it. Russia has been begging us for years to listen. All it will take is an accident like an asteroid exploding over one of our countries. And that seems to happen a lot in russia. All the talk of “we’re a super awesome nuclear power, with super awesome weapons”, from both sides, is not going to end well.

      Last year towards the end of obummers rule, putin called a press conference with western media. Not the worlds media, or russian media, but western media. Europe and the U.S., and he begged them to listen. You can find this talk online. Basically he was saying that they know what our governments are doing, and that they see that the missile defense systems are also offensive systems. And that our governments are surrounding russia with these systems. He tells them these systems could easily be used for nuclear weapons, and that they know it. He then pleads with them to understand the seriousness of what our governments are doing.

      Following that press conference he went into a nuclear shelter for more then a week. Following that was the nationwide nuclear war drill involving more than 40,000,000 russian people. Following that putin disappeared into a nuclear shelter again. The whole time china and russia have been testing our defenses. Subs off both shores. Planes getting as close to conus as possible. It is even reported that china launched a missile 200 miles west of sanfran.

      Did the swamp media report it on the evening news?

      • Yahooie

        The swamp media is a leftist mouthpiece. It’s more important to play up gay parades, sobbing illegal aliens, climate change and more cries for mercy on the latest ‘issue.’

        Our world is in a very scary place.

    24. Ordinary Joe

      I was told by a Prepper supplier, who provided services and material to the DC area, back in 2011 that he had been selling multitudes of items to “3 letter” agencies. So this is not something that is new. Nor is it credible. It is just a sales pitch. Either you prep or you don’t, all others, we fleece.

    25. JRS

      This guy’s credentials in the clip says he worked for the SES. That is the shadow government. The Senior Executive Service.

      Never heard of them? No shit. They are never discussed in the media but they run the show from backstage.

      They only publish their names every four years or so in what is known as the Plum Book.

    26. Bert

      Bullshit story, follow the money.

      • OldTinStar

        The money?
        Right into some retired air force supposed intelligence officer who just advertised to the whole world his location, and supplies.
        IIRC the Nazis did a similar ploy: Reserve your spot! Send us so much money to get a spot at our exclusive resort!
        Sadly a number of Jews bought into the ploy and, well, we all know how that turned out.

    27. Archivist

      It would be funny if all these “doomsday camps” were actually concentration camps for the leftists and deep state people. After things went down, they would soon find out that the guard towers were being manned by our side.

    28. Bert

      Almost as bad as the drug companies telling us we must get vaccinated.

      Was this a paid infromercial from Servitude Raunch?

    29. Not So Free

      Let them all go hide in their holes.
      They have to come out eventually.
      Then it’s their turn to “pay the piper”.

    30. Synickel

      There is no evidence that an EMP attack can shut down the grid or anything else. It’s all hysteria inducing blather.

    31. Brian

      If the military detected a surprise nuclear missile attack on Washington, DC, they probably wouldn’t sound the air raid sirens. That would make it difficult to get the “important” people out. If you live in the capital, you wouldn’t know what hit you. Maybe that would be better since you would probably be stuck in traffic when the mushroom cloud appeared. The camps might help you with economic meltdown or societal collapse. If you lead the nation into disaster, it just feels wrong to use taxpayer dollars to help you escape the fate of the average citizen.

    32. Dare Tuitt

      Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;

      and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;

      for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

      Revelation 6:15-17

    33. OldTinStar

      Nothing says OPSEC like advertising your BOL in a national publication.
      $1,000 a year, for a “spot.”
      Someone is making this guys mortgage payment.

    34. Old Guy

      When you see the Military and all essential countinuation of Government agencys go into places like Mt weather and Cheyanne Mtn then we need to be worried. And if they do and any of us on the surface who are still alive. even if dying of radiation poisioning. We need to seal them up inside those places. Make certain those bunkers are their toombs. I agree with Russia’s Putin. He stated if theirs no Russia? what good is the World? I feel if they let things go nuclear? What good is the government? take Mt Weather it might be almost impossible to break into it. But it will be much easier to seal up all the openings including air intakes. Its like a huge vault. You couldn’t open the door. But a few welds on the outside would prevent those on the inside from getting out. Any keyed lock can be fixed where it don’t open with a key. You cram it full of bubble gum with a tooth pick. then drive the tooth pick in and break it off. disables car ignitions padlocks anything that uses a key.

    35. 2018 Is Now

      Whats the reason? I don’t know. Hypersonic nukes. No missile defense. Bingo.

    36. Michael McNulty

      These elites will take their sense of entitlement down into the tunnels and they’ll kill each other over who decides the menu, who cooks the meal and who does the washing-up. Some will be so incapable of real independent living that they will insist some minor elite (like Tony Blair who was born a commoner) give up their place so their valet or Personal Assistant has a place.

      The politics of tunnel survival will be dreadful!

    37. Jasper

      Boris Johnson is a Cockwomble.

    38. Max Stotto

      “If you build it they will come”!

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