Preparing for the end of times in the Northwest

A cabin in a remote area outside Coeur d'Alene where survivalists are preparing for the end of times. (KOIN)
A cabin in a remote area outside Coeur d'Alene where survivalists are preparing for the end of times. (KOIN)

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (KOIN) — Not far from the sparkling waters of Coeur d’Alene and the bustling streets of the town it’s named after, there’s a growing movement of people preparing for a disaster that could trigger the end of the world as we know it.

It’s called the American Redoubt, and it’s bringing survivalists from around the world to an area that spans across northwestern Montana, northern Idaho, eastern Washington and parts of Oregon.

“There are just more people that are waking up,” Revolutionary Realty owner Chris Walsh said. “It’s a place of refuge… where people can go to be more secure and in an environment where they’ll be around more like-minded people.”

Walsh moved to Coeur d’Alene from Detroit almost a decade ago and now helps other preppers — for lack of a better term — find homes and get away from it all.

He’s currently working with about 2,500 people who all have one thing in common: they’re afraid of the day when society as we know it ceases to exist. Whether it be fear of a financial collapse, a widespread terrorist attack on American soil, or the depletion of the food supply, they want to know they’ll be ready.