If you are reading this, then you are least curious about the potential for a dangerous breakdown in society, otherwise known as a When the SHTF scenario. It’s a real possibility, and the immense consequences from such an event demand serious preparation. In this post, we will discuss how to plan and what to look out for to prepare yourself for anything that might happen.
The first thing to know is that we are living in uncertain times. The rise of global terrorism, domestic political disputes, and an alarming reluctance to act on the part of Western powers means that the threat of something drastic, like a nuclear exchange or an event of similar scale, has never been higher. China is expanding its territorial ambitions and making it clear that it can take what it wants by force, if necessary. Russia is declining as a world power, but still desperate to asset its power in dramatic fashion. ISIS and its many offshoots are interested in acquiring nuclear material and doing everything they can to disrupt American society. Iran has secured a deal to grant them access to world markets while they continue to militarize. Here in the US, our political process has been hijacked by insiders and politicians afraid to take a real stance in the face of danger. For examples, look no further than Obama’s infamous “red line” on Syria, the reset button on Russian relations, or his inability to use the word “terrorism” to describe the vicious attacks of ISIS and their affiliates.
It is easy to see that these many threats pose a challenge to the average citizen. Any one of them could boil over at any time with devastating consequences. Consider what would happen if two countries had a nuclear exchange. Large parts of the globe would become uninhabitable. It would be an exceedingly dangerous time, because governments would break down, along with the law. The essential supply chains that bring us essentials like food and water would be destroyed, along with the rest of the economy. All of the things that we take for granted would no longer exist. It is not hard to imagine that the society that arises in such a situation would bear little resemblance to our own. There would likely be looting and gang violence. People would fight over the precious remaining resources.
Being Prepared When the SHTF
In this deadly environment, the people most likely to survive are the ones who prepared in advance. This preparation takes many forms. On the one hand, you need to be able to prepare by acquiring supplies. This will take the form of keeping a supply of basic goods that you can depend on should the worst happen. The more drastic way to prepare is to build, buy, or otherwise obtain a safe location that you can use as a safe house in the event of an emergency. Both of these are important elements to being prepared, and a person with forethought will make sure to take care of both far in advance of anything going wrong.
Let’s start with the basic gear. Many people keep what is called a Bug Out Bag Survival, or 72-hour bag. This is a bag pre-packed with everything you will need to survive on your own for three days. This is meant to be enough time to get you to a safe house or other location that has safe and can support life for an extended time. Your bug-out bag needs to contain food, water, and any other tools you think are necessary to survive. This could include a Waterproof Sleeping Bag, Fire Starter, navigational tools like a compass, spare clothes, weapons, and anything that might help you survive in your local climate. Remember that you cannot predict when such an event might happen, so be prepared for daytime, night time, and all forms of local weather. Even beyond the 72-hour bag, you will likely want to stock some supplies in your house like canned food and other necessaries. You can keep these in a basement or other safe place.
The other important way to prepare is in making or obtaining a safe house. Your safe house can either be part of your residence, like a fortified basement, or it can be located some distance away, like a cabin and property out in the woods. Either way, the goal is the same: to have a safe place to go that can give you shelter, store your supplies, and protect you both from environmental hazards and thieves. That means that it needs to be concealed in in a remote location. It should be large enough to be your functional home for as long as necessary. That means, for example, you need enough land for farming if you plan to do that. You might need a bunker in case of nuclear fallout: buried shipping containers are a popular choice, or you could build a concrete shelter in the ground. The earth is a natural barrier that can protect you from fallout until it is safe to come out.
You also need to prepare mentally. That means acquiring the knowledge and skills to survive in a dangerous situation. Consider both short-term skills like combat and navigation and long-term ones like farming, construction, and animal husbandry. You cannot be sure what you need, so it is better to overdo the preparations from a “better safe than sorry” point of view.
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