Agreed, I think Natural disasters are just that a disaster. only something on a global scale would be a true SHTF, at least that's how I look at it. If the US falls I am pretty sure we are taking the rest of the world with us.I always think of SHTF as a massive national disruption
I see things differently based on prior life experiences. Can you give an example of any recent massive national disruption in the U.S. other than the Civil War that ended in 1865? That would entail something equivalent to a national blackout - which to my knowledge has never happened, and given the disparate power generation sources in this country, may not even be possible?I always think of SHTF as a massive national disruption
When the food store shelves are empty or near-empty for day after day!I'm wondering what you guys think the cue to say shtf is.
When the food store shelves are empty or near-empty for day after day!
But if you're a prepper you'll have enough stocked at home to tide you over for at least a week or two until the government can get food refief convoys coming into the cities, so just sit tight til then.
I could never wait for a govt to save me. No way no how. I just don't have the trust in them. Too many strings will be attached or worse.
Store enough food until your crisps can continuously produce,
Store enough gas to get to your bug out location, and have a back up plan,
Create a BOL that sustains you, protects you, and I'd possible enables you to thrive.
I use the saying Plan A Plan B Plan C.....Make them and those that are part of your inner group should know the plan.What about those who can't afford bug out location?
If you cannot afford a place to bug out to (which is understandable, most people cannot) then you need to plan to "shelter in place" where you live. That can involve prepping by stockpiling whatever supplies you can afford (water, food, medicine, hygiene, etc.) and also considering where else you can shelter in an emergency. For instance, if your county or state sets up evacuation centers or public shelters, you should include such locations in your planning.
When you do not have the private resources it is appropriate to plan to use whatever public resources there are. This could be a local emergency shelter (high school, etc.) or you could plan to make it to a state park and camp out there temporarily until things go back to normal. A decent sized tent and basic camping equipment is a good option for temporary shelter if your primary home is damaged or unsafe.
A single mom with three children could sleep in a four-man tent comfortably. You need four sleeping bags, a cooler for cold food storage, and a camp stove, if this option makes sense for you in your situation. You need to consider bad weather and cold nights in your planning (tarps to help against rain, extra blankets and clothing for warmth and comfort).
I would look into emergency shelter options in case you cannot bug out very far.
That is a plan you just need to fill in the details. If your in the city make sure your gardening has some concealment to it. Fencing and Beartraps can be a great deterrent and you can keep the Beartraps put up till there needed.I have been thinking about that.i got a tent,cooler,thermos.gotta get sleeping bags but got ton of blankets and good coats.I'm prepping to bug in cos i cos i can't afford to do more.my plan.....if i have to leave I'm going to frika.that's near my place,and there's a lake there so we can eat cat fish if we have to.there's plenty of dead trees good for fire.idk if its a good plan but that's all i got so far.in my apt.... not even the guy who cuts the grass believed. me i got about half an acre for a back yard and that's not counting my front and side yard. I'm getting it ready for planting and have my own veggies.wanted chickens but was told they destroy everything .I'm thinking on having a goat for milk. I'm not an expert so I'm counting on advice to become one so any advice is always welcome and if i do it wrong i keep trying till i get it right
I agree, only thing missing is hyper-inflation and a run on the banks to remove cash that will be worthless for quite some time.Does anyone here think the SHTF already? Look around........ The rapid loss of freedoms, total disregard for the Constitution, rapid destruction of business and personal wealth through Executive Order and government regulations. Let's not forget the devaluation of our currency due to the Federal Reserve printing money to the tune of 85 BILLION a month, other countries trading oil in currencies other than the dollar............... Well you get the idea........... I think we can reasonably argue the SHTF already.
True... Or you may never know because it will happen slowly like the erosion of rights. By the time that happens it will be to late for you to react.It really depends on the situation. If it is a hurricane coming, you will have time to prepare. If it is an earthquake, you will receive no warning, but if you prepared in advance, you will be able to handle the aftermath much better. Riots usually are caused by events which upset certain communities - local TV news coverage can give you a warning that trouble may be brewing. Economic or financial disasters are very hard to predict, but you can monitor these by following the financial news outlets. Chemical releases are very sudden and hard to plan against, but if you live near train tracks or industrial areas you need an escape/evacuation plan. Flooding is common during major storm events, so watching weather reports can give you some warning.
You need to be aware of events happening in your local area - maintaining situational awareness (checking on your surroundings constantly) is one of the best ways to survive in an emergency.
What about those who can't afford bug out location?