10 Tips for Preppers to Prepare for SHTF Situations

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Being prepared really isn’t that complicated, it just takes a willingness to do something about your situation. If you haven’t started prepping, it’s time to start taking the decisive actions you need to take to keep yourself, and your family safe.

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Here are 10 ideas that can help get you started:

1. Threat Assessment

Part of truly being prepared for anything, means knowing exactly what threats you’re facing, and then analyzing how those threats will affect you in the future. By performing a realistic threat assessment, you can get a better idea of what threats you’re facing, and learn how to prepare for those threats in the future.

2. Planning for the most likely SHTF Scenarios.

When your just getting started in the world of prepping, preparing for an EMP or an asteroid hitting the earth is probably not the best course of action. While both of those scenarios are scary, the probability of them happening is actually pretty low. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t prep for these things, I’m just suggesting that you prep for the most likely dangers first.

3. SWOT Analysis

Performing a SWOT Analysis is a great way to determine how prepared you really are. A SWOT Analysis is a simple, but useful method of pinpointing your Strengths and Weaknesses. Performing one will also help you identify Opportunities that you can exploit, and Threats that you might face in a SHTF situation.

4. Living Debt Free… Is it part of your survival plan?

It’s great to be prepared for an end of days scenario, but what happens when you’re faced with a foreclosure or the possibility of living on the streets? Is that not a survival situation?  To be truly prepared for the worst, we must also think of our financial security. That means paying off debt, living within our means, and starting an emergency fund.

5. Get in Shape NOW

No matter what survival situation you may ultimately find yourself in, there’s one thing that you’ll likely find, survival is going to be hell on your body. One of the best things you can do to ensure your survival, in just about any situation, is to make sure your body and your mind are trained and prepared to survive. This means motivating yourself to get off your butt and get in shape.

6. Train with Repetition

To really be able to rely on your knowledge when the SHTF, you need to run through your techniques in a number of scenarios and environments. The more you train in real world situations, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to perform these skills in a high stress survival situation.

7. Train Your Mind

Survival isn’t glamorous, and it’s nothing like what’s depicted on T.V. Survival shows. It is down right brutal, and will beat the hell out of you not only physically but emotionally as well. Don’t overlook the importance of cultivating a mindset that will allow you to face life’s greatest challenges.

8. Survival Intelligence – Power of Information

In a survival situation, knowledge is going to be a critical factor in determining the outcome of your situation. The ability to be able to predict what will happen in a survival situation is an important part of being prepared. Start gathering a list of trusted resources and information sources that can help you prepare for whatever the future has in store.

9. Be Prepared to Bug Out

Many preppers talk about the prospects of bugging out, but how many of them have the skills, or the strength to actually do it? It’s one thing to talk about bugging out, it’s another thing to carry your gear 10-15 miles a day in dangerous and unforgiving conditions.

10. Bugging out with Kids

During a SHTF situation, maintaining a sense of normalcy is going to be a very important concern when dealing with children. With children, comfort items can go a long way in helping them feel as safe and secure as possible. Don’t overlook how important it will become to give them a sense of comfort and control during a stressful SHTF situation.

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  1. Jon says:

    I must say that I am finally feeling a little more prepared. Well at least more than I was when I first started coming here.

    I am embarrassed to say however that I never considered debt to be a threat but after reading the entire article that you linked to it really makes sense. Time to put that one on the list. Damn

  2. Sasquatch says:

    If you plan on covering a lot of ground, extra socks, mole skin, and ibuprofen are priceless. A decent cap to keep the sun out of your eyes is a major plus too. Staying hydrated with water and carrying salt tablets is a very good idea also. Avoid the hottest time of the day if you can, and take rest breaks every few miles. A good attitude can make a bad situation survivable.

  3. John sawyer says:

    What does shtf stand for

    • Robert says:

      Shit Hits The Fan

  4. thing one says:

    shtf – sh!t hit the fan.
    is it just me or is the #1 tip just a bad version of the #3 tip?

    • JoePrepper says:

      Is it just me or do you have no frickin clue what the hell you are talking about? Did you actually click in and read the articles? Because 1 and 3 are two totally different articles. Yes 3 covers threats but 1 is a much deeper dive into the subject.

      Anyone that knows anything about SWOT’s or Threat Assessments knows that each part of the SWOT is a separate Analysis. And ofthen Times Threat Assessments are preformed on what was found in your SWOT

  5. Nathan says:

    re:#4, debt. Might not be a bad time to buy property though. Buyers market in housing, interest rates are low, blood still flowing in the streets from the ongoing housing debacle. Could be an opportunity like gold was 10-12 years ago, nobody wanted it during the internet stock boom – then it quintupled in price a few years later.

    Also a good bet that regardless of whether Obama or Romney wins, neither is going to balance the budget. That means deficit spending, which means printing money, which means inflation. Inflation is good for debtors.

    • dude says:

      If you rack up credit card debt buying food and ammo, what are they going to reposses?

      Just default

  6. old soldier says:

    This is a very article and I agree with all the items, except number 2. If you think EMP is one of the least likely, please think again. Per all the articles I’ve read and from my experience, EMP is just as likely as a hurricane. Of all the man made disasters, this is the worst and don’t think the “bad guys” doesn’t know it. The U.S. is very vulnerable to attack and that’s what threat assessment is all about. The “bad guys” don’t need an ICBM to do the job. A ground to air missile launched from a freighter off the coast with a warhead, will do the job of shutting down communications, transportation,power, you name it.

    • Off Grid Survival says:

      Thanks, Old Soldier….

      I think you are 100% right on it being a very real threat, and I probably shouldn’t have lumped it in there with asteroids.

      I agree that there are people out there who would love to carry out this type of attack, and the consequences would be devastating to this country.

      I think the main reason I added it to the article was, when talking to people who are just getting started in the world of prepping the moment you mention EMP’s CME’s etc… they almost instantly tune out or become overwhelmed.

      But I do agree that it’s a very real threat and I’ll try to do an article dedicated to that topic in the very near future.

      • Ricky says:

        Could somebody post an acronym list so people who aren’t as deeply into these subjects as other people are can understand whats being said?
        Please excuse my ignorance!

        • DrDave says:

          Electromagnetic Pulse – basically fire off a specially calibrated nuke in the atmosphere over the US and the electrical pulse will fry our electricity supply/distribution. A history professor wrote a fictional scenario of life in the US after an attack, using his perspective of siege situations. It’s terrifying. The name of the book is One Second After. Everyone here should read it. My library has it, but it is usually checked out, but you can buy it in paperback cheap.

          • EZTarget says:

            VERY GOOD BOOK!!!
            Anyone that hasn’t read it should.

      • zometimer says:

        An asteroid/meteor strike would have the potential to create an EMP.

        • BrianWorf says:

          No. A meteor or asteroid impact would not release the gamma radiation needed to cause an EMP.

    • somegooddude says:

      Or even a strong solar flare could cause a global blackout.

      • WhoWudaThunkIt says:

        Here is a web site called RadiationNetwork it reflects the U.S. MAP and all the points of radiation emission. It is an interactive map and updates every minute. Would be great to bookmark this link on your cellphone when you are mobile bugging out.

  7. Jay says:

    If there is one thing I have taken from this site, and all the reading I have done so far, its that no matter how much gear you have, the most important things you can carry with you are skills and understanding. What good is a bunch of 550 cord if you can’t tie a knot? What good is that firesteel if you have no idea how to make a tinder bundle or properly feed a fire? Its like owning a gun but never having fired it. Many people put huge emphasis on gear. Its only a paper weight if you don’t know how to use it. Learn skills! Take a class, read a book, practice! I’m off to get my First Aid/CPR/AED certification in a bit. I have gear, but I’m constantly working on skills.

    • Dr. M says:

      Jay, I think you truly summed it up here. I am in the medical profession and have always carried a full EMT medical bag in my car. I purchased it after taking a CPR / First Aid Certification course through my employer.
      The point is, (that you so well made) is that NONE of this gear is going to help if you don’t have the knowledge or skills. I’m new to prepping and survival but have learned to make a fire with a fire starter and take along a little survival kit and emergency Bivvy when I go hiking. Like my emergency first aid bag, I test and practice using everything so that when the time comes there won’t be too many surprises.

    • Dale says:

      I am a husband and father of 4 great kids. We live in Alabama and I was raised up hunting and fishing. I totally agree, having a survival skills is probably the most important thing. We have some prepper supplies as we are just starting but I have been taking my 15 year old son survivor camping for years now, he can make a fire, filter water, make a shelter, hunt and fish and dress them both. We talk about the what if’s all the time so I believe outside of a huge flood or asteroid I think we would make it!

  8. matt stewart says:

    WATER! If you dont live on a river or large body of it, your bug out plan better take you straight to it! Having a hand pump well on your property would be great, but you cant catch fish in that. Canned meat can last 10 to 15 years, get some, freezed dried food is light weight and good for the bug out, but very high dollar. Your weapons should be chosen wisely… diversify some, dont depend on one shotgun and rifle and handgun, or caliber for each, aint gonna be a gun smith at the corner. TOOLS! Not just pioneer tools, any and all will help keep you sane and alive. Toilet paper is something to stack up, that would be worth more than paper money at the right time. I’m just an ole Louisiana boy, Veteran, Biker, etc.. just remember WATER!

    • Ed Slovik says:

      There are civilized people in other parts of the world who consider toilet paper an abomination. They clean themselves with water. Got rags? Got soap? I don’t get many of the “preppers” fixation on toilet paper.

      • S says:

        For a woman it can be a bloody mess. So TP is especialy useful for us.
        And what if there wasn’t any clean water around or enough to throw away? The smell can be bad on rags and will collect bugs if not washed. Used TP can be burned or buried. So can rags, but could be quick to run out and may be needed for other things.

        Also TP can come in handy to help start a fire in emergancy situations.
        Oh yes…. easier to blow ones nose, also to plug up nose bleeds.

        • Sokedai says:

          Try keeping a supply of Baby Wipes on hand for hygiene needs.

      • zometimer says:

        Same goes with using water for toilet hygiene, an unneeded waste of water.

  9. Bill says:

    This talk about “bugging out” is downright unrealistic for about 98% of us. First, for most of us there is flat no place to bug out to. There will be people EVERYWHERE with the same idea unless you are in the sticks in Montana or Wyoming. Secondly, if you think you are going to leave a big city like L.A. or New York and find a safe spot nearby, forget it. You will be shot down and robbed like a dog.

    The time to get out of the cities is NOW. Establish yourself in a rural area and be prepared to defend yourself and your property. This is the best most of us can hope to do. There simply is no place to run to.

    • Shooter says:

      Dead on!!!

      If you decide to walk out, get shopping cart or a game hauler (bigger wheels and easier to push) or even a wheelbarrel. I am in my 60′s and cannot hump a 70 lb BOB and the weapons and ammo needed to survive a three day hike.

      We are moving out to the country and looking for a place now. Any SHTF senario of over a month means death to most people in the cities if the cities cannot be resupplied. If you have prepped, you WILL be a target and unable to fend off the attacks.

      • Ed Slovik says:

        I would suggest that if you’re humping or hauling a 70-lb B.O.B. you’re carrying too much crap. You need water, food/survival bars, BASIC first aid gear (not an EMT kit), knife/multi-tool, gun, sleep roll, lighter, cash/silver, and not much else in a day or weekend pack.

        Slogging around the countryside with a 70-plus pound expedition rig on your back makes you a slow, clumsy target with limited mobility. I’d rather travel light with a pistol on my hip moving fast and out of sight.

        Fire steels, axes, entrenching tools, huge Rambo knives, wind-up radios, paracord, and so many other esoteric survivalist supplies are a waste of time, money, and will slow you down if mobility and speed are needed. Bugging out in place? Probably worth having.

        Imagine as realistically as possible your bug-out scenario. No two are alike. Climates differ. Water availability could be decent to non-existent. Pack accordingly. Urban escape considerations will differ from those of a rural prepper.

        Even trade considerations are different. Will you be more likely to prosper with barter items like ammo, tobacco, etc. or will cash, silver coins grease the way.

        Have a plan. Have a Plan B. Imagine and visualize your personal experience and plan as if it will happen that way.

        • BelleCheri says:

          This post makes the most sense. Think of the end game. Barter items which are easy to carry: #1, tobacco. Light, legal, an addiction. Recommended. Thanks, Ed.

        • zometimer says:

          silver and gold?=worthless.

          Ammo, axe, water, rope, food, matches, specialized skill sets, ability to remain calm, warm clothes, skills for your climate= survival

      • Mike says:

        I have a 73pound bag that I designed with wheels and a aluminum frame. In it I have everything I need for my family of 5 for 3-4 days. In that bag I also have a regress bag, that has the essentials to survive like water filtration, food bars, small first aid. I it gets to tough and I have to dump the BigBOB, I will regress with the smaller one. One thing to make sure you have in your First Aid is QuickClot, I had a friend who almost died because he fell of a bike and lost so much blood from a 3″ Gash and was miles away from help.

      • kramh says:

        I have news for you, we that already live in the country will be targets and have to fend off attacks from you folks in the city. The largest neighborhood army will win out in the country.

        • COVERT_1 says:

          I agree but there will be people in the country that are unprepared and will still want to survive. These people are classified as zombies. They will want what you have and will come after it at all cost. When the defication hits the air circulator, the rules change. Survival of the fittest will be the norm.

  10. Rivet says:

    Can’t agree more with the “Living debt free” listing. Spot on.

    • Linda says:

      What of all the people (like us) who have only paid off half their house. There is no way to get thousands of dollars in a short time for retirees when Obama is in charge. Do you see a time of coming back to your house. To only have to bug out for a short time while others live in your house?

  11. Mike 414 says:

    I have a question for everyone. I am new here but I do know that if the power grid goes ten days later the nuke plants go Fukushima. So why prep when we are all gonba get lethal doses of radiation. I am not trying to start a fight just curious

    • dee says:

      my understanding from some of the other articles i’ve read (mostly on this site) all nuclear reactors have an emergency shut down procedure backed up by diesel generators, rather i believe the exact statement was they are supposed to have enough

      possibly they wouldnt all melt down. maybe its just closest to the site of attack, asteroid, earthquake,etc. who knows we can only speculate, hope the info was helpful

    • RegT says:

      Mike 414,

      You are worrying about a boogeyman that doesn’t exist. All nuclear power plants have safety measures in place to prevent a meltdown, in spite of what the hippy anti-nuclear power people would like everyone to believe.

      However, even if every one of the few remaining nuclear power plants in America were to go into full meltdown – which will never happen – it would not contaminate the entire country. Many people would still be living in areas that were unaffected. That would still shut te country down, so you would need to know how to survive without power, grocery stores, gasoline, perhaps even a source of water close by, but you could survive, and you would not be irradiated or contaminated if you stay in a safe zone.

      • LINDA says:

        Take a look at Chernobel or the Japanese meltdown. Sorry about spelling. If we are talking about terrorists, it has been proved that ours are not well protected. I don’t think we can throw away any threat.

    • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

      Stock up on Potassium Iodide, which fills and saturates the Thyroid Gland from absorbing bad radiation. That is the largest killer of Radiation. Wherever you are, seek a deep basement or the center of a large building away from windows, stay in place for at least 2 to 3 days hunkered down. Don’t be tempted to leave just yet, or look outside. Curiosity kills the cat.. Also stay away from the ground level as that is where the Nuke fallout will settle, and rooftops, just like snow. Only time will disburse the rad levels. Also stay up wind from a blast. Down wind will travel for miles depending on the intensity of the Rads. After about 5-7 days of a single event, the majority of the radiation will diminish. Keep your food and water where you will be staying in place, alone with your Potassium Iodide tablets. Not to endorse any site but CampingSurvival has 60 day tablets for about $15 – its a no brainer. Even have tablets for your pets at lower dosages. Go to FEMA site and read their surviving a threat topics.. Be prepared so you don’t have to go to a Club-FEMA Camp. ha.

    • Hellmer says:

      Actually, there is more merit to this than you realize. RegT, be careful with that assumption that it’s a hippy anti-nuclear issue – it’s not. I’m a trained US Navy Nuclear Machinist’s Mate so I have some expertise on this issue.

      The issue is not the reactors melting down (they won’t) – the issue is spent-fuel pools. See, in the nuclear power generation industry, there’s nowhere for spent fuel rods to go. Yucca Mountain is at capacity (mostly, but they can only take spent fuel that’s reached a set point of radioactive stability, meaning it has to cool off for a while first); there isn’t anywhere else to put spent fuel.

      Each major production facility (nuke plant) has its own cooling facility to prepare spent fuel for transport to Yucca. Without power, the circulation pumps in those pools shut down. When water stops moving over radioactive spent fuel rods, the water heats up. When water heats up, steam is produced (or, at the very least, evaporation). This builds up pressure in the building. Air doesn’t cool very well. Ventilation fans aren’t running either. Heat continues to build and build and build, creating pressure, more pressure and more pressure.

      Eventually, by most experts’ guesses, about 5-6 days after power grid loss, the pressure gets so high that the buildings blow, releasing tons of radioactive steam, gas, and other by-products into the atmosphere. For those of you keeping track, this happened at Fukushima twice (I’m pretty sure, might’ve been 3x) after the tsunami. Those big square-looking towers with the tops blown off, about 3 days after the event? Those were cooling buildings. That’s the threat.

      Be educated about the real threats guys. NBC masks and suits aren’t a gimmick – they may save your life. Know your prevailing winds and where you are in relation to major nuclear sites. And have a steady dose of potassium iodide tablets on hand – most will need them to combat the effects of the beta particle radiation.

  12. Pam says:

    What does SWOT stand for? Although I’ve always felt one should prepare for when SHTF, no one has ever taken me seriously. It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who wants to be prepared. It’s time to stop thinking about it, though, and START preparing.

    • Off Grid Survival says:

      SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats

    • uninformedluddite says:

      They will take you very seriously if and when the SHTF as they will all know who can provide their next meal. Don’t be surprised at the behaviour of friends, relatives, and/or neighbours either as they will be like jackals fighting over a corpse/

  13. Skye Milo says:

    Funny how much of my life up ’till now has seemed to revolve around learning survival skills. Due to a “fairly adventurous spirit” for a girl, I now know how to use weapons, shoot (well), butcher/dress animals, spin yarn, knit sweaters, stitch clothes, stitch wounds, set broken bones, chop down trees, build a wood stack, build a masonry oven, make & bake my own bread, grow veggies 12 months of the year, etc.
    One tip I have: besides all kinds of guides on survival which might come in handy, if there’s one cook book (yes, that’s right: cook book) you should get yourself it’s the Joy of Cooking. It’s fantastic in telling you what to use if you run out of certain ingredients, it has a whole section on how to butcher and dress animals, how to cook game, etc. In my view it’s the most comprehensive book out there.

    • Nola says:

      Thank you for the reference. I have a neighbor with chickens and I have asked him to let me know if he intends to cull. I have offered to help to learn how to process chickens. Will look into the book too.

    • COVERT_1 says:

      I want you on my team. I and a friend of mine have built a survival team and we are just about ready for anything that comes down the pike. Key personell is our strong point as we are all mostly former military. My son inlaw is 3/4 Cherokee and can gather a 5 course meal out of the wilderness. We all cross train each other as we all have different skills. Stay safe, keep your powder dry, and watch your back trail.

  14. Red says:

    The subject of bugging out with kids came up during a late night discussion with my wife. We then focused out attention on the children and came up with a new plan. We are moving further out in the country to a six acre farm house surrounded by mountains. There is a national park about eight miles from our property line full of trails and shelters. Not to mention various hunting and camping supply stores. The remote location feels safer but the short hike to more shelter and supplies seems to work better for us.

    • dirtpoor says:

      Hi,

      I am new. I’ve been wanting to prep for a long while now but it has not been fiscally possible. I have my house up for sale and am doing just like Red, buying a small house (it comes with 3 acres but I am going to purchase 2 additional acres that back up to it). It is in a low density area at the base of the Appalachians, completely wooded, with a well and septic. I can butcher a chicken (I don’t like it but I can and have done it) plus I will have a miniature Jersey Cow and also a goat or two for milk, plus chickens and a pig or two. I guess my biggest question is now, that I will have the means to start actually buying supplies, what should I get first?

  15. terminal lance says:

    Is there any survival scenerios for the “rapture”…i have seen every scenerio but a biblical one

    • Off Grid Survival says:

      Pretty sure there’s only one way to survive that one….. FAITH

    • John says:

      I as a Christian believe in the rapture-remember, it comes after the tribulations not before.

    • Nola says:

      I am veryh interested in Biblical prophesy and recomend watching the “hal Lindsey” show. it is on Daystar a few times a week,including Sun. at 11:00pm It is about Biblical prophesey as it relates to modern day occurances and politicts. It does not contain any specifics about prepping, but the warning signs of the comming tribulations and how to recognize them. The fall of the USA is not specifically predicted, but is infered. The most useful predictions mentioned are about how the world will not support Isreal. We are going down that path. I would suggest following the Mormons on this one, as they have been telling us to prepare for the fall of the gov. for some time now. I have not researched this myself, but understand that they prepare for a year of food and water against the comming appocalypse that will happen before Christ returns.

    • zometimer says:

      LOL! religion will be something you will have to deal with if you bug out or in. People of faith will be even more ridiculous and fanatical than they are now. Learn their rituals and understand their customs. Most north americans are christian, fairly simple to figure out.

  16. Jasper says:

    Where will everyone bug out to? Just outside their city? North, east, south, west,…. where? Can’t follow the herd but all will need to find a safe livable place to be…..good luck!

  17. Shootit says:

    Waiting until after the event to bug out is like waiting to purchase gas after Sandy. Bugging after the fact will be very difficult. We are bugged, not a perfect spot, but 70 miles from a city with pop. 200,000. 125 miles up wind from the nearest Nuke Power Plant. Our biggest threats are Tornado’s, Ice storms, and Blizzards. We have spent 5-7 days living off grid multiple times for each of those events. It was the first event that got us thinking hard about some of the items we needed. Each event has showed us holes in our preps., so we are constantly making adjustments. Bottom line: Do what you can and Trust in the Lord for the Rest.

  18. Alphamutt00 says:

    These are great comments and ideas. There is one thing that many “preppers” don’t all realize though. I have heard many people talk about their bug out plans including taking to the mountains and other large wilderness areas near them.

    I know several folks who own land in the mountains in the north eastern part of the state. Here in south central Tennessee, where I live, lots of people say they are going to bug out to the mountains if SHTF. While that looks good on paper, the truth is there are already people in those areas that own the land and have rights to defend it. In the event hoards of people piled onto their property to use up their resources there could be problems. We all have a right to protect what is ours and the people living in the mountains, wilderness areas, and other off the grid places in our country are no different. They don’t know who is a threat and who isn’t, so it pays for them to be vigilant and aggressive with strangers in a grid-down situation.

    Just food for thought, but for those of you thinking you will just head for the hills it would be a good idea to have your own place, or the place of a friend or relative (with permission) to go to in the event things go wrong. Should you find yourself having to go through or to a place like this the best thing to do is ask permission and be courteous. Remember, those folks aren’t looking for trouble but, knowing they are targets because of their preps and resources, they will be taking security very seriously. We should each have a few different places set up to go to ahead of time in order to avoid any problems that could have been prevented. Stay safe, strong, and always alert.

  19. Ken says:

    hey,Alphamutt00 you have brought up a very good point with the exception that mountain people don’t tolerate strangers. And, if this is a real SHTF situation there will be really bad people trying to get what they can by what ever means. That means robbery, murder and outright group mob mentality. You had better have a skill to add to a group or no one will want you with them. Using up resources and possibly bringing disease or sickness to a group. The fact that most people can’t stand a holiday with family, let alone a survival senerio. Family will throw you under the bus pretty quick.you are smart to try and set up ahead of time to reach a pre appointed place if this situation happens.

  20. Ken says:

    Does anyone know If a older auto with the points type ignition would run if a EMP strike happened. I have two older vehicles that I plan to use in a leave the city situation and was curious about this ?

    • kramh says:

      They should run, but the roads will be clogged up with disabled cars sand trucks stuck on the road. You could be attacked at narrow bottle necks. Your car will not stop rounds fired at you. You would need steel plates for protection to get where you want to go if you have enough fuel. You will need to protect your tires.

      • WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

        I would have paper road maps. GPS’s if they are working will point everyone to the same choke points. Then count on a few nuckleheads throwing roofing nails on the highway, and you will see massive traffic jams, with cars with all their tires flat, and loaded down with bug out supplies. Have you back packs (BOB’s) ready in case you need to abandon your vehicle and start walking. I would suggest the least traveled route with many exit points in case you need to bail out of the main road. Or a good 4 wheel drive to navigate the medians. I suggest you prepare to leave at a minutes notice, or wait a month secured at home, till everyone else kills each other in the panic rush. Its a judgement call. You need to think about every situation that could happen from your home to your bug out location. Cache the majority of your long term goods at your bug out location, hidden. Take a bicycle and a bike trailer on your vehicle to get to your BOL, in case you need to abandon your vehicle. Have a back-up to back-up plans. May be better to travel at night.

  21. geegee says:

    i live in california. i have been debt free for 13 years , i have no house morgage and i do have land way out i am putting a home on it populatio 838 were i am going i have rivers and streams running through, always have a plan i live in the getto of south central los angeles and many of us are pre pared to leave make sure your kids have bug out bags at school are school requires them for every kid

  22. WhoWuddaThunkIt says:

    Well we all know about economic collapse, our incomes are shrinking, the dollar is becoming worth less daily, the real barter items are not gold nor silver, because that too is depreciating. The common daily items we use to make our lives more comfortable will be the high demand barter items. What would you pay for a bottle of Asprin to get rid of a chronic splitting head ache? Trade a few of those gold coins for that? I believe a massive Electric Grid Outage will have the largest impact of SHTF. Every thing as we know it, will come to a screeching halt. An EMP, Terrorist Nuke or Computer Hack can take a lot of the grid out. Are you prepared with Potassium Iodide to saturate your Thyroid gland, so no bad radiation destroys it and they rest of your body? Stock up NOW, just in case. Imagine how many gold coins people will pay for a 60 day supply of Potassium Iodide. Be the hero in your neighborhood and buy a case of it.. Yep Prepare now with Water, Lots and lots of Food, Shelter, Guns and Ammo, lots of Ammo.

  23. mcrandell says:

    Working on the bob’s and pretty resourceful. Gleaning what I can. TY for all the terrific tips!
    We’ll be camping on and off. Getting ready to start carrying the bobs in the trunks of the cars…we’d have to do a bit of driving then hiking. Tobacco is key for trades. The Potassium Iodide is key too. Small med kits and dried food.

  24. hot_sauce_in_the_delta says:

    I live in the mississippi delta this is the best place to bug out when SHTF lots of game and fish i lived here all my life and taken camping trips for weeks at a time

    MOVE TO THE COUNTRY GET OUT OF THE CITY

    • Trog says:

      What about Government drones spying far and wide.

  25. Trog says:

    As an Australian living in a wealthy country we are hundred of miles away from threats. Or so we think. The Australian Government is one of the most intrusive nanny states in the world. The media is left wing, the Politicians are lying left wingers. And the population is disarmed. We are screwed down under.America sees Australia as some sort of utopia, but it aint, its overtaxed, super expensive and corrupt. I implore Americans to fight for your freedoms and retain your gun rights. We have fallen asleep in Australia ( a dangerous thing to do considering 300 million Muslims and China is on our doorstep) Both left and right of politics collude to make gun ownership extroadinarily difficult. My family has started preparing with food and survival equipment. Australia cannot continue down the path its going something will give sooner or later. Good luck and dont take your right to self protection lightly, In Australia the criminals and Police are armed to the teeth, ordinary Australians do not, we are sitting ducks.

  26. Touchstone says:

    What you said is SO true Trog. Australia is the most red-taped country in the world. America, fight for your right to bear arms! There is something wrong when a government, like Australia, disarms its own law abiding citizens so they can’t defend themselves.

  27. Jim B says:

    Hope it never happens but I have told both my Daughters If someone touches off a nuke anywhere in the world head for home. I live in the country. They both live in large cities. Also told them on the way home pick up any non pershibable items they can get thier hands on like cookies,soup,crakers convenience store type stuff. Everyone else will be sitting on thier hands wondering what will happen next. They have (My Daugters) been told by me dont wonder just head for home. I have GNS&AMMO.

  28. Tombs says:

    My missus is one of the biggest threats to mankind, I’d like to know how I can prepare myself for when she get up in the morning. Cheers.

  29. David says:

    Tombs – that was funny! But in all seriousness, I think people get carried away as the article points out about trying to prepare for some massively, catastrophic event, rather than something a little more realistic. This was good information just for getting people more focused again.

  30. I have found just tackling a few items on the list every week, eventually leads to being further along than a lot of others.

    Practicing some basic scenarios, or heck, even doing some camping at least gets you a little more prepared then the average joe.

  31. trucker steve says:

    okay i am a otr driver. i may be over a thousand miles from home when shtf. what recomendations if any do ya’ll have besides water

    • 1Bigkid says:

      I work about an hour from home in an outdoor environment with travel consisting of equal curvy country roads, gravel roads and interstate. When considering getting home after an event a few of the best decisions I’ve come to is to have a bug out bag in my vehicle with contents to sustain me during light travel to keep me moving. Emphasize items like the sawyer micro water filter for $20 that allows me to filter and purify water while I move instead of having to stop and build a fire etc… Also since a person in good physical condition can walk about 10 miles a day it is a plus to own a simple trail bike that can be peddled through traffic jams etc. and will greatly speed up your travel.

      I’m presuming you want to get home above but you could just as easily stay put and live out of your truck if you have a sleeper etc… Invest in a mobile solar power kit from harbor freight to keep your batteries charged as much as possible after fuel is depleted. Buy a $5 metal oil lamp/ lantern from Walmart and a few liters of lamp oil. This would heat / light a truck cab for weeks / months. Stock pile canned meat packed in oil such as tuna. Keeps for years and oil can be pushed in lantern.

      Of course before settling in to your rig try to locate it somewhere safe near a good natural water supply. Keep fishing gear on hand etc…

      If you can’t afford a solar kit maybe buy a few of those yard lights that use solar power to charge AA batteries for its light. Buy equipment that use AA batteries. Take a long time to charge but can be used sparingly.

      • 1Bigkid says:

        Sorry… Meant used in lantern not pushed. :-)

  32. Tifani says:

    Hey everyone, I am new to this world of prepping. I feel completely overwhelmed on how to get started. The list provided seems like a start. What would be considered the most important task to learn first? I live in the city, I’ve never been camping, fishing, never shot a gun. I’m completely lost. Hopefully it’s not to late.

    • AOC says:

      It’s never too late Tiff, I was in your shoes a few years ago. Just start slowly and go steady…as Karen Hood says “buy just one or two extra cans of the food you regularly eat every time you do groceries and date and rotate them..use the oldest first ect..” That way it isn’t too expensive and it is useful even if SDHTF. It’s easy to get into, Just read the SAS survival guide and watch some Woods Master Videos and you’re all set to start. It is not something that you learn all at once. Practice makes perfect…practice whenever you can…practice starting fires (with spark, flame and friction), making different knots and how you would use them (reef, hitch, bowline ect)..get your hands dirty practice snares and stalking prey, food preservation, wild edibles ect. Slowly learn everything you can about medicine, food, defense and you will be fine…Life is 10% what happens and 90 % how you react to it.

      AOC

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