It’s very easy to think of needing to prepare for a SHTF situation for one or two reasons such as an economic collapse causing a societal collapse (think the Great Depression) or another Hurricane Katrina situation, and these are worth preparing for. But did you realize that there are at least twelve different scenarios that you should consider preparing for so that you can be prepared for as many potential situations as possible?
With that in mind, here is a list of twelve events that at least one writer thinks that you should consider preparing for (with our commentary):
1. EMP – Many people don’t even consider this event, but this is one of the scariest scenarios. An EMP is a type of bomb that disrupts all energy-based systems in an area. Keep in mind that this isn’t just about a lack of power but also a lack of ability communicate (think no phone lines, no internet, no radio waves, nothing). No power and no communication means healthcare isn’t happening in hospitals. It means no cars starting. This means being completely alone and isolated.
2. Cyber Attack – Many are speculating that the U.S.’s power grid is vulnerable to cyber attack, but the problems go beyond that. Our society is based on computers, so any threat to computers threatens utilities, commerce, communication. This could be a huge problem.
3. Wildfire – This one is pretty straightforward: You don’t want to die from burns or smoke inhalation, and you need to find food after the fire devastates the are that you are in.
4. Contamination of the Public Water Supply – No clean water means satisfying your body’s need for water could cause you to poison yourself along the way. You have to be able to purify water.
5. Economic Collapse – Economic collapse leads to societal collapse. Lack of business means lack of work for most people (who don’t know how to be self-sufficient or start businesses) which leads to desperate people and could also lead to collapse of infrastructure such as basic utilities.
6. Hurricane, Tornado, or Windstorm – Self-explanatory. Know how to avoid these as much as possible and survive them if you can’t avoid them. And then be able to survive in the aftermath. Remember Hurricane Katrina and learn from that tragedy.
7. Earthquake – My advice: Move where this is unlikely, but, if you insist on staying in California, know how to live through another 1906 or 1989 San Francisco earthquake.
8. Pandemic – A pandemic is a widespread outbreak of disease which is often caused by a lack of even basic medical care. Have ways to treat infections and fight off viruses, including basic sanitation, built into all of your survival plans.
9. Nuclear Accident – If you live (relatively) near a nuclear power plant, be ready to deal with the radiation sickness and exposure of a nuclear accident.
10. Civil Unrest and Riots – All of the other scenarios could cause this scenario. Desperate people do scary and dangerous things. You must be able to protect your family and, ideally, either hole up until the violence passes or leave the area quickly, quietly, and without detection.
11. Prolonged Drought – No water equals a lot of starving people. Scary, but true. You need to have a way to deal with this, including being able to leave that stricken area.
12. Terrorist Attack or War – Besides the immediate effect of violence, there is the long-term potential for societal lockdown that this scenario brings. You need to have a plan to deal with it.
So, there you have it: twelve scenarios to prepare for in your SHTF planning. Are there any other scenarios that you would plan for, and how will you prepare for any of these? Tell us below.