SHTF – Plan, Gear, Resources

When shtf (stuff hits the fan) and panic sets in, survival becomes one’s main priority. Being prepared beforehand increases your chances of survival dramatically. That said, it’s equally important to think on your feet and follow a few essential protocols in order to pull through the disaster. Adhering to the below mentioned steps will also go a long way.

Assess the Situation

The first essential step to take after shtf is quickly gather as intelligence as possible. At this point, you need to firstly ensure that you aren’t seriously hurt. In case you are seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible. Secondly, check if anyone around you needs medical attention. Thirdly, check if there’s a power outage or not. Fourthly, look for a first aid kit for anyone who may require medical attention.

Ask Yourself These Essential Question

Now, its time to gather some facts. ask yourself these questions:

What has happened?
What is your current location?
How severe was the strike?
It it best to reach a safe place or stay back and help others?
How long is it likely to last?

Do a Headcount

If you are home while shtf, do a quick survey and make sure no one is missing; in case someone is, look for them. if possible, check on your neighbors as well. In case you are driving at the time, do a headcount of the passengers and if you just so happen to be driving near a friend’s home, you could check on them as well.

Damage Control

At this point, you want to analyse the situation ore thoroughly and assess how apparent the chances of the situation taking a turn for the worse. Identify immediate and future threats and establish safety ensure to the best of your capacity to establish damage control. Note that it is not just crucial to establish a plan of action but also plan the sequence of your actions. For instance, if you and our friend are hurt, you need to see who requires medical attention first.

Round up Gear and People that Can Help

Surviving a shtf situation is all about acting quick, teamwork and being in the right place at the right time. In such a situation, strong folks, policemen, military men, or people otherwise trained to tackle a shtf situation make a big difference; round up as any people like that as you can and alert the proper authorities. In addition, round up bug out bags, guns, ammo, matches, hammers, helmets, tools or anything else that may be of use.

Establish Communication with the ‘Team’

Communication is key to survival in a touch situation. This is where being prepared comes in handy. Make sure the team is connected through cell phones, or in case the disaster took down the carrier’s coverage, look for walkie-talkies or any other mode of radio-based communication. There’s a good chance the communication network will break down, so you should have a protocol ready. It’s also a good idea to assign a captain or perhaps even a second in line, who could guide the rest.

Take Action Perhaps, the most important step on the list. Its sensible to begin the rescue/ damage control mission from an established rally point. Of course, if your situation awareness suggests there’s no time to establish one, then don’t. ‘Taking action’ is all about finding missing people, helping the seriously injured people out, ensuring sufficient food supplies setting up a defense against foreseeable future strikes.


This is not an essential step as it could potentially encourage a full-fledged strike from the enemy. That said, if you deem its best to fight and not fly, deice a plan of attack and retaliate in an effort to mellow down the strikers. Make sure you have your guard on and are aware of all nearest possible safe zones at all times.

Set up Defense

Deploy people at the perimeters of the site. Make sure every crucial point of the site is well guarded by an appropriate number of armed men. Also ensure that as many people as possible are transported to the nearest safe zone.

Device The Next Step(s)

You need to know what your course of action will be if;
An enemy approaches you
A friend approaches you
you know you need to make a long journey to a safe zone
you know there’s an imminent threat in your current location and you’ll have to move out permanently.

To sum it up, assessing the situation, gathering a team, establishing radio-based communication, setting up a defense, retaliating intelligently, transporting people to a safe zone, doing headcount are essential to surviving a shtf situation.

Things that will disappear of the shelves first when SHTF

When things start getting thick, you need to be prepared for it. Getting yourself prepared means knowing exactly what problems you are going to face and preparing yourself accordingly. On that note, there will be a different change in our economic model and money will convert to overly decorated pieces of paper. The person who gets to survive will be the one who can secure food, shelter, clothing and medicine. That being said, the associated items will be the first to disappear. Here is a list of 25 items categorised into those four requirements and a fifth category for miscellaneous items.


  1. Bottled Water: This will definitely be the first choice for anyone out looking to stock their supplies as the taps will become unreliable after a few days. That is if you can find a tap.
  2. Canned Foods: This is a preferred choice over uncanned foods because they are preserved and will last longer. They will also be easy to ration.
  3. Dry Cereals: These are rich in carbohydrates and starch. This is important as you will need as much energy as you can get. They can also be packed into sacks and carried without too much care.
  4. Water Filters/Purifiers including bleach: Clean water will already be a scarce resource. Having a filter will have you prepared when you inevitably run out of clean water and have to rely on untrustworthy sources.
  5. Salt: Salt is a very cheap and handy preservative. It will also add flavour to the food you will have to forage for.


  1. Camouflage and hunting clothes: You will be doing some hunting yourself. At some point, you will also be hunted. A good camouflage will give you an edge in both occasions. Hunting clothes are also durable as they are made to be tough.
  2. Kevlar body armor: This will keep you from dying in the likely event that you get shot at. People get dangerous during desperate times and your survival should not be attached to someone else’s morality.
  3. Cold weather clothing and weather clothing. You never know how the weather will be so people will take this. The night will also be cold and without proper clothing you risk hypothermia.

Shelter and Protection

  1. Guns, ammunition, hunting and camping supplies. Since civilization will have been thrown back several centuries, these will be the first to get cleared.
  2. Flashlights and lanterns. Nobody knows where they will be sleeping so when night comes, it is best to have a source of light.
  3. Lighters, matches and fire starters: A fire will be necessary at some point so this will also be popular. Keeping warm and cooking will be a neccessity at night.
  4. Gas Masks: Depending on the catastrophe in question, gas masks may be an essential when there is too much smoke or dust.
  5. Sleeping bags: These will definately fly off the shelf because you will not always find a nice comfortable place to sleep complete with beds and sheets.
  6. Knives and machetes. These utility tools will be one of the most valuable things you can get. It will be impossible to do anything without these two.
  7. Ropes: They will be used to tie down everything. From securing your tent to climbing down a steep cliff. Their versatility will help in your day to day needs.


  1. Medicine both Prescription and OTC: You may not need them at the moment but they will definitely prove to be handy as there will be no 911
  2. First aid kits: This will be to deal with the hazards of living without a hospital. The panic and struggle for survival is going to create a few cuts and bruises.
  3. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies. There will be an upsurge of infections as a result of improper hygiene. Focus shifts from hygiene to survival. Best to keep yourself alive by avoiding such infections.
  4. More Advanced Surgical and Medicinal Items. Sometimes it may be necessary to do some surgery on someone. This will be the difference between life and death.
  5. Buckets of all sizes and shapes. These will be used for a wide array of things. From carrying liquids to storage. They are also hardy and can take abuse from travelling.

Miscellaneous items

  1. Tarps: This will simplify the shelter making process and may be needed to cover supplies from rain or sun. They make tents very easy to set up.
  2. Bicycles: These will be very handy transportation devices as they require no fuel and very little maintenance. They can cover great distances with minimal effort.
  3. Batteries : Sometimes you may need batteries for things like flashlights where a generator would not be practical. Also they will be needed to power appliances at night when solar power is unavailable.
  4. Solar Power generators. Solar power generators will be the only practical power source for use over long periods. Any other will force you to look for fuel alongside food and medicine.
  5. Everything will have to be carried. Bags will be the first things taken where everything else will be stashed into. A strong bag will prove to be useful when you need to leave in a hurry.
  6. Bleach: Bleach is a multipurpose liquid and it will be used in a variety of ways, from hygiene to purifying your water.