What are the most important things you need to do before SHTF?
The first thing you should be doing before SHTF is coming up with a SHTF plan. In other words, what things are you going to do both before and during a SHTF event such as a natural disaster, fire in your home or the total collapse of society? You should be sitting down and writing up something so you can get all your thoughts in order and so you can share it with your family or whomever you’re going to involve with your survival plan. This should be a 10,000-foot strategic view of your plan. As such, this plan should involve having a few other plans in place to both create and activate. This SHTF plan should involve these ten things:
1. Come up with a Bug Out Plan
If SHTF and you have to leave your home, what are you going to do? Do you know where you’re gonna go and how you’re gonna get there? I know a lot of people say that they don’t need a bugout plan because they’ll be bugging in if SHTF.
What are you going to do if you come home and there are twenty armed guys eating your cheetos and rifling through your Playboys? Since you need to plan for an unknown that will change your life, you need to come to grips with the possibility that you may not be able to stay home. There are a lot of reasons why you may have to bug out; a fire could sweep through your neighborhood, a tornado could wipe out your place, a hurricane typhoon could devastate your area, a flood could wipe out your town, a chemical or radioactive load could spill in your area, or one of dozens of other things could happen. You are a freaking prepper for chrissake. Why are you burying your head in the sand like the sheeple? The fact is that something could happen someday that could cause you to have to leave your home. Plan for it.
2. Come up with a Bug In Plan
The same goes here for those pig-headed preppers above. You can’t just plan on bugging out if SHTF. Are you gonna run to your bug out shelter every time the power goes out? The fact is that in most cases, it’s best to just stay put. Bugging in is the first step in my bugging out plan anyway because you need to assess the situation, grab your equipment and gather your thoughts before you do anything, so you’d might as well make sure that your stay at home during a SHTF event is comfortable and survivable. There are several SHTF scenarios where you won’t be able to move right away due to gridlock, confusion, you not implementing this plan like I told you, etc. Expect it and plan for it.
If you’re bugging in, you’ll need to have an ample supply of food, water and medicine. You should also plan for lighting, heat, emergency power, and communication. If you’re bugging out, you’ll need to figure out what you’ll need to bring and how you’re going to carry it. There are literally thousands of websites out there that will tell you what to pack, and even sites that will help you organize what to put in your bugout bag so I’m not going to go into all that here today. The big thing to emphasize here is find out what you’ll need if SHTF, find out what you don’t have of that, and go get it.
3. Come up with a Commo Plan
Commo plan. Unless your plan is to go off to a desert island by yourself and never speak to someone again, you need an emergency communications plan. If SHTF, you’ll need to contact other people to find out where they’re at, what they’re doing, and what they need, and then coordinate your next actions. After SHTF, you’ll need a commo plan to coordinate movement and to keep in touch any time you separate. This will also allow you to securely get in touch with others later on during a crises or after things have settled down. A commo plan will help you preserve OPSEC, which can keep you alive.
4. Come up with an OPSEC Plan
OPSEC plan. You need to protect everyone that you bring along after SHTF. To do this, there are things you’ll be stocking or carrying and activities that you’ll be doing that will need to be protected. By going through all the things you need to protect, you can figure out what a potential adversary would need to know to either take or defend against what you have and then you can take steps to mitigate that threat.
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