SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Basic Needle and Thread Skills for Emergency Repairs

I don’t know about you, but I always get a laugh out of those dystopian stories where survivors are dirty and ragged just a month after whatever cataclysmic event occurred. I can understand being a bit worse for wear if water for bathing and clothing washing is scarce but ragged? Really, does no one know how to use a needle and thread anymore? by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper And that’s what we are going to discuss in this post, how to use a needle and thread to do basic…

Expats and Guns – Defending Yourself in Another Country

Part of being a prepper is being able to defend yourself and your family from threats. Many preppers feel more secure with a supply of firearms and wouldn’t dream of having to give them up. However, if you are planning on becoming an expat prepper, the gun laws of the country you are moving to might be prohibitive. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper There are many challenges with being an expat, let alone challenges with being an expat prepper. If you are from a country that cherishes its gun…

Dr. Bronner’s Soap: Why Hippies Love It and Preppers Should Too

Maybe you’ve heard of Dr. Bronner’s Soap, maybe not. If you haven’t, here’s a little background information about the company’s founder and philosophy. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper Dr. Bronner’s Founding Father  Emanuel Theodore HeilBronner was born in Germany in 1908 as the third-generation of soap-makers in the town of HeilBronn. He later obtained a degree in chemistry in addition to his master soapmaker certification. Having sufficient foresight to see where the country was headed, he left Germany in 1929 and became an expatriate, then a citizen of the…

How Likely is a SHTF Scenario or Situation?

What is an SHTF Scenario? The acronym SHTF stands for “sh*t hits the fan.” It’s often used in expressions that refer to a situation that goes from bad to worse. It can refer to catastrophic scenarios, like when the storm surge during Hurricane Katrina caused the dams to burst, or it can allude to a personal disaster, such as job loss after an extensive and costly illness. by Jolina Flower, an Expat Prepper living in Mexico Individual responses to an SHTF scenario are as varied as the type of SHTF…

Cloth Mask Effectiveness for a Pandemic

There’s been a lot of conflicting information floating about on the cloth mask effectiveness for pandemics like today’s COVID-19 coronavirus. The CDC reversed its stance on wearing cloth masks recently while the WHO has a slightly different viewpoint on who should be wearing masks. In both cases, it’s an about-face stance from where medical advice began – anything short of an N95 mask is useless, and even those have limitations. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s expat prepper Since N95 masks sold out so quickly, people have been scrambling to buy up…

The Danger of Being a Woman in Mexico

There is a danger to being a woman in Mexico. I know – I live here. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper Being a female expat has its own inherent risks and challenges. Depending on the country that you move to, you may find that the culture, laws, and social norms are designed to foster a submissive role for women. I can’t speak about the issues in other countries, but the transition from the United States to Mexico has been eye-opening for me as an expat prepper. Mexican Discrimination Against…

Challenges of Becoming an Expat Prepper

As you probably already know, an expat (expatriate) is someone who lives in a country other than the one he or she was born in, and a prepper is someone who actively prepares for emergencies. Therefore, expat preppers are people that live in a country not their own and are prepared for disruptions in society, natural disasters, and personal emergencies. by Jolina Flowers, an expat prepper living in Mexico Expat preppers have chosen to leave their home countries for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they are working or studying abroad.…

Mexico Earthquakes: Preparing as an Expat Prepper

Mexico is located on three large tectonic plates making one of the most earthquake-prone and seismologically active countries in the world. Earthquakes can happen any day of the year and can not be predicted. Thus, being an Expat Prepper in Mexico means learning a little bit about earthquake survival. by Jolina Flowers, an expat prepper living in Mexico In 1985, Mexico City was hit by a series of earthquakes. The foreshocks, aftershocks, and main earthquake caused somewhere between 5,000 and 45,000 deaths. Many bodies were never recovered. There were at…