SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Situational Awareness: A Skill You Need

Situational Awareness is one the most important skills you can learn to master that will contribute significantly to reducing the likelihood you will be become a victim and give you the advantage when something bad happens.  Situational Awareness is the process of making conscious observations of your surroundings and making tentative plans of action if something bad were to happen.  Some might deem you paranoid, others may say you are overly concerned, however, if something bad should happen you will have a tremendous survival advantage over those that think that…

Get Survival Fit

In a recent article I brought up the importance of preparing your mind for the effects of living in a survival situation. I addressed that issue first because the mind controls all else that our body does.  There are many things that my body would like to do but I find that as I get older, some tasks become harder.  When working as a wilderness guide in the “high country”, I saw many hunters get altitude sickness and not be able to keep up with the rigors of hunting.  To…

The Psychology of Survival

There are countless articles dealing with the how to of survival and tons of equipment for survival success but I wanted to bring up what it takes mentally to survive.  I believe that a person who has all of the best equipment and plans can still fail miserably if not mentally prepared.  The mind is a wonderful thing but if it’s not properly maintained, it can destroy you.  Fear is a feeling that can paralyze you, make you sick and cripple you.  Fear is a natural response to situations that…

True Preparedness

Everyone’s level of prepping is not the same.  Some people prepare for the occasional storm, power outage, short-term hardship or numerous other emergency situations.  However, at some level, the need for preparation will apply to everyone.  We all have to decide what “prepping” means to us and to what extent we want to pursue it.  For me, it goes beyond preparing for your average three-day power outage caused by a storm.  I believe that we live in a world with unsustainable practices and lifestyles. To that end, it is my…

With Expediency

You know the old saying, “There is no time like the present.” I guess few other things could be further from the truth than initiating a SHTF survival plan as soon as possible.  Sure it can be postponed, forever if you like.  Maybe you can predict the next SHTF event, what it will be and when it will hit.  Maybe your only Bug Out plan is to get in the sedan and head up the interstate highway.  How far can you go on half a tank of gas and the…

How To Control A Population

This is certainly not a simple question;  it is complex with multiple facets and it takes decades to make it work.  The first two facets are easy and don’t warrant much discussion: You control the schools and the media.  Squeeze people financially and overburden them.  In the 1960’s the men had the fulltime job with a paycheck and the women took care of the home.  In the 1970’s the women got  jobs with paychecks as well.  In the 1980’s saving stopped. By Dave H, a reader of SHTFBlog Put Them…

Summer Camp Mentality

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog A Bug Out is not going to be the equivalent of a vaca to summer camp.  Forget the white sands, the water slides, the picnic BBQs, golf, snow skiing, bonfire marshmallow roasts, shopping antiques in the quaint downtown area with a quiche lunch at the Bistro, or whatever else comprises your idea of a getaway vacation.  This “ain’t” it. Escape from your relatively safe and comfortable home to any kind of a secondary domicile be it a farmhouse out in…

The Psychology Of Solitude

When my wife and child leave for the weekend to visit her sister, I am not guilt laden about feeling a special sense of relief and freedom. The house is quiet. I can watch the TV shows I want, eat what I want, go out to places I might not normally get to go to including a gun store or two, big box bookstore or a restaurant.I can write in peace and quiet with my buddy dog Molly at my feet. I can stay up late, go outside, smoke a…