SELCO: Why I’m NOT Giving You a List of 10 Things to Do When the SHTF

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So, prime ten issues to do when SHTF.

First, lets make certain what we’re speaking about right here, as a result of articles like “prime ten issues to do” or “ prime 20,100,1000 issues to have when SHTF” are normally going into countless and pointless lists that appear like grocery store checklist. “Prime ten issues that shall be lacking when SHTF” -yeah, if outlets are gone, you gonna miss every thing from it.

I imply, if first recommendation in article about “prime ten issues to do when SHTF” is to “get match” I don’t need to learn it as a result of, clearly, I’ll have extra necessary issues to do within the first second when SHTF apart from to get match. I ought to get match very long time earlier than that second.


You have got good articles written by ex-soldiers about what to do when SHTF, and article is filled with navy gear, group buddies, explicit weapon, navy cool acronyms, quick motion and so forth and so forth.

I’m ex-soldier, and guess what? My knees aren’t like they use to be, I don’t have vary of weapons, buddies, will, brain-mind (or absence of it), again, power like I had it once I was soldier, and the general public who will learn article is not going to be troopers neither. So why on this planet I might write it as a soldier for troopers? Simply because it look good and funky? The place is that good ass who concluded that after when SHTF everybody will be capable to march 100 miles with 40 kilos backpack with group of extremely educated and equally succesful associates?

From my expertise, most of individuals find yourself surviving with outdated mom, sick spouse, grumpy mother-in-law, high-pressure issues, and many others.

So this isn’t gonna be one other “prime ten issues to do when SHTF” checklist.

Anyway, one thing occur, and what subsequent?

The primary query when SHTF: What’s going on?

The primary and most necessary factor is to truly determine what’s occurring.

Now, what that imply?

Since there is no such thing as a generic recommendation for each scenario (it doesn’t matter what some authors are attempting to inform you), and there’s no one article that may make it easier to in each scenario I would like to elucidate bit this “what’s occurring” factor.

Your first process needs to be to collect data, however in a method, and solely in a method, to offer you an concept what the next move needs to be.

So, for instance, when you woken in the course of evening with sturdy explosion-this step of gathering data is NOT to decorate up and exit into course of explosion to test up what’s occurring.

For instance, your step needs to be to test is there nonetheless electrical energy in your condominium, to test radio, information, or TV, to ask man on the road out of your window (sure, there shall be individuals on the street checking what’s occurring). Attempt to collect data proper out of your speedy place.

Don’t find yourself useless wanting closely for the knowledge. Typically lack of expertise is definitely solely data that you just going to get, and you’ll act based mostly on that.

At this second, you don’t essentially have to know (if not secure) what precisely occurred. You should know is it harmful for you instantly.

The second query when SHTF: What I’m going to do?

After you collect data on what simply occur, or after you realized that you just don’t have a clue what’s going on, your subsequent query needs to be, “What I’m going to do?”

Many survival authors at this second “What I’m going to do?” step takes without any consideration that it is advisable to go, transfer, depart your house.

People, with out correct data, and in case your life, security, and safety isn’t speedy in peril, it’s completely ridiculous to depart your house instantly.

shtf house
What tends to be safer.

Why would you modify your identified settings (dwelling) for unknown settings (exterior of your house)?

Is it simply since you closely deliberate to bug out?

At this step and second overlook for a minute what you deliberate. There are solely two issues necessary on this second:

  1. Are you in peril in your speedy setting (dwelling)?
  2. Do you may have details about what’s occurring exterior that inform you you is perhaps quickly in peril in your speedy setting (gang of looters entering into your course, toxic cloud coming, enemy military, terrorist, and many others.)?

Don’t fall below the affect of an entire bunch of nonsense, and don’t act based mostly on another person recommendation and plans which are completely not working on your scenario, and even worse not working for any scenario as a result of man who written recommendation have no idea s..t about something.

Equally, when you conclude based mostly on data that you just collect that it’s good to depart dwelling, it is best to depart it as quickly as doable.

That doesn’t imply operating in sheer panic.

It implies that as a result of you’re a prepper, you already (hopefully) have ready a plan and issues about what you might be carrying with you, how you might be doing that, the place you’re going, and the way you might be doing that.

(For extra data on tips on how to plan your emergency evacuation, try our free QUICKSTART Information on the topic.)

I don’t have particular recommendation right here, not as a result of I have no idea it, it’s as a result of I have no idea your particular settings. So, if I inform you it is advisable to have 4×4 automobile, I is perhaps incorrect since you residing in dense populated city space that shall be utterly blocked in case of any greater drawback. So for you as a imply of transport it’s significantly better to have E-bike or good pair of strolling boots.

You as a prepper ought to have plans and particulars prepared very long time in the past about every thing based mostly by yourself particular settings.

Whoever provides you particular recommendation with out realizing your settings in depth isn’t doing an excessive amount of good.

For inexperienced persons, there is generic recommendation preppers ought to know.

These could be summed up into two guidelines:

  • Your life, and lifetime of your loved ones is necessary. Bodily issues aren’t necessary at this second. These could be obtained, earned, purchased once more. So, if it’s important to depart every thing behind simply with backpack in your again as a result of your life is in peril – don’t hesitate.
  • If you’re undecided what to do, merely go to security. Nonetheless this may increasingly sound lame, it’s good recommendation. If your house isn’t secure and constructing throughout the road is secure, then go there. Or if park is secure in the meanwhile, you ll go there. In different phrases, if you’re undecided, simply suppose when it comes to security or the place is your life in peril and the place it’s secure in the meanwhile.


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If a constructing like this gives higher safety than the streets, use it.

Cowl the fundamentals. ALWAYS.

All the time return to fundamentals, and take into consideration layers.

It may be terrorist assault, it may be third world struggle, it may be a twister, however fundamentals MUST be there with you on a regular basis.

Hearth, shelter, water, medical, meals, comms, protection. These are fundamentals that you’ve to pay attention to, and fundamentals that it’s important to cowl in any second and in any scenario. All the time.

How arduous and deep and in what layers you’ll cowl it’s as much as you and as much as given scenario. For instance, shelter could be your van, and in addition it may be solely plastic tarp. It is dependent upon many elements, however don’t permit your self to finish up in SHTF with out protecting all fields above to some doable extent (depth).

For instance, if you’re compelled to run in a single minute out of your condominium, it is advisable to have coated all fields, even when meaning energy bar for meals, alcohol pads for medical, cellular phone for comms, kitchen knife for protection, Bic lighter for fireplace, emergency blanket for shelter, bottle of water for water.

It’s first and most easiest layer, however you cowl all of it, and it’s worst case scenario, however you coated it.

In actual life and in actual preppers it needs to be coated far more in-depth, however you get the concept. These are the fundamentals of survival. Cowl these guidelines, and you’ve got a lot larger likelihood of survive.

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About Selco:

Selco survived the Balkan struggle of the 90s in a metropolis below siege, with out electrical energy, operating water, or meals distribution. 

In his on-line works, he provides an inside view of the fact of survival below the harshest situations. He evaluations what works and what doesn’t, tells you the arduous classes he discovered, and shares how he prepares as we speak. He by no means stopped studying about survival and preparedness because the struggle. No matter what occurs, likelihood is you’ll by no means expertise excessive conditions as Selco did. However you may have the prospect to study from him and the way he confronted demise for months.

Actual survival isn’t romantic or idealistic. It’s brutal, arduous and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.

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