SHTF Event — They Come in All Shapes and Sizes

( – The need to prepare has always been there. Some of us take our preparations more seriously, while others think a slight inconvenience constitutes a s*** hitting the fan (SHTF) event. However, who are we to decide how a person views these events? After all, a SHTF event can come in any form and at any time.

All About Perception

A SHTF scenario is ultimately defined in the eye of the person it’s affecting, but there are some criteria. A car accident may seem like a worst-case scenario for some people, but it’s nothing compared to an actual SHTF. Extreme weather conditions, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, are often considered SHTF events. Now, it may take some time for those affected to go back to living a normal life, but eventually they will, and that’s something that a true SHTF event wouldn’t allow.

Paradigm Shift

A fancy term for a fundamental change, a paradigm shift occurs when you can’t go back to the way things were. As stated before, as severe as some weather may be, life will eventually go back to the way it was. However, should there be an electromagnetic pulse attack on our nation, knocking our grid out, life as we know it would change; the way we live would change.

If a paradigm shift were to hit, we would live entirely different lives, and whatever caused the shift to happen would certainly earn the SHTF title.

Serious SHTF

For several preppers in the world, a SHTF event is one that not only has people panicking, but also puts entire regions in distress. When SHTF, you’ll no longer be able to go to the store and buy what you need to make it through the day; you’ll no longer be able to flush your toilet or take a shower as there won’t be any running water. Your survival in a SHTF scenario will solely depend on your knowledge, skills and what you’ve done to prepare for said scenario.

When SHTF, you’ll need your most basic necessities: shelter, water, food and eventually fire. It’s likely that law will no longer hold its place among the ruins of a society, and you’ll need to defend yourself against several adversaries whether it be hunger, hypothermia, animals or desperate people.

The term SHTF has become widely used, and the original meaning of the term has been lost to some people. Major disasters are tragic, there’s no doubt about that. However, SHTF should be used to describe an event that ends the world as we know it and changes our life forever, not just temporarily.

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