SHTF: Rational Systems Based Approach


In order to make a plan for SHTF you must define the problem first. Questions that you should be asking yourself are along the lines of what’s the causative event, duration, how many people in the household, any secondary or cascade failures, geographical area, season, localized, regional, or nationwide?


Usually once the problem is known it’s often too late to stock up on the gear/supplies to execute the plan. People have different needs, like specific medication, but aside from regional weather and family size basic needs differ very little.

Start looking at a system so you do not overlook anything. You might not need another gun, but you could do with a gun belt and a weapon cleaning kit. They are the unexpected things like footwear that you can comfortably walk all day long in, hygiene kits, duck tape, cordage, whatever else you need to keep going until life return back to some sort of normality.


  • If you spend money on stuff that does not fit into cohesive and logical systems you are not using your resources as efficiently as possible.
  • The question of how much we can and want to prepare is an open ended one.
  • Everyone has limited resources and space.

“By all means keep developing systems to suit your worries as far as your finances and space allow. If you want and can afford a fully stocked doomsday bunker then get one. My concern is about using the money and resources you have as efficiently as possible. To get the most out of your dollars and space by planning instead of just going about it haphazardly.”

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