How do I know when it’s time to hunker down because SHTF has begun?

Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at a common question that even many seasoned Preppers have.  “How do I know when it’s time to hunker down because SHTF has begun?”  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we discuss this very important question.

This has to be the single most asked question that Preppers have and for good reason.  Being able to determine when the starting bell has been rung and it’s time to implement your survival plan is vital to all Preppers.  The trouble is that many of us have jobs that we go to each day, and jumping the gun could cost us dearly.  It’s like walking a tight rope, where one wrong step could spell disaster.

So what exactly should you be watching for?  I guess that would totally depend on just what the disaster is.  There are however certain things which in my opinion would clearly signal that it’s time enact your survival plan and now!  I’m going to attempt to list some of them below, but I’m sure that there are other people in certain industries, that may have a better insight on some things than I do. Still, these are the signs I’m watching for:

Sudden loss of power covering an entire state or more:  It could be a cyber-attack on our power systems and if there is no explanation offered and it is going to be out more than a week, you need to activate your survival plan.

If items that are not plugged in to city power suddenly stop working, such as phones and cars, then it’s definitely time to head for the hills!  This is a sure sign of an EMP or a SME and the chances are that all electronics are out and will be so for a very long time. It’s time to dig in for the long haul!

Massive unexplained Bank closings over night or the claim that it is a virus in the nation’s bank computer system.  This is the first blow in a total economic collapse.  It has been predicted for years by banking and Wall Street officials and things seem to get worse each year.  Don’t wait for the banks to reopen and offer you some small amount of money while they resolve the issue.  The riots will follow in very short order and the streets will no longer be safe.  People will do anything that will allow them to feed their families.  Welfare and Social Security will become non-existent overnight and people will become very desperate and violent.

Watch for the sudden appearance of sickness, which begins to spread quickly in the big cities and has a very high mortality rate.  I have no doubt the Government will claim they have it under control, just to keep people from panicking.  I would not put it past our own government to release one upon America, for their own reasons.

Martial Law to me is a very large red flag.  When Martial law is declared, all of your constitutional rights are suspended and you will be considered guilty until proven innocent.  Regardless of the reason the government may give for it, you will need to act quickly and decisively to secure your property and activate your plans for survival.

Any declaration of emergency, where all food and water is placed under the governments control and seizures begin should be a red flag.  While we all know that Obama signed an executive order placing all food, water, and labor under the direct control of the US Government, in the event of an emergency, is already a red flag.  It also went on to state that it could be imposed for any reason the President of the United States so desired.   There are many other orders he signed and it might be good to acquaint yourself with them, but beware they are not for the faint of heart.

Maybe you noticed that I did not include Hurricanes or Earthquake in this post.  That is because I feel these are self-evident and will be short-lived.  I have tried instead, to focus on things which will be long-lived and seriously impact all of us.   I guess what I’m trying to say here is that there are many situations which could signal that it is time to immediately take shelter and begin your survival plan.  Be aware of what they are and constantly be on the lookout for them, because they could come at any time.  Your biggest hope is to pay attention to what is going on in the world around you, because it will come without warning.  Pay attention and stay prepared and you just might survive the coming SHTF.

Well that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post.  As always, I look forward to your comments with ideas and suggestions for our readers.  Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God Bless America!

-The Sargent-

The Sgt.

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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15 Responses

  1. Robert says:

    You get up and go to work until you can’t.
    You travel around freely until you can’t.
    When you can’t, you hunker down. Any number of reasons why you can’t.

  2. FD6 says:

    Good article. Add it to our Prepping Advisory on FD.

  3. FD6 says:

    Good article. Adding it to our Prepping Advisory on FD.

  4. AB23 says:

    Sarg, agreed. Excellent article. I would add to this, any unrest that spreads like a bad rash. The agent provocateurs will inevitably stoke to the fires of unrest. The government will respond by either giving the “activists some room to “express themselves” or clamp down. If its the latter, it puts your state of emergency advice, in-play. If it’s the former, unless you have property you need to defend from being “expressed upon” it would be best to be the first one out of Dodge.

  5. Illini Warrior says:

    in regard to EMPs – it could be time to head deeeep … good chance the foreign nuk powers will be using orbital EMP producing nuks in their attack prelude or the EMP could be from smuggled nuks and strategically US metro placed ….

    it’s a lot more serious than just the grid down ….

  6. Taxdn2poverty says:

    If you are in doubt it is not time. But right now I’m watching very closely the build up to the RNC which starts on the 23rd.

  7. Mel says:

    As a medical professional, the government will actually ( own) me in shtf situation. Its quite scary as these ” rapugees” carry many diseases that we have never heard of or had irradiated before I was even born. Also.. In martial law ALL ELECTION CEASE….

  8. WyoDutch says:

    We are losing our precious freedom and liberty at an increasing pace. Now that the federal government has perpetual war to keep us perpetually safe, more and more Americans prove willing to trade away once-sacred, God-given rights for what Benjamin Franklin called “a bit of temporary safety”.

    I believe what will put the nail in the coffin of American Liberty will be the massive influx of third-world riffraff. Already, one in seven people within our borders were born in other countries. The vast majority don’t give a hoot in hades for ANY of the “Amendments” and will vote for any scoundrel that gives them more cash and benefits.

    Case in point is the Republic of the Congo… incredibly rich, but governed by dull-witted savages. So… America send them billions of dollars in “aid” annually, while at the same time, importing thousands of Congolese into our towns and villages. Just try complaining…. you are branded a “racist”, or a “xenophobe”.

    When martial law is finally declared, very few Americans will give a damn.

  9. Linda Smith says:

    This morning about six we had a power outage. We just moved into this house a few days ago so we’re running around checking circuit breakers, etc. We can’t see a neighbor so didn’t know if it was just us or everybody. Guess what my first thought was. Lol

  10. Miami62 says:

    Good article. Downloading a police scanner may also a good way on getting some insight into what is happening. Also, I subscribe to NOAA alerts (go to their website to set up) to be notified of any significant CMEs (coronal mass ejections) which are effectively EMPs and can knock out power grids. Norther US cities are more at risk.

  11. SOF74 says:

    A better way to find out what is or isn’t happening, remove the guess work:

    Get a scanner. Tune in to the Emergency Broadcast System frequency. (Also known as EAS.) When all communication is down, the Emergency Broadcast System piggy backs the military, air traffic control and law enforcement channels and NOAA frequencies.

    The EAS is an analog system shielded specifically against EMP and grid down situations. The EAS was fortified during the Cold War and is linked to all agencies throughout the nation. It’s the only system linked and used by all military, including NORAD, NSA ,FBI , state police and accessible to local law enforcement, fire and rescue (not the local fire dept.) etc etc.

    EAS is the only system that can not be taken off line manually. Regan was going to have it linked to his “star wars ” system and it was automated to run independent. Star wars was scrapped (as far as we know) but the upgraded EAS system was already completed.

  12. John EYNON says:

    There is nothing to fear but fear itself. But you should stock up for when SHTF.
    BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF. The gov’t is broken in so many ways & can’t help everyone.