Don’t be fooled, SHTF may not look like you expect it to!

Hello, my friend and welcome back!  While considering what subject I should write on today, I was struck by a few articles I read on other sites and how they seem to envision SHTF.  While it’s true that none of us will know for sure just what it will look like, I have a few ideas that I would like to share with you today.  Now grab a cup of coffee my friend have a seat, while we visit.

It seems to me that any country who wanted to hurt any country and her people, would not pick a nice warm sunny day to do it.  Instead, they would choose a time when they could inflict as much damage as possible.  In this day and time, I would think that would come in the form of an EMP on the coldest day of the year.  A week day when people were away from the safety of their homes and families. 

Why an EMP you ask?  Simply because it could inflict the most damage with a minimal amount of cost and casualties on their side.  Depending on how and where it was launched from, it could allow complete anonymity in order to prevent immediate retribution from the country being attacked as well as the rest of the world.  But how could such a thing happen with all the advanced early warning systems, most countries have now?

That part is so scarily simple that it boggles the mind.  By firing the missiles from an anchored ship located in any bay as close to the center of the country as possible.  This would allow the missile plenty of time to reach its detonation height before authorities could react.   Simple, clean and efficient.

I am always concerned when I see preppers who seem to be preparing as though it would be nothing more than an extended camping trip in the middle of the summer.   I somehow find it hard to believe that it will be anything like that.  I would suggest that the odds of it happening will be much higher in the harshest part of the Winter on the east coast where states are highly populated.  Many people there would die in short order if they were to lose all electricity during a harsh cold spell.  Yes, I know that many of them have gas heating, but it takes electricity for the gas company to be able to supply that gas.  Many of them are using advanced electronic systems and computers to control the flow and without it, it would simply stop.   

Another option is fireplaces.  The trouble is that many people have switched to gas fireplaces because they are cleaner.  Those that do have woodburning fireplaces, will not have nearly enough wood to get them through the Winter while using it to heat their homes and cook with 24-7.   Now with so many people looking for wood including those with gas fireplaces, once your able to locate it you will need to store it all indoors to keep it from being stolen.  The price of any wood will quickly skyrocket with so many people in need of it.  Most of those who do have it will not take cash as it would quickly become useless.  If the cold didn’t get the unprepared, then starvation, violence and disease would.  It’s not a very pretty picture, but it is the most likely scenario.

When considering your preps, you shouldn’t plan for a picknick, but for the fight of your life!  Stock up on as much wood as you can and look for alternative sources of heat production such as Kerosene, propane, and others.   Keep plenty of severe cold weather clothing and boots on hand at all times.  Get extra stuff at the thrift store! The packs of hand warmers and foot warmers that you can buy at the stores are well worth adding to your preps.  Just remember warmers, like food and over the counter medicine need to be checked for expiration date and replaced. Plan for the worst and you will always be prepared for whatever SHTF looks like.

No, SHTF will not look like an extended camping trip, it will most likely look like your worst nightmare, and if you’re not prepared, then all your prepping will have been for nothing. 

Think before you prep, and you will be ready for anything!  Well, that’s it for today my friend and I hope you have found today’s post useful.  Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God Bless America!



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

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31 Responses

  1. timothy j mcphillips says:

    I have 2 generators 1 6.5kw diesel and 1 3kw gas, you never know what fuel may be available or not. I buy number 1 diesel and add lubricant to it for the diesel or it can be used in my kerosene heaters. I also keep my gas cans full. I would not run them constantly but intermittently to recharge the type 31 boat batteries that will run the 1200 watt power inverter, this will allow me to stretch my fuel resources, of course on the inverter only essential equipment will be used.

  2. Silenceisgolden says:

    I agree with your article. Adding to it, it’s possible that a secondary EMP would happen to “get” the backup electronics. Winter for sure is the most efficient and after that, the tough ones will have to be dealt with if they become aggressive. Like-minded, community mindset will be necessary to keep them at bay. Work together, stay alive.

  3. Grandmother says:

    I have thought that Thanksgiving would be a ideal time for a planned event. Almost Everyone is traveling by car or by air to visit family. The more displaced and disoriented the population, the more loss will occur. The weather at the end of November can be cold adding to the issues of being unprepared and displaced.

    Sarge, there is a book in here for you!

    • Sarge says:

      Thank you, and you are right, it would be a really bad time. We never know what the future holds. I’m actually working on 2 different books. One fiction, one not. 😉

  4. Missouri Bob says:

    It’s more than the electricity to run your house. A couple of EMP bombs at the right targets and the banking system is gone. Without finances, the petroleum will cease to flow, refine and be delivered. Without gas/diesel farmers won’t be planting or have seeds and fertilizers. The next time you are at your farmers market that has “locally” grown food, think about all the oil that was used to get that food to you.

  5. Chuck says:

    Living in the Pacific Northwest, we just went through and are expecting a couple follow on winter storms. Several folks I know can deal with this, but it was just amazing what the “general” population was panicking about. Our son works at a “big box” store and said within a few hours there was no bread, milk, water, and canned goods were pretty much wiped out. The store made a ridiculous profit that day. All this was because there was advanced warming, just imagine what it would be like of it all happened in a few minutes. THANKS Sarge for the article and your service. Chuck – U.S. Navy Vet

    • Sarge says:

      Your so right, I now live in the north west myself. I witnessed the same thing here in Idaho. Thank you for your service as well.

  6. Natty Bumppo says:

    Yep, SHTF for us 573 days ago and it continues. God has been good to us. You are correct you better have enough of everything.

    • Sarge says:


      I don’t think you could ever have enough of everything, I do get your point though. The trick is to get as much as you can afford and being prepared to produce what you will need when it runs out. 🙂


  7. Zulu 3-6 says:

    Luckily, I live in Central Florida now and winter weather Isn’t nearly as nasty as in my old state (Michigan). Florida can have some cold spells that could serious affect the unprepared. I’ve been camping in 15-degree weather in Florida. But I checked the weather ahead of time and prepared for the cold. I slept snuggy. Some others did not. Still, I have cold weather clothing and sleeping equipment. Not quite as much as I would have in Michigan, but enough to get through most cold snaps in Florida. In an EMP event, I will likely loose my heat and AC. I am prepared to cook with propane and with wood fired rocket stoves. I have lived in hot places without AC, so I can get through that too as long as I have potable water. I have multiple water filtering and purification methods and nearby natural water sources. So I think I could muddle through an EMP event in winter for a while at least.

    • Sarge says:

      Zulu 3-6,

      Sounds like you’re in a good position, just be sure to have plenty of Misquote protection.
      When people start dying off, they will become major carriers of disease, and not just a nuisance.

  8. squirrel says:

    Good article, thanks. But the family and I often wonder why the heck we don’t all get away from the tacticool stuff, and the picnic stuff, as you so correctly call it, and start attempting to figure out just how the heck the Native Americans lived before the Europeans set foot on the continent. The Tribal Nations that inhabited this land before us lived through the same miserable weather we are seeing this winter. If they could not only survive, but thrive, and continue their lineage then why can’t we. Furthermore we have some very good examples from Europe itself. Our ancestors certainly did not have a picnic while the harsh “Viking Winters” howled around them. Regardless of our ancestry, we all have great examples of how to live through the toughest of times without electricity and fuel. Jesus didn’t use an ATV to drag the Cross up Cavalry either. We all need to toughen up: A LOT: And there is no better place to start than living with the lights switched off for just one night a week and then reverse engineer our dependence on the grid. Happy Darkness, and stay safe.

    • Zulu 3-6 says:

      Native American tribes didn’t always have it their way in winter. If their summer and fall hunting and gathering was poor, they were pretty much screwed during the winter. Whole bands could be wiped out in a really bad winter following poor food gathering. Same thing in Europe.

    • Sarge says:


      There is literally so much knowledge that has been lost in the past 100 years that we need to rediscover all over again.
      The question is, how many people will die before they do?

      • squirrel says:

        Unfortunately, from what we are seeing and hearing from the FANS (friends and neighbors) not many will survive. They simply don’t have the will power to prep now and they will most assuredly give up quickly when darkness envelopes them. Tragically, most of the dead were once great people that simply refused to believe that the altar of convenience of the American lifestyle could disappear. FAILURE 360 is what the wife and I are now calling it. Christ bless all, happy darkness, and pray to see you in the Light at His return.

  9. George Tippner says:

    Pearl Harbor happened on a nice sunny Sunday morning.We were caught with our pants down.

  10. poorman says:

    I personally don’t think most out there can even comprehend how bad it will be. I see people on web sites with their ” bring it on ” attitudes and just think you will be one of the first to go. Since I live in the mountains I am used to ( and prepared for ) the winter thing,the power loss thing, the not being able to get out of the area thing due to winter storms and snow. It’s amazing how much wood you can burn through a winter and without electricity to run the fans on the wood stove you would have to use a lot more to keep warm. That said if and when the balloon does go up I hope it is in the winter as that is going to keep my area isolated for a few months when the snow plows stop clearing the roads. Hopefully by then a lot of the problems will have solved themselves.

  11. Firesider says:

    Great article and yes, it is great to have you back!

  12. Simon says:

    Great stuff. Well said. Peace from the UK.

  13. Anonymous says:

    great article, thanks

  14. yooper says:

    Good article Sarge.

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