4 First Steps To Successful SHTF Preparedness Planning

Take a look at these four main categories. They are among the first things you should consider as you prepare for a SHTF.

I list them in no particular order, because they are all important. Water, food, safety, shelter.

We have discussed these categories many times on this blog. It doesn’t hurt to say it again. Especially for beginners.


It’s a no-brainer. And for good reason. There is always water coming out of the taps. But since it is essential for survival (without it, one can die for only a few days to a week), we must be prepared!

Nearby water sources

Identify the nearest external water sources. Where is the nearest pond, stream, river, lake, etc.? You can’t go a week without water (3-5 days?). Even though it would take a very serious disaster to cut off your municipal water source (this article is about SHTF), your dependency should motivate you to have a contingency plan.

Water transport

Now that you know where the water is, you need to figure out how to collect it and transport it to your home. Consider vans, construction carts and buckets with lids (slushies?). Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon. Plan accordingly. Depending on your area and the population density nearby, you may also consider moving your vehicle when you are least likely to be noticed (when it is SHTF time and safety is a concern).

Water filtration and treatment

Important. Save on filtration systems and water purification methods! Quality water filters. In addition, there are always ways to boil water. Regular chlorination/bleaching or other purification methods. Know the formulas for these.


Water Storage

Containers for collection and transportation should be easy to handle because of their weight. You can consider 5-gallon containers with range screw lids (nozzles). Or specially designed water jugs. You may also consider purchasing at least a 55-gallon drum of food-grade water at home. Provide at least a gallon of water per person per day (absolute minimum!). In reality, you will need more for cooking, sanitation, etc.


What kind of food

It is best to think about diversifying your diet. First, focus on the foods you like and usually eat. Then move on to other things. Mix canned, dehydrated, freeze-dried, BRMs, bulk foods such as rice and beans, preserves, herbs and spices, etc. diversify …..

How much food

Short answer… Regardless of your risk tolerance.

Gradually – 1 month – 3 months – 6 months – 1 year – 2 years ? At some point, if it fits into your lifestyle, consider increasing your self-sufficiency in food production. Small steps at first. Big steps later.

Short and long term solutions

Their short-term solution is simply to store food. The long-term solution must be self-sufficiency, i.e., growing your own food. This requires education, practice, resources, time and dedication.

Hide your food

Unfortunately, storing extra food for months (or more) has been “programmed” by the mainstream as taboo. Even if you know you are not “crazy”, others may think so. And, if SHTF and others know you have 6 months of food, guess whose door they will knock on? You may not want to. So keep that in mind when you store food.


Region, city, town >> Risk assessment

Think about those three rings near your castle. Think about the general population density and the kind of people who live there. Base your risk on the fact that most of them are desperate. Pay special attention to your own region. Depending on the people who live there, some may group better than others. Only you know who they are ….and who they are not.

Evaluate your home, exterior and interior

Look at your overall home security from the perspective of someone walking by. Look for holes in your preparation. Examine the interior of your home. Are your doors secured with bolt locks on the front and back? Do you have a plan for getting out of the way? Maybe a safe? One thing to think about….

Tactical and flight planning

You need to consider the reality of burglary. Think of scenarios in which others will come looking for your things. Where will they come from? Do you have a backup plan? What are your tactical plans if it reaches this level?

Firearms training and comfort

Become an experienced and comfortable firearms protection specialist. Allow more time to shoot. Check your supplies. It’s our maximum defense, hopefully we’ll never have to use it that way. But you better be prepared for what you will need…. ….


Your “sanctuary” (home) and/or place of error.

Have a plan with multiple objectives

There may be circumstances that force you to pass out for your own good. You need to think and have a plan of action and a goal (direction).

Understanding the post-disaster safety calendar

There will be a chance for you to beat the crowd before they realize the shit is up. Make the most of it.

Pre-planning purchases and supplies

If you are forced to go into “bug out” mode, be aware that you will leave most of your supplies at home. So it is best to have a plan to get supplies elsewhere. There are many ways to handle this situation, but it is something to think about and prepare for.

I originally wrote this article at the beginning of the Modern Survival blog (although I just revised it a bit for better presentation). I still love the content, which I think is still relevant. There are many places where I could have included a million links to other articles on the subject. But I would recommend using my “search” function at the top of the menu if you want to consume more.

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