Week # 8 (& 9) – SHTF Planning

Mar 4, 2012 by

What I Did To Prep This Week – SHTF Plan Building

Only a few updates to the SHTF plan over the last two weeks due to a bit of travel on my part.  Focus on food and water.

a. Food / Water

I’ve been trying to build the food pantry bit by bit to help defer the costs a bit.  I found some Green Giant green beans on sale and picked up a case (8 cans).  I would have grabbed more but had a space issue in the car at the time.

Also, picked up an additional case of bottled water and a large gallon bottle of water.  This is adding to my water supply and making me feel a bit more at ease on what I have (20 gallons).  Not there yet but getting on a roll.

b. Household Products

I also picked up a case of toilet paper (45 rolls) on sale.  Something you don’t think about but every little bit helps – especially when you have kids.  Roughing it is one thing, having a few usual comforts will help offset the shock and inconveience.  Remember, just because  you may be ready to handle the inconvenience, doesn’t mean your family will.

SHTF Planning - Toilet Paper

c. Storage

Grabbed two plastic containers to hold food and other items.  This will help keep things dry and fresh in the event of a flood, etc.  I feel it’s a worthwhile investment as they are pretty cheap and helps keep things organized a bit.

What’s Planned For Next Week?

The plan for this week is to stock up on some food and install a lock that I purchased for the garage.

Disucssion Point / Thought Of The Week

I thought I’d add a topic to these updates to help us better understand a specific prepping topic.  We have a great group of readers here and I’d like to leverage that knowledge base.

So, what do you think will happen in the suburbs when the SHTF?  Do you see widespread crime and, if so, why?

Thanks again for your participation.  Love to hear the feedback.


  1. Jeanne

    While I admire your TP collection….I use shop rags that I’ve sewn into quarters. I keep a 2 qt container on toilet w/a splash of bleach. They are slowly getting used to it. I whip stitch one or two a day so I’m always making new ones.

    While TP is great, it’s the expense and space that caused us to stop using paper.

    • Jeanne – this is very interesting. It sounds like a lot of work but the cost savings probably makes up for it. Thanks for sharing it.

      • Jeanne

        I’m always happy to help. It took me & friends 5 days to get OUT of the Quarter and to Houston. I also used my leatherman as we had a flat and I realized the lever was missing from jack in car we liberated. That little tool was worth every penny!

    • mamabirdnerd

      Jeanne, what is a shop rag and why do you whip stitch it? Are you basically saying that you have a clean square for each bathroom run, then bleach soak, then wash and reuse? I guess sorta like the diapers our parents used in the good ‘ole days for babies? Do you have a solution for sanitary napkins? I’m guessing the solution comes from the old saying we use, “on the rag”. Sorry, but trying to keep it real. I would love a much cheaper, space saving solution to pads as well. I have been thinking on this yesterday and today and all of a sudden here is this post. Love it. In ancient Rome they used a sponge attached to a stick, and left it in pots of water to be pulled out, used and returned to the water after each use. Used to gross out my sixth graders with that one! LOL. But it was functional, just not too sanitary.
      I am a crocheter and can whip them up fast if I understand how you are using yours. Just a note, crochet is much easier and faster than knitting. Also, a crocheter always has small amounts of left over yarn that can’t really be used for anything, but this project would use every inch. No one will care about color coordinated squares. There are some great you-tubes that will teach you how…that’s how I learned. Crochet Geek is my favorite. Good luck to you! And thanks to survivor Mike, I enjoy your blog!

  2. Greg

    I’ve talked only with a couple of guys at work about shtf. Most think it’s a joke, so we keep it low key.

    A couple of weeks back, I started thinking… What if it shtf NOW! It was raining and I could see my wife & I wet & miserable, all night long! YIKES! I went thru some old camping gear and found 2 emergency ponchos! I also thought of a towel & put it in a zip-lock bag (what good is a wet towel?). I added a hand towel & 2 wash rags (for personal clean up)!

    • Jeanne

      I also added a couple space blankets for warmth. Growing up in New Orleans, I always had wet weather gear, extra clothing, etc in small tub in trunk. I also keep a folding shovel for digging dirt, snow and even throwing rocks under tires for traction!

      • Lorenzo Poe

        Wow, I bet you used that shovel on a lot of snow in Nola! 🙂

        • Jeanne

          I left New Orleans. Took me 5 days to get out after Katrina. I live outside of DC.

    • Greg – it’s funny you mention that. Many feel the SHTF cannot happen to us. Anyone that has been through a huge storm or natual disaster woudl argue that it could.

      I think more and more people are going to find that getting ready for things to get tougher will be a good idea. Thanks for sharing your story.

      • Greg

        Thanks. I just read Jeanne’s reply about adding a folding shovel. I need to get a folding shovel! I’ve got some leather work gloves, working on a 1st aide kit, supplies for water-maker & a magnesium/flint stick! I’m getting there, thanks to OUR new friends!

  3. Jeanne

    on ‘poopy rags’ (as hubby calls them) I whip one or two up while watching tele or sitting out on deck. Whenever I’m idle, I whip stitch one. I’m waiting for knitting & crochet classes to start to learn to do that!

  4. Patti

    I do expect major crime in the cities. People who clear their bank accounts to get their nails done or buy the latest iPhone have no skills for doing without. They also don’t prepare and keep very little food and no water in the house. They believe their wants to be needs and are often lacking in morality and faith. They are often willing to take what they feel they need.

    • Agreed – we saw a good bit of this on the east coast with Hurricane Sandy. Neighbors lost their mind without power. Can’t imagine what it would look like with an even bigger event.


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