SHTF Survival Prep: SHTF Not A Single Event?

Jun 14, 2012 by

SHTF Survival Prep

What Will Trigger The Flame?

We talk about preparing our family and home for when the SHTF and we think of it as a single day when it happens.  Michael, at the Economic Collapse Blog, explains how the collapse will occur in waves rather than one single event.

 These days, most Americans have the attention span of a goldfish and most Americans have been trained to expect instant gratification.  They are simply not accustomed to being patient and to wait for things.  Well, despite what you may have read, the economic collapse is not going to be a single event.  It is going to play out over quite a few years.  In some ways we are experiencing an economic collapse right now.  When the next major financial crisis occurs, many will be calling that “an economic collapse”.  But if you really want to grasp what is happening to us, you need to think long-term.  We are heading for a complete and total nightmare, but it is going to take some time to get to the end of the story.

Yes, there will certainly be times of great chaos.  The financial crisis of 2008 was one of those moments.

But the financial crisis of 2008 did not completely destroy us.

Neither will the next crisis.

I think it is helpful to think of what is happening to us as a series of waves.

When you build a beautiful sand castle on the beach, the first wave that comes in does not totally destroy it.

Rather, the first wave weakens the castle and it is destroyed by subsequent waves.

Well, that is what is happening to us.

Source: The Economic Collapse Blog

While I agree with much of what he says, I do think that we will see one or two significant events that will be the tipping point for things going downhill quickly.  For example, a major disaster hitting the US could certainly have a ripple effect on the entire country potentially causing social unrest, massive inflation or worse.

Imagine a Fukishima type event occurring in the states.  The panic and chaos that would ensue would be massive and widespread.  Would this one event be considered the SHTF?  Not really but, in my opinion, things would deteriorate rapidly.

Would do you think?  Is this collapse something that occurs on a trigger event or something gradual over time?

How would your family and friends react to a major disaster?  How would your neighbors and community react?  Be sure to add your comments below and let’s get a dialogue started.

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  1. Mike

    I agree with both you and Michael; I vision it like a plane on a long glide path. I think however the SHTF has already begun. The next big event will likely be in the implosion in Europe. The USA will not escape that; we will fall rapidly afterwards.

    • Agree that the next event is Europe and we’ll really see what the human race is capable of (not in a good way).

      I think we all want to believe that humans will surprise us and pull together in tough times. However, most think that people will go into survival mode and it will be every person for themselves. We’re going to get a decent preview in Europe in the coming weeks/months.