The first 24 Hours after the SHTF, Psychologically speaking, this will be one of the worst periods of the event. Not only will you have lost so much, but being forced to turn others away can be devastating.
If you’ve ever told anybody about the things you’re doing to survive after the SHTF, you’ve probably been asked why. “Why would you want to survive the end of the world?” There are plenty of reasons. The human instinct to survive, for one. The folks who say they’d rather die than live through the end of the world have no idea how strong that instinct can be. Even if life after the SHTF is miserable, it’s worth going on if there’s any hope that the world can become a better place again.
There’s no doubt there would be some serious downsides to surviving a catastrophe that leaves most of the population dead. But this is the part where you have to look at the silver lining. Yes, it would be brutal, but living on and helping rebuild society is a very good thing. You have to look for the good in the bad.
The reason I say all this is so no one reads this article and decides they’d be better off dead if the SHTF. That’s not the point I’m trying to make. The point is that living through a horrific disaster will be much worse if you’re not prepared. If you are prepared, however, you’ll be much more comfortable and could even be a part of the first post-SHTF communities.
So here is the scenario, SHTF hit yesterday and you are standing in your home preparing to hunker down or bug out. You hear a knock on the door and go to see who it is. Looking out the window, you see the couple from next door standing on your porch smiling at you. You open the door to see what they want, because after all, they have been your neighbors for years. As the conversation gets started, you suddenly realize where it’s going and that you’re not prepared to deal with what you are about to face.
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So who will pose the greatest dangers to you and your family in the beginning? Your neighbors, friends and family, that’s who. Anyone who knows that you’re a Prepper, and thought you were insane. The people who failed to see the writing on the wall and prepare as you did. Anyone who thinks they may have even the tiniest bit of sway over you will eventually show up at your door, wanting you to help them. This is why some Preppers say you should never tell anyone you are a Prepper. While I don’t completely agree with it, there is some truth to it. Be careful who you tell and what you tell them.
All of the people in this group will think you owe them something for ever having known them in the past. Family will be the worst though. In many cases, they will demand your help, simply because you are related. They are going to want your supplies and in some family situations….they will not take no for an answer.
Are you prepared to turn away a family with small children, or a relative who comes knocking on your door? This is something you need to think about now, because if you do help them, you may all die. Just how far are you willing to go once you do turn them away and they won’t leave? Are you willing to kill a man who has a wife and children who depend on him? What about a brother or sister? You need to decide now just who you would be willing to help and if you’re smart, you will store up extra preps with this in mind.
No, it will not be easy, and it many cases it will be heart breaking. These are not gang members or thugs, but are the people you sat behind at Church every Sunday or had Thanksgiving dinner with each year. It will almost without exception, be the hardest thing you have ever done, but remember, they had the same opportunity to prepare just like you, and helping them could get you affect the survival of you and your loved ones, if you run out of food or water. The idea of “I will give them a little and they will go away”, WILL NOT WORK! Once it’s gone, they will be back for more, and they will keep coming back until they are desperate enough to kill you and take what you have. Psychologically speaking, this will be one of the worst periods of the event. Not only will you have lost so much, but being forced to turn others away can be devastating.
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Now I know there are a lot of Preppers out there who will say that they are ready to handle it, but until it comes right down to it, you can never be sure. Why? Because it goes against everything we learned growing up. The Bible tells us to help others and deep inside every one of us, we believe it is what we should do, no matter the situation. So what can you do now to minimize this? First off, never let anyone know just how much preps you have, or where they are. If people believe you only have enough for yourself to last a few days, then they will less likely to try to force you to give up what you have and will instead look for other sources with more food while it’s still available.
Block off all of your windows and act as though you are just as hungry as everyone else. Never think for a minute that your neighbors wouldn’t do anything to hurt you, because a parent will do anything no matter what it is to feed a starving child…even kill. The kindest and most gentle people will become cold-blooded killers when it comes to their children. You must be aware of this and make plans to deal with it.
When SHTF hits, it will bring out the worst in people, because of the hopelessness of the situation. Many will insist for months that help is coming and they just need to make it till then. The truth is, help will not be coming and you must decide if you are going to live or die, and if it is worth helping others. So yes, the worst threat to you and your family directly after SHTF hits will be your neighbors, your friends and your family. It’s not a pleasant thought, but it will be the reality of the new world.
Well, that is it for today and I hope you have gained a little insight on what to expect. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!