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SHTF – What Does it Mean?
Many people hear the term SHTF and they aren’t exactly sure what it means. It stands for sh*t hits the fan. It is basically any event that turns your world upside down. That means that the meaning is much more involved than a simple four-letter piece of prepping slang.
Other terms that mean the same thing are TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It), or maybe even just EOTW (End of the World).
There is a lot to consider when you’re thinking about SHTF. For most people, it’s the main driving factor behind why they prep, but it can be completely different depending on who you ask. What you really need to determine is what SHTF means to you.
Once you figure that out, you can really get down to prepping for real. We’ll list a few possible SHTFscenarios below that you can look over. Hopefully, they will get you thinking about what you should be prepping for or even convince you that you should be prepping for some kind of SHTF event.
Types of SHTF Events
SHTF events can be broken down into two categories, man-made and natural.
Natural SHTF Events
Major natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcano eruptions and so on are the most common form of SHTF. These are generally events that affect a certain region with outside aid coming in before, during or shortly after the event is over. Many of these events are so devastating that they leave the area they hit completely uninhabitable for long periods of time, even with outside disaster relief.
If you live in an area where a major natural disaster is likely, you’re probably better off prepping for that first before you try to move on to any of the other SHTF events we discuss. This is for two reasons. First, it’s the disaster that you’re most likely to face. Second, prepping for a natural disaster will likely meet a lot of the requirements for prepping for another type of disaster.
A pandemic or localized epidemic is another reason why some people start prepping. In a scenario like this, a disease would spread rapidly through the population. It could be a regional disaster or even a worldwide SHTF. This scenario is especially scary for people since you can’t see a disease coming.
Many of the most deadly diseases have been all but eradicated through vaccinations and other medical breakthroughs. The bad thing is some of these diseases are seeing a resurgence in certain parts of the world. Depending on how the disease is spread, and how deadly it is, this could lead to any number of man-made SHTF situations on top of the disease itself!
Solar flares are a natural occurrence on the surface of the sun. Large solar flares can produce massive amounts of electromagnetic energy that travels to the earth at roughly the speed of light. This means that by the time that we can observe these solar flares the electromagnetic energy is also hitting the earth.
When this energy hits power lines they act as antennas, magnifying the power and transferring the energy to transformers and power production plants. This has the potential to bring down power grids across entire continents.
Man-made SHTF Events
Economic collapse happens when something causes the banking system to fail in some way. This could come in the form of hyperinflation, a cyber attack on the banking system itself or a major stock market crash.
A serious economic collapse could make your money worth practically nothing or it could wipe out your life savings. Either way, social unrest and other types of SHTF are probably going to be on the way.
With the social and political climate the way it is, large-scale social unrest is very likely. Some would say it’s all but assured. Something as simple as a protest in one city could quickly turn into riots in major cities across the country thanks to social media and news agencies continuously spurring our anger toward each other.
Full-scale collapse of the power grid would devastate the country! This is probably the worst possible SHTF event we could experience. A state-sponsored terrorist organization could conceivably cause an EMP that would take out power in most, if not all, of the United States.
The power grid is even vulnerable to simple gunfire in certain areas. If there was a coordinated attack on remote substations power could be disrupted in certain areas for a long period of time. It’s even susceptible to cyber attack from our enemies.
A nuclear attack is another SHTF event that some are prepping for. It seems far-fetched, but just take a look at the world leaders that have access to nuclear weapons…it’s scary when you really take a look at it!
A nuclear attack would have an impact far greater than just where it occurred. It would send the country, and the world, into a panic.
World war is another possible cause of SHTF that seems like it could never occur until you look at our political landscape. The Middle East remains a hot zone where America and our enemies are almost always just a few miles away from starting WWIII.
This is just a few of the possible causes of SHTF that could occur. Read our other articles to find out more about prepping, SHTF, defense, survival, first aid and more!