Joke aside, an interesting issue to be addressed when it comes to prepping is which places are to be avoided after SHTF. The short story goes something like this, I mean this is the preamble: it is very possible for a catastrophic event to take place at some point in one’s life, whether you like it or not; it may be a large scale disaster of sorts, like a nuke strike, or an EMP strike, solar-made or man-made, courtesy of your local-crazy-nuke-armed dictator, or whatever natural extinction-level event, or terrorist attack.

The possibilities are endless.

Now, provided you’ve survived the initial “shock-wave”, you should concentrate your efforts on staying alive for a little bit longer, because, after all, there’s no fun in prepping and stockpiling gear and food and what not, if you’re not going to benefit from your efforts, right? It’s not about “he who dies with the biggest stockpile wins”, the trick is to stay alive, or at least to die last.

Hence, today’s article, which is aimed at trying to help you with the noble endeavor of saving one’s skin in the aftermath of WW3 or whatever catastrophic scenario you could think of.

The Number One Lesson

First world countries, like (parts of) the US, are awesome places to live when everything works fine and dandy. I am not talking about South-Central LA, or diverse neighborhoods in Chicago or Memphis, where crime rates are through the roof, if you know what I mean. The point is that our modern day uber-high tech society comes with obvious benefits. The caveat to living in a first-world country is that when everything is starting to fall apart, people are generally clueless with regard to surviving in third world conditions, i.e. without running water, electricity and things of that nature.

And yes, in a large-scale disaster, it’s very probable that electricity will go first, which means nothing would work anymore, since everything today runs on electricity, including your computer used for reading this article.

Also, since most of the US population is concentrated in a relatively small number of densely populated urban areas, it goes without saying that big cities are to be avoided like the plague in the eventuality of a SHTF event. Incidentally, almost every big city only has enough supplies to last for three days tops, and I am especially talking about food. The concept is that the food-delivery chain is never going to stop, the trucks will keep on hauling, hence nobody bothers to stockpile food anymore.

Obviously, in a serious crisis, life in a big city will become hellish rather quickly, as essential supplies are going to disappear fast (think about what happened this Black Friday, then amplify that by a factor of, I don’t know, 10,000 and you’ll start to get what I am talking about), people will get desperate for food and water (yes, your water utility company uses electrically powered pumps to deliver water to your faucet), and rioting and looting will become the new normal.

Naturally, it makes little sense to prepare (as in stockpile) large amounts of gear, including food, in a densely populated urban area. Since you’ll be the only one in “the hood” having emergency supplies of water and food and what not, you’d basically have a big-red TARGET sign painted all over your property. And soon enough, you’ll have to share your goodies with your local and not so friendly mob of looters. And that will get you nowhere, in terms of survival. Most probably, you’ll end up shot anyway.

So, if you’re all about “doom and gloom”, considering relocating from the big-bad city would make for a great idea. . And do it now, while you still can, until it’s too late.

The general rule of thumb is that big cities are to be avoided like the plague in SHTF scenarios. The good news is that the US has over 3000 counties, but half of the population lives in 146 counties, which means there’s a lot of “people-free” real-estate available for your bug-out retreat, where you can safely store food, water, guns, gold, bitcoin or whatever.

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There are many things you must anticipate as a prepper. and these include emergency scenarios like societal collapse, famine or even nuclear war.

These events may seem daunting, but preparing before SHTF should help you get your supplies ready in case you are one day forced to deal with a long-term survival scenario.

Below are 12 tips to help you get ready for societal collapse, famine and nuclear war. (h/t to

Get some of your assets out of the fiat currency system

The fiat system, which is a rigged, debt-based monetary slave system, will crumble when disaster strikes.

Learn how to efficiently use valuable currencies like gold, silver and crypto as means of exchange. These assets are more “honest” because no government can artificially inflate their supply, meaning no government can print gold, silver or Bitcoin.

Boost your physical fitness with cardio and strength training

Improve your eating habits and exercise regularly to stay fit.

When disaster strikes, being physically fit will give you a significant advantage over non-preppers who are used to a sedentary lifestyle.

Keep in mind that bone density is essential for resilience and survival. You will also need stamina for the heavy physical demands of post-SHTF life.

Do whatever you can right now to increase your strength, endurance and bone density to improve your resiliency.

Boost your fitness levels with cardio and strength training.

Here are some tips to ensure a safe workout when starting a new routine:

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to maintain healthy hydration levels.

Replenishing fluids during exercise is important for maintaining optimal performance, especially if you are working out in hot temperatures.

When you’re done, hydrating after your workout can help you recover and get you ready for the next training session.

Follow a nutritious diet 

Following a balanced diet will help support your fitness program.

All food groups are necessary to sustain healthy energy levels and get the most out of your workout. You need carbs because they can fuel your muscles before exercise.

Protein helps improve muscle recovery after exercise, repairs tissue damage and builds muscle mass.

Regularly consuming healthy fats has been shown to help burn body fat and preserve muscle fuel during workouts, which helps your energy last longer.

Warm up before exercising

Warming up before your workout will help prevent injuries and improve your athletic performance. Warming up also helps improve your flexibility and reduce soreness after exercising.

Start with some aerobic exercises like arm swings, leg kicks and walking lunges.

You can also warm up by doing easy movements of the exercise you’re planning to do, like going on a walk before running.

Cool down after a workout

Cooling down is important because it helps your body return to its normal state. After you exercise, cool down to help restore normal breathing patterns and reduce the chance of muscle soreness.

Do some light walking to cool down after aerobic exercise or stretch after resistance training.

Listen to your body

It’s ideal to exercise every day, but if you’re starting a new workout routine, learn your limits.

If you feel pain or discomfort while exercising, stop and rest before continuing. Pushing through the pain isn’t recommended because this can cause injuries.

Working out “harder and faster” isn’t always better. While the goal is to become stronger before SHTF, you should start slow to avoid serious injuries.

Exercise regularly to make the most of it and improve your strength and stamina.

Learn how to use secure, private messaging technology

Secure your data and communicate using secure apps like Session. The Session app is an end-to-end encrypted messenger that minimizes sensitive metadata.

According to the Session website, the app was “designed and built for people who want absolute privacy and freedom from any form of surveillance.”

If you invest in Bitcoin, learn how to use privacy crypto. You can also boost your data security with Apricorn thumb drives with keypad encryption.

Before SHTF, get sat phones and radio comms as alternative means of communication that don’t rely on cell towers and can’t be used to triangulate your physical location.

Learn to grow and store/preserve food

If your property is secure, grow fruits and vegetables in a home garden, such as:

If you don’t have space for a garden or you want to grow more food but in a less obvious way, read up on guerilla gardening.

Acquire non-GMO seeds to use in your garden. Learn food preservation techniques like home canning or drying so you can preserve food for future use. You can also use preserved food for bartering.

Ensure your overall wellness by also stocking up on various supplements like vitamin D and zinc.

Secure a reliable water supply at your house and bug-out location

Those in power may use water scarcity to control the population.

Stay self-sufficient by securing a water supply in your primary location or your house, and in your secondary location or your bug-out location.

You will also need water treatment solutions such as a gravity filter or a high-quality pump filter/camping filter.

If power outages are common in your area, find a reliable way to acquire and filter water without using electricity.

Consider sources like surface water, well water and rainwater.

Stock up on off-grid emergency medical supplies and first aid items

If you or someone else in the family has a medical condition, like diabetes or hypertension, find a way to stock up on the necessary prescription medication.

Many medical supplies and first aid items will be very difficult to acquire after SHTF, so stock up on first aid essentials like ivermectin and antiseptic supplies such as povidone-iodine.

Learn how to live without electricity

While there is a very low chance of a total power grid failure, you should prepare for regional, intermittent outages that could plunge many areas of the country into total darkness.

Without electricity, water pumps will stop working. Gas stations will shut down and retail establishments cannot function.

You won’t be able to use your refrigerator, freezer and air conditioning.

As the pioneers have proven, you can live without electricity, but it isn’t convenient or easy. Invest in hand tools like hammers and saws so you can build and repair things on your property as needed after SHTF.

Get solar charging devices to charge small electronic devices such as cell phones and flashlights.

Practice dressing down

As a prepper you must learn how to be discreet. Be confident, but remain humble.

Do not wear or carry signs of visible wealth like branded clothing or expensive bags and jewelry. Don’t drive a luxury vehicle and don’t flash wads of cash when buying groceries.

Learn the “gray man” philosophy and blend in. When SHTF, knowing how to disappear or blend in may save your life.

Learn how to defend yourself

Guns are ideal for self-defense and for protecting your family when SHTF. Some say the easiest firearm to learn is a rifle.

Meanwhile, others consider pistols as more difficult to deploy and require far more training than using a rifle because a pistol involves mastering sight picture, eye dominance and recoil control.

If you don’t know what kind of firearm to buy, get an AR-15 and a Glock 19. Consider getting ballistic armor if you are worried about violence targeting your household or community. (Related: Survival 101: How to protect your family during civil war.)

Have a bug-out plan

Prepare for the Marxist/communist “Activation Day” scenario and have a detailed bug-out plan.

Store enough supplies at your bug-out location so you have a chance at retaking your home or farm if they are overrun after SHTF.

You don’t need to be paranoid, but as a prepper you must be ready to evacuate if needed. If money is an issue, consider getting a crypto “brain wallet” so no one can detect or steal it from you.

Move away from “death zone” cities

If your city is considered a “dead zone,” move as far away as possible.

Look for a new location that reflects the culture and rule of law you agree with. Choose a local living area that reflects philosophies of resiliency, self-reliance, honesty, compassion and the right to self-defense.

Keep your passport up to date if you need to travel

Prepare a crypto wallet and memorize the seed phrase so you have a “brain wallet” that you can access from anywhere.

Use untraceable  privacy coins to protect your privacy and avoid crypto confiscation attempts. Use crypto swap aggregation sites to trade Bitcoin into privacy coins.

Exercise, start a home garden and finalize your bug-out plan so you can survive when SHTF.

Watch the video below for tips on how to harden your bug-out location.

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