Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at a common question that even many seasoned Preppers have. “How do I know when it’s time to hunker down because SHTF has begun?” Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we discuss this very important question.
This has to be the single most asked question that Preppers have and for good reason. Being able to determine when the starting bell has been rung and it’s time to implement your survival plan is vital to everyone. The trouble is that many of us have jobs that we go to each day, and jumping the gun could cost us dearly. It’s like walking a tight rope, where one wrong step could spell disaster.
So what exactly should you be watching for? Well that would totally depend on just what the disaster is. There are however certain things which in my opinion would clearly signal that it’s time enact your survival plan and now! I’m going to attempt to list some of them below, These are the signs I’m watching for:
Sudden loss of power covering an entire state or more: It could be a cyber-attack on our power systems and if there is no explanation offered and it is going to be out more than a week, you need to activate your survival plan.
If items that are not plugged in to city power suddenly stop working, such as phones and cars, then it’s definitely time to head for the hills! This is a sure sign of an EMP or a SME and the chances are that all electronics are out and will be so for a very long time. It’s time to dig in for the long haul!
Massive unexplained Bank closings over night or the claim that it is a virus in the nation’s bank computer system. This is the first blow in a total economic collapse. It has been predicted for years by banking and Wall Street officials and things seem to get worse each year. Don’t wait for the banks to reopen and offer you some small amount of money while they resolve the issue. The riots will follow in very short order and the streets will no longer be safe. People will do anything that will allow them to feed their families. Welfare and Social Security will become non-existent overnight and people will become very desperate and violent.
Watch for the sudden appearance of sickness, which begins to spread quickly in the big cities and has a very high mortality rate. I have no doubt the Government will claim they have it under control, just to keep people from panicking. I would not put it past our own government to release one upon America, for their own reasons.
Martial Law to me is a very large red flag. When Martial law is declared, all of your constitutional rights are suspended and you will be considered guilty until proven innocent. Regardless of the reason the government may give for it, you will need to act quickly and decisively to secure your property and activate your plans for survival.
Any declaration of emergency, where all food and water is placed under the government’s control and seizures begin should be a red flag. While we all know that Obama signed an executive order placing all food, water, and labor under the direct control of the US Government, in the event of an emergency, is already a red flag. It also went on to state that it could be imposed for any reason the President of the United States so desired. There are many other orders he signed and it might be good to acquaint yourself with them, but beware they are not for the faint of heart.
Maybe you noticed that I did not include Hurricanes or Earthquake in this post. That is because I feel these are self-evident and will be short-lived. I have tried instead, to focus on things which will be long-lived and seriously impact all of us. What I’m trying to say here is that there are many situations which could signal that it is time to immediately take shelter and begin your survival plan. Be aware of what they are and constantly be on the lookout for them, because they could come at any time. Your biggest hope is to pay attention to what is going on in the world around you, because it will come without warning. Pay attention and stay prepared and you just might survive the coming SHTF.
Well that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. As always, I look forward to your comments with ideas and suggestions for our readers. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!
-The Sargent-, Americans Preppers Online