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SHTF questions

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by silent knight, Oct 6, 2006.

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  1. silent knight

    silent knight Well-Known Member

    If this subjects been done before i apologize.

    In case SHTF and the local govt asked you to leave your homes and head to the nearest "safe haven" and leave your guns behind, would you stay and turn your home/apt in to a fortress or go with the others and rely on them for security?

    What if the scenerio gets so bad the govt cant control the situation and it's chaos in the streets, homes are being broken in to and burned, people just killing people to survive, do you stay or leave your home? Do you go with the people getting away from it or do you go your own way, if you go your own way, where would you go?

    For those with children, what is the best thing to do?

    If you could only travel "light" because of the kids, name some things you would REALLY NEED in a bag in case you have to go on the run other than a handgun/rifle/shotgun and some ammo. Remember, this is light but has to last about 1 week. If it was my way, i'd have a few of my buddies with us going on foot, each with a good load of goods but what if it was just you, the kids and your wife?
  2. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Theres about 200 yards of open land in all directions around my house. If the SHTF, roving gangs may be able to break in on me, but having to stop every few yards and dig .308 bullets out of their heads will slow them down a bit.
  3. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Well-Known Member

    I would turn my house into a pill box. I have enough good neighbors to be
    able to do this. If that failed. I would take my family and head north to meet
    up with another section of the family. At that locations, we also have a good
    view of the surround land. Digging bullets out of you is a hard way to cross
    ~125 yards.
    I'm a new father with 4 month old. The important things for the baby are
    food, diapers and warm cloths. I have a B.O.B for each memeber of the
    family, including the dogs and cats. It would take me 20 minutes to load up
    the truck with the wife, kid, dogs, cats, B.O.B and weapons and be out the
    door. Each B.O.B has cloths and equipments for about a two weeks. The
    Baby's has formula for two weeks, 80 diapers, warm cloths, medince for things
    like hiccups and gas, bibs, towels and footie PJ's.
    The wife never thought we would need something like B.O.B until the black
    out of the Northeast three years ago.
  4. carlrodd

    carlrodd Well-Known Member

    depends on where you are. i think i would try to get out of a city. suburbs, i think if you banded together with a few like-minded people, you could do ok, and maybe create a reputation pretty quickly for your little area so that criminals might come to know it as a 'no-go' danger area. in the country, i'd think you have no reason to go anywhere...hunt for and grow food, and get water from a stream.
  5. justatexasboy

    justatexasboy Well-Known Member

    Me and my family would be long gone before the Gov. stepped in. If you react quickly enough to a situation and have a plan in place you will beat the exodus out of town.

    Everything I plan on taking is in a locked cabinet in the garage. All we have to do is back up our vehicle and throw the stuff in. I wont be going to any Gov. safe haven. I have my own (two actually) to go to if things look like they are gonna go really crazy.

    People who were in Katrina will tell you. Being prepared to leave in a matter of minutes will put you way ahead of the masses. If you hunker down and then decide to leave you will be stuck in a tangle of humanity.

    Not to hijack but I would love to hear more from the Katrina folks on this. I cant help thinking that the Gov. was more interested in containing possible rioting than helping people out initially.
  6. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    Right now (as a post-college student) I am very nomadic and my "home" and much of my property hold very little value to me. Couple that with the fact that my current "home" is not well suited for a hole-up, I would bug-out. Unless I had kids who were still in the infant stage, or some one who would need regular medical attention, I would NOT go to the Gov. shelter.

    I would pack what I could carry along with 1 rifle and 1 pistol for myself and the same for anyone else in my party. I would then head in the direction of the nearest safe wilderness. I would avoid roads, towns, and people unless I needed supplies or news.

    I have much more faith in my ability to provide for myself out in the woods than scavenging in a city, and tons more than I have faith in the Gov to provide for me.
  7. silent knight

    silent knight Well-Known Member

    Here's the thing, what would you advise a family with a toddler that lives within the city limits but on the outskirts, stay in or bug out, travel light, travel heavy? Or will it all depend on the scenario? Let me give three examples,

    1) Major Disaster (Earthquake or Tsunami) - Street is chaos, no LEO on sight, your home/apt still in tact.

    2) Terrorist Attack/War - Several major cities hit, do you stay or go thinking they're just warming up for the big one.

    3) Biological Attack/Accident - Major plant explodes spreading hazardous chemicals in the air in the middle of the night while you're asleep, people are getting violent and turning crazy.

    Example 3 is more some 28 Days later type so please have fun with that but at the same time serious, what would you do and what would you advise someone like me, would do, 3 kids, two tennagers and a toddler and my wife.
  8. 03Shadowbob

    03Shadowbob Well-Known Member

    It's hard to say for me whether we'd bug out or just stay put and band together with like-minded friends. If I had 12 hours advanced warning then I'd get out of here but since I am in South Florida, even if I had 2 or 3 hours notice before everyone else, I'd still be on the road when everyone else started getting on the road up north so I'd still find myself in that predicament.
    I have a 4 month old and 7 year old and the last thing I would want to do is get stuck on the highway. florida has a handful of ways north and everyone knows about them.
    But if I stayed put then I figure we have plenty of water around here to drink. I have been putting my disaster kit together for a while so have plenty of food, diapers, medicine, etc..
    Our little community banded together very well during the hell year of hurricanes down here. We all watched out for eachother, cooked for eachother, kids played together, etc. We were without power once for 8 days and we were fine. I think we could have gone another 3 weeks on our food/water supply.
    As far as the gov't, you wouldn't catch me or my family dead in a shelter. I can guarantee that.
  9. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    Here is why I said unless the kids were infants:
    Children ages 1-2 need a lot of care and are prone to disease and infection. Taking an infant on an extended trek away from civilizaiton will drasticly increase it's mortality rate. Children who are 4 years old or older require much less care, can walk on their own, can help with chores, can follow instructions, and have a much stronger immune systems. They have a much higher chance of surviving out in the wilderness. With a toddler, my advice would be to stay as close as you can to food, shelter, and medicine.

    1. Major disaster: If your home is intact and not in danger (i.e. Katrina style flood or fire), I would stay there. Band with neighbors to stockpile supplies and keep a 24 hr watch for help and/or BGs. occasionally send out small parties to look for help and supplies.

    2. Terrorist/War: Staying in the path of a war is not an option IMHO. Your best bet is to head out to the country and ask for shelter. Failling that, head to a refuge camp. Either option gives you better odds for survival than staying in the path of urban combat.

    3. Biological/Zombie attack: GET THE HECK OUT OF DODGE! You want to be nowhere near a radiation/biohazard/gas leak, so leave as quick as you can (even with just the clothes on your back). You have a much better chance scavenging for food than you do fighting radiation poizoning. As for zombies... Movies and video games have taugh us that dense population centers become extremely hazardous durring zombie outbreaks, therefore I would get away as quickly as possible.
  10. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    If it's not too bad, I stay put.

    If it's a fall-of-civilization all-order-gone panic evacuation, I'm about a mile from the airport that has many hangars of stored single-engine aircraft. I do know how to fly. Enough said. ;)
  11. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    I'd tell them to go jump in the lake. I'd find the biggest empty .gov building (preferably BATFE) and move in to the top floor.
    As I've said before, I'd hire a few bodyguards and operate a brewery. When SHTF, people still need beer.
    Why the BATFE office? Because the sign would say:
    "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 25% off sale this weekend!"
    And when things calmed down, I'd take off the 25% and put "We deliver" there instead.
    Would have to charge exorbitant rates for barter - and would thus be in possession of much stolen property (that's why I need a big government building - to store it all). When government returns, I turn things in, get a medal and a reward, and go back home, sell biography rights, sell film rights, and retire.
    Anybody got a SHTF plan that beats that?

    Edited for spelling.
  12. mindwip

    mindwip Well-Known Member

    lol, solid plan there
  13. Sry0fcr

    Sry0fcr Well-Known Member

    I live in an apt so there's no attachment we leave, ASAP. If I owned my own home I might get the women and children to safety and go back to defend the fort.
  14. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Definitely stay put. Out here, we keep to ourselves but we watch each other's backs. We know who lives where, what they drive and what schedules they keep. It is not hard to pick out a person or behavior that doesn't seem quite right, and we don't depend on the county sheriff for help. Counties like the one I live in are not where bad folks go looking for trouble, because they will find more than they bargained for.

    In a SHTF situation, I would not want to be a stranger out here wandering about; Suspicious eyes will be watching from behind riflescopes.
  15. dragongoddess

    dragongoddess member

    I have a question for you. What is the best vehicle for a SHTF event?
  16. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member


    But for those of us who work for a living, a reliable 4WD will have to do.

    The Jeep Cherokee (sadly discontiued) is one of the most solid, reliable and capable MPV's out there in stock configuration. Also gets ~20 MPG. I don't have one, but as an auto technician I can tell you that the problems these do have tend to be trivial (window regulators, blower motor resistors, etc.). Engine, drivetrain and suspension are rock-solid half-million mile plus components if maintained. It is not uncommon for us to see 300,000 or higher and still running like a top, albeit paint faded and needing new driver seats.

    My SHTF vehicle (toy) is a 1980 Dodge Powerwagon on 4" lift with 35" MTR's, both axles spooled, Winch. PT is a 440/NP-435/NP208. With chains on all four and sand bags in back, I can keep drive until the snow is halfway up the windshield.
  17. slicknickns

    slicknickns Well-Known Member

    depending on where i lived, but mostly i'd opt to stay put and work to fortify my home.
  18. Robob4

    Robob4 member

    I think ammo becomes the new currency. Bring lots of NATO around.
  19. preWWWIIbuff

    preWWWIIbuff Active Member



    I have a question for you. What is the best vehicle for a SHTF event?

    1994 PETERBILT 320 , L-10 Engine, 280hp, Automatic, 20,000 Front Capacity, 46,000 Rear Capacity, Leach, 30YD, FRONT LOADER, $29,900.00

    Its a Garbage truck with front loader my brother-in law
    and I bought and ummmm fixed up real nice...not this one but one a lot like it.
    I found extra fuel tank. put in/on a ac/welder 110/220
    and so we can weld also. Put in extra platting soooo
    water tank for street washing sure thing..
    BTW it is used for his business so no garbage in the truck. Does hall off work and tree trim removals
    Holds one of those nifty dipsy dumpster things for well what have you.
    added trailer hitch that pulls a real nice travel all
  20. pete f

    pete f Well-Known Member

    it all depends on what the issue is,

    The latest example is the chemical fire just in the news last night, are you going to stay in and say no way I aint leavin? Stay there and die from chlorine gas. there you need to have enough to leave for 48-72 hours.

    THe teowawki scenario, that may be different, you have to understand the context.
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