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Surviving the first 90 days post SHTF

Imagine, if you will, a world where the structure and predictability of our daily lives disintegrate overnight. It’s a daunting thought, but not an unfounded one.

This journey into the initial 90 days post-SHTF is not just an exploration but a guide, informed by the rigors and realities of military life, to navigate the chaos that follows a catastrophic event.

The Illusion Of Invincibility

As someone who’s experienced the adrenaline of combat, I know the feeling of invincibility all too well. But let me share a critical lesson from the battlefield: overconfidence is a silent enemy.

In the unpredictable aftermath of SHTF, complacency and oversight, born from feeling too secure in one’s preparations, can be fatal.

Lesson Learned

The military teaches a balance between confidence and vigilance. This delicate dance is crucial for survival. Always be prepared to reassess and adapt; the environment post-SHTF will demand nothing less.

Lack Of Adaptability

In the field, adaptability is not just valuable; it’s vital.

A plan might guide you, but the ability to adjust to the unforeseeable is what truly ensures survival. The SHTF scenario is no different. The person who can improvise and adapt with the fluidity of a MacGyver will have a significant advantage.

Lesson Learned

Flexibility is your most potent tool. The world post-SHTF will be volatile and uncertain. Embracing change and being prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice are skills honed through the challenges and unpredictability of military life.

Ignoring Community Strength

The myth of the lone survivor is just that—a myth. My experiences have shown me the undeniable strength of unity.

In the most dire situations, the support, skills, and collective efforts of a community or team can make the difference between survival and defeat.

Lesson Learned

Forge alliances and build a network of support. The collective knowledge, skills, and morale of a group can significantly enhance your chances of making it through the first 90 days post-SHTF. In unity, there’s strength.

Underestimating Psychological Impact

Survival is as much a mental battle as it is a physical one. The psychological toll of isolation, fear, and uncertainty can be as challenging as any physical obstacle. In my time in the service, mental resilience was as critical as physical endurance.

Lesson Learned

Prepare your mind with the same rigor as your body. Mental toughness, optimism, and the ability to remain calm under pressure are skills that can and should be developed.

They’re your shield against the psychological warfare of a post-SHTF world.

Ignoring The Basics

In an age where technology seems to offer a solution for everything, it’s easy to forget the fundamentals of survival: water, shelter, food.

No gadget can substitute for these essentials. Neglecting them could prove disastrous.

Lesson Learned

Back to basics. Mastery of fundamental survival skills—how to find and purify water, secure shelter, and procure food—is paramount.

These are the bedrock of your survival strategy, learned and reinforced through the disciplined routines of military training.


The first 90 days post-SHTF present a formidable challenge, one that requires more than just physical preparation.

It demands a mindset honed by lessons of adaptability, unity, psychological resilience, and a return to the basics of survival. These principles, instilled in me through years of military service, offer a blueprint for not just surviving but thriving in the face of the unthinkable.

Remember, survival is not an abstract concept but a tangible goal, achievable through preparation, learning, and the willingness to face challenges head-on. Stay vigilant, adaptable, and united.