What Do You Think…?


You have probably noticed I am trying to write more often these days, and also improve a little the SHTF School website.

I enjoy writing, but instead of an article, today I am going to ask you a question. What is it you would like to see/read about here?

If you have questions, or suggested article topics I’d like to hear them. Also is there anything I can add to the site? Would you like to hear podcasts or see videos? If so, what about…?

Here is your chance to tell me what you like or want to hear about…

Let me know in the comments below.

72 responses to “What Do You Think…?”

  1. Mike Buman says:

    What was medical care like? What were the most common medical problems that did not involve actual wounds from violence? What work-a rounds were effective, and which proved to be ineffective?

  2. AJ says:


    I personally find your articles about the stress and humanity you bring to life so very useful. Many people in your situation may never feel comfortable describing the reality of being in a war zone. You help remind me these feelings are normal and may help me keep my wits about without doing something stupid and getting killed or worse, permanently losing my mind. You are a refreshing sense of sanity under horrible conditions. Many learn from your experiences. Keep up the great work!!

  3. H says:

    SHTF – When things really HTF, how do you deal with whiners and quitters in your group? We all have associates who want to be Mr. Commando until it really gets tough, then some want to flake and ‘go home.’ Problem is, you can’t go home ever again – this is home. Short of a bullet to the head and a shallow hole in the garden, what is your suggestion/solution?

  4. Robert says:

    Since we mentioned being “highly mobile ” within an Urban environment, why not expand on how someone would do this?
    Examples of how to create a backpack for being highly mobile
    The advantages of a take down .22 scoped rifle in urban settings.
    How to adapt to a more humid environment.
    Tools and weaponry for the Urban environment.
    Prevention of pregnancy during shtf.
    The role of pursuasion , deception and misinformation as a weapon.
    How to use rumors to your advantage.
    Convincing other people you have value even though your skills might be less than impressive
    The Will to Live over tools.
    Using the environment against your enemies such as terrain.
    How Intelligence Gathering was used.
    Body language and eye contact.

  5. Rob Eby says:

    Hi Selco,

    I’m interested in emergency radio communications. Ham radio. Also, methods to power these radios (Solar panels, bicycle with car alternator, maybe wind or water power generator.

    Also ammo reloading using basic tools and reloading supplies (emergency components). Casting bullets etc.

  6. paul wells says:

    al and robert are both very good subject matter

  7. drhardy84 says:

    What AJ said, +1,000

    And Robert has some outstanding suggestions.

    I live in a semi-rural small-town AO in northwestern Vermont and the nearest big city is Montreal, about 70 miles north. I’d be interested in any discussion of this sort of environment in a SHTF scenario and I wonder if it was ever a factor during the experiences in the former Yugoslavia. I tend to think that if we end up in a second civil war here, it will look something like what happened over there, only by orders of magnitude greater, with 320 million people and half a billion to a billion firearms. The cities will become deathtraps and the interstates and highways will be clogged impossibly. With a Grid Down and a possible Black Swan event or two, I’d reckon mass die-off over the first few weeks and then increasingly violent pitched battles around the country, again, mainly in the urban areas.

    Thanks much for all you do and for discussing what can only have been painful and frightening experiences over such a long time.

    Sgt. USAF—RVN 1972
    Thailand/Laos/Cambodia 1974-75
    U.S. Army Reserve–1978-80

  8. John Kellmer says:

    Thanks for asking. Right now I’m reading an amazing book by Danielle Donation Booth entitled “Fed Up.” I fear that may colour my opinion, but a systemic financial collapse seems to me (and did prior to picking up this book) to be the most likely and near-term threat we face. Following that, in second place, I put one of J.J.’s favorite bugaboo’s, an EMP attack. Not really very funny, but really a real possibility. Too many unsane actors out there, and likely here. Any research and analysis that might illuminate the time/method/means of the manifestation of either of those to problems would be of extreme interest to me. China is also concerning for any number of reasons; as a military threat, and/or a threat due to its own internal instability and economic/political policy conundrums. Those are my big three, but I’m no genius and something entirely other could blindside me. I appreciate your wide-ranging coverage and hope it continues.

  9. Devlin says:

    I would love to read some article on step by step ways to produce things like kerosene etc that can actually be practically used in a situation like you were in Selco.

    That’s about the only thing that hasn’t really been covered at all in your blog.

    It’s the last 1%. 😉

  10. Jim says:

    All three of these suggestions hit the mark….seems there is always things to learn…one I would like is more attention on staying fit and healthy during SHTF situations…What meds are universal, and how to recognize them, food gathering from your immediate environment, what “Super” foods and vitamins to stock up on and how long they will keep…
    Thanks for all you do!

  11. Richard Kroll says:

    I placed “vaults”of PVC pipe out in my local forest which offer cover and concealment but are not where berry or mushroom pickers might stumble upon them. Each contains heavy things like canned meat and fish in the bottom well below the freeze line and dried foods like beans, cereals, dehydrated veggies up top along with first aid and survival gear. This allows my bug-out bag weight to be reduced. I have enlarged this to perhaps survive some days if I couldn’t get home to my gear. I even developed a sort of security deterrent should someone make the one in a million discovery of one of these vaults. I wish there was a way to share pictures of good ideas. I also wish there was a secure way to find members in my area to build a sort of “tribe”.

  12. GS says:

    Selco, whatever you do, keep up this work. You are an inspiration. You are a hope in a very dark of western civilization.

  13. Dean says:

    1) personally interested in hearing your story and what you feel we can learn from that situation. I know this has been touched upon but perhaps delving into this more would be helpful. I feel too many people still view the SHTF type event as something that will be “cool” or “fun” like they are a movie character or something. The reality will be quite different.

    2) What role mental state and attitude has to do with your chances of survival. personally i feel this is just as important as supplies or weapons or any of the other “cool” stuff people like to think about and buy.

  14. toktomi says:

    I can imagine that there is a high probability that you have already covered at one time or another anything and everything that we might suggest. Oh, well. 🙂

    As one who has imagined from the beginning of my doomer days that humanity is headed back to the stone age, among my interests in preparing has been my curiosity about how Native Americans [as I reside in N.America] in pre-colonial days washed their bodies, wiped their butts, and tended to menstrual blood. I can imagine that you and yours faced some serious challenges with personal hygiene.

    Thanks a bunch.


  15. Ruben says:

    I *cannot* imagine a SHTF scenario like you survived in my quiet corner of Canada. But I can easily imagine a major earthquake flattening much of my city. I can also imagine economic erosion that disrupts the economy quite badly. In 2008, millions of people were homeless in the US.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on preparing for “everyday catastrophes”.

  16. Ivan Throne says:


    Respectfully, I would ask three questions:

    1. How did people most often arrive at the decision to give up, and stop surviving?

    2. How did others (family, group, squad) etc. handle that when became apparenta?

    3. How was it most competently handled by the group when a member did that?



  17. Laird Taylor says:

    I’m 73, widowed 6.5 years, and moved 3 months ago from a suburban neighborhood in Dallas/Ft Worth to a semi-rural venue near the East Coast – with its own well and other amenities that make it a much better tactical venue than the one i just came from. Now I’ve got neighbors to get to know – most seem to have lived here for a generation or more; I’m the new guy in town. How shall I proceed?

  18. David says:

    In answer to Q 2, way back, Selco mentioned someone who got turpentine from a pine tree. You can Google this.. it used to be common .. a friend of mine from Portugal said it is still done there. It is like tapping for rubber. I don’t know what fuel quality it is..it is used for paint production. You can make a kind of kerosene from coal…. but it is not done on a small scale.
    I often tell people… store heaps… it is a lot easier than making it. Applies to just about everything…….

  19. Kimberly says:

    I am also looking for an article on how to deal with a special needs children, like Autistic children. Some do not adjust to change easily, how do you prepare a child to be able to bug out, or even sever Autistic adults?
    I love all of your articles and the ideas above are great also.
    Thanks for all the hard work you put into your work.

  20. Paul Blackburn says:

    Write about how SHTF situation will be in/for suburban America as many of us live in the suburbs vs actually in the city.

  21. Todd says:

    For a 24 hour period, would you describe an “average” day for you during the war? Also please speak of the reaction/disintegration of emergency y services during the war (Police, Firefighters, Ambulance personnel, and hospitals)? Thank you so much for your insight….and I’m glad you made it , brother!!!

  22. Selco, thanks for the question forum:

    1) What type of skills for growing food would be useful?

    2) How do you spot fake peppers?

    Thanks, DaveP

  23. Tyler says:

    THANK YOU…I read a lot on survival, SHTF, post collapse, etc. Your info is by far the most useful and interesting simply because you lived it, LIVED thru it… I have learned the most from your insights. You are not special forces or a trained expert. You were a guy who used his brain and balls and made it happen for you and your family. I would like to hear more about the average day…like Todd… as well as what happened at the very beginning? I live in downtown Houston. Horrible place to be when SHTF. I don’t hold out much hope of long term, or even short term survival, if i don’t get out BEFORE “the event” that brings us down. But i will say, i will go down with a fight and rid the future of as many degenerates as i can. Of course i want to survive, my question for you is how did you avoid the initial civil unrest, riots, roving gangs?
    Thanks again..

  24. Steve says:

    What was your primary source of food, during the learning phase of getting food.

  25. Chuck says:

    I picked up the complete set of FOXFIRE books, ten of them, back in the 1980’s which was a high school English teacher’s class project in Georgia of going into the rural Appalachian mountains there and interviewing the old time backwoods people and writing down how they lived and survived, totally off the grid. It’s an amazing collection of knowledge about living and thriving totally off the grid, preserving food without refrigeration, how to construct just about anything, making tools, medicines, clothes, preserving food, making moonshine, and how people survived more than a century ago in rural America. I’m sure that similar info can be found in numerous prepped/survival books but I found it to be a wealth of interesting and important information that mostly has long been forgotten

  26. John says:

    Isn’t a lot of what people are asking about included in your “One Year in Hell” course? Also, it seems to me that some of what people are wanting here can be found elsewhere online, in books, etc. No need to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Keep up the good work you’re doing. Your unique perspective is much appreciated.

  27. Sebastian says:

    As a subscribed user of BOTH the old course and the new course, I really would like to suggest all people to start there. Many questions above answered. It´s worth the money even so if the price rises x 10.

    My question:

    There´re lots of “prepper shows” at youtube (for example). Blackout America, Blackout UK, The colony (this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2vSmje7rhQ&list=PLcWw5tyfDah2sgIwwuSJprDtM9-ffjz5K), “SHTF – After Armageddon” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U29JW3hGIs)

    Just to mention a few…

    I would like to take part of your (Selcos) point of view on this kind of stuff. What´s useful? What´s useless?

    Of course I see that you (Selco) can´t sit at computer and watch youtube-clips all day in and day out. But something some time, perhaps? Tons of people are affected from shows like this, but mostly it´s really lack of experience behind it.

    Few years ago (I think) it was a kind of review written here. About the US marine who had a show about “how to handle it all alone”. He made petrol for some diesel car, climbed on bridge, swiped with flash light, made communication from some hospital…. and so on.

    More reviews here, like it was done fo that clip. About “what to learn from what” good choices/bad choices.

  28. Barbara says:

    How did you deal with young children, keeping them busy, etc. in limited spaces? Did anyone work on their education? How did you help them deal with the war?

  29. Bowhunter61 says:

    By and large you do a great job of educating prepper/survivalists on what it took to get thru your personal SHTF event. Those hardcore real life evaluations are what many need to dispel common misconceptions about survival without rule of law. Keep that up for sure. Perhaps if you could evaluate certain survival type gear or foods that would be very beneficial, or at least whatbdid or did not work in the urban chaos of Sarajevo. Thanks Selco for all you do in this regard.

  30. Klaus Tritium says:

    I too would like to see more on how Selco spent a typical day, perhaps in a format something like a diary or timeline. I realize that this would be difficult to do accurately, given that so much time has passed since the event, but anything that could be done in this direction would help myself and probably others to wrap our heads around what it is really like in an event like this. I understand that it is probably quite unpleasant to relive these events, but the good that this is doing for so many people is beyond measurement. While I don’t see myself taking one of the in-person courses because of distance and cost, I have taken all of his on-line courses. I cannot thank Selco enough for all that he has done.

  31. grower says:

    I, too, am interested in how things went in a more rural environment. Most preppers I know avoid living in cities, considering the country or small-town lifestyle safer in a shtf situation. Is it, in fact, safer? How did people fare in the country?

    Also, how did people deal with children? Kids tend to make noise that could be dangerous in a war zone. Even babies cry. Kids need exercise to burn off energy. People tend to give children food and do without themselves. How did children impact survival, and how did the parents/grandparents handle the impact of the war on the kids?

  32. Janyne says:

    Useful skills to develop. Some are obvious-firearms, medical training, self-defense without guns. What other skills should be developed, especially for lone wolves? What skills can be useful for getting a lone wolf into a good group? What are the characteristics of good groups?

  33. Wolfpack says:

    What was life like just prior to the events you experienced? Were there indications you can identify now, after the fact, that would indicate how bad it would become? Were there signs you can identify with your mindset today that you missed then?
    Thanks for all of the great insight you have shared.

  34. jack says:

    Selco, I want to convey how helpful your work is. I appreciate not having to wade through so much B.S. to find an inkling of something useful/truthful. Your site and Ferfals’ site are my go to sources for SHTF info. Albeit very different approaches, I can see that it all comes from experience. In my opinion, that’s worth much more than all the academia/supposition that seems to prevail otherwise. Everywhere/everyone else, I’ve seen, has a place, but it’s a far, far second. I have some experience in these matters as well, what seems like a lifetime ago, in the military and really thought that type of “experience” was behind me for the longest time. I think you’d agree though, once you crossed that line by a meter or a mile, you’ve crossed it…done deal.
    Suffice it to say I’m now in finance and can see like many here, that things are going south in a hurry. And from my view, we are at the beginning of a exponential curve worldwide in so many facets; financially, politically, socially, etc. Economically speaking, again in my view, things are 2007/08 times some multiple. TPTB in so many sectors have, well… simply lost control or their minds or both! I don’t know what’s holding it all together. From my little view it’s getting almost surreal. 10, 20, let alone 30 years ago, this type of general macro activity would’ve been quite unthinkable. I use to think that whatever was coming would be like a slow moving train wreck and one would have time to act. Now I am much more of the mind that it will be more like you experienced, relatively quick. Basically, TEOTWAWKI in a week or month or ??? Regardless way too fast to NOT to be prepared.
    I see many great suggestions here for content and would be keenly interested to see your comments on them.
    If I had to narrow it down to one suggestion, I would like to see your perspective on current events, whether it’s your neck of the woods, the EU, the U.S. or anywhere else. We are so globalized now in so many respects, that I don’t think you could stray too far from the “epicenter” in whatever you have to say.
    Stay strong, brother.

  35. Rianne says:

    I read all your real-life stories, how things really were. Raw. It gives great insight. In our country there are no guns allowed, so not interested in gun stories. But tell more about bartering, shopping, attacks, etc

    Contents your first aid kit, bug out bag, bartering bag, family urban survival

    Also interested in vegan prepping, ultra light bug out bags content, eco prepping without plastic disposables and sustainability.

  36. Robert says:

    I expect that some people in a SHTF situation will betray their family members or friends or group members for the proverbial crust of bread. How were traitors dealt with? Were they executed or just ousted and shunned?

  37. SusieQ says:

    I would like to see more information about how we can prepare for middle aged people who have physical limitations and older people who have health issues. Thank you for all that you share.

  38. D says:

    1. Post-SHTF medical treatment.

    2. How realistic is it to “live off the land”?

  39. RealitySeeker says:

    I’d like to know the most important things to do when a big surprise happens and the SHTF without warning. For example, what do I do if a surprise attack or a solar flare or any SHTF event that’s very devastating which happens so suddenly that it’s a total surprise?

    What steps would you take if you only had limited resources like a low supply of food, water, fuel, first aid, gold, cash, guns and ammunition? Please prioritize the first things you’d do starting on day one of a surprise SHTF?

  40. Cindy says:

    Appreciate what you share, Selco. You tell it how it was and will be probably for us in coming times. I don’t have any specific questions at this time. I look forward to learning from what your sharing about different aspects of surviving when shtf.

  41. Joseph says:

    1. Diet and nutrition…and how it affected the health and wellness of your group.
    2. What were the biggest dangers to life and limb?
    3. Thoughts on the SKS rifle (if you have any experience with them).

  42. Joseph says:

    A couple more:
    4. Tools. What was useful?
    5. Clothing and shoes…what did you have, what worked, what would you have liked to have had?

  43. wardoc says:

    Would like to hear more about day to day life during the collapse in your area: issues of obtaining food, water, goods, fighting with bad guys (who were they exactly?), how u went about cooking to avoid being detected; what happened when some of your group were caught by bad guys; how much ‘free time’ to just think did you have vs how often were you fighting or searching; what about those with big families who stood their ground in their homes?

  44. BobbyD says:

    Please detail the decision factors of when to go live with weapons.
    How to analyze situations and think past the engagement and consequences.

  45. Pragmatic1 says:

    Since there is an infinite amount of knowledge and skills that would be good to have when SHTF, and we all have to prioritize our time and resources, please put the time we spend preparing into categories for us:

    1. Definitely learn for yourself no matter how much time and effort it takes
    2. Learn for yourself if you are an advanced prepper, or if learning it comes naturally to you
    3. Best to find friends/allies with this knowledge/skill (maybe due to the complexity or time required to become competent)
    4. Overrated – not worth the time and effort, or you can probably bluff your way through it


  46. Benjammin says:

    Selco, there are many prep/survival writers out on the net, with various types of experience. Your insight is rare and valuable. You tell us how it will be for the average person when society goes rogue. You tell us how us regular folk will have to deal with different things, real things, to get by. There’s lots of academic survival info to read from other sources, some worth reading, a lot of it not much help. Most of it relates to more mundane situations of a temporary nature, or else getting off the grid in an orderly, planned out manner, or at least with the chance for such. So far, yours is about the only blog I see that addresses the real issues, how it’s going to feel, how life changing real SHTF goes when our world fails and we have no fallback.
    I like what you are doing. I can relate to the information you are providing, and I can better foresee how social collapse and conflict will affect me and my world because of your writing. You just need to stick to it, keep doing what you are doing, and increase the volume of info you are downloading to us. There’s so much more you can tell us, and we need to hear it. We need your input to get us past all the hype that is out there that will do us little to no good, and will probably cause us harm.

    Having been in it, I am scared as hell of what is coming, yet also sort of expect it now. Life is different in the war zone, and a lot more real. In some ways, that is better than what we are going through today, even if not nearly as pleasant.

  47. Daryl says:

    Selco, thank you so much for all you share. I have wondered a lot about how much time out of each day was spent gathering and preparing food for your group.

  48. Frank says:

    Awesome comments,i can add no more…..

    Thanks Selco and the team, i read from Nairobi-Kenya in East Africa.

  49. Andrew Moore says:

    Do you know of any specific vitamin/mineral deficiency people experienced during the year of war you experienced.

  50. Brad M says:

    How important was sanitation, and what effects did you see from good or bad sanitation?

  51. Scott says:

    Hi again Selco, I’d like more on the “Grey Man” concept of moving about covertly or un-noticed. Also about staying hidden or under cover while not moving around. Ambush and surprise might be a better approach for us older guys.

  52. Mike says:

    Phisycal condition before SHTF…what you think about it? And was you in good shape just before the war begun?

  53. anthony barbuto says:

    thanks for asking your question. My wife and I go to Barnes & Noble book store. There, you can buy a cup of coffee and take a book or magazine off the shelf and read it…like a library…except if u like it u can buy it. Its a great place…Most of the survival books/magazines i pick up I think are just ” shills” to sell expensive “survival “items. I once tried to make up a back pack of the things I would need in a post nuclear war…It was so heavy I could not lift it………
    MY QUESTION:……..What do we REALLY need to survive SHTF…..????….I am talking knives tools etc. I have the book by a Mr Black…”what to do when the shtf”…He covers many natural and man made disasters. He agrees that we should not buy every gadget that comes out. But his lists of first second and third level gear seems excessive to me. He is a paramedic so he has way more medical stuff than I would like to carry. I like the book..”The preppers pocket guide” by Bernie Carr…She has lived ” the simple life”…..and believes…like the Mormons…to have a lot of food and other necessities stocked at your home. She gives easy ways to make/ can a lot of food and to keep it…….SO….What is the MINImum gear we REALLY need?…Can we carry it all in a pack?…….this is what I want to know….thanks

  54. FlatEarther says:

    Wow Selco you hit the mother load of questions. This should keep you busy for a while.

    There are a lot of good questions here.

    Maybe pictures of post SHTF showing how living conditions ended up. General condition of some people in the end. How people got over wanting to kill one another when it was done. How law and order was re-established.

    How long did the Post SHTF process take and how were new lives established.

    Most important part is how it is gonna start, but understanding how it ends might give insight into people in general that we can watch for while in the middle of SHTF.

  55. Cache says:

    I realize that you were young and unprepared going in to the Balkans War, and I’d like to hear your internal debriefing thought process since then … you’ve given lessons learned, and some of this, but I’d like to hear specific changes you have made (to training, kit, situational awareness, SOP, storage, safe house, vehicle etc.) based on that experience and all the time since then you’ve had to analyze it. Much of this has come out here and there in posts and course material, but I don’t recall anything in this format. Apologies if I haven’t seen it yet, you can point me to it or maybe I’ll stumble across it if I have time some day. Stick to what you know brother. You have a model that works.

  56. Phoenix says:

    I would like to now how to make medicines that do not involve a pharmaceutical lab. For example, people with a thyroid condition, or a lack of a thyroid due to cancer, need to take synthroid (levothyroxine) or they will die a slow death. I know a replacement compound can be made by drying a pig thyroid and grinding it into a powder and giving the powder to someone with thyroid issues.This was used very successfully until the pharmaceutical companies started pushing the chemical replacement. What i cannot find is a description of the process.
    I am sure there are other such medical remedies that could be used, but I have come up short trying to find them.

  57. Dody says:

    1. When do we teach kids survival?

    2. How do we help kids survive without too much trauma?

    3. Wild foods?

  58. Big Al says:

    I would like to thank Selco and company for all the hard work they put in. Also the comments here are more than enough to lay out new articles. Very intelligent questions. Bravo to the lot of you.

  59. Little L says:

    I’d like to hear about how you bartered for things you needed. What were valuable items for barter? Was the local currency still worth something? Were foreign currencies used? What about gold or silver jewelry or coins? How were you able to ensure your safety during barter transactions? What did you do if you found out you had been cheated?

  60. sieppi says:

    You must still know many people who lived through the same SHTF as you. When you look at them now, what kind of people have handled the trauma of those times the best? Who have been able to mentally move on and perhaps even flourish. Are there any common characteristics in those people? Spirituality? Atheism? Extrovert or Introvert? Gender? Age? Educational background? Wealth?

  61. Roger says:

    Thank you for writing about what sounds like the most difficult time in someone’s life. We have the luxury in the USA of not having fought a war on our soil since the war between the states.

    I would be interested in hearing how people transitioned from war mode into back to normal mode, if there was such a thing.

    A few years ago, I heard Desomond Tutu’s daughters talk about the truth and reconciliation committees that S. Africa had after the fall of white rule. She made it sound like it was all sunshine and unicorns, but I can’t help but think there was more to the story.

    Would those who had lost a loved one or were forced into doing things they wouldn’t do revert back to civilized society? Or would they deal with it with alcoholism, drug abuse, or vigilantism?

    Personally, if I had lost someone I loved or watched a family member become a prostitute for a warlord, I don’t think I could forgive and would be out for blood. I could be the most devious, evil person to be on someone’s trail is so motivated.

    So, I guess I would like to hear how your country is doing after a couple decades of civil war and are people being civil about the aftermath?

    Thanks for everything you do, its eye opening.

  62. Hans says:

    Hello Selco and thank you for everything!

    I want to encourage you to keep going – maybe you could write a book and sell it on amazon like Ferfal is doing (someone mentioned his name somewhere in the comments). You would need a native speaker like Toby to make sure your English is 100% OK for the international market and the US in particular. But you have the most important thing: the content and you know how to write about it.

    You are really ahead of the competition if I may say, being a true survivor. I hope you can get something positive out of this horrible experience you went through (I am based in Europe and about your age, so I remember those days well, even if I didn’t see any fighting). Anyway, sharing your experience is certainly a positive thing you do very well – don’t stop!

    To stick to the topic of the post, questions that I would like you to answer, you mentioned in some of your posts that you should have left before it was too late. However, you were so curious that you wanted to stay a little longer, just to see what was going on. Then one day it was too late to bug out. This is a very important topic. How can one tell that escape is no longer possible, what were the signs you didn’t know then? How can you tell you are being trapped? Maybe a major road was closed, or an army was moving fast toward you? What was it that should have pushed you to leave? What was the most important factor?

    Thank you for answering my question if you have the time.

  63. Delroy says:

    Hans last question; how do you know or judge that the time has come to make a move. I know that it will be different for everyone, but maybe some warning signs.
    Also from a question above; what about violent engagement with others? When to initiate contact with presumed hostiles?

  64. Maija says:

    Hygiene, cleanliness, and refilling prescriptions/getting meds when SHTF

  65. KellyB says:

    I would like more insight on bugging out vs hunkering down if you are at home, or an office, or on vacation. What are the most critical things to plan for, check on, and pack in vacation to be ready for SHTF, especially if you are traveling into a different country. And I would appreciate your take on being active in the military when’s SHTF…could be a big problem.

  66. CascadiaPrepper says:

    I’d like to see you collaborate with some of the other commonly followed Preppers out there: interviews on their YouTube channels, for example. Southernprepper1 is looking for people to teach at his new prepping school. He collaborated with a good author to make a couple of good books. And Ferfal is a good example of someone who’s Been There, Done That.

  67. DTM says:

    One topic that seems to get little to no attention in the survivalist writings is hygiene. Many diseases come from poor hygiene (and waste disposal which I consider part of hygiene) particularly dysentery, cholera, etc. How did you filter or purify water to prevent these diseases, bathing practices and how important did you consider soap/toothpaste/razors for shaving/etc., waste disposal practices – pit toilets? honey pots? how did you get by without toilet paper?, etc. Did you make mistakes early on where members of your group got sick, and if so, how long did it take for those sick to recover or did they? What about hygiene related pests such as fleas, flies, rats, mosquitos, etc. how did you counter these pests?

  68. John says:


    I’ve been a fan of survival literature for almost 40 years and yours is the best out there. Keep it up.
    However, I’ve noticed a big gap in your material; I’ve never seen you comment on how to form an effective survival group and how to manage the social problems that will inevitably develop. If I understand correctly you were hunkered down with your extended family, unfortunately most westerners do not live with a large family close by. So how will you bring together different families with different value sets, different goals, different property, different resources and fuze them into a harmonious whole? How did you manage leadership and decision making issues? How did you manage shared property issues? Shared tasks and duties? How do you share food? Do people who are doing heavy labor get more food? What do you do with a malingerer who is consuming other peoples resources and not giving back? Or is steeling food? How do you share tools, living space etc.
    When Ernest Shackleton and his men were trapped in Antarctica for over a year he maintained discipline by keeping his men on an incredibly strict, time managed regiment so that they were never bored, never idle. I don’t think that would work with a survival group but parts of it may. Ive heard that you should regularly shift people between different tasks and chores, and rearrange the working groups so that cliques don’t form. I would love to hear your ideas on these challenging social dynamics and how to prevent problems before they arise. Thanks!

  69. JJTX says:

    Would really like to know what you look for in a bug out property beyond it being in a smaller town? What would you say is a good distance from your main home if you must work in the city? What do you recommend for minimum acreage? What animals/livestock do you recommend or plan to acquire? How would you secure supplies if you could only visit the site sometimes before making it your full time home? Thank you so much for your site. You provide extremely valuable information.

  70. Sharon says:

    Thank you for the idea.

    How to deal with family traveling with you. Small children and women young and old mostly. Health and getting non combatants to contribute and adjust mentally and emotinally.


  71. tazweiss says:

    I would imagine that eventually, you had some interactions with U.N. troops. In just about every fictional story I read they’re portrayed as looters and thugs. What were your experiences and thoughts about the U.N. troops?

  72. robert dare says:

    What kind of backpack do you have should you need it for travel if shtf hits again?
    How big was the bag? What was normally in it?
    What did you add since then?
    What’s your current EDC?

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