Monday, December 21, 2009

SHTF (Shit Hits the Fan)

SHTF - Shit Hits the Fan, or WSHTF - When Shit Hits the Fan, is a popular topic on survival and preparedness forums.  The acronym about sums it up, it's simply a man-made or natural catastrophe, disaster, breakdown of society, civil unrest or pandemonium, and the utter chaos the prevails in the wake of such an event.

A SHTF fan scenario can be a short-term situation or a longer-term breakdown of law and order.  It can also be limited geographic scope, such as was seen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or potentially much more widespread.   SHTF is the the primary reason behind the concept of bugging-out, and thus will be prominent in discussions on Bug Out Survival. 

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