Most Common Ways People Will Die Post-SHTF

Most Common Ways People Will Die Post-SHTF


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People who survive a disaster, particularity one of SHTF proportions, are just beginning to walk on a long and perilous road. The sad reality is that the aftermath of major disasters often takes more lives than the incident itself. This is why it is so crucial that we take reasonable and practical steps to prepare for a wide-range of contingencies. Let’s look at the most likely ways that people will perish in the aftermath of a SHTF situation so you can do your best to avoid falling into these pitfalls.



Water Problems

People will either die from a lack of water, drinking contaminated water, or being exposed to waterborne illnesses. Considering that we need about 2 liters of water per day just to survive, plus more for cooking, bathing and other essentials, it’s easy to see how we can run out of water really fast. This is why the first rule after ensuring your personal safety is to seek out a reliable water supply.


It’s also imperative that we purify or filter the water we drink. Waterborne illnesses kill tens of thousands every year, especially in areas that have experienced a disaster. The primary reason is that exposure to organisms in contaminated water causes diarrhea and dehydration.



Keep in mind that starvation is a slow, debilitating process that can take weeks or even months to run its course. It’s also important to know that you can starve even while eating. A lack of basic nutrition or eating small amounts of a limited variety of food can destroy the body’s immune system, cause other systems to slowly break down and ultimately lead to the rapid onset of life-threatening illnesses. The importance of maintaining proper nutrition during long-term survival situations can not be underscored enough.




You can be the victim of a home invasion or by a band of looters looking for supplies. You can get swept up in civil unrest. You can become a target of the military or rogue police. There are a million and one ways in which you can get killed by acts of violence, and many of them will be precipitated for the stupidest of reasons. This is why it’s so important to be equipped and know how to defend yourself at all costs.




Imagine a world where basic medical care is not available. Consider how a super-bug can wipe out millions of people because antibiotics don’t work. Think about a simple cut or would, if left untreated, can lead to the formation of an infection that spreads throughout the body. This is also true of dental infections. You can go from healthy to being on your deathbed in a matter of days from one of a million different causes. This is why you need antibiotics and a basic first aid kit on hand at all times.


Medication is Gone

Many people, especially the chronically-ill, will die because they can’t take their medication or their medication runs out. This is a very real possibility that is difficult to anticipate and prepare for. Doctors are reluctant to over-prescribe certain medications, and insurance companies often refuse to pay for early refills. However, anyone who needs medication to stay alive and healthy should make it a priority to seek out options in order to build up a good stockpile.


Making Bad Choices

This is the leading cause of death in normal circumstances, and it will be magnified during the aftermath of SHTF scenarios. It’s important to think and calculate risks before making decisions. It’s important to plan ahead and stock up on basic survival gear and supplies. It is important that you don’t react emotionally when faced with a challenge. The more you are prepared now to contend with the hazards of a post-SHTF world will help you to make better choices that can ultimately save your life.


All of these issues can be addressed before a crisis arrives if people make the right choices and prioritize being prepared. The more bases that you can cover now can make all of the difference in the world later. Take advantage of every opportunity to get ready so that you will minimize risk if and when you are suddenly thrust into the aftermath of a SHTF situation.

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