Top 5 Communities after SHTF

After a catastrophe, there is going to be chaos – many people won’t know what to do, and many more will probably perish during this process. But soon after, the survivors will emerge from their hiding places and band together, since it’s human nature to want to be a part of a community.

After a period of WROL (Without Rule Of Law), about 90% of the people will probably belong to communities or gangs, some of which criminal, but most of them not. Criminal or not, all of these communities will band together for the same reason – to limit the violence and anarchy and gain safety in numbers.

It’s important to know what’s coming so we can plan in advance – join a community that we’d like to be part of, and know that these people will have our back when push comes to shove. Moreover, some geographical areas will become very dangerous after SHTF, because of the affiliation to a certain type of community (like criminal gangs or radical organizations), so knowing that in advance will enable us to plan to bug-out when things get hairy, or even better so, preemptively move our home to a safer location.

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Here are the top 5 communities that will form after a SHTF scenario in order of how dangerous they are toward outsiders:

  1. Neighborhoods or religious communities
    Most people will gather locally, in their neighborhoods or religious communities. Some neighborhoods are very tightly knit, with local parties, parades, celebrations and even a neighborhood watch. Some communities gather at their local church, mosque or temple. Either way, these people are likely to gather at their local meeting place and setup some type of rules and hierarchy to safeguard each other in such a scenario. Each person in these communities will have a role and be in charge of a certain aspect, such as safety and security, food, shelter, taking care of the young or elderly and so on. These communities will include the largest number of people in such a scenario.

  2. Communities of activity clubs (like sports, martial arts, hunting etc.)
    Some people use their leisure time to take part in all sorts of clubs, from sports to martial arts, hunting, cycling, climbing, camping and many other activities. After a SHTF scenario, these people are likely to gather in their club’s HQ and form a community (sometimes in the thousands of members). These people have something in common and like spending time together, which is likely to help them form strong and stable communities.

  3. Criminal gangs
    As of 2011, about 1.4m people took an active part in one of the known 33,000 gangs in the USA alone, and their numbers are rising. These may include prison gangs, street gangs, mafias and the like. Some of these criminal organizations have thousands of members, and are already operating as a tight community, controlled by power, fear and intimidation. These organizations usually operate in a “territory” they consider to be their own, and are likely to provide protection to the civilians in that area, in exchange for goods and labor. During a SHTF scenario, they may try to increase their ranks, by enlisting more reinforcements, which may cause instability, as the younger recruits are sometimes very ambitious and may try to take over parts or even the entire organization. So internal struggles will surely ensue once they get too big that they can’t physically control all of their members.

  4. Rogue police or military gangs
    These communities form from remnants of police or military units that are cut-off from the main headquarters. They have the potential to become very dangerous, if some of the top ranking officers start making dubious decisions, since soldiers are trained to follow orders and the ones that don’t, get kicked out. They already have trained fighters, and top of the line equipment (automatic guns, armored vehicles and so on), which will help them easily take over areas, depending on the size of the unit, and enforce a very strict EROL (Excessive Rule of Law). They may also venture off somewhere by themselves, or only protect their original post or base. A real life example of this scenario took place during the fall of the former soviet union, when rogue generals started selling equipment and weapons for their own personal gain.

  5. Pre-catastrophe government
    The most powerful group of all is the remnants of the old government, that hid in their bunkers according to the emergency protocols. But eventually they will emerge, and when they do they will use all their might, backed by endless technology and equipment, to return society, piece by piece, to it’s original, stable state. They will have hundreds of thousands of agency professionals at their disposal, trained and organized for such a scenario (from military to security, scientists, engineers, and the list goes on and on). These officials will stop at nothing in order to return to power, able to level neighborhoods and even cities to the ground if they deem them as a lost cause. The first thing they’ll do is enforce martial law (one of the types of EROL) and appoint a dictator, until things settle down. Hopefully, later on they may decide to turn back to democracy, with a proper division of power between the legislature, executive and judiciary systems (or there will be a civil coup).

To Sum Up:

After a catastrophe, the survivors will gather together and form communities, some of which will be more liberal, while others extremely strict and punishing. If you’re not already a part of a community, now is the perfect time to join one, when you still have the ability to choose. Being a lone wolf in a post-catastrophe world is extremely dangerous, since our strength is in numbers. Go out there and join like-minded people – they will probably be your lifeline in case that SHTF!

Now it’s your turn:

What community are you currently a part of and what is your role there in case of a SHTF scenario? If you aren’t a part of  a community yet, what’s holding you back?

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What’s next:

Lockpicking is a very important skill to master, and may be a life-saver in case of an emergency.  If you ever find yourself stuck behind a locked door, or you need to scavenge an abandoned apartment, this skill can save you hours of travel, or enable you to gather necessities that will sustain you for days. In the next post we’ll go into all the details of  how to pick a simple tumbler lock, and how to crack open cheap Chinese locks, so stay tuned!

I can’t wait to share all of this with you,

So until then – Stay Safe!!

Your friend always,

Roy Shepard


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wl steffens
wl steffens
Was surprised not to see a reference to the 25 million veterans, with some low millions being veterans of guerilla/assemetrical ground warfare. Many are organized into veteran’s organizations DAV, American Legion, VFW, Iraq & Afghan veterans, and all, usually for drinking, bragging, and social welfare but they know how to contact each other for mutual aid. There are the more focused professional organizations such as the Special Forces Association, 75th Ranger Reg. Association, SEALS, Force Recon, Airborne among others. All could constitute a sizeable, experienced support and deterrence organizational base for countering some of the rogue and criminal groups-it should… Read more »