A Crucial Plan You May Have Forgot

Hands up all those preppers who haven’t made plans for what you would do if you managed to survive an apocalypse. As a prepper, on occasion, I have given this matter some thought but as far as putting pen to paper and my brain in top gear I’m guilty as charged. Guilty of getting so caught up in checklists and SHTF scenarios, I haven’t stopped to really think about my post apocalyptic future.

So in an attempt to rectify this failing on my part, I’m now sitting here trying to visualize myself at a time when the SHTF and the fan lived to fight another day. I ask myself questions like:

How would I continue to survive?

What would I want to achieve?

How would I go about it?

In fact, the questions just keep on coming. Now, this has got to be one of the most difficult plans to attempt because the variables are so vast. Plan A – Z will no doubt be needed. Maybe there are not enough letters in the alphabet to use for planning the scenarios that may unfold.

The remainder of this article will focus on what I have thought about so far and my ideas for moving forward in a post apocalyptic world. As I said earlier the variables are so great that I’m sure my outlook will not be the same as others. But let’s see what I came up with.

Starting Again After An Apocalypse

If you look into what the definition of an apocalypse is you will usually find the following twin definitions:

  1. The complete final destruction of the world, as described in the biblical book of Revelation.
  2. An event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale.

Taking definition one above at its word indicates that there would no longer be a world to live in. So when I think about surviving an apocalypse I am thinking about definition two “catastrophic damage”.

Whilst it’s near impossible to predict a catastrophe and the final state the world will be in once it has happened. I’m going to work on the following initial basic assumptions that will allow me to move forward with my plans.

  • I will either survive alone, with family or in a group.
  • I will survive with my kit & supplies intact or I will have little or zero kit and supplies.
  • Worst case scenario there will be nothing left aside from what mother nature has left.
  • Best case scenario the world will be in ruins but would have left items worth salvaging.
  • Whether surviving on my own or with family, all others are to be treated as hostile until proven otherwise.

Post Apocalypse Survival Phase One – Base Camp

At this stage, your going to need to be at your sharpest. You will need to quickly access your circumstances and surroundings including the people around you and if you have any, your kit and supplies. You will need to make some initial decisions to create security and stability for moving forward.

Think of stage one as a base camp, the beginning. Fire and water need’s to be secured along with shelter as main priorities, followed by food. If supplies have survived, ration them until a sustainable replacement can be found. Deal with any medical emergency’s swiftly to avoid disease and infection. Always be thinking about safety and security.

This is most definitely the time you’re allowed to listen to your paranoia. Well, I say paranoia, I prefer to call it gut feeling. If with family members or others work as a team, this will help combat depression and compensate for high emotions linked to fear, panic and personal loss of loved ones. Never assume safety,

Post Apocalypse Phase Two – New Plan

Planning has got you this far and its likely to you a lot further. Having survived the apocalypse you can now narrow down your options because you will know what caused the apocalypse, how you survived and the sate the world has been left in. It’s now time to make a new plan:

Decide if its best to stay put (remain at base-camp) or head off in search of a more secure and stable environment. This shouldn’t be too hard to decide because if there is ample security and substance at base camp it can be built on. If there is nothing you’re going to have to go in search of what’s needed. If the situation requires it keep moving and adapt. Only you will know when and if you want to put down more permanent foundations and build upon them.

Remember a person can only survive 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. If you initially find your self in a barren or hostile environment you will need to move quickly in search of safety before your supplies run out.

Post Apocalypse Survival Phase Three – Stability & Sustenance

By now human nature will be crying out for some stability. A food and water source has been found and a place that for the short-term at least be called home. Ensure that some redundancy measures are put into place to provide a degree of permanency and stability for you and or your group.

  • If possible focus on being able to grow your own food.
  • Design a sanitation system to prevent disease.
  • Work on putting some basic infrastructure in place.
  • Build a more permanent shelter best suited to the weather conditions you are likely to face.
  • Look for a permanent source of wild edibles.
  • If possible, find plant sources that can provide natural health remedies.
  • Scavenge if necessary for anything that may be of use.
  • Secure your perimeter and assume people will try to attack you.
  • Don’t throw away anything, even if you don’t need it there may become a time when you can use it for bartering.
  • Continue to work as a team to keep morale high and stress levels as low as possible.

Post Apocalypse Survival Phase Four – Maintain

By phase Four survival is now manageable, you have a permanent base providing you with both stability and sustenance. Now its all about moving forward and focusing on maintaining and strengthening what’s been achieved so far. Continue to focus on improving infrastructures such as sanitation, first aid, and cooking facilities. Build redundancy into your food and water sources by having back up supply methods. Focus on the health and well-being of yourself and your group. Monitor the state of mind of your group to ensure no mutiny among the ranks occurs. Continue to enhance your security options, for example, enhancing your perimeter defenses, building weapons and so on.

Post Apocalypse Survival Phase Five – Vision

Once stability has been achieved and maintained. Start thinking about the future. Not necessarily the future of the human race. More from a point of view as to what you and or the group want from life moving forward. Granted this may not have been a life you would have chosen. But the future will be in your hands. Consider the following:

Do you want to rebuild society as you once knew it?

Are you happy as you are now?

Would you change anything?

What else would you like to achieve?

What is your vision of the future?

The future will be yours as they say and happiness should always be something that you strive for. Only you will know what makes you happy.


I mentioned earlier these are my ideas when attempting to look into a crystal ball in order to picture what my future in a post apocalyptic world would be. If nothing else I hope this article has achieved two things. Firstly if like me you hadn’t made a plan for what you would do after surviving an apocalypse, this article gets you started. Secondly, if you already have please feel free to share and debate your ideas in the comment section below.

That’s all for now, oh and by the way, let’s hope we never have to use these plans 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Apocalypse Survived – Now What?”

  1. i’ve always thought that whatever causes the collapse of society, its more likely to be a domino or cascade effect- one thing affecting something else that affects a third and so on, very slow moving maybe so slow that many of the public don’t even notice it until it is well advanced, rather than a fast event big bang everything gone.

  2. A good article for thought.

    Gear and ‘preps’ are good for getting through the initial catastrophic stages, though you don’t want to get into the rut of thinking it will always be a sudden, flip-of-the-switch sort of event. A gradual descent into collapse, like Venezuela is experiencing, is perhaps more likely than a sudden EMP attack that fries everything.

    I’d guess that most preppers have your Phase 4 and Phase 5 in their minds. I think there would be a sort of fast-forward replay of the rise of most civilizations. At first, it would take almost every waking moment to maintain the basics for yourself and your family. Substance farming isn’t a leisure activity. People do better in groups, so villages would coalesce. With them, social interaction (for better and worse). After people got better at growing crops, such that the threat of starvation wasn’t so great, they’d turn their attention to other matters. Build a better home (more secure, more weather-resistant, etc.)

    Then, once people were reasonably food-secure and safe, they’d have time to turn to the other levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Love of family motivates a lot. Like people over the millennia, they’ll want to make a better world for their children. Being “bored” and “needing” excitement/entertainment, are relatively new obsessions. Post-event, it’ll take awhile before things get this comfortable again and we’ll be free to worry about sports teams or celebrity gossip or what to get tattooed next.

    Like Shane, I’ve been gearing the homestead to be that base for Phase 4 and 5. Heat with wood, hand-pump well for water, garden, chickens, hunting small game, etc. I’ve got the short-term gear for a possible OMG event, but am aiming at Phase 5.

    — Mic

    1. Hi Mic, thanks once again for taking time to add some valuable comments.Its good to know that the article has achieved my goal of opening up a debate on the scenario.I totally agree that a gradual slide into collapse is a very real possibility.You only have to have a brief flick through the worlds news channels to see all is not well. There is certainly unrest and in my opinion its growing. Its great that just like Shane you have got some good preps for this underway already. I also agree with both of you that unless its impossible, having the homestead as a base is the best option, being in familiar surroundings if it happens will bring less fear than the total unknown.

  3. Thank you, Jason for this article and the time it you took to write it. I think you are right on track, and I very much agree with Lone wolf that skills and knowledge are our most valuable assets, and yes quick(and clear) thinking is imperative. We must be flexible in our planning. I find that most of my well laid out plans do not go as well as…well, planned, and often have to make changes on the fly. I’m in a remote area of Montana with a good animal and fish base, a creek running thru the yard, etc. I am well supplied and well armed. I heat my log home with wood gathered behind the back yard. My plan is to dig in right here, but who knows? This summer we had hundreds of earthquakes , the largest was a 5.8, the epicenter of it was 4 or 5 miles from here. My house is a large 3 story hand-hewn log home I built with my own two hands and a chainsaw. I had never been in a n earthquake before that I had actually felt, but when that one hit I wasn’t so confident the house would take it (I’m not a professional log home builder!). I don’t think it could take a much bigger quake to bring it down. If that were to happen, I would most likely just stay here and rebuild (smaller) and live in a wall tent while building. Shortly after the quakes, the forest fires began to rage across the valley from me. We’ve had several summers like this lately. Just a matter of time before one sweeps thru here. Though we’ve taken measures to improve the chances of our home surviving – there is no guarantee. If the whole forest burned down around me I probably could not survive here anyway. in which case I think a nomadic lifestyle would be the way to go. Move with the game like the Native Americans did. I sure hope it won’t come to that – I’m getting too old for that stuff! Thanks again

    1. Hi Shane thanks for taking the time to go into detail about your situation and experiences. I would never portray myself as a prepper who knows it all, i’m on a constant learning curve so your insights are really useful. As I am sure they will be to other readers. Sounds like you are very much on the front line of potential disasters at the moment so your knowledge is invaluable. Its great that you’ve thought the scenarios through that are most likely to effect you and your skill set sounds like its well up to the task. Have a good one.

  4. Anyone who has made a plan for tomorrow, has planned for the “day after”.
    Just how we will make that work can not be predicted until we’ve lived through
    whatever crisis befalls us, but the post shtf plan will be the same as pre shtf.
    All the preps we make are to simply make it through a potential crisis.
    In fact, much of our plans are to navigate a crisis so that, as much as possible,
    we can continue after as we did before a crisis.
    So, This article is more about navigating out of a crisis than what to do afterward.
    For example: phase five refers to, the storm having abated, how we would rebuild..
    well in my opinion, that is still part of the crisis period.

    1. Hi thanks for taking time to add your comments to this post. You have made some valid comments that add great value for myself and others. Its great to discuss and further debate such scenario’s.

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