SHTF School

Many of you have probably browsed Selco's work over at the SHTF School. Selco is a survivor of a real-deal SHTF situation--he survived for a year of the Balkan Wars, where his city was surrounded, under bombardment and had descended into anarchy and gang warfare. While Selco's particular situation may vary from what many of us are planning for, his experiences are very valuable for shedding light on the realities of an urban survival scenario. In short, it ain't pretty.

Recently, SHTF School has opened up an online course, which can be accessed for a one-time subscription fee. The course has over eight hours of recorded interviews with Selco, as well as numerous blog-style posts, videos and preparations lists. All are based on Selco's experiences and his current plans, and there's a lot of good information and things to think about.

Really, most of us have not lived through the hell that Selco did, so it's very valuable to hear from someone who has "been there." If you're new to prepping, planning on surviving in an urban environment or just need a reality check, SHTF School will be especially appealing to you. Punches aren't pulled here--this was war, with those caught in the crossfire often resorting to any means to stay alive and stay sane.

One interesting thing is that Selco was not a prepper before the war--he did have some medical training, as that was his profession, but he had little in the way of preps, had never shot a gun before and so on. His family initially had just one firearm for protection--a WWII-era Luger and a handful of bullets.

Some topics of interest that Selco/SHTF School covers quite well:
  • The disinformation campaign from media and politicians prior to collapse
  • Urban survival in general--lots of great info and things to think about
  • Tools that were valuable
  • Formation of gangs post-collapse
  • Psychology, emotions and mindset of those who survived and those who did not
  • Bartering for survival
  • Skills that were important for survival
The interviews are not studio recorded, so the audio has a mild echo to it, there's the occasional background noise and so on. Both Selco and Jay are non-native English speakers--I have no problem understanding them, but I've lived/traveled quite a bit outside the U.S., so accents usually aren't a big problem for me. Your mileage may vary.

They're running special pricing right now that gets you in for $20, which is a pretty fair deal for what you get, IMO. I paid for it and have been happy so far. If you have some prep budget to dedicate towards reading/education, I'd take a good look at 'em. Certainly a unique perspective in the survival sphere.

Selco's blog is free, quite good and recommended reading. 

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