There’s a great deal out there about survival theory and ideas. Almost anything can sound great if the writer is persuasive enough.

But the key test of all these great ideas is to see how they hold up when disaster finally strikes.

Here’s the first in our series, as told by survivalist Peter Grant.

Who is Peter Grant?

There’s a brief blurb on him at his author bio page on Amazon, and another at Goodreads, but far more is revealed reading his frequent blog postings.

  • Born and raised in South Africa
  • Lived through the turbulent times in South Africa up through the 1990’s.
  • Saw some pretty apocalyptic stuff in Africa during military service
  • After military worked as a Pastor and then prison Chaplain
  • Emigrated to the USA in 1997.
  • Prolific writing on firearms knowledge and use.
  • Prolific writing on Emergency Preparation.
  • Currently a full time author.
  • Participated in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina (2005), organizing and dispatching teams of field workers

While his sphere of writing is not solely survival related, I expect our readers will find his blog both entertaining and informative if they care to make it a regular visit.

Tell me you brought our SHTF Plan…

TEOTWAWKI: Katrina Edition (2005)

The key information we are interested in today is his “Lessons Learned” post about the 2005 Katrina situation.

This should be required reading for all survival preparedness people.

His list is written with all the clarity and bullet-point precision you’d expect from a military man. I highly recommend reading the whole 4-part post over there.

Here are a few teaser highlights you may not have considered in your planning:

  • You invite a few families to share in your supplies at your retreat. They each invite several families without clearing it with you first. How did Peter Grant handle it that time, and would he handle it differently in the future?
  • Did people’s bug-out-bags work? Not very well. There’s key lessons to be learned from where they fell short.
  • The various journey details read like a non-fiction account of Rawles’s Patriots.
  • What hurdles did the refugee exodus create? What challenges did it create for those trying to reach a retreat? Katrina ended quickly, but what’s the domino effect on the whole regional economy due to these folks being out of a job for the next 6-12 months?
  • What challenges occurred when folks tried to access their money at a bank? What could they have done better?
  • The government certainly made the mess worse. But in what ways? What might you expect to face from government officials and rescue workers if you ever land in a similar situation?
  • Should you offer to help the relief efforts? If you desire to help, what’s a smart way to do it without compromising yourself and your own supplies?
  • There was a primary disaster area and a much larger secondary disaster area. Have you thought about each in your planning?


Here was his takeaway at the end:

  1. In the event of a disaster you must be able to rely on yourself and a few friends.
  2. NEVER count on government or relief organizations for the help you’ll need.
  3. May need to bug out a long distance from a disaster in the home-area, to avoid post-disaster complications.
  4. To rely on others for your own safety and security invites complications at best and disaster at worst.



This post is part 1, since there are other real life SHTF and TEOTWAWKI situations form which we can learn a lot from the eyewitnesses who were there and had the survival mindset.