Ladies and Gents,
We talk a lot on here about what we would do in a Grid Down situation, invasion, large scale natural disaster, etc. All are great things to talk about and prep for. I always tell my wife that "this probably wont happen, but if it does, I don't want to be caught with my pants down".
With this in mind, my wife and I came home from running errands to get livestock feed for our chickens and the new rabbitry that we are developing. When we got home, we rounded the corner to the unfortunate scene of black smoke filling our windows and seeping out around our door. It turns out that the older de-humidifier we had running in our house caught fire and toasted our kitchen and bathroom. The entire house was then filled with a thick, black plastic residue from the soot and was permeated with the smell of burnt plastic and wood. Not ideal. Our bulk food storage was pretty much shot due to the particulates going through the bags, etc. with few exceptions. (I now know the importance of having more of the food in sealable packaging). All of our clothes reeked of smoke and plastic, all of our cookware was covered in soot, all of our toiletries were toasted, and the house was not able to be lived in for a few days while it aired out.
Even though it could have been much worse, we were pretty emotionally devastated from it. Bringing it back to the PREPPING topic is that, even though the majority of our stuff in the house could not be used. We had our EDC items on our person and could theoretically create a shelter/fire if needed. Also, it was comforting to know that we had great sleeping bags, food, water, ammo, etc stashed in the car as part of our longer term survival gear. Granted, we didn't need to use any of this up largely due to the helpful response of our family members and friends (support network). One thing that surprised me was how happy I was to still be able to go out to our chicken coop and get fresh eggs every evening for a nutritious meal. I had seen the value of having small livestock for longer term survival or self sufficiency situations, but didn't realize how helpful and comforting it was to have them even on a few week ordeal.
This is getting a bit long, but I wanted to bring the conversation back to what is more likely to happen: individual SHTF moments and the benefits of prepping for big picture stuff but also having plans in place for personal SHTF situations.