this is a cut down version of a longer piece written a couple of years ago. Many people nowadays are quite aware that the world they live in is going to the toilet. aside from the geophysical part that seems to be going haywire but could be nothing more than the planet's natural cycles, there are plenty of manmade catastrophes that loom on the horizon, never has the planet had so many people as now and the more people there are the more competition for resources there are. many countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and with advancements in technology this is a much easier process than at any time before. biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture because of leaps in technology in regards to computers. oil markets are much tighter because of countries like China and India and their increasing need to fuel their booming economies, and new finds of oil fields cannot keep up with the demand. the debacle of the world economies needs no introduction , in short bad times, really bad times could and probably will be coming to a neighbourhood near you, unless people take the threat seriously they could end up being one of the large number of statistics. The following are just a few of the survival skills that will likely be needed after a nightmare has hit human civilisation with a vengeance. PREPARE FOR THE WORST: individuals can still hope for the best, but something still lacking with some people is that they still cannot even think about something really bad happening, too many of those who do ready themselves for disasters still cannot even discuss it with their families and friends, this denial leads to a failure of preparing enough beyond usually a week or so, to them there is still the belief that the government or other agency is waiting for them when their preparations run out. LEARN TO LIVE MEAGRE: this is practicing for when times become lean for everyone, if a person wants to avoid the shock of living under a rationed way of life, now is the time to get used to it. FIND PERSONAL MOTIVATORS TO CARRY ON: when it looks hopeless after a mega SHTF episode, having some concrete reason to fight and continue on is an absolute necessity to avoid giving up. many people will feel "what's the point?" and just simply stop trying to survive. someone's child, sibling, spouse, parent, a friend , sitting next to them may give them the inspiration to carry on. UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD(and potential disasters that await): when you can better expect what could happen, you are less likely to be caught off guard. the old adage about knowledge is power is very true. UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DESPERATE PEOPLE: after a SHTF people are going to, simply put, go crazy, unexpected times brings out the worst in people and we should all prepare for this possibility, you always hope that disasters will bring out the best in people but this is not always the case. LEARN HOW TO HIDE: there will almost certainly come a time after a bad disaster that you will want to avoid being noticed at all. remaining inconspicuous to others("grey man")can be difficult in some cases but it can be done. MAINTAIN PERSONAL HYGIENE: this is a top priority and can take down the toughest soldier or fighter. after SHTF mains water may not be available and keeping clean and avoiding disease will be a priority, more people post collapse will die from disease than will ever be victims of violence. this is just a small portion-there is much more, I will add to this later if there is enough interest.