After The Collapse Series: What To Expect From The Government After The SHTF


Today we continue with part 9 of the series ”After The Collapse”, all previous parts liked at the end of this article.

In the face of any real disaster, the government is going to take steps to manage it. Some of these steps will be policy driven and others will happen out of necessity. Let’s look a little closer at what to expect from the government in time of disaster.

What We Know

The best place to start is with what we know. We have watched several ruthless disasters hit our nation in the last 20 years. Whether we are talking about a heart-stopping terrorist attack like 9/11, a devastating hurricane and flood like that of Katrina, or the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon, we have seen our government take action.

In two of those instances, forms of martial law were put in place almost instantly. No one in the media had the will to call it martial law, but that’s exactly what it was. This is a response that was not written into FEMA’s texts. That said, we have to take things written into government processes with a grain of salt. Some of them are drilled and some aren’t. A collapse is like fist-fighting. As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

What We Must Assume

We must assume that the Department of Homeland Security will do everything in its power to hold true to its goal. What is its goal? Glad you asked. According to

A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”

Take note that nowhere in this goal is there anything about the rights or freedoms of the people. We will look at the government’s actual policies and procedures later in the article, but I want to make a point first. Back to the true crisis response of the government. In the case of the events we discussed earlier, there was a total abandonment of American rights and freedoms.

The role of the government is to maintain order. Now, to their credit, they will look to the public and community leaders to make that happen. However, if things get out of line, you will get a boot across your throat until you submit to their version of order.

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What the Government Says

Both state and federal governments have very clear processes for declaring a disaster. This is outlined on the FEMA website. This process is based on how many resources are needed to deal with the disaster. What isn’t explained is what happens when those resources are gone. If the government runs out of resources, what happens next? I think you should refer to the DHS goal above. According to FEMA’s official Disaster Declaration Process

If it is apparent that a Presidential disaster declaration may be necessary to assist in the recovery of the impacted area, the State or Indian tribal government should contact their FEMA Regional Office and request a joint Federal, State/Tribal Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA). Local government representatives should be included, if possible.  Together, the team will conduct a thorough assessment of the impacted area to determine the extent of the disaster, its impact on individuals and public facilities, and the types of federal assistance that may be needed.”

Our president can declare a major disaster which will merely free up more resources for the affected area or areas. This process is clearly outlined as well. Our government is very good at relinquishing resources to assist in a disaster.

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The Disaster Declaration process also says…

The President can declare a major disaster for any natural event, including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought, or, regardless of cause, fire, flood, or explosion, that the President determines has caused damage of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond.  A major disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work.

Requirements: The Governor of the affected State or Tribal Chief Executive of the affected Tribe must submit the request to the President through the appropriate Regional Administrator within 30 days of the occurrence of the incident.  The request must base upon a finding that the situation is beyond the capability of the State and affected local governments or Indian tribal government and that supplemental federal assistance is necessary.  In addition, the request must include:

  • Confirmation that the Governor or Tribal Chief Executive has taken appropriate action under State or Tribal law and directed execution of the State or Tribal emergency plan;
  • An estimate of the amount and severity of damage to the public and private sector;
  • A description of the State and local or Indian tribal government efforts and resources utilized to alleviate the disaster;
  • Preliminary estimates of the type and amount of Stafford Act assistance needed; and
  • Certification by the Governor or Tribal Chief Executive that the State and local governments or Indian tribal government will comply with all applicable cost sharing requirements.”

Overwhelming Disaster

Of course, the time may come when the SHTF and people are so overwhelmed that agencies are stretched to the limit. These events are the ones we all prepare for. Here is the DHS’s plan for overwhelming disasters.

You will see that similar allocation of resources and emergency resources. They will also call on the help of volunteers in the area. The truth about most disasters is that the more volunteer help and community cooperation you can muster the better you will fair with government aid.

Violent, aggressive, unorganized communities will face the strong arm of the DHS. Avoid this at all costs.

In very rare circumstances, a disaster of extraordinary size (such as September 11, Katrina, or Super Storm Sandy) may occur that would require DHS at-large to augment FEMA’s workforce. In exceptional circumstances, this volunteer employee force — known as the Surge Capacity Force (SCF) – will be deployed to a disaster location to help FEMA with response and recovery.

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To prepare, DHS trains SCF volunteers in four primary areas:

  • Logistics, the storage and movement of critical materials in support of disaster response.
  • Community Relations, reaching out to the public about available disaster assistance programs.
  • Individual Assistance, providing aid to survivors.
  • Public Assistance, monitoring debris.

The government has plans. They have processes in place to address serious disasters. If you have the time you can weave through all this information on websites like and

Things That Will Happen During Martial Law

In case you don’t know, martial law is when the government takes over a designated territory, suspends constitutional rights, and enforces authoritarian power with the use of the military. Basic civilian rights such as a trial before imprisonment and other democratic processes are limited or suspended completely. Every democracy has the potential for martial law.

The Martial law usually happens during something like a large riot, a terrorist attack, or a large-scale natural disaster. During frightening events like these, many people prefer to give up their rights so they can have the peace of mind authoritarian government offers. Who needs rights as long as you can feel safe from looters, right? The trouble is, there have been instances where martial law has gone too far. In the video below, you’ll see what happened after hurricane Katrina.

Here are a few things to expect during martial law and what you can do to ensure your safety.

1. Confiscation of Firearms

As it shows in the video above, one of the first things to occur under martial law is the confiscation of firearms. Any civilian with a firearm will be deemed a threat, which means it’s important to hide your weapons in a place that only you and trusted family or friends know about. Have multiple stashes so if one stash is found, you can pretend that’s all there is. If you have a bunker, keep some weapons and firearms there as well. Make sure you have plenty of ammo, too.

Expect to be searched without cause. Anything that is found on you is in danger of being taken. Keep this in mind when going out so that you don’t lose something valuable to government forces or other opportunistic enemies. Also, if you have children in your home, please keep your gun in a combination safe.

2. Curfew

Curfew under martial law will be strictly enforced, and it is inadvisable to break it. In the event that you must go out past curfew, be prepared. Know back routes and less traveled paths to your destination. Stealth is of the utmost importance, so be sure you have the appropriate gear to move about quickly and undetected. If you must travel in groups, keep them small. The larger the group, the higher the risk of being detected.

3. Restriction of Free Speech

Your constitutional rights are void under martial law, so it’s best to keep your opinions to yourself. There will be people who will object to the martial law, and those that loudly protest will suffer. A protester during martial law is likely to be imprisoned and possibly shot. If you have the desire to rally together a militia, do so with extreme care and discretion. Militias typically operate underground as they are the weaker and smaller force.

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4. Forcible Removal from Property

Just because you own the land or house you live in doesn’t mean you’ll be allowed to stay there once martial law is in place. Depending on the situation, it is possible that many people, including you, will be relocated. They may also decide to set up camp in your home, so be prepared for this. Have a bug out bag ready at all times in the event of martial law so when the time comes you can relocate quickly and safely.

You may choose to stay on your property and in your house, but it would be a high-risk move for the average homeowner. The precautions taken to prevent the take-over of your home are only going to be effective against looters and not against well-equipped and trained government forces.

5. Confiscation of Food Supplies

Along with your firearms, military forces may choose to take your food supplies as well as other basic living essentials. If you have any medicine you need, hide it somewhere. Keep most of your medicine in your bunker, a little on your person, and the rest in a hidden location in case you are unable to bunker down in time. While most people stock up on food supplies at home, it would be wise to have a good stock of food and water in a well-prepared bunker. Homes are easy targets and may be raided for supplies by military forces, leaving you high and dry as well as dependent on the government for your next meal.

6. Detained or Imprisoned at Will

For whatever reason, you may be imprisoned by military forces without provocation. They may find you suspicious or be threatening, mistake you for someone else, or just hate your face. The best thing to do under military law is to stay out of sight. Never draw attention to yourself. In the event that you are in the presence of or confronted by government forces, always act as a good citizen should, being readily obedient until you can slip away.


Martial law has happened countless times before, and it is bound to happen again. Remember, if martial law is in place, you are in danger and it is in your best interest to hide until normal government functions resume. It is important that you at least have a plan of action for when martial law takes place. Your survival is all that will matter in that time, and it will not be an easy effort. There are many opportunists and bad people out there that will thrive under martial law. You will need to be able to defend yourself from such people.

Defending yourself from an attack is the worst case scenario and best avoided by staying out of sight. Don’t go out in public, and especially avoid high trafficked areas. Learn basic survival skills like hunting and off grid cooking. You must be ready for anything. If you have a bunker to hide out in, be sure not to take any cell phones or GPS devices that could give away your location (even if you think you can’t get a signal underground). Only leave your bunker or hiding spot when absolutely necessary. Your welfare during martial law will depend on your preparedness.

What you need to understand is that the government will maintain order. They will do so by any means necessary. If the disaster is severe enough to throw society into chaos, but not severe enough to cripple the government, you can expect it to be despotic, so be careful.

Previous Parts Of This Series:

After The Collapse – Who Will Your Neighbors Be?

After The Collapse: The S**t Just Hit The Fan, And Everything Is Going Wrong! What The Hell Do You Do Now? Part 2

After The Collapse: An Accurate Expectation Of What Is To Come…—Part 3

After The Collapse: How To Deal With The Food Crisis In A World Without Walmart-Part 4

After The Collapse: Some Allies Will Make That Mad World Bearable; Others Will Bring The Madness To Your Doorstep

After The Collapse: A Glimpse into the Coming Nightmare

After The Collapse—Part 7: What to Expect From The Government

After The Collapse Series: What Becomes Money When The System Collapses?

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Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
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  1. What you can expect from the Govt. after the SHTF is what they gave you before it hit. nothing chanages SHIT is the answer for those still thinking.

  2. You forgot the military will control all mobile and Wi-Fi capability – communications will be restricted if not totally shut down (as I experience on a regular basis in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria). So much I could say but until you have experienced it ….

  3. where in the hell does the government get authority to do any more then the 6th ammendment to suspend habeus corpus? all the other suspension of rights is bullshit.
    Keep the gun and if any moron decides to take them ……..give it to them first in bullets then the bayonette then a but strike across the face then spit on its corpse. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE UNLIMITED AUTHORITY BUT IT MAY CONTROL A LOT OF FORCE………….. besides they will not be coming for the guns but they are coming for the gun owners!

  4. Stop with the “run and hide bs.” Watch the movie “High Plains Drifter,” with Clint Eastwood. The townsfolk WAY out numbered the 3 losers. They could’ve united and easily defeated them. Are YOU a government agent advising patriots to run from the 0.0001 % ? You should be advising to UNITE together and defend your family and property from enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC. Don’t run like homos !!!! Unite like men !!!! Ther’s 100 + million patriots vs. what … a few hundred thousand flunkies that don’t want to be there or get shot following unconstitutional orders ?

  5. THIS is the reason,5,000 dead bodies came into the county morgue at KATRINA,IT TURNS OUT the hero’s of america WEREN’T,your hero’s are and were just a gang of RAPIST,TERRORISTS,AND LOOTERS,MURDERS,so all you pussy ass girlymen ..SATANS WOLFPACK will be coming to rape you,Steal everything you own,your wife and young girls will be raped or murdered or both,and later you can sit a an cry like the pussie ass queers you are..WHEN it does hit the fan,I hope your on the right side or you’ll certainly be HANGED OR SHOT,or in the case of some of us,USED FOR DOG FOOD……