If disaster was a human named SHTF, it would be that person who takes delight in dropping by unannounced and seeing you at your worst: still in your PJs, out of coffee, and taken utterly by surprise.
The kind of person who takes advantage of your unpreparedness to ask to borrow the keys to your new car while you're still in shock at his arrival. The kind of person who acts surprised that you're surprised and makes you feel like 12 kinds of an idiot for being surprised. The kind of person you must always plan for like an unpleasant in-law, whether you want them to come by or not.
SHTF doesn't generally drop by at the most convenient of times, nor does SHTF care about your prepping excuses. In fact, SHTF thrives and grows exponentially under more adverse circumstances.
25 Excuses That Won't Matter When the SHTF
So, suck it up, put on your boots, and power through it – SHTF doesn't care about your prepping excuses.
SHTF doesn't care about inclement weather – snow, hail, tornadoes, pouring rain, and hurricanes all just add to the party atmosphere for SHTF.
SHTF doesn't care that you sprained your ankle, broke your leg, or are otherwise less than ambulatory. If you have to bug out without a vehicle, you have to bug out, regardless of your injury status.
SHTF doesn't care that you decided to start prepping after you take that trip to Disneyworld (because how can you do it before? That trip is expensive!!!!)
SHTF doesn't care that you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean, regardless of what you paid for the luxury cruise. (Check out recent ill-fated Carnival Cruise of the Triumph or the Viking Sky if you don't believe me!)
SHTF doesn't care that you had planned to get your vehicle repaired. You have to evacuate regardless of the leak from the oil pan, the condition of the brakes, and the funny noise in the transmission.
SHTF doesn't care that the entire family is ill with the stomach flu. The entire family will just have to pause to throw up while bugging out.
SHTF doesn't care that you need new hiking boots and that you just haven't had time to get to the store and buy them. You'll be walking through the apocalypse in the ratty ones with the sole half torn off.