Thanks to disaster movies and survival TV shows, most people have a very unrealistic idea of what will happen after the shit hits the fan. You know what I’m talking about: The power goes out, and immediately people flood into the streets and start rioting and killing each other while the police are nowhere to be found. Pretty soon, millions of urbanites pour out of the cities and into the wilderness where they live off the land and rarely cross paths with other survivors. Something like that, anyway.
I’m not saying there’s no scenario where people will kill each other in the streets–it could happen–but during your average disaster, most people stay put and wait for the authorities to tell them what to do. They don’t loot and kill without consequences. And if they bug out to the wilderness, they find out that living off the land is easier said than done.
There’s a lot more I could say, but for now, I want to refer you to an excellent article by M.D. Creekmore from The Survivalist Blog. He talks about five common SHTF myths that probably won’t happen. If you want to know what life is like after a major disaster, don’t just watch movies and TV; learn about history and the people who went through it. You’ll find reality and fiction are very different.