I've seen the potential for a SHTF scenario after hurricane Sandy hit New York I drove to long island to drop off a couple generator's and fuel plus other provisions for some friends who were without power for a couple weeks. All the gas stations were not working because of the lack of power and there was flooding, down power lines, and trees down everywhere. These friends lived in a cul da sac and got together with a few other neighbors to patrol at night. Nothing bad came of it for them but it showed me how quickly things can turn south.Despite the national political scene and recent happenings in VA, I think my wife and I are more likely to face a SHTF scenario as a result of a natural disaster. Some of you are probably pretty young, but when Katrina hit New Orleans it turned into a SHTF situation for a lot of the folks there. Where I live, we can, and likely will, have a significant earthquake one of these days. I can imagine looters having a field day while things are in chaos.
I remember reading about riots in LA where one ethnic group armed themselves and stuck together to protect their homes and businesses. Their properties were left alone.
I have a bug out place available, but practically speaking, it would be impossible to get there after a big disaster. My plan is to just stay here and try to protect my wife and myself as best I can. Thankfully, I am retired now so getting back home when the SHTF isn't much of an issue.