One likely scenario from an economic collapse is not a total collapse but instead a partial collapse within certain parameters. A controlled lowering rather than a fall. This could mean that there will not be a collapse that will have everyone leaving their homes and going to concentration camps or running around the countryside starving to death. We could end up in the situation where everything continues pretty much as it is now but with rationing and soviet style restrictions and control. Pretty much as it was after WWII.
This would probably have the biggest impact on most of us preppers. Our neighbours wouldn’t be moving but still scavenging. There would no nowhere we could build our little farms and we wouldn’t be able to have any livestock. We would be better than most as we would have our stored food to suppliment our rations and providing we can keep OPSEC we should be OK.
The risks though are that we could very well get raided by someone after our daily bread. The WWII ethic is long gone and this is a real possibility. However, even if you manage to defend your property a simple word in the local governments ear would see you getting shot for hoarding and your food confiscated.
So, on the one hand it isn’t TEOTWAWKI but it isn’t business as usual. Deaths will occur either from starvation or from the heavy hand of our government maintaining it’s tight grip. However, it does mean that our species will continue, albeit with a much reduced population and so your focus must be on keeping you and yours alive. Probably easier than it would be after a real event but it requires a completely different way of thinking.
We would need to keep OPSEC and would be forced to become the Grey Man we talk so much about. This circumstance mandates it if you are anywhere near others. So pretty much keeping hidden staches, collecting things overnight and not making anyone envious but instead of a year we would be looking at the possibility of several years. This will effect the health of your family and weaken them despite all you can do. Wouldn’t do to have your kids being healthy whilst all around them are losing weight and being ill.
This is one of the scenarios when you want to be outside and away from people. You can still collect your rations but you won’t be watched 24/7. So even if you are planning Bugging In you should try and find somewhere you can Bug Out to if this situation occurs. Perhaps a remote relative. Providing you can walk or bike it it will enable you to build a better future. If you have to relocate then perhaps some pre prep would be required although you wouldn’t want to get searched travelling to this new location. The awkward area as you don’t know what the restrictions will be but you can work out the distance and at least ensure you have sufficient fuel.
Ironically, this is the one event that is best for the species but would be worse for you individually. Think about how you would handle it and what you could do.