As far as I understand SHTF encompasses a temporary period maybe up to a year and TEOTWAWKI us a permanent lasting period. SHTF can cover both a local geographic area or the entire United States or even the world while TEOTWAWKI covers naturally the world. Am I generally correct in my interpretation? Is there a term however for a SHTF situation that could last decades but will eventually end and things revert back to normal? No, it's not "Life", LOL. If not anyone have ideas for a term/phrase?