The online community has been actively discussing the issue of how to survive the end of the world for years. With every new national or international crisis, we see that even more people believe what they believe are infallible survival tactics. The key is to find the differences between these strategies and isolate the similarities. There are a number of important points that should be included in any end-of-the-world survival plan.
Disaster scenarios are determined by a number of circumstances. The majority of which are beyond our control. Since we can not control everything around us, the least we can do is to prepare ourselves as best we can.
Different scenarios of natural disasters.
Natural disasters affect the four corners of the world on a regular basis. There is as much activity on the earth’s crust as under it and, in many cases, the warnings come too late.
We have seen many Hollywood movies and documentaries about disasters that cause massive or even global floods. The water levels of the earth are increasing as the polar ice caps melt. This, together with a meteor that hits one of our oceans, could result in a massive tidal wave. The constant rain causes floods and, in many areas, it would not take long before the waters rise and towns, cities and cities are brought.
Earthquakes are even more unpredictable and hit without warning. Huge earthquakes can destroy structures, interrupt transportation and communication. Not to mention the possible significant loss of human lives.
When an economic disaster occurs
The economy is as fragile as the environment of our world. In fact, in many cases, we are more affected by economic changes than natural disasters. For example, when an earthquake occurs, it usually only affects a certain radius. On the other hand, when an international financial crisis occurs, everyone is affected.
An economic disaster can also occur after a natural disaster. Once a particular area is affected by a superstorm, flood, volcanic eruption or any other similar destructive force, it will also affect the economy. The question is: what happens when the destructive force is so great that it affects a country, the whole continent or even the whole world?
Solar flares have been a hot topic of discussion, and many fear the effect they can have on electronics. If a particularly powerful solar flare strikes, it could leave at least the majority of the United States in the dark! This will also affect foreign residents, since there are many systems that are operated from and are based in the United States. Then, in the end, what affects them will also affect other parts of the world.
The effects of no order.
Take a minute to imagine what life was like two hundred years ago without electricity, mobile phones or the Internet. This is a possible outcome that awaits the other side of a global disaster. When everything we know and love is taken away from us, it can also lead to enormous disorder and lack of law.
Just think about how quickly people steal and plunder as soon as a disaster occurs. There is little consideration for the law or the consequences of their actions. It’s like watching people run in electronics stores on Black Friday. They do not care who is trampled in the process!
This is the kind of “each for oneself” attitude for which the survivors must be prepared. Wherever you go, there will be a clear “smell” of despair and, apart from the disaster itself, this is the most dangerous moment of all.
Planning an evacuation.
Depending on where you live, you may need to plan for the event of an evacuation. Remember that roads may not be the best way out of the city and you may have to explore other options such as motorcycles, bicycles or even on foot. If the roads are open but very congested (even worse than at rush hour), it is better to move between traffic on a bicycle. If the roads are under water or they have been compromised in another way, it really could be time to head for the hills.
In the case of a water disaster, reaching higher ground is essential. Those who live in a tornado country will agree that their storm shelters are the best defense, since you never know how fast a tornado will travel or if it will change direction.
Sometimes, you may not have to evacuate but you must hide for a while. This is when an underground bunker will prove to be a true lifesaver!
How to prepare and pack.
Preparing for an end-of-the-world scenario involves much more than simply hiding and expecting the best. You will need to prepare a bag with the most valuable essentials to help you spend the first few weeks at least.
That said, you will also need to use your supplies sparingly, as you never know when, where or how they will be replenished.
Health and Beauty
Part of being prepared is preparing your body. Modern society has made us quite lazy, and we depend on cars, buses, trams and trains for transportation. A high level of fitness will make it easier to navigate longer distances on foot or by bicycle. It will also depend on your physical ability to perform tasks such as chopping wood, collecting food and building basic structures or making repairs. Actually, you would not hurt yourself by improving your DIY skills, minus power tools, of course!
There is no life without water, so this will be your main priority. There are certain types of water that have a longer lifespan. In addition to this water, you must pack water purification tablets. In times of crisis, water can become scarce or less than pure.
The prevention of disease is an important skill for survival. Be sure to purify all the water you drink as it may be contaminated. When you can, purify the water and store the bottles for absolute emergencies when there is no water in sight. Understand how much water your body needs and limit your intake so you do not consume it too quickly.
Kitchen and food equipment.
There are many compact and dehydrated foods that have a very long shelf life. These foods will not take up too much space in your bag, but they can weigh a considerable amount. Like water, you will need to consume your food in moderation. You may be used to eating until you’re as full as a Thanksgiving turkey, but now is not the time for that! You will need to condition your body to survive as little as possible.
Minimum kitchen supplies package. It does not make sense to have food if you have no way of preparing it! A pot for boiling water and cooking food is a good start. You should also pack some light bowls to transfer the food once they are cooked. The basic utensils for eating are also a good idea, and you will need a knife for more than just preparing food. Consider something like a Swiss army knife, which has several uses.
There is no substitute for a good first aid kit. Basic supplies include bandages, gauze, bandages for larger cuts, bandages for sprains or to keep splints in place and surgical tape. Pack an antiseptic cream, a cream for burns, a cream to relieve the sting and a strong disinfectant.
Pack pain medications, anti-inflammatory pills and something to lower fever, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. Prepare a first aid guide for easy reference in case you are not sure how to dress or clean a wound.
Fire construction supplies
Fire, like water, is an essential part of life. We need it for light, heat and cook our food. Not all are experts in lighting fires as they did centuries ago. Therefore, be sure to pack a lot of matches and some lighters too. Lighters are excellent if you can not use matches in windy conditions. The parties that pack must be of high quality and waterproof. Spending more now will save you many long-term problems! The same should be said for your lighter or lighter that packs. Invest in quality and pay in the long term.
Sailing in the dark is not only frustrating but also dangerous. I could take the wrong step and end up hurting myself, for example. Pack a flashlight with extra batteries or invest in a solar lantern or string version so that it always has light, even if you no longer have batteries. You should also pack flares and glowsticks just in case.
He can not trust his usual forms of communication during an end-of-the-world situation. Mobile phones will be useless and Internet access will not be an option. Go back a few steps and get ready with a good old radio to receive messages. It is possible that radio stations (both AM and FM) continue to operate with the help of generators. It is up to you to make sure you are on the receiving end when an important message is broadcast.
Radios that work with batteries may seem like a good option, but those batteries will lose energy faster than you think. Instead, like your flashlight, you must choose a radio that runs on solar power or a radio.
We may not be so fortunate as to find ourselves near a cave or other similar form of shelter. It is better to prepare for anything and make sure you have a roof over your head when you need it most. This is especially important during bad weather and at night. It may not have four walls around it, but a tent can give you that sense of security and protect it from the elements.
A compact tent used only for sleeping is all you need. Along with a thermal sleeping bag, you can get the rest you need so much.
You will really know yourself and what you are capable of when a catastrophe occurs. You will also come to know who your allies are and who you can not trust. People have a way of losing their heads when they are extracted from what they know. It is very similar to being thrown to the bottom without knowing how to swim. If you observe that there is someone nearby, you will hold it down or even use it as a flotation device just to ensure its own survival. It is a basic human instinct to which we are all subject.
Get ready for aggressive behavior and do not be surprised when even your closest friend harasses you! Some can arm themselves and pack a firearm, a rifle and additional ammunition. Others prefer their collection of knives, and there are those who want to take after Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead with his impressive crossbow skills.
It is ideal to try different weapons to establish which one you feel most comfortable with. You may also be interested in storing more than one type of weapon. If you are a type of person with firearms, be sure to choose a weapon that is not affected by water. It could take a sudden hit, or it could fall into a river, lake or other body of water.
Poor hygiene often leads to diseases, so it is so important to pack some basic personal hygiene items. These include soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush and also some feminine hygiene products. You can pack some deodorant, lotions and similar products, but if you’re wandering through the woods, you can attract an alarming amount of insects by using cologne or perfume!
Consider how essential the product is before packing it. If you can live without it and if your general health does not depend on it, then it would be better to leave it behind! The lighter the package, the easier you can move and the less energy you will consume.
You never know what kind of weather you might face. Therefore, when packing clothes in your survival bag, your checklist should include: a pair of sturdy boots or non-slip shoes, a pair of long pants, two pairs of socks, a long-sleeved shirt, a T-shirt, a T-shirt Warm jacket, a rain poncho, a hat, underwear and a handkerchief.
Never underestimate the multiple uses of a bandana! It can be used to protect your neck during cold weather, you can keep the sun out of your neck in hot climates and as a sweat band. You can also use your handkerchief to prevent your hand from burning while cooking food. It works like a oven glove. In case of an emergency, your bandana will be a large sling or tourniquet.
You can even make your own little waist pack with a handkerchief to keep some essentials on your hip for easy access. If the air is particularly unpleasant or full of particles, use your handkerchief as a mask. Keep cool with the heat by moistening your handkerchief and placing it over your head. With so many uses, you may want to pack more than one handkerchief! They are compact, lightweight and extremely practical.
Putting everything together
After evaluating your location and possible disasters, it’s time to plan. Make a list of all the items you need to pack in your bunker or storm shelter and do not forget to have a bag packed for each member of your family.
Make sure your emergency plan is printed clearly and in several copies so that each family member has one. Discuss a meeting place with all family members in case of separation during a disaster. In addition to this, you must also establish a second meeting place in case the former has been compromised by the disaster or by subsequent events, such as looting or violence. Keep your wits about you. In those moments, people become even more unpredictable as their survival instincts are activated. Your best friend could sell you a piece of bread, if that’s what it means!
Our world is becoming increasingly volatile, and anything can happen. In so many cases, the general public is not aware of vital information and adequate advance warning systems. This is particularly the case in smaller cities and towns where facilities such as sanitation do not even exist. The less developed the community, the more harm it is likely to suffer.
For example, without adequate sewer and water drainage systems, a flood can cause structural damage, loss of human life and the spread of disease if water is not drained. That said, these communities are often united and often come together in times of need. The larger cities have lost this sense of intimacy that also explains the extreme aggression and danger in those parts.