As we approached the year 2000, there was much anxiety and dread over what would happen. The usual “the end is near” crowd warned us, of course, but then we had real world concerns over our computer systems. What chaos might befall us if the machines we had come to rely on suddenly stopped working or, worse, stopped working properly!
Of course, we survived all that with hardly a scratch.
Now, we face the next inherent doomsday: the year 2012.
The Mayan clock runs out in December of 2012. There are some bright immense alignments coming in the year 2012. These things, and others, have some warning of impending doom, once again.
Will we be blasted with gamma rays from a distant galaxy? Will the Earth’s crust shift, bright the continents into distinct climatic characteristic zones and causing huge land changes? Will some doomsday minded population bring about the end through artificial catastrophes? If any of these things happen, how can we survive?
The first thing we can do is to be prepared. Even without the inherent end of the world hanging over our heads, we are all the time at risk of natural disasters, from tornadoes and hurricanes, to earthquakes and flooding, and so on. Disaster preparedness should be a institution of every household! It undoubtedly should not be something you only think of when prophecy comes knocking at your door.
Be ready to stay put! If a disaster occurs, you may need to be able to survive at home for days or even weeks, depending upon the type and extent of the disaster. You should make sure that you have adequate food and water, as well as medicines and other necessities, adequate to make it through several weeks without face contact. You might want to keep supplies stored in a movable plastic box that can be moved easily. In the event of a tornado, you may seek refuge in your basement but, in the event of flooding, you might seek safety on your second floor. So, keep an crisis box where it can be actually found and moved as the disaster may require.
You should also create an crisis plan for your home with plans for distinct types of disasters. Have an evacuation plan too. For example, in the event of a tornado, where is the safest part of your house? If you have adequate notice, will you be safer at home or seeking protection at a neighbor’s home or community shelter?
Be ready to be mobile! Some disasters may need that you abandon your home. Such disasters may comprise chemical spills, wild fires, earthquakes, etc. You might use the crisis supplies box you store in your home, bright it to your trunk or back seat if leaving your home becomes required. Alternatively, you might want to keep a detach crisis supplies kit in your car. That way, too, if disaster strikes when you’re not at home, you won’t need to run home to fetch your supplies.
Be kind to each other! If you believe that the end of the world will be a artificial event, then straightforward acts of kindness may be your best safety net. Spread the kindness around. You may not be able to change the world, but you can change your neighborhood. As the kindness moves along, you may just find that you can change the world after all!
If disaster does strike, whether it’s a “normal” disaster or an end-of-the-world-type catastrophe, all the survivors will need to work together to ensure their long-term survival.
If worries about 2012 and the “end of the world” motivate you to get a disaster preparedness kit together, that’s a silver lining on the clouds of worry. But, if the end doesn’t come, don’t abandon or neglect your preparedness plans and kits, as many did after the year 2000. No part of the world is immune from disaster of some form occurring, so be ready and don’t get caught off-guard!