Thursday, September 25, 2014

How To handle Armageddon: The Basics


Driving may not be an option during a disaster. Are you ready (able!) to walk through this with your loved ones?
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Are you prepared for a disaster?

Being able to handle the reality of an apocalypse will be too much for some people. Seeing something like this on your street would certainly be upsetting.
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2013 FEMA Disaster List

In 2013, there were 62 major disaster declarations by FEMA. Five of those were emergency disaster declarations. Floods, fires, tornadoes and storms, and hurricanes were the largest percentage, though there was an explosion and a few winter freezes. Check over this list to see what disasters have been near your home and your bug-out locations.

Will You Shelter In or Bug-out?

This may be the most important choice you have to make to survive an apocalypse. Sheltering in or traveling through a disaster are equally tough to pick from, but there are common sense ways to help you decide.
Time is often of the essence during a disaster and not the ideal moment to be making these choices, but how can you choose beforehand without knowing what horrible event is happening? Take it case by case.

Step 1: Consider the most common disasters:
Flooding and mudslides
Tornadoes and supercell storms
Hurricanes and cyclones
Rioting, looting
a Nuclear blast
A disease outbreak
A solar flare or emp event

Step 2: Link them together in groups.
There are a lot more disasters that could happen, but if you prepare well for those above, you will have most of the others covered. For example, polar ice caps melting and flooding can be grouped. Likewise, rioting and looting can be hooked in with home and foreign invasions. That's why solar flares and emp are listed on the same line. They cause the same type of situation or danger.
Using that rule, you can add your greatest fears to one of the events above. I mean, if you've covered yourself for a nuclear blast, any normal explosion would also be accounted for, right? Same way for tornadoes and dust storms.

Step 3: Consider your shelter next.
Look through the above list and ask yourself if your shelter would work. Be realistic. Yes, your basement may protect you from a blast, but it will not keep out the radiation unless you prepare it first. Your country home may be ideal for hiding out from civil unrest, but do you grow your own food and have access to water that can be sterilized? Yes, you're by a river to combat fires and droughts, but will you get caught in future flooding? Ask yourself these questions honestly.

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