When people set aside preparations and take the time to learn survival skills, they usually do so because they have a specific disaster scenario in mind. Maybe they’re worried about a terrorist strike or the chemical power plant a few miles from their city collapsing. But what we’re here to tell you is that you would be wise to prepare for more than just one disaster that could cause The End Of The World As We Know It, TEOTWAWKI.
Any of the ten disasters presented in this article could very well could cause TEOTWAWKI. Keep each of them in mind while you prepare yourself and your family for the worst:
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #1 – ASTEROID STRIKE
All it takes is one asteroid to hit at the right spot in order to trigger a massive extinction. What makes this possibility worse is the fact that scientists are discovering more asteroids on an almost day-to-day basis that could possibly hit the Earth.
To give you an idea of what would happen if an asteroid hit at the right place and time, tens if not hundreds of millions of people would be killed within seconds and multiple countries would be obliterated off the face of the map. Even if the asteroid avoided the United States entirely and hit the other side of the world, everything would still change for the worse.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #2 – NUCLEAR WAR
This was the disaster scenario that almost every American had in mind throughout the Cold War. Since then, unfortunately, Americans have begun to take too lightly the idea of a nuclear war ever happening. The reality is that a nuclear war is very much a possibility, especially when you consider the tense relations the United States has with other powerful nations who have many nuclear weapons such as Russia.
Not only would a nuclear war kill hundreds of millions if not billions of people in seconds, but dark soot would fill the sky to block out the sun, causing temperatures to drop dramatically for years and end the possibility of us sustaining ourselves via agriculture and wildlife. In other words, even if you survive the initial nuclear blasts, you’ll find yourself up against a brutal ice age and global famine that could last entire decades.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #3 – CLIMATE CHANGE
You don’t have to believe the idea that humans cause ‘global warming’ to believe in real climate change. The climate changes naturally all the time; for example, the sun can cause dramatic shifts in the overall climate and temperature in moments. Volcanoes also have a major impact on our planet because they directly influence weather patterns, and a volcano that explodes beneath the ocean could cause the waters to rise and cover much of the world’s landmass. Small changes in the earth’s climate can have big impacts on the ecological balance. For example, an increase in temperature in a specific location may cause an entire plant species to die out in that region. This may lead to species of animals who feed on that plant to die out and species of animals who feed on that animal to die out.
As the earths temperature rises, this may also cause geographical changes as well. As the glaciers melt the ocean levels increase and water temperature decrees. This may cause species of fish to relocate to different areas of the worlds oceans and cause what were once shallow regions of land to become fully submerged under ocean water(I am looking at you Florida).
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #4 – CYBER WAR
Cyber war is a disaster that becomes more probable with each passing year. The Sony hacking in late 2014 is also not anywhere near the scale that a true cyber war could happen. But what would be the main victim of a cyber war? The answer is the world’s major banks, and once the banks go down, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be followed by a global depression that would make the previous Great Depression pale in comparison. As our society becomes more reliant on the “internet of things” and the world becomes more connected, we make ourselves more and more vulnerable to a devastating cyber attack which could throw our world into chaos.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #5 – NUCLEAR ACCIDENT
If the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, taught us anything, it’s that a nuclear reactor can be heavily damaged by only one natural disaster. Furthermore, once that nuclear reactor has been damaged, it has dramatic long term consequences to the point that it can be the greatest long term disaster of all times. This is because nuclear material gets released into the environment and our food. This has devastating effects on people, even generations later.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #6 – SUPER VOLCANOES
A super volcano is a massive volcano that produces eruptions and magnitudes thousands of times greater than any normal volcano. We also have one right here in the United States at Yellowstone National Park. Should that volcano erupt, it would obliterate everything within a hundred mile radius and spread deep layers of volcanic ash over a thousand miles in every direction. Such a scenario would pose a crisis for agriculture and wildlife across the continent, meaning a famine would be imminent.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #7 – EMP FROM THE SUN
An electromagnetic pulse would instantly cripple the United States and send us back to the 1700s in a second. Most people associate EMP attacks with terrorists, but what they don’t realize is that the biggest threat of an EMP attack is the very thing that gives us warmth: the sun. And not only would the sun fry all of the electronics and technology in the United States, but it would do so across the entire world in an instant
To give you an idea of what an EMP attack would do, you can say goodbye to phones, the internet, all of your electronics, almost all vehicles (and certainly all newer models), and the financial system. Planes would be falling out of the sky and long range communication would be impossible. In the blink of an eye, the entire power grid would be disabled for years and every family would be left to fend for themselves.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #8 – TERRORIST ATTACK
Like we just mentioned, most people associate EMP attacks with terrorists. In fact, terrorists have already launched experimental forms of attack on America’s power grid multiple times. It could only be a matter of time before those attacks become more coordinated, large scale, and successful.
Furthermore, terrorists are constantly looking for other ways to bring America and the Western world down as well, such as trying to cripple the financial system or launch a nuclear weapon into a major city or military base.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #9 – ECOLOGICAL DISASTERS
Here we’re talking droughts, floods, and so forth. The scary thing about natural disasters is that we simply have no control over them. In other words, we are at nature’s mercy each and every second. A large enough drought would cripple our agricultural system and leave hundreds of millions of people dying of thirst and hunger. But just the opposite of a drought, a flood, would be just as worse. In the event of a flood, millions of people would be evacuating and become refugee’s in search of new homes. Those who live in the surrounding areas would then be vulnerable to looters and raiders.
But what’s truly terrifying about a drought or a flood is how long it can last. Sure, one can start and be over in days but what if days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, and months turn to years, and the drought or flood still isn’t over? Furthermore, as resources and efforts are diverted to the affected area, America would become significantly more vulnerable to other potential disasters such as a terrorist attack.
TEOTWAWKI DISASTER #10 – TSUNAMIS, HURRICANES, CYCLONES
Look at the 2011 Japanese tsunami and how it devastated their nation. In fact, Japan is still recovering from that disaster even today. The tsunami destroyed entire cities, claimed thousands of lives, crippled their nuclear power plants, and devastated their economy. Now imagine a tsunami or hurricane like that striking the United States, something far worse than Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.
Should such a tsunami strike anywhere along the United States’ coastlines, for example, tens of millions of people would be evacuating and entire regions could disappear. The economic and environmental impacts of such a disaster, not to mention the appalling loss of life, would be catastrophic.