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How to Survive the End of the World

Will You Survive?

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Don’t panic. The world more than likely will not be ending. Human life will probably continue for thousands of years.

BUT being prepared for the worst case scenario is always a good idea. There has been a lot of hype about doomsday lately. Any hint of a problem or common natural disaster can send everyone into pandemonium.

Remember the Y2K panic? Being prepared for the world's overreaction could protect you and your family.

Plus you never know when a crisis or disaster could happen. There are natural disasters, the threat of war, terrorism, alien invasion, chemical spills, solar flares, and yes, even a zombie apocalypse. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Taking the time to form an emergency plan with your family and put together a survival kit could literally save your life if the worst case scenario ever did occur.

So be calm and rational and prepare yourself for an emergency now with this guide.

Survival Tip

Work with your neighbors during an emergency.  You can share resources such as generators, food, water, medical or other expertise.  If your resources are pooled, you have a greater chance of survival. 

Make an Emergency Plan

What would you do if there were a tornado, a hurricane, an earthquake, or a chemical spill? What if you were out of town when an emergency happens?

We can't predict every type of potential disaster, but you should start thinking about what you would do in the case of common emergencies.

  • Write out an emergency plan and make sure everyone in your family has a copy. Plan for all kinds of disasters such as fire, natural disasters, war, and especially anything that is likely to occur in your area. If you live near the beach, make sure you know what to do in case of hurricane. If you live on a fault line, prepare for an earthquake. If you live near a river, plan in case of a flood.
  • Decide the plan of action. For example, if blank happens, Dad will load the car. Mom will load the kids. Timmy will load the cat. We will drive to this place. And so on.
  • Have a backup plan in case the first plan won’t work in a given situation.
  • List places to meet in case you can’t get to your home. Good places to meet are local shelters, which are usually in schools. Decide on meeting places outside of your town or city in case the city is shut down or evacuated. Don’t count on having cell phone service during an emergency.
  • Know what your child’s school or daycare will do in case of an emergency. If something happens while you are at work, do you know where your child might be sent in an evacuation? Bomb threats and school shootings are sadly becoming commonplace.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows where supplies are kept, has a copy of emergency numbers and contacts, and knows the emergency plan.
  • Practice the plan regularly so that your response will be automatic in a real crisis. This will cut down on panicking and help keep everyone safe.
  • Make copies of your important documents to carry with you. Insurance papers, licenses, passports, birth certificates, etc. can be essential in a crisis.
  • Check out the link below for detailed checklists on common emergencies as you are making your emergency plan. There is also a link for an emergency plan form that you simply fill in with your information.

Emergency Plan Information

  • Emergency Preparedness Information
    The American Red Cross' emergency checklists and facts to get you the information you need before, during, and after a disaster or emergency situation.
  • Be Prepared: My Family Emergency Plan
    Fill out this simple form to create your family's emergency plan. Have contact information ready and easily readable in case of an emergency.

How to Sensibly Start Building a Food Supply

Survival Tip

Bring your dog with you if you are in an emergency situation. Dogs can alert you to danger nearby and can protect you from some predators.

Put Together a Survival Kit

Every home, office, school, and car should have a survival kit. You never know where you’ll be when disaster hits. The kit doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive or elaborate. A basic first aid kit and some water and food supplies for a few days is a good emergency kit. There are even survival kits the size of a sardine can that can fit anywhere. Keeping an extra change of clothes at work and in the car is also a good idea.

To begin a more extensive survival kit and food supply, it is best to start slowly. A survival kit that would last your family for 3-4 days is a good starting goal. Put it together a little at a time. You can buy one thing each time you go to the store. A few items here and there add up and won't cost so much at once. Look for sales and stock up on reduced priced items.

You want items that are non perishable, that are essential such as food and water, first aid supplies, and things that can be used without electricity.

Once you have a survival kit to last a few days, start thinking about a more extensive kit. It is a smart practice to have a survival kit that you can just grab quickly and another kit that has more extensive supplies. Think long term and short term. What would you do if society as we know it becomes incapacitated for awhile or indefinitely? While it may not be practical or affordable for you to invest in an underground bunker complete with supplies for twenty years, there are things you can do now that could help you survive in a long term crisis.

You could start stockpiling an extra food supply. You may not have the room for a year’s worth of food, but you can keep your cabinets fully stocked with as much food as you can fit. Get a gallon of water each time you go to the store. You will need a gallon of water a day for each person.

If a long term crisis happened, you might start thinking about weapons and alternate sources of energy.  Transportation that doesn't require fuel is also a long term consideration.  Bicycles could be a good investment. 

Having emergency items handy can save you time in a crisis. If you need to evacuate immediately, you won’t have time to scramble around your house to find things. Plus, you are much more likely to forget something if you don't already have things together.

See the checklists below to start supplying a first aid kit and an emergency kit. Put the items in a waterproof container that you can easily access. You want a container that is also portable. Put liquid items in water proof bags to prevent leaks.

Survival Kit in a Can

Survival Tip

If you can’t get to medical treatment facility quickly, you can slow down superficial bleeding by spraying nasal spray on a bandage and then placing the bandage on the wound. It could stop someone from losing too much blood before they can get to a doctor.

First Aid Kit Supplies

  • Bandages of many sizes
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive tape
  • Ace bandage
  • Instant cold compress
  • Sterile gloves
  • Antibiotic wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Aspirin
  • Benadryl
  • Electrolyte replacement solution for dehydration or heat stroke (Equalyte, Pedialyte)
  • Ipecac syrup
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Eye wash solution
  • Burn cream
  • Quick clot
  • Space blanket
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Any prescribed medicine such as glucose or epipens
  • Emergency numbers – poison control, etc.
  • First aid manual

Survival Kit

Put your survival gear in a water proof container that you can quickly access.

Put your survival gear in a water proof container that you can quickly access.

Put liquid items in sealed plastic bags to avoid leaks.

Put liquid items in sealed plastic bags to avoid leaks.

Survival Tip

Can your own foods now. Not only can it be more cost effective in the present, but canned foods will keep for many years. It can help you build up your food supply. Plus knowing how to can food is a skill that could keep you alive if grocery stores no longer exist.

Survival Kit Supplies

  • Water – at least 1 gallon per person for 3 days
  • Food – Nonperishable supply for at least 3 days
  • Can opener – hand operated
  • Sterno or other portable cooking source
  • Pet food
  • Paper or plastic plates, utensils, etc.
  • Weather radio that is battery or hand crank
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Flare
  • Rope
  • Pocket knife or Swiss Army knife
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Local maps
  • Dust mask
  • Large sheets of plastic
  • Duct tape
  • Knife
  • Weapons
  • Space blanket or sleeping bags
  • Small tent
  • Rain poncho
  • Change of clothes
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries - especially ones that don't require water
  • Moist towelettes
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Bleach
  • Trash bags
  • Matches or lighter in a waterproof container
  • Pad of paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Important documents
  • Cash - including change
  • Extra glasses or contacts
  • Any medications

For More Emergency Preparedness Information

  • Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
    The Ready Campaign of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, educating and empowering Americans to prepare for emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Food Supply for 1 Month

Survival Tip

Sterilize and disinfect with regular, unscented bleach using a 9:1 ratio. That is nine parts water to one part bleach.

Treat water with bleach by adding about 10 drops of bleach to one gallon of water.

Boiling water for at least 10 minutes can also sterilize water if you do not have bleach.

Collect Survival Knowledge

Getting certified in CPR and taking a first aid course are great ways to prepare for an emergency. You could save someone’s life on a normal day not just during a crisis.

If a major disaster happened, you might not have access to medical care. Knowing how to treat injuries could be very helpful and could keep you or someone you love alive long enough to get to a doctor.

Having a first aid manual could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation where 911 may not be available.

Likewise, if the disaster is severe enough to alter society, you may need to know other survival skills. Collecting how to guides now can greatly improve your chances in a post-apocalyptic world. You may need to know things like how to sanitize water, how to build a shelter, how to build a trap, how to build a fire, how to navigate without a compass, how to hot-wire a car, and numerous other things.

Buying survival manuals can give you the information you need in an emergency. The internet might not work after a natural disaster. Instead of buying manuals, you could also print off how to guides from the internet. The benefit of this is you don’t have the bulk you would with books. Stick them in your survival kit for quick access.

If you know someone who is very handy or who camps a lot, you can ask that person to teach you some of the most important survival skills. This way you will be prepared for any long term disaster situation.

Survival Guides

Post-Apocalyptic Reading to Get You in a Survival Mindset

  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    It could happen to us: The moon is hit by a meteor knocking it closer to the earth. Nature goes crazy and food becomes scarce. Will humanity survive? Find out in Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

Brace Yourself Mentally

Most of us have seen end of the world movies or shows. Think back to old episodes of the Twilight Zone where the character wakes up one day and finds himself the last person on earth. The person usually goes crazy with the burden of it.

The destruction of everything we know and love can be devastating. But the reality is that everything is transient. We may think society could never be destroyed, but that isn’t true. If something happened globally, the disaster could completely alter our way of life.

Can you handle the ramifications of that mentally?

You might have to fight or even kill to survive. Loved ones could be lost. Running water and electricity could become a thing of the past. You might have to scrounge for your next meal. Natural disasters or the climate could become hazardous. The world could become a very scary place.

To prepare for that mentally, start thinking about how you would feel and cope with disaster situations. Watch apocalyptic movies and read apocalyptic books and imagine yourself in the place of the characters. How would you react if you were in their situation?

Just as players mentally prep themselves for a game in order to play better, mentally prepping yourself for disaster can help you to cope if the real thing ever were  to occur. It is like bracing yourself before the impact.

2013 Doomsday

We're All Gonna Die

We don't know the when for certain, but we all will die sometime.  Be ready to face death.

We don't know the when for certain, but we all will die sometime. Be ready to face death.

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

What if a major disaster does happen? Are you prepared spiritually?

If a calamity strikes, many people could die. Someone you love could be one of the casualties. You could be a casualty in a disaster situation. A lot of our fear of disaster comes from the fear of death. If the world is going to end next year, are you prepared to face death?

Prepare yourself to face the end of your life and what might come afterwards. Don’t live with regrets or leave things unsaid.

Be ready to leave the world when your time comes.

Survival Tip

Luxury items such as a carton of cigarettes will be good things to barter in a long term crisis. Smokers may not be able to get cigarettes. Other luxury items will also be good to trade for other things you may need.

Were your predictions correct? 2012 Poll

Handling Doomsday Hysteria

There has already been hysteria about the end of the world lately because of the multiple doomsday theories associated with 2012, wars, the economy, the weather, and other turmoil happening globably. The attention the media has given to mass animal deaths and natural disasters recently has caused even more alarm.

The Mayan calendar cycle ends December 21, 2012, the day of the winter solstice. The Mayans didn’t predict anything cataclysmic on that day. It simply marks the end of the current cycle they used to count days. There were cycles before this one and there is nothing to suggest a cycle couldn’t begin after this one ends.

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Do you know the essentials to survive 2012?

  • 2012 Doomsday Quiz: Will You Survive?
    Are you looking forward to 2012? We've been hearing about it since the 1990s. Well, your wait is almost over. The end of the world is almost here! Take this quiz to see how prepared you are for the coming doom.

So is the world going to end in 2012? Who knows? But even if the world keeps spinning just as it always does, there is very likely to be mass panic at the smallest crisis, especially as December approaches.

The best way to survive 2012, regardless of what happens, is to start preparing now. Work on your emergency preparedness using the information above.

Expect that people will be afraid. There could be runs on the stores, especially grocery stores and gas stations. Keep gas in your car and your kitchen well stocked in case you are without supplies for awhile.

If something strange, like an alien invasion, does happen, you will want to avoid large crowds of people. Go somewhere sparsely populated and use your wits to figure out what to do in each given circumstance.

If you are afraid of what may happen on December 21, stay in that day. Get somewhere you know is safe during an emergency. Or plan to be with family and friends. That way you won’t have to worry about those you love.

How to Survive the End of the World

Enjoy life through whatever changes may come.

Enjoy life through whatever changes may come.

Here and Now

We can’t possibly predict every calamity that could happen to us. We don’t know what the future holds. That is part of the joy of life. Each new day bringing something unexpected. Will we have bad times in the future? That is an almost guaranteed yes. Life is full of bad times and good times. The best we can do is prepare for the bad times and enjoy the good times.

The world may end tomorrow or it might end in 3 million more years. Make an emergency plan and put together and emergency kit. It could save your life one day. But don’t waste what life you have now worrying about something that might not ever happen.

Be prepared, but don’t forget to live.

How are you going to survive?

Jeff Leavitt from MA on March 26, 2020:

Seems this article has become timely and relevant again. Agreed on most of the prepper advice but a couple caveats are in order. Although you've stocked up with first aid and medical items make sure you know how to use them safely and effectively before an emergency happens. Stuff like quickclot or tourniquits for severe injuries have must be used properly.

Home and self defense isn't really covered and should be. When things get squirrely, folks don't always behave as they should. You should have a plan and the tools to deal with that. ammdog.com

Sanxuary on June 30, 2018:

If its the end of the World then no one survives. If the lights are simply going out and its everyone for themselves that would be another story. The best stratagy is to rebuild your community and get back to old school life styles. You do not need a supply kit if you protect your resources and keep the experts who kept everything going before it failed. Farming and shelter will be most important and the ability to improvise. The longer it goes on will decide how far back you must go to basics. When Yugoslavia collapsed they managed to keep killing one another a long time. It doesnt just end and we all live in the woods. At some point you still have to come out.. Think big and not small, this is why cities sufferb the most when disasters occur.

Ammon Beardmore on February 23, 2015:

Lots of ideas in the survival kit I would not have thought about packing. Water purifier is a good idea too.

Tara Winter from Montreal on August 15, 2014:

in all liklihood, the human race will end long before the world actually does.

Rod Martin Jr from Cebu, Philippines on November 13, 2013:

Awesome resource. Thanks.

dave on October 24, 2013:

what you will need to survive the end of the world is :

weatherproof matches

blowtorch

weatherproof matches and padlock

potassium iodine tablets and reservatol pills

gas mask and hazmat suit with air tanks

glow stick which can be recharged and weatherproof wind up torch

weatherproof binocoulars

climbing and fishing kit

farm stuff

guns protective clothing

medical supplies and purification system

and other stuff such as vehicles and fotresses and bunkers

Amy Goldstein from Chesterfield on August 17, 2013:

Where would you get quick clot at?

Tina Pittman from Georgia on August 16, 2013:

This was a great hub. We should always be prepared for anything but live your life in fear. Always be prepared with water, food, etc. if a natural disaster or something worse happens but go about and enjoy what life you do have here and the now. Enjoy your family and friends and try to be the best person you can be.

Annie Messeri from Spain on May 06, 2013:

Really great hub - just starting getting into prepping myself after a major storm.

Sherrye Barrow from Tucson, AZ on May 06, 2013:

Preparation items like those you suggested can help in any given situation. Kudos to you for writing such an informative article.

Jeffrey Dela Costa from Philippines on May 05, 2013:

I'm sure this "end of the world" preparedness does not have to mean that the world will really end anytime soon. We should just all be ready for any worst case disaster scenario... Humans are able to survive a lot of punishment as history can clearly be testament to, so I don't think the end of our species is near

Jason Licerio from Philippines on May 04, 2013:

Very good hub. I wish it's a zombie apocalypse and I'll have a shotgun. Nah just kidding.

Dwayne Smith from Tallapoosa, GA. on May 03, 2013:

To paraphrase Randy Jackson, This is how you do it. Learned a lot about hub construction here.

brethodge from USA on May 02, 2013:

Very cool hub! Everyone needs to be prepared. You don't have to be a crazy prepper on some reality TV show. Just gather some items together that could help you in case of an emergency to start. It's only common sense.

Karla D on April 22, 2013:

nice detailed hub!

Thomas on February 16, 2013:

That would be true

Rebecca from Appleton on January 03, 2013:

went skiing last week. thought me and person with me were getting lost. Made me think for a min what if you did get lost how would u survive.

frozenink on December 31, 2012:

Well said, Kenja. Happy new year everyone!

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 31, 2012:

well, the end of the year has come. and here we are. until we're not here.

there's always an "apocalypse" coming -- it just happens one person at a time, and to all of us at some point.

until such time... have a healthy, happy, adventurous New Year. Ken

Matt Newbold from Utah on December 31, 2012:

Great hub. Keep up the good work!

SwordofManticorE from Burlington on December 22, 2012:

Prophecy fulfilled!

billd01603 from Worcester on December 21, 2012:

Good , informative Hub, As I write this it 9:33 PM Eastern on 12/21/12 and we're still going strong

Joseph Renne from Milton on December 20, 2012:

Nice Hub, that is a big firstaid kit! I do not think the world will end today or 2012.

Rebecca from Appleton on December 20, 2012:

very good no end has come. :) But this hub is good advice for if something ever does happen.

ryanjhoe from Somewhere over the rainbow on December 20, 2012:

WoW! this is pretty complete tips on how to survive the end of the world. Not only for 21st Dec 2012 but who might know the end of the world will come. Nice hub! Thanks for sharing :)

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 20, 2012:

Here in the NY metro area, where in Nov., after Sandy, many of us had no power from 5 - 15 days, we were glad to have battery powered flashlights and other tools; phones & electronics that could be charged in the car; stores & Starbucks open to plug in or get wireless, and friends who had not lost power. Just yesterday, my wife got as a gift a battery/crank/solar emergency preparedness radio with USB cell charger. Compact and cool. Of course, if ALL the power goes out, one has to have gas to travel West or North or some some direction away from the disaster. I've been through a 7.3 California earthquake, 3 hurricanes, and major Western forest fires. When it really hits the fan, guess what? You're just happy to be alive, and then you leave, hoping to be able to return home after the fact.

Amy Goldstein from Chesterfield on December 20, 2012:

This was an interesting hub and the list was very useful. The only thing I seen wrong with your list- was the fact that you had a charger etc that uses electricity. I guess we will not know till the time comes- whether we will have power or not- but if I had to guess that would probably be a no.

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 20, 2012:

I don't hear the Fat Lady singing....

I sense we'll be ringing in the New Year.

Rebecca from Appleton on December 19, 2012:

good article. we have two days lol. I do not believe it but who knows. there is a big storm in my area. maybe that is the end?

Gary Ostrow from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 19, 2012:

the end is not near.

Lim Keng Keh on December 19, 2012:

Thank you for all your suggestion. I am ready for it !

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 11, 2012:

That would 10,000 years.

And of course we all know what Hollywood wants! For us to become Heathens. Or Zombies. Or Secular, or worse -- Jews! That's why Hollywood made Ben Hur, King of Kings and The Passion of the Christ. But then, what do you want, Hollywood is full of Liberals (like Chuck Norris, Tom Selleck, Jon Voight, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and of course Ronald Reagan).

Oy, can we send the Born Agains, the Snake Handlers, the Rapture crowd, the fundamentalist Muslims, the ultra-orthodox Jews and all the other fundamentalists to Greenland, to live among their own, and to have fun recreating the 12th century, together? That would be nice...

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 11, 2012:

L: Would that be the Old Testament or the New? Revelations or the part that tells us, yes, we can have several wives and take our neighbors, once conquered, as slaves? And the earth is only 10,00 years old, right? Perhaps it is the Koran that is accurate? Heck, 1.4 billion people think so... Of course, End Times was supposed to be Year 1000, 1996, May 2011, and now... when? Keep guessing, eventually you'll get it right! Even if it's 550,000 years from now...

frozenink on December 11, 2012:

Very interesting and humorous and detailed at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

leotin95 on December 11, 2012:

Most movies suggest that they will be such a time in the near future. But do you realize who runs the media industry and what their goal is? Well any one can believe what they want but the bible its self predicts of the this event which will be finalized by the return of Christ, no dooms shelter will give any shelter for even the graves will be opened.

After all its a personal choice for everyone but what I know is that truth is independent of opinion and is tolerant of error, which means truth is truth no matter what we think. wherefore truth is in the BIBLE.

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 11, 2012:

Fine, fun, practical piece... But here's the thing, we here in NY have been through "the end of the world" on 9/11 and more recently with superstorm Sandy, and while "only" thousands died 11 years ago and less than 50 died last month, it was still end-times for many. It was end times for my own uncle.

These apocalyptic notions (and movies and tales) are akin, as in a cousin to, heaven or after-death picnic grounds of one sort or another. We're mortal! So we ALL will face an "apocalypse"; usually alone but sometimes on a plane or in a crowded movie theater or with thousands of others during a hurricane, tornado, tsunami or terrorist attack. Yes, the Apocalypse is coming, only piecemeal.

As for the afterlife, or the Rapture, or Paradise, or a higher dimension of untold wonder, believe what you will believe. The West is a spiritual democracy. Only know this: when you die this body, mind, and psyche dies too (even if heaven or reincarnation are true!). And life passes quickly...

So when someone tells you, "The End is Near!" correct they are and preparation -- through a good thing for a coming snowstorm or hurricane or zombie attack -- usually involves prayer, meditation and good behavior prior to our own apocalypse, rather than potable water, a flashlight and a full tank of gas. Cheers -- and enjoy 12/12/12, 12/21 and 1/1/13 (hint, hint)...

Dan Barfield from Gloucestershire, England, UK on December 11, 2012:

This article is quite simply superb! I swing from thinking its all absolute bollacks, to being certain a disaster will strike us all dead any second. It's a bit wearing at times. Your approach is humerous and informative and I'm bloody sharing this, see if I don't!! :)

Tiffany Weeks from Salinas, CA on December 10, 2012:

there's like ~10 days to do crazy things before all is over. Use it in your own advantage and enjoy what you have.

Jackie Marie from Toronto Canada on December 10, 2012:

Great hub! If the world ends I'm guessing we don't stand a chance but that doesn't mean it's not a good idea to have a survival kit in case of something more realistic like a zombie apocalypse ;-)

Jonas from Sweden on December 10, 2012:

if the world ended. I would be doomed :D

Madison Gardiner. from Denver, Colorado on December 09, 2012:

Wonderfully hilarious.

What great tips. I don't think the world will end but if a zombie apocalypse were to happen, I know all I need is water, beef jerky, and a sharpened shovel ;)

Missy from London on December 09, 2012:

Great advice! Love the last line 'don't forget to live' that's also true for day to day life!

Bhargvi Sharma from jammu ( India) on December 08, 2012:

G8t Hub!!! Voted up... :)

somethgblue from Shelbyville, Tennessee on December 08, 2012:

Knifes are essential in any survival kit, however the author does list a swiss army or pocket knife, anyone that truly needs to survive in the wild will need something much larger.

Although a magnifying glass will certainly start a fire using the Sun as a source of heat reflections they are useless on cloudy days or wet weather, unless you like looking at wet leaves up close.

jravity1 from bellevue, MI on December 08, 2012:

nicely done... and you didn't sound like some headcase.

William H Taylor from Binghamton NY on December 07, 2012:

I absolutely loved this post. One question though, on the survival list I didn't see a knife. Isn't that one of the most important survival tools and weapons around? That and a magnifying glass. You can start a fire with dry leaves and a magnifying glass right? I wonder how long it takes.

Should I ever find myself in a natural disaster, with screams of agony, fright, and despair surrounding me, as I hold my knife and my survival kit, I will look back on this post and be happy I voted it up.

Agnes on December 07, 2012:

Awesome! I enjoyed reading your hub very much! Voted up and interesting!

The_Idea_Gal on December 06, 2012:

Wow, very comprehensive and well thought out. I think I would start by just printing this out as my survival guide. Thanks for sharing!

William Benner from Savannah GA. on December 06, 2012:

For me, the only true way to be prepared is to have faith in God!

MYWIKISTEP on December 06, 2012:

Look around, be realistic, do not exaggerate.

Instead of thinking about the end of the world, start living it!

SwordofManticorE from Burlington on December 06, 2012:

I prophesize that most people will put their foolish fears of Dec 21 2012 behind them come the 22th of Dec.

TopBuyOz on December 06, 2012:

Wow, this is really a hot topic here. There are only a few days ahead. What should we do? I prefer to stay with my family and my friends. Thanks for the tips for survival the end of the world. Useful.

Mac Mission from bangalore on December 05, 2012:

Let us see 12 Dec 2012

Genesis on December 05, 2012:

The perfect way to survive here on earth is to be good. Why? End of the World is the "end" of the wicked.

So everyone! Be good here on earth, because God will judge us.

With big natural disasters, follow this article, because you will never know when it gonna happen.

carlarmes from Bournemouth, England on December 05, 2012:

Don't bother, if the world doth end tonight we may not be around to see it but nature will win out and carry on happy without us. Smile and be happy that when we are all gone nature will still carry on regardless of our petty worries.

By the way, it is the nuclear power stations that will wipe us out in a disaster not disease, or war or meteorites or yourselves.

SwordofManticorE from Burlington on December 05, 2012:

Fear alone is our worst enemy, and now I seek a hub that will teach me how to survive the "End of the world" preachers.

safiq ali patel from United States Of America on December 04, 2012:

Excellent. And no you are not some paranoid individual. All of these things could happen to anyone of us at any once given time. You offer some great tips for survival.

Scott from Austin, Texas on December 04, 2012:

This is a really great hub! ...I've been watching way too many apocalyptic movies lately.

sukhendupani from Jamshedpur on December 04, 2012:

A great hub indeed. Thanks for this valued presentation .

Chrissiec on December 04, 2012:

I think it is perfectly reasonable and a responsible thing to do for everybody to be prepared for emergencies. Think of the power outages that have happened across the country, and some of them lasted several days and even weeks. Think of snow and wind storms that can interrupt services. Extra food, several gallons of water, candles and even a propane heater are a good thing to have at hand.

holdmycoffee on December 03, 2012:

I think I might have to pick up that book: life as we knew it, sounds like a good one!

I like how you wrote the article based mostly in reality and not hype. I appreciate a clear idea of preparedness without all the fear.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on December 02, 2012:

It's a great idea for every family to have a disaster plan and a survival kit. Your tips are super useful! I do not thing we'll be seeing the end of the world in 2012, and disagree about watching all those scary Apocalypse movies -- the kids would never sleep again! Me either, probably. Interesting and useful hub, though. Voted up!

Abdul Wahab from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia on December 02, 2012:

just watch the Walking dead, you will learn survival techniques.

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 02, 2012:

Coco: What a great, eclectic mix of articles you have! Great ideas, equally timely and clever. We just survived the non-theoretical End of the World here on Long Island (along with worse hit Staten Island, lower Manhattan and the coast of NJ). I have a hub on that, Oh, Those Pesky Mayans, as well as one on people half looking forward to some sort of Armageddon, It's the End of the World.

Fun & fact-filled stuff you have. Kudos. Ken

princess on December 02, 2012:

i am s cared

Jordan on November 30, 2012:

This is really helpful. I used this information for a school project. Thanks!

itd24 on July 24, 2012:

Nicely done. Now I know exactly what to do when the world ends in a few months.

nickwin from Renton, Washington on July 23, 2012:

Great Hub! This is probably the most detailed and informative Hub I have seen so far, and it's entertaining at the same time! Great work!

Joe Njenga from Nairobi Kenya on July 22, 2012:

Interesting Hub. I enjoyed reading it : )

alphonse george from Kerala,India on July 22, 2012:

Great hub.

But I sincerely believe the world is not going to end in 2012.

Of course the world is getting complicated every year by human but humans are also the solution to this.

We should all try to save our environment.And I sincerely believe there is not going to be an an end of the world.Even if there is God only knows it.:)

ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on July 21, 2012:

Good Hub! Best wishes for the world.Shared

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on July 20, 2012:

I thought this was a joke at first. Remember, supplies should be updated. Does anyone ever check the expiration dates?

Bobby from New Jersey on July 20, 2012:

You mentioned "alien invasion" which I can't help but comment on. I find it humorous in the minds of our society that believe humans would stand a chance against any sort of extraterrestrial invasion force.

Perhaps the most recent example would be the TNT drama "Falling Skies" which depicts a present time America having to repel an invading force of alien lifeforms.

Who is to say that an alien invasion force would "invade" in the traditional way? I mean if these lifeforms have the ability to travel faster than the speed of light then must have advanced weapon systems far beyond our belief.

Why would extraterrestrial invaders risk their own kind in a battlefield when they can wipe out our entire military force from thousands of miles above our atmosphere?

Just some of my thoughts, you have a well written Hub indeed!

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on July 19, 2012:

It is always better to plan before the disaster occurred...anyways nice article...thanks for sharing..!!!

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on July 19, 2012:

Dear cocopreme

A well researched, written and informative article. A good idea to print and pin inside the store cupboard door. It's always as well to prepare for unusual eventualities even if it's not as catastrophic as the end of the world. In the event of nuclear war my wife and I would just sit on a couple of loungers in the garden and watch the best fireworks display ever.

Kind regards Peter

Free2writ3 from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on July 19, 2012:

Lol interesting hub...

Levi from New Mexico on July 19, 2012:

No, don't even mention the zombie apocalypse, you will wake them up, LOL, just kidding great hub

SamanthaMiller11 on July 19, 2012:

very thorough, thank you. i'll keep this in mind when the zombies come a-knockin' haha

Melody Collins from United States on July 15, 2012:

Great Hub. I did not think it was important to have a survival plan until a natural emergency turned our worlds upside down for over two weeks. Others were effected for much longer. I am going to check my plan and supplies against your list for sure. Make sure I am not missing anything.

Venturerika from London on June 12, 2012:

Good and detailed instructions of how to be prepared. Thanks

Melbourne31 from Ogden, Utah on June 12, 2012:

Hi. Thanks for sharing this. Everyone should know this. We never know when disasters and calamities will occur. So, it is better to be prepare.

Freddyisreal from new jersey on June 11, 2012:

everyone should read this and show it to everyone you care about!! love it bro!

oceansider on June 09, 2012:

Hi Coco, thank you for your article...it was well done! You are right, we should all have emergency food, water and all of the items you listed...I have an emergency bag in my car and one in the house...because as you said...we need to be prepared for any disaster, whether it is fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, whatever it may be!

You have done a great job on your hub.

somethgblue from Shelbyville, Tennessee on June 09, 2012:

If I don't have a dog should I steal a neighbors after all I can always eat it later?

I like your list as I have many of the items on them however I didn't see knives which are essential, handy and fun to play with.

Also think of purchasing a crossbow, it is easy to use, anyone can even the kids. It's great for small game when you have already eaten the pets.

Also learn to eat insects . . . more protein than beef and much easier to kill!

Kimberly Shelden from Idaho on June 09, 2012:

wow!!! Great hub, well written, creative, and useful. Voted up.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 09, 2012:

I agree that we should be prepared for emergencies regardless of what emergency make befall us. Knowing cpr and having first info is a must for each of us. Other survival skills may be needed as well. In times of hurricanes or other disastrous sitations being prepared can be life saving for you or for others. Glad you shared this....

Venugopaal from India on June 09, 2012:

I will not do anything for my survival. God give us the life and if he desires to get it back, sure. Be good for others, that the only thing we can do in our rest of life. There is a quote " Today is the best day in my life"

girltalksshop on June 08, 2012:

It is the end of the world for someone everyday. I do not follow all the hype surrounding Earth's end. I know there are warning signs out there, but I think it is good to be sensible about it, and if at all possible, be prepared with food and medical supplies as you have suggested. Useful hub and interesting though. Voted up. : )

dpsimswm from Richmond, Virginia on June 07, 2012:

You know the real thing you need after the end of the modern world will be a homemade moonshine still. You can use it to convert perishable food into non-perishable liquid calories and have some fun.

Hui (蕙) on June 07, 2012:

Interesting hub and knowledgeable. A lot information may need much time to get organized. But, since the world is going to end, how can we need all those surplies? Life is going to end!!! Mayans were really great, and they make modern people panic, but I don't think that it is correct the world will end on December 21, probably on 22.

takerecess from USA on June 07, 2012:

Wow, really great content. It is always good to be prepared, even if you don't expect the world to end in 2012.

One random question-I read somewhere that because leap year was "invented" after the mayan calander that the last day isn't on the 21st of december. Do you know anything about that rumor?

wynnestudios from Phoenix, AZ on June 07, 2012:

What about the Zombies? What do we do under that kind of attack. I am so not ready!

Radikum from Maryland on June 06, 2012:

You have an amazing style of writing. Nice work, really! Informative and witty. Witormative! A new word to describe you. Now following!

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 06, 2012:

I can't recall if you included Lagavulin single malt whiskey in the survival list but it should be there, in between the space blanket and thermometer.

What a delicious hub. Thanks.

getfilesin on June 06, 2012:

What an article. World will not end in 2012

Brad Masters from Southern California on June 05, 2012:

The real question is will it be worth surviving?

I am personally rooting for the predicted scientific end.

Tanuka Bhattacharjee from Cupertino on June 05, 2012:

Nice thought and planning. I liked the Video about the underground bunkers the most...even if nothing happens, we will be left with a nice storage space and place to keep secret treasures..

CardV from Nothwest Georgia, Lookout Mountain on June 03, 2012:

I have to like this article! Last year the tornados that hit Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee breezed right by where I live when it jumped over - raking across Lookout Mountain in Georgia just about 8 miles north of my home.

CardV from Nothwest Georgia, Lookout Mountain on June 03, 2012:

ackman1465

Wow! That means I'll be about 4,000,000,057 (that's 4 billion fifty-seven) years old. I'll have to watch out for that galaxy. Might just be a fun ride.

ackman1465 from Cape Coral, Florida on June 01, 2012:

I read in today's paper (6/1/2012) that we now have a pretty good handle on just when the Earth will end. From calculations based upon pictures from the Hubble telescope a reasonable estimate that THE END will come in about 4 billion years (that's 4,000,000,000) when the Andromeda galaxy crashes in to our galaxy.......

Stand by for some crunchin'........

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