Is Hollywood Right?
What comes into your mind when you think of Post Apocalypse Survival?
When I think of Post Apocalypse Survival I think of wastelands and survivors armed to the teeth with strange looking home made weapons scavenging for anything useful. While this might sound a bit hollywood to you, the truth is no one really knows for sure what would happen to the population after a full scale apocalypse. We do however, get a sense….
Back To The Stone Age
We can only observe human behaviour based on what we see after disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear reactor meltdowns. Based on these events, the news isn’t so good. It appears we literally descend into the stone age. We need to prepare for this.
Chose Your Own Apocalypse
There is of course no shortage of ways people believe the human race will meet its end. You can choose between popular theories like:
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – This relates to the war horse and the horsemen which are warriors sent out from the throne of God to make various sorts of war on earth.
Robot uprising – Our own artificial intelligence overtakes us. Robots built to serve us reach a realisation that we are enslaving them and thus rebel against us by waging war.
Mysterious Planet X – Planet X, also known as Nibiru, was first seen during the early 1980s by NASA. The planet is believed to make it’s devastating debut this century.
Mayan Calendar – The ancient Mayan calendar’s long count cycle will end on December 21, 2012 and foretells of a big, devastating, mysterious and troubling end of the world as we all know it.
Massive Solar Flare – A solar flare is an explosion on the surface of the sun which produces a wave of high energy that travels outward away from the sun and smashes into earth knocking out all our communications.
Don’t all of those sound fantastic! No matter what your choice, you can bet someone has thought of a scenario and planned accordingly. Shouldn’t you at least do some planning?
Some of the privileged may get to secret bunkers in time, others may have made their own shelters. Either way if you’re one of the privileged few that survives one of these events, your troubles are only just beginning.
There are however universally agreed things you can do to increase your chances of post apocalypse survival.
1. Keep healthy and fit
Science tells us that healthy people have better immune systems and have better endurance than unfit people. These are all desirable traits in a pure survival situation. Build up your fitness by doing some running and basic strength training. The ability to run a few miles could be difference between life or death.
2. Knowledge is power
The obvious thing to learn first is first aid. However beyond this, learn some basic handyman skills such as mechanics, wood working and electrical concepts. Learn the safe handling of firearms because you never know. Understand your local government policy towards shelters, or locations where the local government may attempt to rally survivors.
3. Have A Plan
Design and understand a simple plan. Simple plans are easy to remember. Work out what local resources you have available. Think about how you would get out of your neighbourhood or city as fast as possible, where would you try and go? Plan escape routes and think about alternate routes as plans can radically change.
4. Have a bug out bag
Create what the military call a bug out bag. This is an always packed, ready to go bag full of essential items you need to survive such as water purification tablets, fire starter kit, radio, rations, and a first aid kit. The confidence this item alone brings is amazing.
Plan to survive, and you’ll be better prepared if you do!