My thoughts on what to prepare for

Jerry D Young

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I do not consider myself a 'Doomsday Prepper', at least as exemplified by the TV show Doomsday Preppers. However, I am a believer that things can happen without warning, on a large enough scale, that civilization as we know it will come crashing to a halt, resulting in a large die-off of the human population. But I also prepare for the slow, gradual, slide into oblivion we seem to be on now. So, here are my thoughts on what to prepare for:


As for what I prepare for, I prepare less by type of disaster than I do by basic human needs. The basic needs are pretty much the same, no matter what the disaster. As I meet my goals for the basics I do specific things for specific disasters. There really aren't that many individual elements that aren't appropriate for several sets of circumstances. My ultimate goal is to be as self-sufficient for as long of a period as it is practical to be in modern society.

This is a list of the things I consider when I’m making preps, in alphabetical order. The dangers in some of them relate directly to peoples’ belief in them, as much as the actual event. Some things don’t have to happen to be a danger. The mere belief can be enough to set people on a destructive path.


(No. I’m not ready for all of them yet. And yes, some of them simply call for having your affairs in order.)




  1. A New Evil charismatic leader (Hitler/Stalin/Mao style)

  2. A New Messiah

  3. A new Persian Empire

  4. Abolishment/unconstitutional rewrite of the US constitution

  5. Active shooter at public venue/business

  6. Active shooter at school/college campus

  7. Addictive Entertainment

  8. Advanced Technology disaster

  9. Agenda 21

  10. Airplane crash

  11. Anarchy

  12. Antibiotic resistant bacteria

  13. Armageddon

  14. Atmospheric River storm/severe flooding

  15. Automotive accident

  16. Avalanche

  17. Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising

  18. Bank closure/failure/mandated bank holiday

  19. Bath Salt drug zombies

  20. Becoming a refugee

  21. Becoming lost in the megalopolis

  22. Becoming lost in the wilderness

  23. Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (fungi/pesticide/parasites) crop pollination failures

  24. Biblical flood

  25. Biblical plagues

  26. Biological war/attack

  27. Black hole appearance

  28. Blackout

  29. Blizzard

  30. Boat wreck/ship wreck

  31. Brownout

  32. Carrington Event/Massive solar flare

  33. Celestial object impact/near miss

  34. Central US major tectonic/volcanic activity

  35. Chemical war/attack

  36. Civil war

  37. Civilian disarmament

  38. Cloning of dangerous plants/animals

  39. Cloning of humans

  40. Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

  41. Communication restrictions

  42. Corporate/industrial flight from the US

  43. Crime wave

  44. Criminal Coup of the government

  45. Crop failures

  46. Dam failure/collapse

  47. Dangerous wildlife confrontation

  48. Dark matter/anti-matter incident

  49. Declining drinking water aquifer levels

  50. Destruction/loss of the middle class

  51. DHS take over

  52. Draconian police powers/actions

  53. Drinking water aquifer contamination/poisoning

  54. Drought

  55. Dust bowl

  56. Earth Core Cooling

  57. Earth orbit shift

  58. Earthquake

  59. Eco-system collapse

  60. Electro Magnetic Pulse attack (EMP attack)

  61. Electro Magnetic Pulse from coronal mass ejection or other solar activity

  62. Encroachment of drinking water aquifers by seawater

  63. Environmental disaster

  64. Epidemic

  65. Ethnic war

  66. Evidence of extraterrestrials

  67. Exodus of important skill holders from the US

  68. Exodus of the wealthy/rich from the US

  69. Extraterrestrial biological contamination

  70. Federal police force w/broad powers circumventing civilian protections

  71. Fire storm

  72. Flash mob violence/criminal event

  73. Flash flood

  74. Food shortages/price increases

  75. Forest fire/wild fire

  76. Fuel shortages/price increases

  77. Fungal infections of food staples crops

  78. Gamma ray burst from neutron star collision

  79. Global cooling/Ice Age

  80. Global nuclear war

  81. Global warming

  82. Gold/PM recall

  83. Gold/PM restrictions

  84. Government Tyranny

  85. Grand Alignment induced tectonic activity

  86. Great Lakes drainage event (to the Ohio River due to tectonic activity)

  87. Ground surface tilt/rise/subsidence from tectonics/magma movement

  88. Gulf Stream shutdown/subsidence

  89. Hail

  90. Hazmat incident

  91. Heat wave

  92. Home gardening restrictions

  93. Home invasion

  94. Hostage situation

  95. Hostile extraterrestrials

  96. House/apartment/building fire

  97. Hurricane

  98. Hypercane

  99. Ice Storm

  100. Infrastructure collapse/failures

  101. Invasion of the US

  102. Invasive plant and animal species

  103. Kidnapped

  104. Lahar

  105. Landslide/mudslide

  106. Large scale JIT delivery failures

  107. Limited nuclear war/attack

  108. Limnic eruption

  109. Local major accident (aircraft/auto/rail/building)

  110. Local major crime

  111. Local/regional gun grab

  112. Lockdown at school/college campus

  113. Lockdown at work/business

  114. Loss of job

  115. Magnetic pole shift

  116. Major conventional war

  117. Major economic depression

  118. Major nuclear power plant incident

  119. Major Tax Rate increases

  120. Martial Law

  121. Massive tectonic activity

  122. Massive/rapid increase in the poverty level/numbers

  123. Maunder Minimum low sunspot cycle triggered ice age

  124. Medical emergency

  125. Mega Quake (New Madrid seismic zone, Cascadia subduction zone)

  126. Mega Tsunami (La Palma, West Antarctic Ice Sheet)

  127. Mega Volcano (Yellowstone Caldera)

  128. Methane Hydrate release

  129. Mississippi River bed change

  130. National bankruptcy/default

  131. Nationwide/global economic breakdown

  132. Nemesis induced Oort Cloud meteorite rain

  133. New colonial activity (Fr., Sp., Port., It., Germ., Japan, China, Russia, UK, Brazil, Ven.)

  134. New, more restrictive assault weapons ban

  135. New World Order (NWO)

  136. Out of control bio-genetics/bio-technology

  137. Out of control Nano-technology/robotics

  138. Overpopulation

  139. Ozone layer depletion

  140. Pandemic/Syndemic pandemic

  141. Peaceful extraterrestrials

  142. Peak oil

  143. Personal financial breakdown

  144. Personal/family catastrophic illness

  145. Personal impact crimes

  146. Pestilence

  147. Political unrest/backlash

  148. Pyroclastic flow

  149. Racial war

  150. Rainforest deforestation

  151. Rampant inflation

  152. Rapid Population Decline

  153. Refugees

  154. Regional climate change

  155. Released/escaped dangerous zoo/circus animals

  156. Religious war

  157. Resource war

  158. Rogue Military Activity

  159. Rotational pole shift

  160. Runaway GM food plant failure/cross contamination

  161. Safe deposit box (non-bank) restrictions/closures

  162. Sand/dust storms/Haboob

  163. Sea level drop

  164. Sea level rise

  165. Second coming

  166. Seceding of one or more states from the US

  167. Sentient computer(s) take over

  168. Severe Lightning

  169. Sheriffs lose arrest rights/authority

  170. Shipwrecked/marooned

  171. Shortages of goods and services for a variety of reasons

  172. Sinkholes

  173. Slow rise flood

  174. Social break down

  175. Solar radiation increase/decrease

  176. State bankruptcy/default

  177. Strikes/boycotts/embargoes/price controls

  178. Sub-atomic particle research accident

  179. Sudden regional major population shift

  180. Super-storm

  181. Tailings pond dam failure/collapse

  182. Terrorism of all types

  183. The Anti-Christ

  184. Tornado

  185. Total gun ban/confiscation

  186. Train wreck

  187. Travel restrictions

  188. Tsunami

  189. UN Small Arms Treaty

  190. UN/One World Government

  191. US civilian coup

  192. US military coup

  193. US revolution

  194. Utilities failures

  195. Vehicle breakdown/stranded

  196. Volcano

  197. Water shortages

  198. Water system contamination/poisoning

  199. Wealth redistribution (by currency exchange/tax rates)

  200. Weapons restrictions

  201. Weather Modification attack

  202. Widespread civil unrest/riots

  203. Wild animal rampage

  204. World Population dramatic increase

  205. Zombies/vampires/werewolves/other supernatural dangers (Just kidding! Sort of. The mere belief in can be/cause a disaster.)


    Just my opinion.


 

Jerry D Young

Well-Known Member
Trusted Member
My Thoughts On:
Considerations For Prep Planning
By Jerry D Young

As for what I prepare for, I prepare less by type of disaster than I do by basic human needs. The basic needs are pretty much the same, no matter what the disaster. As I meet my goals for the basics I do specific things for specific disasters. There really are not that many individual elements that are not appropriate for several sets of circumstances. My ultimate goal is to be as self-sufficient for as long of a period as it is practical to be in modern society.

This is a list of the things I consider when I am making preps, in alphabetical order. The dangers in some of them relate directly to peoples’ belief in them, as much as the actual event. Some things do not have to happen to be a danger. The mere belief can be enough to set people on a destructive path.

(No. I am not ready for all of them yet. And yes, some of them simply call for having your affairs in order.)

1) A New Evil Charismatic Leader (Hitler /Stalin /Mao style)
2) A New Messiah
3) A new Persian Empire
4) Abolishment /unconstitutional rewrite of the US constitution
5) Active shooter at public venue /business
6) Active shooter at school /college campus
7) Addictive Entertainment
8) Advanced Technology disaster
9) Agenda 21/Agenda 2030
10) Airplane crash
11) Anarchy
12) Antibiotic resistant bacteria, viruses, fungi
13) Armageddon
14) Atmospheric River storm/severe flooding
15) Automotive accident
16) Avalanche
17) Aztlan /Reconquista Uprising
18) Bank closure /failure /mandated bank holiday
19) Bath Salt drug zombies
20) Becoming a refugee
21) Becoming lost in the megalopolis
22) Becoming lost in the wilderness
23) Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (fungi /pesticide /parasites) crop pollination failures
24) Biblical flood
25) Biblical plagues
26) Biological war /attack
27) Black hole appearance
28) Blizzard
29) Boat wreck /ship wreck
30) Brownout
31) Carrington Event /Massive solar flare
32) Celestial object impact /near miss
33) Central US major tectonic /volcanic activity
34) Chemical war /attack
35) Civil war
36) Civilian Disarmament
37) Cloning of dangerous plants /animals
38) Cloning of humans
39) Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)
40) Communication restrictions
41) Corporate /industrial flight from the US
42) Crime wave
43) Criminal Coup of the government
44) Crop failures
45) Dam failure /collapse
46) Dangerous wildlife confrontation
47) Dark matter /anti-matter incident
48) Declining drinking water aquifer levels
49) Destruction /loss of the middle class
50) DHS take over
51) Draconian police powers /actions
52) Drinking water aquifer contamination /poisoning
53) Drought
54) Dust bowl
55) Earth Core Cooling
56) Earth orbit shift
57) Earthquake
58) Eco-system collapse
59) Electrical Blackout
60) Electro Magnetic Pulse attack (EMP attack)
61) Electro Magnetic Pulse from coronal mass ejection or other solar activity
62) Encroachment of drinking water aquifers by seawater
63) Environmental disaster
64) Epidemic
65) Ethnic war
66) Evidence of extraterrestrials
67) Exodus of important skill holders from the US
68) Exodus of the wealthy /rich from the US
69) Extraterrestrial biological contamination
70) Federal police force w /broad powers circumventing civilian protections
71) Fire storm
72) Flash mob violence /criminal event
73) Flash flood
74) Floods, general
75) Food shortages /price increases
76) Forest fire /wild fire
77) Fuel shortages /price increases
78) Fungal infections of food staples crops
79) Gamma ray burst from neutron star collision
80) Global cooling /Ice Age
81) Global nuclear war
82) Global warming
83) Gold /PM recall
84) Gold /PM restrictions
85) Government Tyranny
86) Grand Alignment induced tectonic activity
87) Great Lakes drainage event (to the Ohio River due to tectonic activity)
88) Ground surface tilt /rise /subsidence from tectonics /magma movement
89) Gulf Stream shutdown /subsidence
90) Hail
91) Hazmat incident
92) Heat wave
93) Home gardening restrictions
94) Home invasion
95) Hostage situation
96) Hostile extraterrestrials
97) House /apartment /building fire
98) Hurricane
99) Hypercane
100) Ice Storm
101) Infrastructure collapse /failures
102) Invasion of the US
103) Invasive plant and animal species
104) Kidnapped
105) Lahar
106) Landslide /mudslide
107) Large scale JIT delivery failures
108) Limited nuclear war /attack
109) Limnic eruption
110) Local major accident (aircraft /auto /rail /building)
111) Local major crime
112) Local /regional gun grab
113) Lockdown at school /college campus
114) Lockdown at work /business
115) Loss of job
116) Magnetic pole shift
117) Major conventional war
118) Major economic depression
119) Major nuclear power plant incident
120) Major Tax Rate increases
121) Martial Law
122) Massive tectonic activity
123) Massive /rapid increase in the poverty level /numbers
124) Maunder Minimum type low sunspot cycle triggered ice age
125) Medical emergency
126) Mega Quake (New Madrid seismic zone, Cascadia subduction zone)
127) Mega Tsunami (La Palma, West Antarctic Ice Sheet)
128) Mega Volcano (Yellowstone Caldera, etc.)
129) Methane Hydrate release
130) Mississippi River bed change
131) National bankruptcy /default
132) Nationwide /global economic breakdown
133) Nemesis induced Oort Cloud meteorite rain
134) New colonial activity (France /Spain /Portugal /Italy /Germany /Japan /China /Russia /Great Britain /Brazil /Venezuela)
135) New, more restrictive assault weapons ban
136) New World Order (NWO)
137) Out of control bio-genetics /bio-technology
138) Out of control Nano-technology /robotics
139) Overpopulation
140) Ozone layer depletion
141) Pandemic /Syndemic pandemic
142) Peaceful extraterrestrials
143) Peak oil
144) Personal financial breakdown
145) Personal /family catastrophic illness
146) Personal impact crimes
147) Pestilence
148) Political unrest /backlash
149) Pyroclastic flow
150) Racial war
151) Rainforest deforestation
152) Rampant inflation
153) Rapid Population Decline
154) Refugees
155) Regional climate change
156) Released /escaped dangerous zoo /circus animals
157) Religious war
158) Resource war
159) Rogue Military Activity
160) Rotational pole shift
161) Runaway GM food plant failure /cross contamination
162) Safe deposit box (non-bank) restrictions /closures
163) Sand /dust storms /Haboob
164) Sea level drop
165) Sea level rise
166) Second coming
167) Seceding of one or more states from the US
168) Sentient computer(s) take over
169) Severe Lightning
170) Sheriffs lose arrest rights /authority
171) Shipwrecked /marooned
172) Shortages of goods and services for a variety of reasons
173) Sinkholes
174) Slow rise flood
175) Social break down
176) Solar radiation increase /decrease
177) State bankruptcy /default
178) Strikes /boycotts /embargoes /price controls
179) Sub-atomic particle research accident
180) Sudden regional major population shift
181) Super-storm
182) Tailings pond dam failure /collapse
183) Terrorism of all types
184) The Anti-Christ
185) Tornado
186) Total gun ban /confiscation
187) Train wreck
188) Travel restrictions
189) Tsunami
190) UN Small Arms Treaty
191) UN /One World Government
192) US civilian coup
193) US military coup
194) US revolution
195) Utilities failures
196) Vehicle breakdown /stranded
197) Volcano
198) Water shortages
199) Water system contamination /poisoning
200) Wealth redistribution (by currency exchange /tax rates)
201) Weapons restrictions
202) Weather Modification attack
203) Widespread civil unrest /riots
204) Wild animal rampage
205) World Population dramatic increase
206) Zombies /vampires /werewolves /other supernatural dangers (Just kidding! Sort of. The mere belief in can be/cause a disaster.)

It has been obvious to me for a long time that there is another whole list of potential disasters that, while some are mentioned in the above list as primary events to prepare for, there are some things that will not likely occur, or even be possible before a major disaster occurs and/or we wind up in a PAW (Post Apocalyptic World) situation. The things listed below are not only possible, but rather likely in many different scenarios.

1) Millions of abandoned pets eating food supplies needed by humans, and possibly attacking humans

2) Hundreds of thousands of swimming pools, especially in urban and suburban areas left with water in them that will breed billions of mosquitoes that could carry diseases

3) Abandoned nuclear power plants that were not safely shut down manually or automatically at the outset of the disaster that could eventually have radioactive materials escape and contaminate a locality, and possibly a larger area.

4) Abandoned dangerous chemicals (including chemical and/or biological warfare materials), the containers of which could be damaged, releasing the chemicals into residential areas, or contaminating areas to a very dangerous degree. Could be from damaged /deteriorating /flooded research facilities; manufacturing plants, transport vehicles, end-user plants, farms and farm supply facilities (in case of dangerous farm chemicals), or military storage sites.

5) Abandoned toxic/flammable waste dumps that could release their contents into the environment

6) Landfills that could catch fire and burn uncontrollably, releasing hazardous smoke, even radioactive smoke in some cases

7) Oil and gas pipelines, that once they are without constant maintenance will deteriorate and begin leaking their contents into the environment

8) Explosion risk from heavy explosive gasses in low areas and buildings (propane, methane, etc.)

9) While I do not believe Nuclear Winter will occur due to fires started by nuclear weapons, in the absence of highly trained and well-equipped firefighters, there is almost a certainty that there will be huge forest fires that will burn out of control, often in the very areas where preppers set up their facilities

10) Areas with closely spaced residential, commercial, and industrial buildings could easily be destroyed on a very large scale without benefit of modern firefighting capabilities

11) Raw sewage released from damaged /deteriorating /flooded treatment facilities /collection pipe system

12) Water and food sources contaminated from any of the above

13) Human food (plant and animal) mutated into dangerous/unhealthy types by any of the above

14) Major risks from those in society that will see the disappearance of the legal system, from local cops to the Supreme Court, as the chance to get back at anyone and everyone, every business, and everyone and everything that represents something they feel has mistreated them.

15) High risk of physical danger going into damaged /deteriorating /flooded buildings /structures /locations that have high value salvage materials /goods

16) High risk of physical danger using damaged /deteriorating /missing /flooded highway hazard crossings (bridges /over passes /etc.) to avoid going around

17) Release of dangerous animals/pets from public zoos /private zoos /homes

18) The development of the ever popular MZB (Mutant Zombie Bikers) (no offense to real bikers) and other raiding type groups

19) The spread of aggressive religious groups

20) Anarchy (for a while)

21) Loss of animal /plant /human habitats due to local contaminates

22) Loss of animal /plant /human habitats due to changes in weather

There are some additional ‘disasters’ that affect only one or two people, or a very small group. Some are relative minor when talking major disasters that can affect millions of people.

However, when one or more of these things happens to an individual or a family, it is just as large of a disaster to them, as a major disaster is to a large number of people.

These are things that can happen to almost anyone, anytime. Unless a person is aware that they can happen, maintains good situational awareness, and is prepared to deal with them by having the education and training, and in some instances, the right tools and supplies they can turn into very serious events. The following is a list of this type of various dangers:

1) Food Poisoning

2) Choking, Suffocation & Strangulation

3) CO/CO2 Poisoning (Home/Car)

4) Falling (Stairs, Ice, Tripping, Being pushed/bumped, etc.)

5) Falling Objects

6) Street Fights

7) Physical Abuse & Rape

8) Bee, Wasp, & Scorpion Stings

9) Snake, Spider, & Tick Bites

10) Animal Attacks (Exotics, Dogs, Cats, Birds, Reptiles, Sharks & Other Sea Life)

11) Pet Attacks (Dogs, Cats, Birds, Reptiles)

12) Weather-extreme Dangers (Sun Burn, Heat Exhaustion/Stroke, Hypothermia)

13) Fainting

14) Drowning

15) Personal Crimes (Pickpocketing, Robbery, Purse Snatching, Auto Theft, Road Rage, Physical Assault, Firearm Assault, Attempted Murder, etc.)

16) Mental Health Issues (Attempted Suicide, Severe Depression, Violent Mental Patients, Seizures)

17) Personal Accidents (Kitchen/Bath, Home, Farm, Ranch, Falls, Electrical Shock, Electrocution, etc.)

18) Kidnappings (Self, Children, Friends, Business Partners, etc.)

19) Overly aggressive/abusive authority figures (Police, Government office clerks, Security personnel, Government field operatives, etc.)

20) Blacking out (Drunk, Medication overdose, Medication problem, Physical impact, etc.)

21) Firearm AD (Accidental Discharge)

22) Lightning Strike impact or near miss

23) Vehicular Accidents and Breakdowns (Personal vehicles, Boats/Boating, Personal Aircraft, Motorcycles, Bicycles, Scooters, etc.)

24) Road Rage Event

Just my opinion.
 

twp

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Yes, you did, I removed my duplicate duplicate. Need to sleep now...:oops:
 

jimLE

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OH NO! Duplicate copies.sounds like someone is working in a office..:( lol
 

twp

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I'm so glad I no longer work in an office! 'course that means my working hours are way beyond 40/week...:eek:
 
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