Is extinction likely to happen in our near future? Many people would answer that question in the negative—but, then again, they’re probably not seeing the signs. Signs like fish and other wildlife becoming infertile because of radiation, ocean currents and water tables that carry radiation, and crops becoming damaged by radiation. And all of this isn’t even counting the more obvious threats, like rising sea levels, intense climate changes, melting glaciers, and holes in the ozone layer.
So—seeing that the possibility of extinction-level event (ELE) is much more possible than most of us realize—how can we prepare for it? What can we do to ensure our continued survival for as long as possible? Well, one thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need basic prepper skills no matter what kind of scenario is present. Ensure that you’ve got knowledge in topics like these: finding food and shelter, making fires, self-defense, farming and gardening, first aid, bartering, and living off the grid. If you need to, take courses in subjects like these; it can be hard to learn them on your own, and you’ll learn more effectively. Also, if you’re learning how to operate a firearm, it will be much safer in a group-based context.
Another way of prepping is that you’ll need to build up a stock of tools and resources that you need. The items in this category include food, water, first-aid kits, weapons and ammo, and tools for construction and building fires. Store your water in large drums, and ensure that your food is of the kind that will be preserved—things like freeze-dried goods, non-perishable food, and natural honey (since honey doesn’t expire).
You can also prepare yourself for an ELE by learning the art of keeping your cool. Teach yourself how not to panic in stressful situations; panicking will only make things worse and lessen your chances for survival. In contrast, if you remain cool, calm and collected, you’ll be able to think of plan and follow through with it.
Speaking of plans, an action plan is an absolute necessity for every prepper. Always have a plan for evacuating your home. Make sure every member of your household understands and can follow the plan in a crisis situation. Also ensure that it takes into account family members who have disabilities, as well as pets. Such plans also entail that you have a bug-out bag prepared for every family member; this bag should include necessities like money, food and water for three days, weapons, clothes, and outerwear.
If an ELE does hit, you’ll need to go underground (underwater is a possibility as well). Animals that live underwater or underground, such as salamanders, have historically fared well throughout different ELEs in Earth’s history. Depending on what kind of event it is, you’ll probably need to hide out for several years to ensure that you don’t run into any more trouble.
Ultimately, while it might be that an ELE never occurs during our lifetimes, it’s also possible that one will—and then none of us will be properly prepared. Thus, it’s crucial that we take steps to mitigate this threat. Because if not, then we most likely will become extinct.