It’s fun to talk about getting ready for a zombie apocalypse–or imagine what kind of spiked muscle-car you’d fill with guzzeline if we were living in a Mad Max wasteland.
Yet if we’re going to be brutally practical, and that’s what this series of posts is all about, we need to focus on two key things:
(1) What ideas, fitness regimens and gear would actually work to prepare you for a disaster or apocalypse of any sort, whether it’s a 9.0 earthquake or a super-volcano going off at Yellowstone?
(2) Whatever we come up with must fit the budgets and lifestyles of everyday people. As in nothing on this silly blog can include things like (a) borrowing $400,000 to build an underground bunker next to your house, (b) spending $$$$ on a tricked-out AR-15 and a fancy $2,000 katana for yourself when you could spend a tiny faction of that for an arsenal of cheap, tough machetes ($15 apiece) along with bows and arrows for all your neighbors and friends, or (c) quitting your job and moving your entire family to a log cabin in Nome, Alaska.
To boil that down: what are the cheapest, smartest things you can do to prepare for the most likely craziness?
That means no, don’t prep for zombies, because they don’t exist. And it means yes, think about evil robot soldiers and artificial intelligence gone wrong, because that is not science fiction anymore.
The most likely apocalypse may already be happening, because all the ice in Antarctica (and Greenland, and the north pole) is melting. Insanely fast.
Which means the biggest box-office bombs of apocalyptic movies, WATERWORLD, may be a prophecy.
For those who didn’t watch the whole story, or read about this in the papers of news, plain old global warming would raise sea levels enough to turn coastal cities into water parks. Not good.
Antarctica holds about 90 percent of the world’s freshwater in its ice sheet.
If all the ice in Antarctica melts, you’re looking at a sea level rise of 230 feet.
Yeah. Not two feet, or 23 feet. Two hundred and thirty.
I already did an entire post on what makes sense to prepare for a global warming or WATERWORLD scenario, and that post still holds true.
What’s important here is to recognize the news happening. Because honestly, if CBS reported a small horde of zombies taking over Nome, Alaska, people would lose their minds, even if scientists said it would take 50 years for those zombies to march through the snow and get to Anchorage to start causing real trouble.
- Chapter 1—You’re Doing It Wrong
- Chapter 2—Lone Wolf in a Bunker vs Nimble Nomad with Friends
- Chapter 3—Getting Around
- Chapter 4—One Backpack and a Pair of Hiking Boots
- Chapter 5—Yes, Any Sort of Apocalypse Means Looting the Mall
- Chapter 6—Suit Up with Seriously Practical Armor
- Chapter 7—Fire and Water
- Chapter 8—Blades, Bludgeons and Bad Ideas
- Chapter 9—Getting Real about Long Range Weapons
- Chapter 10—Prepping for Day 1 of Any Sort of ‘Pocalypse
- Chapter 11: What’s the actual likelihood of all the different flavors of apocalyptic craziness?
- Chapter 12: What types of apocalyptic insanity should you actually prep for–and which can you ignore?
- Chapter 13: How to prepare for a WATERWORLD-style apocalpyse
- Chapter 14: A super volcano will go off–the question is WHEN
- Chapter 15: Why killer robots and Artificial Intelligence Gone Bad are great apocalyptic scenarios
- Chapter 16: How to survive in a nuclear wasteland–mostly, by doing the opposite of Mad Max