Television has unwittingly given a false view of survivalists and preppers to the world. In the show Doomsday Preppers, each of the people on the show was only concerned about one possible catastrophe.
Not only that, but some of the catastrophes that they are focused on are not very likely to occur. That’s not to say that the catastrophes mentioned in the show are all made up for show business. A number of them are very real possibilities, and perhaps some of the greatest risks that we face today. In many cases, those events would spell The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI).
A TEOTWAWKI event isn’t the end of the world; it’s just the end of the lifestyle that we’ve known. It will be serious enough that we’ll have to make some major changes to the way we live, or we just won’t make it. If it involves the power grid failing for months, the majority of our population likely would perish.
For an event to truly be TEOTWAWKI, it has to be widespread enough that it would affect the majority of the country. While the people of New Orleans would say that things aren’t the same since Hurricane Katrina, they aren’t different enough to qualify as a true TEOTWAWKI event.
Here are seven:
1. An EMP Attack
Probably one of the most serious potential disasters that we have staring at us is an EMP attack by one of our many enemies. An EMP exploding at a high enough altitude over the central part of the country would wipe out the electrical grid, as well as pretty much every electronic device in the country. Without our electronics, we would be back to living as if we were in the 19th century. The only thing is, we’re not prepared to do that.
Not only is an EMP one of the most dangerous TEOTWAWKI disasters that could befall us, but also one of the most likely. It’s not a big stretch to imagine this happening. North Korea already has this capacity. Iran is close to having it. Even terrorist organizations are capable of buying this technology, even if they can’t make it. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an EMP as I’ve described would result in the death of 90 percent of our population, assuming the grid is down for months.
2. A Major Epidemic
There have been several times in the history of the world when a major epidemic toppled kingdoms and destroyed societies. Even with our modern medical knowledge, we are not totally free of that possibility. The recent Ebola outbreak in Africa is an example that shows how limited medical science really is.
Even with our modern medical practices, the United States isn’t ready to deal with a major Ebola outbreak on our shores. While our hospitals could give better supportive care than what people have received in Africa, we still don’t have a cure.