There are a lot of people out there who poke fun at those of us who prepare for the worst case scenario. Although many of us can take it to obsessive compulsive behaviors, what is the problem with preparing for various situations that require survival to the extent of its meaning? Although a zombie apocalypse may not happen and being attacked by aliens is a remote possibility, there are many situations in which being prepared can save the lives of yourself and your family.
1. Earthquakes - While scientists continuously try to predict the nature of earthquakes, we are still a long way off from knowing when and where a quake will happen. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is prime example of how nature can knock us down a peg. The quake shook Japan and then launched a tidal wave that consumed a great portion of the island and it happened without warning.
2. Volcanoes - There are tell-tale signs of volcano eruptions that can give us a bit of a warning before they erupt. However, Mt. Saint Helens didn't give much of a warning when the mountain disintegrated the top of its peak in 1980. One of the most feared of today is the inevitable eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera.
3. Solar Flares - The Sun sends great plumes of radiation out into space on a regular basis. If one of these larger eruptions was sent our way, it could knock out a great deal of our means for generating power and communication. As the telegraph lines were disrupted in the 1800s, imagine how an EM blast like that would affect our satellite system today.
4. Tornadoes - Every year, tornado alley experiences various tornadoes that usually wind up wiping out a small town. In some cases, these magnificent swirling vortexes take a portion of larger cities and reduce it to rubble. Even areas that were previously thought to not experience tornadoes have been affected at some point.
5. Hurricanes - Some of the most deadly of storms, hurricanes can devastate a large portion of landmass from the sheer winds they produce. Storms of this nature can leave an long lasting recuperation by the populace such as seen with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
6. Man Made - Never underestimate the greed and incompetence of some humans. The aftermath of the explosion that rocked Texas just north of Waco in 2013 left a great deal of damage. Apartments were blasted to pieces from nothing more than the shock wave of the detonation.
7. Extraterrestrial - No, this isn't about an alien race coming down to take our resources. However, space is a shooting gallery of asteroids and meteors. In past years, humans have witnessed close calls by these massive rocks and just one landing in the right place can cause great devastation. While most of these burn up in the atmosphere, a larger and denser meteor could hit the Earth with more power than the most destructive bomb we have.
While it may be greatly pessimistic to prepare for the best and expect the worst, this line of reasoning could keep yourself and your family safe and secure. Never underestimate the incompetence of some people or the power of Mother Nature. No matter how humans try to predict and keep safe from catastrophes, chaos will always find a way to intervene within our lives. It is better to face the situation prepared than to be caught with your guard down.
This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.