Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to Survive and Thrive in 2012

December 21 or 23, 2012 is claimed to be the end-date of the Mayan calendar and some people are claiming the Mayans were predicting the end of the world in 2012. Whatever your opinion of these metaphysical and cosmological predictions this article is intended to show you how to prepare for the end of the world in 2012 or maybe just an increase in our normal level of global chaos. We'll use the Rule of Threes here.

One: Whether the cause is earthquakes, asteroid strikes or global thermonuclear war the average person can only survive three days without water before dying or becoming seriously disabled. Earthquakes could break water lines so you'll want to have some water on hand in containers. Those plastic one gallon jugs they sell at the supermarket are a good compact (reusable) storage option. You'll want one gallon per person per day for cooking and drinking. If no catastrophes occur on December 21 or 23, 2012 you can always drink the water later. This is survival water; in the event of disaster it's not for washing or flushing.

Two: The average person can only survive three weeks without food before dying or becoming seriously incapacitated. Take advantage of grocery store sales to buy canned goods by the case. Although you may normally drain the liquid from cans before cooking the food, in a survival situation you'll want to save/drink/cook with that liquid so as to increase the length of time your water supply will last.

Three: Shelter can be anything from the clothes on your back to a house on the hill to a bunker underground. Shelter keeps you warm enough to survive. Shelter keeps you out of the wind, rain, snow, sleet and hail. Shelter helps keep the sun (or radioactive fallout) off your skin. Shelter is good. If your home survives whatever happens on December 21 or 23, 2012 it will provide shelter for you and your food and your water.

Tips: Buy foods you normally eat so you will eat them if nothing happens on December 21 or 23 of 2012. Canned goods are good because they store easily and most now have expiration dates printed on them. Store canned goods and all food and water in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.

Warnings: If you quit your day job to prepare for December 21 or 23, 2012 and nothing happens you'll feel foolish asking for your job back on January, 1st 2013 so prepare in moderation.

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