There are four major “what ifs” that most preppers consider to be possible threats to humanity. The first is the complex possibility of a medical emergency, also known as “a zombie apocalypse.” While mainstream media hones in on the horrific elements of such a disease, making this reason for prepping a core theme, there are logical debates of a possible outbreak. Not necessarily of this particular avenue, but rather of any unknown plague, fever, or infection that may not allow civilization to retain its general immunity.

In other words, scholars argue that history repeats itself (i.e. The Black Death), that “we don’t always have an answer,” and that we need to continue to develop strategies for obtaining any and all solutions in a critical medical state of emergency, even if such an event never presents itself.

Perhaps a more daunting idea, other than a mysterious disease that may curtain humanity, is the possibility of human creations overtaking humans themselves. We are far more technologically advanced than we give ourselves credit for, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) and robotics researchers, along with physicists and scientific scholars, are all starting to come to one conclusion: AI is making leaps and bounds, and the projected “decades before AI existence and influence” are becoming mere years.unspecified6

The open letter on autonomous weapons that was announced in the summer of 2015 by the Future of Life Institute, and signed by over 20,000 scientific doctorates and award winning physicists, such as Stephen Hawking, was a successful attempt at bringing awareness to the arms race.

In turn, the Doomsday Clock (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) has maintained the 2015-2016 prediction of an insanely close “three minutes to midnight.” The only time it was any closer (2 unspecified5minutes to midnight) was in 1953, after the U.S. decided to pursue the hydrogen bomb.

The ideas that swirl together with AI and the Doomsday Clock are a haunting mixture of being too intelligent for our own good, and/or simply not intelligent enough to overpower natural selection and evolution.

Another topic of doomsday discussion is extraterrestrial invasion. But, let’s face it, there isn’t enough time in a century to come to a solidified consensus about what exists and what doesn’t, what is a real threat and what isn’t; And that’s not why we’re here.

This checklist is a simple set of guidelines for what to stock up on. Should there ever come a day where you will need it, then you’ll be prepared. If not, well then at least you’ve got a great little stockpile. We hope for the latter, and no matter how you’re preparing, or what you’re preparing for, these things are essential to maintaining life in any situation.unspecified8JCRIJO3

  • Food & Water – The most obvious, and the most important part of your stockpile. Here, the objective is to store non-perishable items, such as canned goods, grains, beans, and freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. Of course, everything has an expiration date, but you’re looking to maintain a commendable food source for up to a year or more. Water can be stored in gallon jugs. Rain barrels, along with a filtration system is necessary.


  • First-Aid – This is the second most important thing to collect. You will need bandages, antibiotics, ointments, vitamins and supplements, common cold medications, and aspirin. You will need to update this supply regularly, because these types of medications do have an expiration date. However, in a pinch, they’re good to have, especially if you end up in a situation where they become scarce or no longer easily-accessible.


  • Self-Defense – This is entirely up to you, but it is suggested that you maintain some sort of physical protection, whether that is a gate, alarm, and camera setup that has the capability to run on a back-up power source, or something as simple as a baseball bat. This type of protection is necessary, not only if enemy forces try to invade, but also for predators seeking your food source, such as wild animals.


  • Clothing & Hygiene – Because you’re still human, even in a crisis. If the danger is long-lasting, through changing seasons and colder weather, you will wish you stored snow gear and warm clothing. If you have to stay secured in a bunker with your family, hygiene is going to be the one thing that will maintain your health (and your sanity). Stock up on antibacterial soaps, wet wipes, socks, undergarments, and blankets. Keep a standard sewing kit on hand for repairing rips and patching holes in worn items, and always have a sturdy pair of boots on hand.


  • Important Documents/Money – If it’s not the end of the world, then you’re going to need your important documents, such as paper versions of your assets, social security information, birth certificate, and monies. Keep in a fire-proof safe, inside of a waterproof bag or container.


  • Bug-out Bag – This is for when all else fails and you need to evacuate your home or place of shelter. This bag should contain all of the above, but in smaller quantities, specifically lasting at a 72-hour minimum. A good 20-30 lb. bag full of the essentials is recommended. Remember, it is for emergencies only, so do not pack anything other than the bare minimum to survive. Examples of things to include in your bug-out bag are: survival kit, first-aid kit, change of clothes, multi-tool, food, and a flashlight.


  • Communications and Meet-Ups – This is if you get separated from your family. You may want to consider meeting at a certain area at a certain time or investing in a 2-way radio. These options will open doors for staying in touch after chaos awakens.


  • Books – For rebuilding your world after the worst has passed. Books are essential in the sense that the internet will likely be down in this sort of event, and Google Search will no longer be at your fingertips. This means that you will need to keep on hand a series of how-to’s for generating power and re-building shelters, diagnosing illnesses, etc.   Store from heaviest on bottom to lightest on top and do not store chemicals near your food and water. In a disaster, things may get shaken about and broken, and if your chemicals get into your food, it’s no good. If you store heavy cans and buckets on the top shelf, instead of blankets and paper towels, something may fall and injure you or a family member.  If the clock ever does strike midnight, you’ll have the tools necessary to survive. If the clock stays stagnant or reverses, then you’ll have the knowledge and the resources to say that you were ready, which is comforting in an ever-growing, ever-changing world.

Although the act of “doomsday prepping” may seem silly to some, and wholly necessary to others, there is a happy medium. Always have a few items on hand that will keep you prepared for anything. The age-old phrase, “it’s better to be safe than sorry,” holds strong significance. So, if you have never considered prepping or stockpiling, you don’t have to go into the idea full-force, but you should at least consider the benefits of having these items ready-to-go.

unspecifiedHP3P2CFCAfter you’ve got the majority of your prepping done, think ahead. Don’t keep everything all in one place. if the area is compromised by outside forces or a natural disaster, then you won’t have anything left. Make sure you divide your stockpile up and store it in several locations, so that you have options available when seeking those valuables out as needed.

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