The spin we get from the government and other officials is interesting when it comes to Earth getting wiped out by an asteroid or other fast moving cosmic projectile. I just read another story about another asteroid that passed within spitting distance of our little planet. I like how they always say, “Well, it was pretty close, but it really didn’t pose any danger.”
As if they knew it was coming all along. Half the time the smaller ones don’t get picked up until the last minute.
I’m not a doom seeker or fortune teller. I don’t walk around shouting about the end of the world or predict that we’re going to get wiped out sometime during the summer of 2014. (That’s an example, not a prediction.)
But at least have the common sense to know that it is a possibility. Hey, awhile back two people won the lottery that was up around a half billion dollars or something crazy like that. It might be that the odds of a large fast-moving celestial body hitting our planet is fairly slim, but it’s a real possibility.
So what happens if we do get hit by an asteroid, oh say six miles wide? Well, why don’t we ask the dinosaurs? What? They’re extinct?
A large fast moving body carries a hell of a lot of kinetic energy, meaning that if it does hit the Earth it’s going to make a really big bang. Actually, it doesn’t even have to hit us – a smaller one blowing up in our atmosphere caused 1000 casualties last year in Russia.
Given our fragile electronic infrastructure and our dependence on said electronics, it wouldn’t take much to knock us back to the ’80’s, or 60’s, or even the 1800’s depending on how bad it was or how close it hit.
Just for the sake of fun let’s say we took a strike to the heartland of America. Boom! Ohio just got whacked by a medium sized fast mover that completely wipes that state out. (Sorry guys.) The rest of the country is unlikely to fare much better though. Between EMP, blast waves, debris thrown up, etc, we’re going to take a beating on the North American Continent.
If it hits the ocean (a more likely scenario) it’s probably going to kick up a big tsunami that will wipe out coastlines that the strike faces. I’m guessing it would trigger fault lines and volcanoes as well, just to add to the fun. The physics of it is quite interesting and you should look it up if you like that kind of thing. It’s quite an amazing read.
So what can we do?
Prepare, of course. That’s what we do, right? Hey, you might get wiped out immediately, but if not at least you’ll have a swinging chance. Personally, I’ll take whatever small chance I get and try to leverage it into something more.
How many of you have heard people say, “I wouldn’t want to live if I didn’t have electricity.”
Hey – fine by me. That’s more resources left for the rest of us who do want to take a crack at it.
So what do you need to prepare?
State of Mind
As you probably know one of the most important things you can possess in a survival situation is a positive frame of mind and the will to live. Without the will to live you might as well put a gun to your head and pull the trigger, which I suspect is exactly what some folk will do.
Staying alert is important too. Always keep your eye open for more resources. Shelter, food, and water, guns and ammo, are at the top of that list, but keeping an eye out for people with skills will be important too. At some point you’ll want to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and you’ll need craftsmen and other skills to do that.
If you have a lot of food stashed away that’s great. If you manage to survive the initial impact, marauders, relatives, bad weather, tsunamis, and Lord knows what else, you’ll at least be able to eat.
The idea here is to stretch those resources as far as you can. No more throwing stuff away. Everything needs to be recycled or found another use for. For example – a soda can be used to heat water, or you can pour bacon fat into it for storage for later use, or used for alcohol stoves, etc etc. There’s always a way for an item to be reused – you just have to be smart enough to find it.
If you can find food a day’s food out on a forage take it! That’s one more day you’ll be able to stretch your current stores. Every day you find food means another day on the back end that you’ll be able to eat.
And don’t waste food! I have a two year old and I swear that she throws away as much food as she eats. If TS ever HTF you can bet that food would find a way to be reused.
At some point your skills will save your life. Simple things that many people don’t know how to do. Can you look at a piece of wood and determine whether it would make good fire wood? Can you cut it and split it and start a fire with just a fire steel? Can you do it in the rain?
How about trapping game or hunting?
Can you fight? Could you force yourself to pull the trigger and take a human life if you had to? Don’t take this question lightly, most people can’t do it.
Ok, you get the picture.
Do I expect and asteroid to hit tomorrow and wipe out civilization as we know it? Nah, not really. But what this does provide is an interesting though experiment. What if… we got hit by an asteroid. And what if it wiped out out the grid across most of the globe, not just here in the U.S. What if we had to rely on ourselves without the government stepping in with helicopters and fat checks. Could you survive?
Are you prepared?
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