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How to Prepare Yourself for the Possibilities of December 21, 2012

Updated on May 7, 2012

December 21, 2012 is the predicted date which many theorists believe to be a day which the world will change forever. At exactly 11:11 AM Universal Time marks the completion of the 5,125 cycle of the ancient Maya long count calendar. Speculations of the events that might occur include major geological changes, the return of ancient aliens who once visited earth, asteroids or comets which will impact the earth, or major nuclear wars which will end our existence.

Regardless of what could potentially happen in 2012, it's a good idea to prepare a 72 hour survival kit for your family. With the increase in natural disasters over recent years across the globe, you can never be too prepared.

Know the Risks

Depending on the region of the world you live in will depend on the risks that your family could have in an emergency. These risks could include:

  • Severe weather (i.e. snowstorms, extreme temperatures, windstorms, tornadoes, floods, fires)
  • Major accidents such as explosions, water contaminations, or hazardous materials incidents
  • Technological failures with extended power interruptions
  • Widespread disease outbreaks
  • Intentional acts of violence, crime or arson

Challenges You Might Face

When an emergency strikes without warning, you may find yourself left offguard and scrambling to pull together your resources. Some challenges you may face include:

  • No time or money to collect resources you may need
  • Family members and friends are too far away
  • Roads could be blocked or closed
  • Regular resources, like food, water and gas, might not be readily available
  • Communication lines, like telephone and internet, may not be operational

Create a Plan

Prepare an Evacuation Plan

In some emergencies like natural disasters, it may be required for you to evacuate your home and neighbourhood. Should you need to escape your area, it is a good idea to take down information of family or friends who are distant. Discuss a meeting place outside of your neighbourhood where your friend and family can meet in case of emergency.

Record Emergency Contacts

In case of technological problems, it is a good idea to take down everyone's contact information on paper, including home phone, work phone, mobile phone, email, and any other form of contact you may have. If you have children, ensure your childcare provider is aware of this information.

Take Inventory

In order to protect your belongings, compile an inventory of your possessions. For each item, take a picture and write on the back a description, serial number, value and attach a receipt if available. Complie a complete list and submit it to your insurance company.

Additionally, make copies of all important documents including birth and marriage certificates, government issued identification, wills, prescriptions, banking details, insurance documents, etc.

Food in Emergencies

Choose foods which:

  • Do not require refrigeration
  • Have a long shelf life
  • Are ready to eat immediately
  • Are calorie and nutrient rich

Suggested Foods:

  • Canned fruits, vegetables, ready to eat soups
  • Peanut butter, granola bars, dried fruit, nuts
  • Canned juices, tea, hot chocolate
  • Meal replacement drinks
  • Spices, condiments, sugar to improve taste
  • Bottled water

Treatment of Water

An average person can only survive for 3 days without water. If you run out, here are some tips for finding other sources for drinking water.

  • Boil water from nearby waterholes or rain water to disinfect. Bring water to a full boil for at least 1 minutes to kill parasites
  • Plain household bleach can be used to treat water by adding 5-8 drops for every 4 litres. Stir and let stand for 15 minutes before using. Do not use speciality, colourfast or scented bleach
  • Water purification tablets or purification systems may also be used, which are available at camping stores

How to Prepare

Organize Documents

In any case, important documents should be ready no matter what the situation. Keep important papers like your passport, birth certificate, social security cards, health and insurance documents in a waterproof case. It's a good idea to have these documents locked away in a personal safe within your home. Keep them somewhere that is easily accessible, in case you need them in an emergency. Check your documents regularly to ensure they are up to date.

Stockpile Food & Water

Non-perishable food can be accumulated for the future, like canned goods like fruits and vegetables, dry food like trail mix and dry cereal, or products with seals such as peanut butter or health food bars. As well as stocking up on bottled water, you may want to purchase juice packs and other healthy drinks. You may also want to purchase seeds, in case of long term food shortages. The Red Cross recommends having food to last you up to 72 hours.

Don't forget to have a can opener, or even better, a swiss army knife with multiple attachments to open any cans that you may have. Remember to check sell-by dates to ensure your food doesn't expire in the near future.

Withdraw Cash

In times of emergency and chaos, cash is king. Withdraw money from your account and keep it in a safe place, preferably a locked safe. Consider how much money your family would need in the event that they were stranded, i.e. money for food, shelter, supplies. Also, keep a supply of change, in case you need to use a pay phone in an emergency.

Insure Your Belongings

We don't know what 2012 holds in store for us. By insuring your home, car, or even taking out life insurance, you're casting a safety net for you and your family, no matter what event takes place. Insurance is a wise choice in order to protect your assets on any given day. Remember to read the terms and policies for your insurance policy. You must keep your insurance records up-to-date and note any repairs, renovations, health issues, or any other adjustments that might affect a claim in the future.

Consider Alternative Energy Sources

If a natural disaster strikes, a loss of power may occur. This is a great time to consider alternative sources of energy, like solar power or a small generator. Having backup is a good idea in order to power small devices like a laptop, telephone, or any other items in and around your home. You don't want to be left in the dark for long, especially in areas that experience winter months with extreme cold.

Gather Important Supplies

There are many supplies that most people would overlook in a time of a disaster. Here is a list of other important items that you may want to stock up on:

  • Water (4 litres per person/per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • First-aid book & kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap & sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Food & diapers for infants
  • Vitamins, anti-diarrhea medication, pain-relievers & prescription drugs
  • Garbage bags
  • Work gloves
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Self-crank emergency radio
  • Whistle
  • Batteries
  • Matches (in a waterproof container) and/or lighter
  • Flashlight
  • Sewing kit
  • Tools, including a shut-off wrench for gas & water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Water filtration device
  • Utility knife
  • Prescription medications
  • Gas masks/dust masks
  • Books, board games, cards, or other forms of entertainment
  • Candles
  • Propane heater & camping stove
  • Jugs or buckets to collect rainwater
  • Blankets for each person

Pet Emergency Kit

Don't forget about man's best friend during an emergency. Pets have special needs, and you'll want to make sure you're also prepared to take care of them. Include:

  • Food and bowls
  • Blankets and toys
  • Leash
  • Cat litter
  • Pet carrier
  • Current photo (in case they're lost)
  • Up-to-date id tag
  • Medications and vaccine records

Ensure you check your supplies at least once a year to make sure they haven't spoiled.

Prepare but don't panic!  The end of the world has been predicated several times before, but we're still here!


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      jeannie 

      6 years ago

      It is scary to believe that something this horrifying could happen to earth and to human kind, although we never know what to prepare ourselves for. Just like our everyday schedule and the way we live we tend to believe that it could never happen to us, as we watch things happening around us. We think we are prepared on some situations but I believe you can't be prepared enough. Although it doesn't hurt to try cause you never know what the future holds.

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      meeka.sunny 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hmmm, In my opinion, nothing can really be sure, hope this site is still operational on 2013!

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      PaperNotes 

      7 years ago

      Whether or not the end of the world will happen on 2012, all these that you've mentioned will always be useful in our day to day lives. Aside from preparing materials things, perhaps we should also prepare our intellect, emotions and spirit. Let us not forget to do good deeds for others while we still have the time and the chance to do so.

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      Pixienot 

      7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Absolutely awesome. Thank you so much for this article.

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