Created by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the doomsday clock represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe for humanity. Parameters are politics, nuclear war, climate change and other developments that put mankind at risk.
The potential risk is shown in the numbers of minutes until midnight. In 2018 the clock was set to 2 minutes to midnight. The explanation came in the following statement:
The failure of world leaders to address the largest threats to humanity’s future is lamentable—but that failure can be reversed. It is two minutes to midnight, but the Doomsday Clock has ticked away from midnight in the past, and during the next year, the world can again move it further from apocalypse. The warning the Science and Security Board now sends is clear, the danger obvious and imminent. The opportunity to reduce the danger is equally clear. The world has seen the threat posed by the misuse of information technology and witnessed the vulnerability of democracies to disinformation. But there is a flip side to the abuse of social media. Leaders react when citizens insist they do so, and citizens around the world can use the power of the internet to improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change. They can seize the opportunity to make a safer and saner world.
source: https://thebulletin.org [02.05.18]
An Apocalypse is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as
1. a very serious event resulting in great destruction and change 2. the total destruction and end of the world as described in the biblical book of Revelation
The word „apocalypse“ is Greek and stands for „uncovering“. It’s a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. Today the term is more commonly used in connection with a catastrophic event. There have been prophecies of the end of the world since the beginning of humanity. Even some of the oldest conventions contained a fatale scenario.
However, in most of them there is no mention of a total destruction of the world. It is rather described as a beginning of a new age.
This project was created to prevent your death in a coming apocalypse.
Furthermore there are general preparations you can follow. In case of a power outage we created a guide to download and print out. It’s two sided, functions as a poster and can be taken from the wall in case of an emergency. For legal reasons we can’t guarantee your survival. The guide will be available on the 25th of May 2018 on this website.
Have A Plan
Preparing for apocalypses is your insurance for survival. Be sure your family keeps informed about the daily news and the current international situation. A good indicator of a potential apocalypse is the doomsday clock.
Come up with an emergency plan together so everybody knows what to do in case of a disaster.
In catastrophic situations it’s likely for the standard communication channels to fail.
Follow these steps:
1. Create your individual emergency plan. Consider all specific needs (medical, age, disabilities) for your family.
2. Compile an emergency contact list (state the contact details of the local police, fire department, family members, colleagues)
3. Imagine different scenarios and think your way through them. Practice the plan! See it as a Sunday activity for the whole family.
4. It’s important to have several emergency meeting places at home, outside your neighborhood and outside your town / city. They have to be easily accessible for every family member.
5. Inform yourself on where to find shelters and what your evacuation routes could be.
As stated there are several theories of how the world will end. But there is general information you can adapt to every catastrophe.
Even man-made disasters won’t happen all of a sudden. Listen frequently to the news, observe the current international situation and evaluate the risks for your area.
Here are the first steps to follow before the end of the world:
1. Enable your smartphone to receive wireless emergency alters.
3. Upload scans of important documents (ID, medical records, banking documents, …) to a cloud. If your home gets destroyed, you have a better chance to secure what’s important for the public system after the end.
4. The radio is still the most common way for governments to warn the public.
5. Store other options for communication during a disaster such as Multi-Use Radio Services, Walkie-Talkies or a Satellite Phone.
Taking shelter is key if there’s a threat of global annihilation. Inform yourself where you can seek protection in your home, at work or other places you stay for a longer amount of time.
To survive storms or a nuclear attack it’s in general safer to select a room in the underground. If there’s a flood it’s of course the opposite. The shelter should be away from corners, windows, doors and the outside walls.
The length of staying inside your safe location can vary with every event. Be prepared to stay inside your shelter for at least a week. It can be only a short amount of time in case of a natural disaster for example, or longer during a pandemic.
Listen to your local authorities via radio and maintain a safety watch.
Prepper are people who prepare for uncertain times, a catastrophic disaster or the end of the world which may occur in the near future. There’s an active scene all around the globe.
P-repare for any natural or man-made disaster R-espond without fear E-valuate every possible scenario P-ack like you won’t have supplies for a year P-lan for the unexpected E-nvision a happy outcome R-emember to always have hope
Prepper have a special vocabulary you should be familiar with. Here are some of the most important phrases.
SHTF or WTSHTF - „When the shit hits the fan“, when the apocalypse is about to begin
TEOTWAWKI - (or The End Of The World As We Know It) We all got our own lives and small world. This term indicates the end of the way we know the world from your own viewpoint. This can include our viewpoint of the world from a personal, family, neighborhood, town, state, regional, national or world level.
Get the hell out of Dodge - A reference to the historical town called Dodge City in Kansas, which is known for its violent history and its fame for being lawlessness. This is the imagination how cities would look like in case of a bigger crisis. More people who are in need of supplies can lead to plundering and a state of chaos.
Living off the grid - When people don’t rely on the public „grid“ such as central water supplies, gas and electrical power.
Rule of three - A term describing that humans can live „three minutes without air“, „three days without water“ and „three weeks without food“
Sheeple - People who don’t question the government and don’t prep. They are the ones first to die in an apocalypse.
MRE - Meals that are ready to eat
BOB - Bugout bag (the bag containing your escape supplies for a minimum of 72 hours)
BOL - Bugout Location
EDC - Everyday Carry (survival items that fit inside a pocket, like a wallet, keys or the print-out version of A Guide to the Apocalypse available on May 25th).
Cache - A secret buried stash of supplies
Zombies - People who didn’t prep and will become desperate and dangerous, because they are likely to attack other in order to get food, water and other supplies.
Plan in advance for the eventuality of an evacuation. Prepare a portable kit („Bug-Out Bag“ or BOB), that will guarantee your survival for the next 72 hours. This is the average time for you to find a new safe shelter place.
The essentials are water, food, shelter and fire making tools. There are many different approaches on what you should pack and often it’s compelling to choose too many items. Your Bag shouldn’t be too heavy and only weigh 25% of your body weight. Make sure you are familiar with the supplies inside your BOB.
Recommended Packing List:
• Water (for 3 days) • Food (for 3 days) • A small light tent or a tarp to build a shelter • Fire Making Tools • Flashlight with batteries • Mattress tick (that can be filled with leaves)
First Aid Kit
A First Aid Kit is supposed to help you deal with minor injuries and accidents - but we’re talking about the apocalypse. Here are the medical supplies you should store:
• Plasters in different sizes and shapes • Bandages in assorted sizes • Scissors • Thermometer • Cleansing wipes • Medical sticky tape • Antiseptic cream • Painkillers (ibuprofen / aspirin) • Anti-histamine • Distilled water for cleansing wounds • Alcohol wipes • Sunblock • Toenail Clippers • Vitamins
Tailor your storage of food and supplies to your needs and personal taste of your everyday life. For a 3 day stay, be prepared with at least 9 liters of water per person. Also store, tea, coffee and milk powder to enhance the flavor of the water. Stock goods that have a long expiration date like canned foods, dry mixes and no-cook foods like protein bars and dried fruit. Try to buy a variety, rather than stocking up on only one of them. Also become familiar with the foods you store and prepare a trial meal from time to time.
Foods and drinks with a long shelf life:
• Rice and quick cook pasta, instant mashed potatoes • Oil and vinegar • Powdered milk • Canned food • Nuts • Hard bread or rusks • Bouillon, salt, spices
• At least 9 liters of water per person (for 3 days) • Coffee, tea • Hard Liquor
Prep: 1 mins Cook: 2 mins
Ingredients: 1 Cup Noodle (different flavors available)
Pour 0.4 liters boiling water over the noodles. Open the spice bag and mix it into your soup.
Special Tip: Add some nuts and peanut butter for extra flavor. Pour the soup into real china. It will already taste better.
Your fish Nemo, your dog Bobby and your bunny Chloe were your everything in your normal life. What do you do with your domestic pets in case of an apocalypse?
First of all, animals are a great companion and in most cases have become a family member.
They are an asset because they can sense catastrophes and alarm their owners in advance. Make all the arrangements you make for yourself also for you pets. Store extra canned food for them, as well as several liters of water a day (depending on the animal). Keep them close to you and don’t let them go outside.
In case of a short-term evacuation also have a BOB for your pet ready. If it’s long-term you have to leave your pets behind. Otherwise they will become a burden to you or can turn into your meal in a very desperate moment.
With all the given information you’re almost ready to take on the end of the world.
The most important tip comes at the very end: We advise you to learn different meditation methods you can integrate into your daily routine.
When the shit hits the fan take a step back from the news and reduce stress by controlled breathing techniques. If you let your emotions run you, it’s more likely you make carless decisions and might end up dead. Therefore it’s good to start taking some yoga classes or go into nature in order to become more in tune with your body.
After you’ve cleared your head it’s easier to plan your next steps, like gathering the family and plan your bug-in or bug-out.
The End Must Be Clear
If you’re prepared, beware of zombies. People who didn’t prepare are most likely to become dangerous and aggressive out of desperation. Therefore stay hidden and live off the grid.
Think of the term the survival of the fittest! Keep your body in good shape and learn how to defend yourself. Government and police departments will be focused on other issues than on your personal security.
Don’t bug in or leave your home straight away at any bad news. Be sure authorities also advice you to. Otherwise you will only use your stock of supplies or important energy. Research for events and catastrophes which are likely to happen in your area. You can almost prepare for every event to happen.
In the end it must be absolutely clear the shit is going to hit the fan.