Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: TEOTWAWKI

TEOTWAWKI: (acronym). "The End Of The World As We Know It." 
James Wesley Rawles gets credit for this phrase, which has become extremely popular with Preppers. His book "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times."

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It's hard to think that this might possibly happen. Would you really feel fine? Would you rather be prepared or suffer with what might happen?
Maybe it won't happen in our life time.

I feel better just knowing some of the things I could do. Simple things. Do you know the rule of three?
  • Three minutes without air
  • Three days without water
  • Three weeks without food
Can you survive? Unless you're a scuba diver and keep air on hand, or have some time of air filtration system, and not many can afford that, in a disaster it is more important NOT to panic. You use up more oxygen that way. Slow and steady and look around, just a trickle of fresh air will keep you going.

If you are trapped with no way to water, you have three days. If you always have water at hand, you have a better chance at survival.

As I think of this I imagine being trapped by a collapsed building. I lived in California for years where the earthquakes made this a distinct possibility. Now I live in the Midwest and have the same thoughts due to tornadoes. 

I usually have a water bottle at hand so maybe I'd last three days. I know prepping is more about TEOTWAWKI but I tend to focus more on what would happen in a natural disaster. Really, being prepared for one is no joke. If you've never woken up with your walls shaking and your possessions dropping to the floor and shattering, kudos to you! 

If you've never hid in the basement as the sky turns green and the sirens go off listening to the hail shatter against your house, again, kudos. When that happens, we race to get water jugs filled and head to the basement to shelter with the spiders. The candles in the lanterns get lit or we get out the flashlights that require no batteries-because you know when you need them, they're always dead!

Those are just a taste of things that could happen. With water, food, light and blankets for warmth, we'd get through. With a bug out bag or go bag we could grab we'd be even more prepared. Think Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Fill up that old backpack with essentials and keep it handy.

Just in case, you know, shit really hits the fan (SHTF) and it really becomes the end of the world as we know it TEOTWAWKI!

There are even songs about it? Remember this one?

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