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-The Drake Equation and what it may mean for us

-Possible catastrophic events

-Ways to prevent catastrophe

-Columns

-The Survival Plan

-Possible utopias

-Possible dystopias

-Book recommendations

-Movie recommendations

-Future technology

-Free literature

-Personal survival

-Survival Gear

-Public forum

-Links


Personal Survival:

How will you survive if our worst fears come true?  Truth be told, you probably won't.  That said, it's always worth taking a few simple steps to improve your odds.  After all, the more people that survive, and the better prepared they are to rebuild, the better.  So, is quixotic as the idea may be, this page is dedicated to helping individuals prepare for the very worst possibilities.

There are a great many survivalists out there who've put a great deal of thought and energy into planning how they will survive a catastrophe.  We here at The Future Watch would be grateful if you would share your ideas with a wider audience.  By doing so, you might receive some useful feedback, and you may help to save lives.  Please submit any ideas or plans you have for surviving a catastrophe to admin@thefuturewatch.com.  Well thought out, detailed plans are the most helpful, but simple improvements to plans already listed are also very appreciated.  Please only submit ideas for surviving the very worst of situations - situations that lead to either the collapse of human civilization or the near extinction of our species.  The most practical, detailed plans will be posted on this page.

Plan 1:  The City Version

If you life in or around a city, you face a heightened risk of death from pretty much any catastrophic event - most especially from a WMD attack or from a pandemic.  Your risk is even higher if your city is a major terrorist target (i.e. New York, Washington, DC, Tokyo, London, Tel Aviv, Paris, etc.).  That said, careful planning can make this risk more manageable.  You should be prepared to ride out most disasters in your home, which means that you should store a few weeks supply of food and water.  You should also have hospital grade face masks in case of a pandemic.  Furthermore, you should always have a Go Bag within easy reach - at your work, at home, in your car, etc.  Your Go Bag should contain a good, current issue gas mask, money (many ones and fives and a handful of change), a small radio, a bottle of water, a few power bars, hand sanitizer, and a first aid kit.  During most disasters, your best bet will be to quickly evacuate to an unaffected area - or to a remote unvisited area in the event of a global catastrophe.  That said, it is difficult to quickly evacuate with a family, and in many cases the chaos caused by a disaster will make evacuating nearly impossible.  If you can not safely evacuate, you should probably plan to ride out the disaster in your home.

Plan 2:  The Extreme Version

This plan is a personal variation of one of the plans for preserving our species presented on the Survival Plan page.  You will have to be very serious about surviving to be willing to follow this plan.  The first step is to live as remotely as possible.  Assuming that you're not willing to become a hermit, the next best thing would be to live in a small, isolated community - preferably one that can go days without seeing a visitor.  There are a few communities in Alaska and northern Canada like this - and there are certainly others in other parts of the world.  Second, you should live outside this community - with a buffer zone of at least a few miles.  The more days you can spend without going into town, the better.  (But you might as well live it up when you do go to town - once you're there you're already at risk, so you should spend some time and enjoy it).  Third, stock up.  Plan to be able to survive on your own without growing anything for as long as possible.  Decades if your budget allows it.  Stocking water is also important - although you will probably not be able to stock enough water for years of use.  Therefore you will need a private well - one that taps into a deep, protected (slow to be contaminated) source of water.  You must be able to hand pump the well.  You'll also want a generator with a lot of fuel.  Remember to stock plenty of spare parts and tools (you'll want to keep your pump working, among other things).  A large medical kit is also a necessity, as are books and other sources of entertainment.  You'll also probably want a shortwave radio, and the equipment required to broadcast.  Guns might be useful if civilization collapses, and seeds and farming equipment will be useful for rebuilding.  Fourth, monitor the town radio station, police band, and other sources of information/gossip for any news of strange illnesses or other potentially dangerous events.  Monitor the Threat Board on this website, and other Internet news sources for the same sort of news globally.  Do not go to town any time there is an epidemic or a large outbreak of an unexplained illness.  These actions will keep you reasonably secure from many threats.

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Survival Gear

Catastrophic Events

Preserving Our Species