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The History Channel
"The Crumbling of America." This 2009 documentary reports on the status of the power grid, levees and other infrastructure. (Note: CNBC is now airing a similiar program, “Race to Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure”, which premiered in Nov. 2011.) Also, "Magnetic Storm", part of the series The Universe, provides the best explanation to date of how solar storms can knock out satellites and disable power grids worldwide. "Day After Disaster", is premised on a hypothetical nuclear bomb exploding in Washington D.C. Another program, "After Armageddon," dramatizes the scenario of a lethal flu virus spreading quickly across the United States. The 2008 documentary "Extinction 2012", from the series Nostradamus Effect, explains the Mayan calendar and apocalyptic prophecies from other cultures. (In fact, the whole first season of this series is worth a peak.)
"Seven Signs of Apocalypse" outlines both geological and spaced-based triggers that scientists are monitoring for their catastrophic potential. To better understand geologic forces and paleoclimatology, check out the series How the Earth Was Made, especially the episode about Yellowstone.
The Weather Channel
"It Could Happen Tomorrow," a series that examines the impact of potential mega-disasters throughout the United States. Episodes include an earthquake on the New Madrid Fault, an eruption on Mt. Rainier, and flash flooding in Boulder, Colorado.
"How will it all end?", is a 2011 documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. It dramatizes the potential of several catastrophes predicted by geologists, including an "ark storm" in California, a mega-quake in the midwest, an eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera and a tsunami that destroys the Atlantic Seaboard. Here's a video clip on YouTube.
"Doomsday Volcanoes," a NOVA documentary premiering in January 2013, explores the hair-raising scenario of an Icelandic eruption. GPS tracking devices show the caldera beneath Katla expanding in the lead-up to what could be a climate-changing event.
"Earth 2100". Two-hour fictional drama charts the collapse of civilization through the lifetime of a public health nurse. Still airs regularly on The History Channel during "apocalypse" programming.
"Last Days on Earth." 20/20 documentary from 2006 that still airs on The History Channel. Narrated by Elizabeth Vargas, it provides a succinct rundown of the most pressing threats facing civiliation.
"Severe Space Weather Events--Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts." (2009) Space Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences.
A potential ark storm in California
Preparedness and predicions.
Report Card on America's Infrastructure
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
"Perception of Climate Change." Recent study from NASA atmospheric scientist James Hansen. Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
Weather Disaster Preparedness Guide
Defending your home against a wildfire
University of Nevada (PDF)
Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide
Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit
Preparing and Getting Trained
American Red Cross
Official federal emergency preparedness site.
National Planning Scenarios
Homeland Security Council
A Citizen Guide to Disaster Preparedness
GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications
Disaster Preparedness for Businesses
Small Business Administration
U.S. Search and Rescue Task Force
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Emergency Services Nationwide
U.S. Search and Rescue
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Wildfire Preparedness Guide
University of Nevada via KRQE
Preparing for the Hurricane Season
Gulf Ooast Info System
Protect Your Home Against a Hurricane
Preparing Your Yard Before a Hurricane Corpus Christi Caller
Preparing for a Flood
Understanding The Flu —Seasonal, Pandemic, Avian (Bird), Swine
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases
US Health and Human Services
A massive tsunami engulfs a residential area after a 9.0 earthquake in Japan on 3/11/11. Photo: REUTERS/KYODO
Now that many of the dire predictions for the present day have been corroborated -- both by scientific studies and actual mega-disasters -- it's time to hunker down for the bumpy ride ahead. The Mega-Disaster Planner is the internet's most comprehensive resource for disaster monitoring, long-term emergency planning, evacuation, wilderness survival and self-reliance. Even if you're not into doomsday prepping or "bugging out" in the event of a "SHTF" scenario (to use the current lingo), this site can help you download preparedness guides, find out which agencies train first responders, and quickly access the latest disaster alerts.
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Although the end of the world may not be bearing down on us just yet, a 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences warned of unprecedented challenges at the peak of the next sunspot cycle in 2013. These could include:
National Academy of Sciences
In 2004, the Pentagon commissioned its own inquiry into the future. Entitled "Imagining the Unthinkable", the report concluded that a large chunk of humanity may be vulnerable to starvation if unstable climate conditions worsen . As the situation of shrinking natural resources persists in poorer countries, the possibility of a rogue nuclear attack against the United States or Western Europe also increases.
During the "Derecho" storms and heat wave hitting the midwest and mid-Atlantic states in 2012, the following comment was posted on the Yahoo news site :
Every gas station is completely empty, people are mobbing to the stations and the beverage sections are drained. We were driving around on empty, preparing to run out of gas, as we visited about 10 stations before finding one that still had gas.
We noticed a patrol car monitoring the activity, because most of these stations cannot make credit/debit card transactions because of the outage, so some of those who aren't prepared with cash are apparently stealing gas for generators. Note that the ATMs are down in many places as well...On top of it, gas prices dropped to about $3.15 a gallon on average, so I kept asking everyone if the world was coming to an end, because with the tensions that I was witnessing, it seriously seemed that way.
Hurricane Sandy, which struck a week before the presidential election, brought even more heartache to the east coast. When the storm took an uncharacteristic left turn while still out at sea, and started heading west, meterologists were stupified. British storm-tracking computers were credited with providing a heads-up to the NOAA. Otherwise, the death toll may have been much worse.
Atlantic City, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy.
Photo: 6 ABC Action News.
As time marches on, researchers anticipate more extreme events on our planet, such as:
Since 2007, the History Channel has aired programs about these and other "tipping points"on the horizon. See the TV listings in the gray box to the right.
If you've watched any of these shows, you've likely already begun planning for a catastrophy. Just as Noah commenced building his ark long in advance of the mother of all rainstorms, each of us can mitigate the impact of a worst-case scenario by:
3) Learning first aid and herbal medicine.
Click on the orange links above (or the ones listed in the "Topics" menu) to get a crash course on the subject or suggestions for gear and supplies.
The Mega-Disaster Planner also provides hundreds of links to web pages, articles and videos, as well as a list of books addressing doomsday concerns and geologic forces at work today. Remember, the internet won't be around forever. So take advantage of this library at your fingertips while it's still running.
For better retention, compile a set of survival notes to bring along with you in an evacuation. Include copies of essential how-to instructions, recipes, formulas, charts, diagrams and photos. Your notes should be ready to stuff into a Ziplock bag or other waterproof container on short notice.
In addition to long-range planning, be sure to prepare for short-term emergencies as well. Many of the sites listed in the lower part of the gray box on this page offer disaster preparedness tips. The book Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens, by Kathy Harrison, also covers the basics. Harrison aptly notes in her introduction:
"[T]his is the first generation that has allowed itself to become totally dependent on a fragile web of interdependent systems - whether food, transportation, communications, finance, power, workforce fuel or weather -- and the whole system will collapse in a domino effect that could bring our usual lives to a screeching halt. The shelves will be empty, the money will dry up, the lights will go out, the cars won't run..."
Assuming the climate experts and prophetic traditions are correct, getting set up for the days ahead is a job none of us should put off for "the day after tomorrow."
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