How to Survive in a Post Apocalyptic World
Source: Del Squacho
With markets collapsing, energy costs skyrocketing, and personal freedoms disappearing faster than you can say Habeus Corpus, it’s clear that the end of the world is coming, and coming quickly. So how prepared are you going to be when civilization starts tumbling down around our ears and what’s left of humanity is plunged into an anarchy-fueled kill orgy? If you’re like most people, you will find yourself ruefully unprepared for the coming apocalypse. Luckily for you, we’ve assembled this handy guide, which will take you from prey to predator in this exciting/terrifying new world.
A lot of things could have caused the end of civilization, from a limited nuclear exchange, to total economic disaster, from a global pandemic to a complete ecological collapse. Because we don’t know exactly what will cause the downfall of civilization, it’s hard to know exactly what the environment will be like. Nevertheless, we should speculate with reckless abandon.
If civilization dies because of some sort of nuclear Armageddon, you’re going to have to be on the lookout for clouds of fallout, undetonated nuclear devices, and lots and lots of irradiated soil and ground water. Come to think of it, you might want to add a Geiger counter and an HAZMAT suit to your Christmas list this year. Getting around after nuclear war is going to present some problems as well, since electro-magnetic pulses from the atomic explosions are going to play hell with vehicles’ electronic systems, while all the blast craters are going to turn our generally smooth infrastructure into a hellish moonscape.
Just because there’s no noticeable environmental change when most of the human population is wiped out by a virulent strain of drug-resistant super-flu doesn’t mean you’re on easy street. We live in a very complex world that required a hell of a lot of maintenance to keep up and running. If 95% of the people disappear suddenly, systems are going to start breaking down in a goddamn hurry. The means that after only a few short months things are going to start falling the hell apart, so be prepared for everything from nuclear reactors leaking radiation to clogged sewers backing up into the streets.
Ecological collapse could completely change the world as we know it. No, up won’t become down and dogs and cats won’t start living together, but you’ll still see some pretty significant changes. For example, if ocean levels rise, everyone who can afford that nice beachfront property will probably be underwater, which will be nice for the rest of us. Look out for wildly unpredictable changes in climate, with a drastic increase in severe weather. That means that, even though you live in Nebraska, you’re going to have to be prepared for a hurricane to show up right in the middle of that erupting mega-volcano.