This guest post is by Jenna Smith (No relation to me.) Neither of us are affiliated with any company linked in this post.
Around 70,000 years ago a supervolcano erupted in what is now Lake Toba, Indonesia, causing massive loss of vegetation around the world and thus massive loss of animal life.
The prehistoric human population at the time was reduced down to the lowest figure it’s ever been – as low as 2,000 people
according to some estimates. Had it not been for the luck and ingenuity of these few survivors, the human species may have never made it out alive.
Evidence of supervolcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts litter the fossil record and can occur again at anytime. While movies and television makes it seem as though we’ll have years of forewarning before such naturally occurring global catastrophes occur, the likelihood of humans having much time to prepare is low.
While astronomers monitor the sky and geologists check up on the ground, the science of predicting such events is in its infancy. Chances are that when the next planet-devastating natural disaster occurs, the human race is going to be caught completely or almost completely off-guard.
One has to ask: how would I and those I love survive in the aftermath of such a catastrophic event? If we managed to make it out of the initial destruction alive, the ecological after-effects and resulting dissolution of all societal infrastructure would undoubtedly demand long-term strategies for survival.
The emergency food from Prepare Wise, hunting rifle from Wal-Mart, and other useful things to have in the wake of a war or in the aftermath of a deadly pandemic will only get you so far when the world’s entire ecosystem and society itself collapses indefinitely. The food will run out, so will the ammo, and then what?
How does one ensure that their family and themselves are of the surviving few who will help rebuild what was destroyed? While no amount of preparation could be considered illogical, the fact of the matter is that such intense investment and planning for something that may happen in your lifetime but probably won’t is impractical.
If indeed you are of the generation of homo sapiens that must take on the burden of surviving global catastrophe in order to begin the task of rebuilding in its aftermath, then expect two things to become bigger factors in your success than preparedness: luck and ingenuity.
About the Author
Jenna Smith is a journalism student in St. Louis. Upon graduation, she hopes to travel the world while producing compelling content for the masses. When she isn’t writing, you can find her out hiking in the woods to block out the rest of the world.