We’ve all seen the dystopian movies… an asteroid plummets to earth and causes a series of natural disasters. A highly-contagious virus spreads across the globe, turning former neighbors into vicious zombies. Alien invaders decide to mine our planet for its resources and take us hostage. Or more realistically, a natural disaster wreaks havoc on all of us. Whatever the disaster scenario du jour, we’ve seen it projected onto the big screen, described in Science Fiction novels, and played out in video games.

 

But what if the world really ended? Would we know what to do without Siri and Chinese takeout and laptops and electricity?  Could we function without GPS and texting and email?

 

How would we live? How would we communicate?

 

We decided to break it down and give you some tips for surviving the next apocalypse (although we hope it doesn’t happen anytime soon).

 

Radio Waves for Disaster Days

 

Dystopia is the perfect place to bust out your radio skills. There are a few options. You could choose a HAM radio–also known as an amatuer radio–or a two-way, walkie-talkie situation. Hopefully, you have a friend on the other end to receive your transmission. If you’re truly worried about how you’d fare in an apocalypse scenario, consider gathering a small group of friends and family and creating a “Just in Case” communication strategy. Be prepared!

 

Other Efforts

 

You could attempt smoke signals, carrier pigeons, and other survival efforts. However, the most effective plan would involve taking up residence in an area that has a lot of resources (i.e. food, water, medicine). You could build a “shelter” in the basement of your residence.

 

In order to gather enough food, consider stockpiling canned goods, water, and other essentials when they go on sale. If you’re strapped for cash, consider dabbling in the “extreme couponing” movement (find a beginner’s guide here). Collect discount cards and watch the paper’s ad section for great deals.

 

If you don’t have enough space in your home for your survival goods, consider which stores and spaces would make adequate shelters. For example, a local drugstore might be an ideal hideout because of its size, location, and access to important materials like medicine, food, and water.

 

It’s much easier to fare a disaster if you have neighbors and friends to help. Does a nearby church or school have the capability to serve the community? If no one has taken the initiative to set up a “In Case of Disaster” preventative club, consider starting an organization yourself! Have a charity drive and ask local people to donate old blankets, clothes, and hygiene items. Then label and organize them according to function! If any world-end scenarios take place, you’ll save yourself and your community!

 

Real Life Tragedies

 

We’ve seen natural disasters rip communities apart. From Katrina to Haiti’s Earthquake, extreme natural phenomena can have devastating outcomes. Here’s hoping the elements stays calm and our planet in tact.

 

So what do you think, readers? Have you ever survived a disaster scenario? How did you weather the storm? Leave your stories and tips in the comments. Stay safe, friends.