Many of the doomsday theories we hear about today include Mayan calendars, solar flares and polar shifts. However, there are disasters far more likely to occur than those.
Natural Disasters come in various forms and they happen quite frequently. Some speculate that they are happening even more frequently in recent times and with greater intensity. It is also quite common for more than one natural disaster to occur at a time, such as floods with a hurricane. Other natural disasters that occur around the world include tornadoes, lightning, extreme cold, winter storms, extreme heat, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis and wildfires. In areas that do not experience natural disasters on a frequent basis, the danger increases. Structures, civilians and government officials may not be prepared to withstand a catastrophic event.
Pandemics are something we have been exposed to and warned about repeatedly in recent years. While many jump immediately to biological warfare, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. As with have seen recently, something as common as the flu can cause widespread issues when more resistant strains are able to easily “globe hop” on airplanes and cruise ships.
Technological and accidental hazards are a big concern when it comes to doomsday theories. Our society is highly dependent upon a number of systems for daily operations. In the event of a long-term blackout not only would we have no electricity for food storage and household heating and cooling, we would likely lose other conveniences such as grocery stores, gas stations and even banks. Accidental hazards may include chemical spills or radiation exposure from nuclear power plants.
A terrorist hazard is another category that encompasses a number of potential dangers. And as we have experienced in the past 20 to 30 years, these are not always foreign threats. Many terrorist today are what are called “homegrown.” These are citizens attacking their own country, not an outside government or militant group. Terrorist attacks may come in the form of explosions or bombs, biological threats, chemical warfare, nuclear blasts or radiological dispersion devices, also called “dirty bombs.” Dirty bombs are considered more of a threat than nuclear warfare. These devices combine a traditional explosive device with radioactive material. Many terrorist hazards are more about causing economic disruption and psychological fear than they are about actually killing civilians.
The above doomsday theories are those the government generally acknowledges as possible threats. These are the ones they suggest we consider when making our doomsday prepping list.