How to Plan For A Disaster Scenario and Survive if You’re Wrong

Survive a disaster scenario


At the center of every prepper is a great planner. Prepping is built around the idea of planning for unforeseen events to be ready when they come. But what if you plan for the wrong disaster and something you didn’t even see coming happens? You could be planning for a bank shutdown and an economic collapse, but instead a random solar flare knocks out all electronics and power.

Planning is great, and with a little help and foresight, you can learn how to plan for a disaster scenario and survive if you’re wrong.

Types of Disasters

There are as many types of world-ending disasters as a person could sit down and come up with, but a few major ones seem to persist, mostly because they are the most reasonable and possible ones.

  • Major weather-related natural disaster
  • Bank shutdown
  • Government shutdown
  • Atomic bomb
  • Major civil unrest
  • Bio-chemical attacks
  • Solar flare
  • Super volcano eruption
  • Meteorite strike
  • Major disease outbreak

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All of these are very possible ways for at least the world around you to end, if not the entire world. While all plausible, each is very unique in the preparation that is required. Building a Faraday cage is a great way to prepare for a massive solar flare, but would do you little to no good for a bank shutdown. The same goes for the respirators that would be needed in the wake of a super volcano and the little good they would do in a major weather-related disaster. So, how do you prepare for a disaster you feel is very real and possible while still hedging your survival in case you’re wrong?

Here are 5 tips to make sure you’re safe no matter what.

1. Get Back To Basics (GBTB)


Learning the basics of survival is probably the single-most important way you can prep for a disaster, no matter if it is natural or man-made. Learning from books like How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It by James Wesley Rawles and the Army survival manual are necessary ways to make sure you’re as ready as you can be. These will teach you how to survive using more than the things you stored away, and will keep you going for the long haul, no matter what disaster comes.

2. Commonality of Disasters


A great way to make sure you survive if something you didn’t plan for happens is to look at what the commonality is between various disasters and prep for those. This means that you should prepare the common items and skills that as many disasters share as possible.

Basics like shelf-stable food and water are necessary for every disaster out there, which is why this is where most people start. Many of the disaster types could involve airborne substances, whether they are diseases, fallout or chemical weapons, a good respirator seems like something that is commonly helpful, so this would be a great thing to prep.

3. Get The Proper Mindset


It’s easy to get wrapped up in a specific scenario, but when you take a step back, it’s easy to see you need to prep for overall disaster, not specific ones. Make a list of the top ten scenarios you feel are real and possible, and then order them in real-world probability. This will help get your head into the right mindset and start you thinking a little more macro and a little less micro.

Don’t prep because a specific natural disaster may occur, but rather prep because it is the smart thing to do and to make sure you’re ready for as much as possible.

4. Learn About Where You Live

where-you-live A major disaster will affect people differently based on where they live. A nuclear attack on major cities will affect people living near those cities very differently than those living in the middle of Montana.

The same goes for preparing for major earthquakes. If you live near the coast your preparations will be very different than someone living inland, since the coastal people also need to prepare for tsunamis. If a banking collapse happens you would want to get out of cities ASAP, but if you live farther away from cities, you would want to prepare less for immediate running and more for defense and security for the people leaving the cities.

Learn about where you live and think about how disasters will affect you and your area specifically, and prep for those ideas.

5. Take a Little From Each


Some EOTWAWKI events require special planning, and those should 100% not be overlooked, so take a little from each. Generators are very useful survival tools, so why not shield yours with a Faraday cage just in case? Gold and silver are most useful in a governmental collapse, but are always worth something, so toss them into the mix, too. Grab one or two major pieces of prepping from your list of disasters you made in tip #3 above and you’ll have a mix bag of survival that can be useful across the board.


Prepping is serious business. So serious that putting all your eggs in one basket is one of the worst things you can do. Mix things up and think about the probability of other SHTF scenarios to see what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Preparing for that one specific scenario is still fine, but you need to have a backup plan in case something else happens so you can still thrive and survive.

About the Author:


Brian is a technology nut who loves craft beer. Still a Boy Scout at heart, he believes in always being prepared. Brian believes the most important tools you can have when the SHTF are your brain and the ability to keep a level head, no matter what the situation is.


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