The following is a paper that I wrote for my Composition Class. I did get an 86 on this paper. My biggest mistakes were grammatical errors
primarily, according to my teachers. This paper was turned in on the 24th of April of 2011 to give a perspective of the time it was written.
If the End Came Tomorrow
All around us there are natural disasters of differing magnitudes. Tsunami, floods, hurricanes or typhoons, wildfires, as well as, plagues of
insects or disease, each one of these disasters, seemingly increasing in number, to an eschatological survivalist, point at an apocalypse being upon
us. While those who cogitate the disasters anticipate and prepare, there are unmoved masses in this country and world who repudiate the eventuality
of a disaster materializing in their area. Perhaps they envisage the government actualizing their disaster relief plans, or conceivably they are not
ruminating about what may transpire out of trepidation of withstanding the inevitable. The aforementioned is impractical. Not only should an
eschatological survivalist have an emergency bag constructed, everyone should anticipate an impending natural disaster and have an emergency bag
There are hundreds, if not thousands of prophecies, with individuals of all faiths and creeds debating vehemently the translations of each individual
scripture. With these prophecies predicting everything from tornados, earthquakes, tsunami, nuclear disasters, hurricanes or typhoons, meteor strike,
as well as, plagues of insects and disease spreading in ever increasing numbers, it is not surprising that everywhere there are people crying that the
“End of the World” is upon us. It is even possible to have multiples of these disasters as we have recently seen in Japan. In a report by Nancy
Gibbs, entitled “Apocalypse Now”:
A TIME/CNN poll finds that more than one-third of Americans say they are paying more attention now to how the news might relate to the end of the
world, and have talked about what the Bible has to say on the subject. Fully 59% say they believe the events in Revelation are going to come true and
nearly one-quarter think the Bible predicted the Sept. 11 attack.(2)
Many of these individuals are what would be called “eschatological survivalists“, people who have studied the prophecies and realized that each
scripture does speak of a remnant that will survive. The increase in disasters may come from the increase in technology that connects the world, or
perhaps, there is a true increase. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has been able to detect the majority of earthquakes over a 6.0 since
the early 1940’s. Through a study of the charts on the site earthquake.usgs.gov...
it is possible to see that there has been a
steady increase since 1994. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) investigations into atmospheric and ocean phenomena have
shown a combination of increase in temperatures, hurricanes, and major storms over the past thirty years. The important fact to notice is that NOAA,
the USGS, and NASA have all launched more satellites, placed more sensors, and have better computers than were in use prior to the 1970’s. With the
increase in the ability to detect phenomena, it is inevitable that we would detect more in the way of disasters.
With the phenomena of the past ten years, one would surmise the people of the United States would be in readiness for any potential natural or
unnatural disaster. However, according to an investigation by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) in 2007:
Despite the high perceived threat, only one third (34%) of Americans have started preparing or are prepared for a major disaster: 24% of Americans
this year have been prepared for at least six months; and additional 10% are just beginning to prepare. Strikingly, 43% are not planning to do
anything about preparing. (3)
What makes this such a dichotomy is that the NCDP also found that “[n]early half the people (47%)
believe they will personally experience a disaster… within the next five years.(NCDP 3)” With the numbers that do envisage something happening
the inadequacy of preparedness is highly surprising.
The problem that the majority of individuals have in a natural disaster, apocalyptic situation, or even a simple house fire is that most people will
attempt to take more than needed. Mixed martial artist, Forrest Griffin, and self-trained survivalist Erich Krauss wrote a comedic approach to the
apocalypse entitled Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down, A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse. In this book they point out that:
Your Go Bag should contain everything you need to get from your house to your safe zone. Remember, you’re not going on a two-week camping trip:
You’re running to save your . . . life. As a result, you only want the bare essentials. If your Go Bag ends up weighing seventy-five pounds, you
will need a Sherpa. . . . Personally, my Go Bag weighs less than thirty pounds. (Griffin 61)
With this in mind, be certain that a personal emergency bag does not weigh more than 25 pounds, as most people, including children, can easily carry
this amount of weight for a long period. This can save lives.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have created a conglomeration of websites in
collaboration with the NCDP to give to the American people and the people of the world the information to be better prepared for any possible
disaster. The list includes, but is not excluded to, water, canned food, dried food, blankets, multiple changes of clothes, tents, backpacks, water
purification tablets, first aid kit, flash lights, batteries, dust mask, moist towlettes, garbag bags and plastic ties, wrench or pliers, can opener
for food, local maps, and cell phone with chargers(Ready America). In the report “Are You Ready?” FEMA states,
Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities,
families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate
their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs. (7)
With a few simple preparations, families and individuals will observe that they experience a facile and tranquil time during any disaster that may
come their way.
Every country, nation, city, and town experience a disaster at some point in its history. Some countries, such as Japan, unite and work together. In
other countries the people become nonsensical and begin rioting. With the proper preparation, however, every individual can weather any natural
disaster. Failure to be ready endangers not only one individual, but it endangers their family and friends. For this reason, not only should those
who expect the world to end at any moment be ready with an emergency preparedness bag, but every man, woman, and child should have at least the bare
minimum to survive for three days without support prepared at all times.
Department of Homeland Security “Printable Get-A-Kit”, ready.gov, DHS Ready America, 2010, Web. 15 April 2011.
Federal Emergency Management Association. Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness IS-22. Federal Emergency Management Association.
2010. Web. 15 April 2011.
Griffin, Forrest and Eric Krauss. Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down, A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. 2010.
Gibbs, Nancy “Apocalypse Now” TIME.com. TIME Online, 01 JULY 2002. Web. 17 April 2011.
National Center for Disaster Preparedness. The American Preparedness Project. Where the US Public Stands in 2007 on Terrorism, Security, and
Disaster Preparedness. National Center for Disaster Preparedness. 2007. Web. 15 April 2011.
United States Geological Survey, Earthquakes. United States Geological Survey. 2011, Web, 15 April 2011.
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