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Sometimes abbreviations and terms
In this post we are going to define and explore TEOTWAWKI which stands for “THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT”.
This phrase and abbreviation brings up a lot of different situations depending on who is reading it.
TEOTWAWKI means the end of the societal framework, comforts, and safety net
TEOTWAWKI for one person may seem like nothing to another person.
Have you ever met someone that panics if everything doesn’t go exactly how they want it? Well, to them it may seem like the end of the world if something fairly common yet unpleasant happens. For example, a winter storm that leads to them not being able to make an event they looked forward to or just having to stay at home and survive on what they have in the kitchen, may seem like TEOTWAWKI. We live in a very pampered society
Perspective from different backgrounds shows how people are shaped into expecting a certain level of comfort, respect, and treatment.
Unless you are
Methods For Dealing With TEOTWAWKI
Having a good mindset during any stressful situation is going to be to your benefit.
I cannot help but include this video of the REM song “The End Of The World As We Know It”. If you listened to
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO IS PREPARE NOW! THIS IS WHY WE PREP. YOU MAY NEVER NEED SOME OF THE THINGS YOU PUT BACK BUT HAVING THEM CAN OFFER YOU CONFIDENCE AND PEACE OF MIND THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE OK IF SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN.
Consider what type of person you really are and prepare for that person, not someone else. That goes for other members of your family and group. You may love them but they have positives and negatives just like everyone else.
Sometimes it is hard to be honest with ourselves about who we are and the personalities of those we love. For example someone may be very good at cooking but drive you nuts when it comes to picking up after themselves. It is important to highlight strengths and use them to the advantage of your group. If you know someone is bad at something or resistant to it and has been for a long time, you might try to encourage them to give it another go but you also might consider if it is a battle worth fighting or if time would be better spent assigning tasks and preparing for each person based on who they really are, not what everyone or just you wishes they are.
Keep it in perspective
Is it really TEOTWAWKI or are you being dramatic because you are upset? Are you just having a personal crisis that may be horrible but is something that is common for people to have to face throughout life?
Some things I consider a TEOTWAWKI situation
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- Long term electrical grid down situation
- War within the USA
- Nuclear incidents that force the relocation of many people
- Massive wildfires
- Government breakdown that leads to the safety net so many rely on suddenly not being there
- Severe or terminal illness of myself or a loved one
- A sudden shift in weather patterns that leads to crop loss or areas becoming inhospitable to live in. Lack of rainfall in an agriculture reason for many years in a row would be an example.
- Lack of access to basic medical care for an extended
period of time
- Major flooding leading to other problems
- Volcanic eruptions causing a high number of fatalities and a year or more without a growing season
- Major earthquakes causing massive damage to infrastructure and loss of life
TEOTWAWKI means a lot of the things we enjoy daily will no longer be available and we may not
Here are some examples of things that are taken for granted in society today that would be limited or not at all available during a TEOTWAWKI situation.
The food and beverage we want to eat always being available.
During a long emergency like TEOTWAWKI, you
Caffeinated energy drinks and sodas will not just come in a cheap and readily available can. If you want something like
Alcohol seems to almost always be available in some form during a lot of TEOTWAWKI situations but it
Transportation will be limited and not as fast
Well, if a real crisis happens, fuel will be harder to get and possibly not be available at all. It may take longer to get places even if there is some fuel
Alternative transportation that doesn’t take gas or diesel will become more common, especially in areas that are very car dependent at the moment.
Water may be trickier to get and it will need to be filtered or treated before consuming.
Water from the tap in cities
Every drop you consume will have to
No internet, social media, or electronic books
So many people get all their information online. E-books have made it possible for people to have vast collections of books without the bulk. In an increasingly mobile society,
I can buy a used paper copy of a book for much less than the
Constant access to the online world is something that I battle with. It can be hard to disconnect when you work and socialize online. I live on a farm outside of town and most of my friends are scattered across the US and around the world due to the nature of what I do. Writing has made me friends with people that I would never have known otherwise. I like to talk to other prepper writers and I would miss that social connection with people I actually have something in common with besides my husband.
During a TEOTWAWKI situation, we are all going to have to get used to living in a world that suddenly seems smaller and more lonely. Perhaps this will cause some to make friends closer to home but as divided as people are, I doubt it is that simple. Families are simply not used to working together and having to provide each other with entertainment and conversation.
Long term isolation from friends and family that you are used to seeing in real life and not just online. Any entertainment venues you are used to going to will not be a realistic option any longer.
Driving 10-20 miles to see friends and family or have dinner on the weekends may seem super easy now but during a TEOTWAWKI situation, 10 miles might as well be on the moon. Roads could be hard to navigate and fuel may be scarce. It might be too dangerous to travel that far from home and leave your home unguarded.
If you like to go out and see live music sometimes, you might have to settle for staying at home and listening to
The companionship of others at your local coffee shop or brew pub will become a distant memory of life before.
Medical care will be limited or non-existent
While it is easy to complain about the legitimate issues with the health care system in the United States, there is at least some comfort in knowing that if you really need to see a medical professional, there is one available that is required to see you regardless of ability to pay.
During a major situation there is not going to be instant care and what you do get may not be at all up to the level you need. During a TEOTWAWKI situation you and your family will need to be ready to provide your own medical care. To do this well you will need to learn some medical skills and put together a kit that contains some major medical supplies and medications. Anyone that is on prescription medications should put back as much as they can or find alternatives to treat their condition.
Lack Of Sanitation and Hygiene
During a TEOTWAWKI situation, it will be harder to keep clean. You can do better by preparing now.
Hopefully you are considering how to keep you and and your family clean during an emergency. It is easy to concentrate on the basic needs of food, water, and shelter, and not consider how much work it will be to maintain a basic level of hygiene so one is not susceptible to infections and illness. Without indoor plumbing and hot water on demand, it can be easy for people to forget to take extra steps to stay clean enough to be healthy. Soap and the ability to heat up some water can make all the difference but you will have to take the time and set aside the money to put back some items like soap, wet wipes, feminine hygiene items, and more.
You will be forced to see and do some very difficult and heartbreaking things
War is hell. This is an expression I have heard from soldiers all my life. War is not the only time when someone may be forced to make some very difficult decisions or see some awful things that they can do nothing about. Although it sounds awful to say, there is a point when bad becomes the norm and people find ways to deal. Not always, but often. If people did not have this ability then soldiers would not be able to get through what they do.
Many people have led a blessed life in more ways than they realize. A lot of those reading this have experienced some trauma and pain that is beyond the norm but I bet a lot have never even seen an animal butchered let alone someone lose their life for a petty reason.
What you can do
I am not a big fan of writing something on a tough subject and not including some solutions or at least some ways to make a situation better. Here is a brief list of what you can do to get through a TEOTWAWKI situation.
- Create a food storage plan for you and your family. If you can afford it, put back some extra food to help others. It doesn’t have to be the fanciest survival food out there to be a big help or possibly saves someone’s life.
- Have some extra water on hand but make sure you have a way to filter water for yourself and others during a long emergency.
- Put back food and medication for your pets. No one wants to be in the position of not being able to feed their pet during an emergency.
- Strive to achieve a higher level of physical fitness and a good body weight now. The healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to do what it takes to get through and help out your loved ones.
- Start practicing the art of calming down and keeping things in perspective. We live in a society where drama and overreaction are encouraged all too often.
- Teach your children the importance of not overreacting to small inconveniences. I know parents that will put a Band-Aid on a child even if there is not even a cut because their child overreacts to something that is just slight discomfort. This teaches a kid they will get attention if they overreact and as a result, they will act this way every time something displeases them. That is not a good life lesson.
- Consider what you can do to prevent the personal situations that would seem like TEOTWAWKI to you. Some things may be totally beyond your control but some things may not be. Perhaps striving to be more self-sufficient could prevent some of these things?
- Read some stories about how others have overcome terrible situations. There is so much you can learn from people that have been through a situation that was TEOTWAWKI for them. I recommend reading
Selcoand Jose’s articles over at The Organic Prepper.
- Plan out how you will keep clean and healthy during a long emergency.
- Put together some items to help keep you and your family entertained and take their mind off the hardship and toil of the situation they are in.