Close this search box.

Global Alerts

20 Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW



Feature | Disaster | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Global catastrophes aren't limited to earthquakes and hurricanes.

The WHO has announced that coronavirus has reached pandemic status.

Just a few months ago, no one had ever heard of this virus. Now, store shelves are empty and businesses are shut down.

Did you see how quickly that happened?

This means that you can never be too prepared.

Here's the types of global catastrophes you should be putting a plan together for now.

Global Catastrophes You Need to Be Aware and Prepared For

1. Economic Collapse

One of the lesser-known possible global catastrophes is the economic collapse. With our dependence on everything automated and instant, we are bound for these catastrophes, indeed. Find ways to become less dependent on the economic and financial systems of the world.

Forex and Stock Market | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

How about investing in a piece of land you can build into your bug out place later if SHTF? You can grow your own food or raise your own animals to become self-sufficient in case of economic collapse.

The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse
  • Fernando "Ferfal" Aguirre (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 254 Pages - 09/11/2009 (Publication Date) - Fernando Aguirre (Publisher)

2. Water Crisis

The latest study by NASA, reports that out of the 37 largest aquifers worldwide, 21 of these are used up much quicker than they are refilled.

In fact, it is not getting any better with droughts occurring on every continent. Under those circumstances, you will have to dig ponds and bury cisterns. You also need to collect 55-gallon drums of treated water. Cut leaks and determine the use of water by importance as well as a necessity, too.

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
  • Pearce, Fred (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 03/15/2007 (Publication Date) - Beacon Press (Publisher)

3. Earthquakes

One of the most feared global catastrophes is what they've dubbed the “big one”— an earthquake going off the scale. Sadly, predicting when, where, and how strong an earthquake is easier said than done.

House Collapse | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Despite attempts to deal with the destruction, we must still learn to practice the drop, cover, and hold-on technique.

Having an earthquake preparedness kit ready and within reach is most important, too.

4. Space Weather or Solar Kill Shot

This is a rare, yet one of the likely global catastrophes that can happen, and it is also very unpredictable. If it does happen, it can result in a total power grid failure.

Preparing solar panels and manual charging tools are a must. If possible, make hydropower equipment your fallback options.

5. Floods

Flooding is considered a by-product of global warming and other weather factors. However, it's also been one of the threats to human survival throughout history.

Unpredictable rainfalls, the rise in sea levels, and increased risk of coastal flooding — these are only among the tragedies bound to happen.

Flood and heavy rain | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Partnering with GFP (Global Flood Partnership) and GloFAS (Global Flood Awareness System) is a great effort. It ensures proper, systematic, well-planned preparations on a global scale.

Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Freitag, Bob (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

6. Heat Waves

The most fatal heat wave claimed 70,000 victims in Europe back in 2003. Luckily, predicting heat waves advanced these recent years. But still, keep your fingers on the pulse.

Try to know the heat wave terms used by weather forecasters. Then, listen closely to local weather forecasts or NOAA Weather Radio. You can also undergo First Aid training in heat-related emergencies. Most important of all, plan and prepare with your family on a regular basis.

7. Wildfires

More often than not, wildfires are also caused by heat waves. You can start preparing by placing a defensible space around your home or property.

Then, clear it from combustible materials including dying trees and shrubberies. For a complete guide, you can check

8. Tsunami

This is one of the global catastrophes which can happen anywhere and everywhere at once. Different forms of underwater disruptions can trigger these global catastrophes. Among them are a landslide, volcanic eruption, and an earthquake.

Tsunami seaquake | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Even a huge meteorite falling from space can also cause these catastrophes.

In these events, it is best to know your local tsunami early warning system. Make some evac and disaster plans beforehand. Here are what you can do to prepare for a tsunami and what you can do during a tsunami.

9. Volcanic Eruption

Another one of the global catastrophes survivalists watch out for is the eruption of the supervolcanoes. Scientists of the USGS Volcano Hazards Program work to track volcanic activity. Along with other partners they try to determine the earliest sign of a possible eruption.

Scientists from the U.S. Volcano Observatories and local government officials work to ensure safety. It is then, your responsibility to learn, follow, and prepare for such emergency situations.

10. Hurricanes

The proper way to prepare for such a disaster is by having your property insured. You have to make sure it is a recognizable brand, proven, and tested by major calamities. Additionally, it must have the capacity to deal with claims and so much more.

Hurricane typhoon | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Don’t forget to have a safe room installed in your house, too. Watch out for storm surge warnings and evacuate if needed.

RELATED: 20 Ways To Prepare For An Economic Collapse

11. Drought

Learn how to grow a garden in dryer and hotter circumstances and apply good soil maintenance. Make sure you manage your livestock and keep them healthy, too.

Reducing the risk to honey bee hives and protecting the next harvest are a few tips to get ready for a drought.

12. Tornado

It is a must for you and your family to practice a tornado drill on a regular basis. Continued practice will become almost like second nature should such a disaster occur.

Powerful tornado | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

First, get rid of the damaged branches of surrounding trees. Then, secure loose furniture and things the strong winds can pick up and become a projectile.

13. Landslides

It can be a result of an earthquake, flood, volcanic eruption, and strong winds. Proper land management can either lessen or prevent landslides from happening.

Here is what you need to know to prepare for a landslide, and what you can do during and after a landslide.

14. Snow and Hailstorms

Advance planning will cut damages brought about by these disasters. Fortifying and storm-proofing your home is best.

Keeping your family ready at all times by devising an emergency plan with a kit isn’t enough, so make sure you insure your home with a proven and tested company.

15. Thunderstorms and Lightning

Identify risk areas and listen to a certified NOAA Weather Radio to get warnings. Have a thunderstorm and lightning safety plan — one that can give you enough time for you and your family to get to safety.

Thunderstorm | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Stay indoors and refrain from using a corded phone. You should also steer clear of water pipes, wiring, and electrical equipment.

16. Sinkholes

Sinkholes occur due to man-made or natural causes and can be deadly, too.

Check for crack formation on a structure’s foundation and small holes around your property. Check with state or local geological surveys, USGS, or country offices if soluble rocks are prominent in geological maps of your country.

17. Infectious Diseases

The chance of getting infected with a communicable disease is very high. Superbugs with antibiotic resistance are one of the threats to human health. Know more about infectious diseases, and partner with health organizations if possible.

Proper communications will help advance detection efforts by citizens and the government. This will enable prompt detection of new infectious diseases, thus, prevents the disease from spreading.

18. Simultaneous Terrorist Attacks

The risks of terrorism are an all too real threat to many people around the world. Although the government strengthens security and Intel, as a citizen, we also have a role.

We should take our part to determine possible risks during our daily activities.

Man holding gun | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Immediately report suspicious activities to the proper authorities. This way we can help stop the threat then and without delay. If worse comes to worst, make sure you're prepared to defend yourself and your family.

19. World War 3

How many times have we heard over the years that we are on the brink of this global catastrophe? If this happens, everything you know on an ordinary day will be utterly useless.

To survive, make sure you’re physically fit and that your financial dealings have been all sorted out. Then, build up different means to generate income.

Choose which news to watch and don’t leave any cookies online for third parties to learn what you’re up to.

20. Nuclear Bomb Radiation and Sickness

To survive a nuclear war or attack, always have an alternative bug-out location that will be your atomic shelter. Plan ahead by stockpiling your basic needs. Start with non-perishable food, water, medical supplies, and other miscellaneous items.

Continuously monitoring the news is a must. Additionally, don’t cease to learn more about different types of nuclear weapons. Also, try to know their respective effects on the human body.

Food and water are essential to surviving most of these global catastrophes. Find out how to easily build a 2-week emergency food supply in this video from City Prepping:

Global catastrophes are inevitable where some can be prevented but some cannot. In the end, all we can do is prepare and brace ourselves for impact.

We hope this guide to global catastrophes and disaster awareness and preparedness will help give you a fighting chance whatever the future hurls at you. What you know is key to your survival!

Have you lived through any one of the catastrophes in recent history? Share your survival experience with us in the comments section below!

Up Next: Urban EDC: Tools For The Best Urban Everyday Carry Kit

For awesome survival gear you can’t make at home, check out the Survival Life Store!

Follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterTumblr, and Pinterest!

Placard | Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 12, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Last update on 2024-07-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Continue Reading


  1. Pingback: 20 Global Catastrophes to Prepare For NOW – Survive The Outdoors

  2. William H Marrs

    January 14, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    When you get OFF OF the “Global Warming” – Make ALGore Rich scheme – I will listen to you. And NOT BEFORE !

  3. Patrick Hayes

    January 14, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Hmmm….this must be a government backed website with all the global warming propaganda on it. Guess I just wasted my time reading this site. Most of the info was great except for the GW plugs.

  4. Tim

    January 14, 2018 at 9:27 PM

    So sick of the f……g stupid Global warming ignorance there Al. 50 years ago when I was in Kindergarten, scientist knew then there was, were, and has been, global warming and cooling cycles every 1,500 years and that was almost 50 years before old Al got high on tree hugging pot and read some NCAR article so they could retain their yearly grant and keep their coffee cup holding job. Enough with the stupidity or I will find some other way to fill my time. I learned growing up how to be self sufficient and live off the grid. Most of what is posted here is minor trivial stuff anyway. Post something along the lines of how to dig a fallout shelter next to your house without anyone seeing of finding out.

  5. Jeff Poole

    January 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    And yet you say not one word about an EMP event. Probably one of the top three possibilities, if not the #1 most likely to occur. Leaves me thinking this isn’t a serious article on the subject of SHTF situations. There are a number of your scenarios that are very local in nature. Sinkholes, for example.
    This really appears to be more of a backdoor attempt at “global warning” propaganda than anything else.
    Go away boy, you bother me.

  6. Pingback: 20 Global Catastrophes to Prepare For NOW - Modern Survival Living

  7. Pingback: 20 Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW - Survive!

  8. Pingback: 20 Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW

  9. Pingback: Building Evacuation Kit: High-Rise Survival Tips | Survival Life

  10. Pingback: Building Evacuation Kit: High-Rise Survival Tips – Ultimate Survival Alerts

  11. Pingback: Rule of Threes: The Basic Guide To Survival | Survival Life

  12. Pingback: Meds for Survival Kit | 17 Must-have OTC Meds | Survival Life

  13. Pingback: 17 OTC Meds For Survival Kit | Primitive technology

  14. Pingback: 17 OTC Meds For Survival Kit – Ultimate Survival Alerts

  15. Pingback: Rule Of Threes: The Basic Guide To Survival

  16. Pingback: Rule Of Threes: The Basic Guide To Survival – Ultimate Survival Alerts

  17. Pingback: Flood Survival Tips | How To Survive Before, During, And After A Flood | Primitive technology

  18. Pingback: Self-Defense - The 4th Pillar of Survival: Conquering The Cornerstones

  19. Pingback: Conquering The Cornerstones: Self-Defense – The 4th Pillar Of Survival – Ultimate Survival Alerts

  20. Pingback: Conquering The Cornerstones: Self-Defense – The 4th Pillar Of Survival

  21. Pingback: Ways To Prepare For Economic Collapse | 12 Things You Should Do | Primitive technology

  22. Pingback: Ways To Prepare For Economic Collapse | 12 Things You Should Do - Survival Gear Review

  23. Pingback: Surviving Global Warming [PODCAST] | Survival Life – The Self-Sufficient Life

  24. Pingback: Surviving Global Warming [PODCAST] – Alive After USA Fall

  25. Pingback: Surviving Global Warming [PODCAST] | Survival Life – surviveurself

  26. Pingback: Surviving Global Warming [PODCAST] | Best Go Bag

  27. Pingback: Surviving Global Warming [PODCAST] | Survival Life - My Blog

  28. Pingback: 20 Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW – Bulletproof Survivors

  29. Pingback: How to Survive a Nuclear War: 10 Ways to Stay Alive - Primal Survival

  30. Pingback: Global Catastrophes To Prepare For NOW –

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply



Enter for a chance to WIN a pair of these Tactical Boots when you sign up today for our exclusive email newsletter subscription.