Be perfectly silent for a moment. Can you hear that ticking sound? If so, it might be the Doomsday Clock established decades ago by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The purpose of the clock is to warn humanity how close it is to losing the only planet we
know of that can support life.
The Bulletin was established by former Manhattan Project physicists after the atomic bombing of Japan. Way back when, the clock was set at seven minutes before midnight. Just recently it has moved to three minutes to midnight. And that means, according to Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin, “the probability of global catastrophe is very high.”
The folks who run the Bulletin still list the world’s 16,300 known nuclear weapons as the most likely cause of a potential global catastrophe. This could occur through an all-out war between two or more nuclear powers, the accidental launching of one or more nuclear weapons, or an attack by a rogue nation or individual terrorists.
But they also acknowledge that a global catastrophe could be the result of extreme weather events, pandemics or other manmade or natural disasters. The point is, they believe the world is as close as it’s ever been to experiencing an event that could kill billions of people and change life as we know it on planet Earth. Forever.
Now, I don’t know if something that catastrophic will occur during our lifetimes. But I know one thing for certain. At least some of us and possibly all of us will be negatively affected by some kind of disaster in the future and will find ourselves needing food, water and other necessities. So, I’ll say what I’ve said countless times. Be prepared. Whether you collect your own supplies or purchase them from a preparedness company, get ready for a crisis. And do it now before it’s too late.
Here’s a great question to ask yourself. Am I prepared for a disaster that would involve me taking care of my needs and those of my family for one year without any outside help? If not, now is the time to put yourself in that position. Doing that will provide you
with a wonderful thing called peace of mind…no matter what time the Doomsday Clock says it is.
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