24 Overlooked Disasters Every Prepper Should Plan For

Preparing for any situation is becoming more popular in today’s uncertain world. Whether natural disasters, financial crises, or even a zombie apocalypse, preppers are always planning and gathering supplies to survive. However, there are some worst-case scenarios that even dedicated preppers might miss. These potential disasters, often overlooked, have the power to greatly disrupt our lives unexpectedly. Here, we explore the overlooked worst-case scenarios that preppers should prepare for to be truly ready for any future event. Get ready to expand your disaster preparedness skills, as these abilities could be crucial sooner than you think!

1. Biological Threats

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Preppers usually gather food, water, and medical supplies for emergencies, but they might forget about the risk of biological disasters. These dangers include natural outbreaks like pandemics or deliberate bioterrorism acts. Preppers should have protective gear and medicines for potential illnesses and outbreaks to prepare for such threats.

2. Extended Economic Crisis

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Preppers usually stash food and essentials for short-term emergencies, but preparing for a long-lasting economic crisis is critical. During a prolonged economic downturn, resources might get scarce, leading preppers to expand their resources and learn skills like gardening and bartering to adjust to the financial crisis.

3. Multiple Infrastructure Failure

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Infrastructure breakdowns are expected in a disaster or apocalypse, but preppers might miss the domino effects. If a hurricane knocks out power and disrupts water supply, transport, and communication, it can cause a chain reaction that could prevent people from getting basic needs.

4. EMP Attack

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In today’s digital age, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack can cause significant disruption, disabling electronic devices and disrupting communication networks, transportation systems, and other technology reliant on electricity. Some preppers prepare by using manual tools, alternative energy sources such as solar panels, and independent communication channels. Still, the effects extend beyond power loss to potential panic, chaos, and looting as individuals strive to cope without modern conveniences.

5. Civil Unrest

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In times of tension and political unrest, civil disturbances and riots can break out, causing chaos and danger for individuals caught in the middle. Civil unrest can lead to a breakdown of law and order, and being prepared can ultimately mean the difference between life and death in a dangerous situation.

6. Lack of Law Enforcement

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While many preppers take self-defense classes and have guns and ammo to defend themselves, in a truly apocalyptic scenario, there may be little to no law enforcement or emergency services available. This lack of protection and assistance from authorities can leave individuals and their loved ones vulnerable to attacks from desperate and dangerous individuals.

7. Super Volcanoes

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While many preppers gear up for hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, supervolcano eruptions are one major event to watch out for. These massive volcanoes can spew tons of ash and rock, causing widespread devastation and maybe even a global volcanic winter. Being ready for this is no easy task!

8. Pandemics

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In recent years, pandemics have become a major concern for preppers. The outbreak of diseases such as Ebola, Zika virus, and COVID-19 has shown us just how quickly viruses can spread globally and cause chaos. Preparing for a possible pandemic involves stocking up on medical supplies, having plans to isolate yourself from infected areas, and maintaining proper hygiene practices.

9. Hazardous Material Release

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Chemical spills, nuclear accidents, and other hazardous material releases can happen anywhere and at any time, and these incidents can be even more dangerous as they can spread quickly and have long-term effects on the environment and human health. Preppers may also consider stocking up on protective gear such as gas masks and hazmat suits to protect themselves in such situations, as well as a plan for decontamination.

10. AI Takeover

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While this may seem like a plot from a science fiction movie, some experts believe that the rise of artificial intelligence could threaten humanity. While some preppers may think this is too far-fetched, they should consider it a potential disaster scenario and prepare accordingly.

11. Asteroid Impact

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The possibility of an asteroid impact causing massive destruction on Earth is a genuine concern for many scientists, but not all preppers are concerned. However, for those who are, preparations may include building underground bunkers or shelters and stocking up on supplies to survive in a post-impact world.

12. Garbage and Pollution

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How do you prepare for an over-accumulation of garbage and pollution? It is a growing concern in many parts of the world that landfills are overflowing and oceans are filled with plastic, which could lead to an environmental disaster. Preppers should take this seriously and find ways to reduce their own waste. They should also consider investing in filtration systems or water purification methods to ensure access to clean drinking water in case of pollution.

13. Deoxygenation

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Another environmental issue that preppers may not be aware of is deoxygenation, which is the depletion of oxygen in our oceans, leading to massive fish die-offs and disrupting marine ecosystems. Preppers should consider investing in oxygen tanks or air filtration systems to ensure access to clean air in case of a decrease in oxygen levels to prepare for this.

 14. Gamma Ray Bursts

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One of the more extreme disaster scenarios that preppers may not have considered is a gamma-ray burst, which is a sudden and intense release of high-energy radiation from deep space. This type of event could potentially destroy our ozone layer and cause widespread destruction on Earth.

15. Polar Shifts

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Polar shifts, also called geomagnetic reversals, are natural phenomena in which the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse. These events can disrupt navigation systems and potentially trigger extreme weather patterns and heightened volcanic activity. Preppers should also consider the long-term effects of polar shifts on agriculture and plan for sustainable food sources.

16. Violent Gangs

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Many preppers are ready to defend their home, stockpiles, and families from intruders, but they may not be ready for the violent gangs that could form after a disaster. In a post-apocalyptic world, resources will be scarce, and large groups of criminals may resort to violence to obtain what they need.

17. An Alien Invasion

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While an alien invasion might seem far-fetched, it’s not entirely out of the question. Meeting extraterrestrial beings could be on the horizon as tech and space exploration advance. Preppers should consider the chance of an alien invasion and devise ways to stay hidden and avoid unfriendly encounters with aliens.

18. Ice Caps Melting

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Climate change is causing a rise in temperatures, resulting in the melting of ice caps and the potential release of ancient bacteria that have been dormant for thousands of years. Preppers can not know what bacteria could be released and how it might affect the environment or human health, but they can have a plan for dealing with potential outbreaks.

19. Wildfires

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Wildfires have increased in frequency and severity due to climate change, destroying homes and habitats. Since a wildfire can destroy a prepper’s shelter and food supplies, it is tough to prepare for them. But, preppers can take measures such as creating fire breaks around their property and having emergency evacuation plans.

20. Extreme Weather Events

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While preppers may be ready for the next pandemic, they may not be prepared for extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, that are becoming more frequent due to climate change. These events can cause power outages, destruction of homes and property, and disruptions in transportation and communication.

21. Prolonged Isolation

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Another scenario that preppers may need more preparation for is prolonged isolation due to a disaster or emergency. In the case of a pandemic, preppers may have stocked up on food and supplies, but they may not have considered the toll that prolonged isolation can take on mental health.

22. Soil Degradation

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Preppers who stockpile food may not realize that their supplies can run out fast due to soil degradation and food insecurity. Climate change, land overuse, and erosion can lead to reduced agricultural production, challenging preppers’ reliance on emergency food for long periods.

23. Nuclear Disasters

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Preppers who are preparing for natural disasters may not have considered the possibility of nuclear disaster. Even with preparation, they may not realize the lasting effects of nuclear fallout on the environment and food supply. In addition, nuclear disasters can also lead to government-mandated evacuations, making it difficult for preppers to access their stockpiled supplies.

24.Cyber Attacks

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Cyber-attacks have become a growing concern for preppers, and a large-scale cyber attack could disrupt the power grid and communication systems on a scale that would make it difficult to access food supplies and resources. Furthermore, if the attack impacts supply chains, preppers may face challenges restocking their supplies, emphasizing the need for sustainable storage practices.

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This list extends beyond the basic survival trio of water, food, and weapons. It’s a given that we need to stock up on water, food, and a way to defend ourselves and what we have. But what other things will you need in a survival situation? None of us truly knows what TEOTWAWKI will really look like, although most of us have theories we think most likely. But whatever the situation is, there are certain supplies that it just makes sense to have on hand, aside from the obvious trio I mentioned above.

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