Small objects are constantly colliding with the earth every day, and most go unnoticed. Large meteors however will very rarely cross Earth's orbit but one can never be too prepared for "the big one".
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released simple recommendations that will guide you in avoiding the apocolyptic devastation that astronomers tell us isn't a matter of "if" but rather "quite possibly any day now. . .I mean, you never know".
This excerpt from FEMA's guide on Preparing for an Extinction-sized Meteorite Impact should help you get ready for the earth shaking impact and the complete destruction to follow:
Preparing for an Extinction-sized Meteorite Impact - A FEMA Guide to your Health and SafetyYou too can improve the perception that you are doing something to make you and you loved ones safe by going to FEMA.gov and download the complete copy. The guide is expected to be updated sometime after December 2012.
In advance of death raining down from the heavans, Government agencies may issue health and safety advisories or recommendations as to how to prepare for the impending annihilation of all sentient life.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact your local or state emergency management department and pay close attention to the important instructions conveyed through their panicked screams.
Here are some tips for riding out the all-encompassing devastation.
- Be sure to stay indoors. The great majority of injuries during such an impact are cuts and abrasions caused by flying shards as well as huge chunks of the meteorite and earthly debris. Additionally, expect a fair amount of incineration from the molten planetary crust raining down from the skies.
- Make certain that you collect all essential medications --both prescription and over the counter-- for your emergency kit. You should then be able to adequately sedate or induce a state of detached euphoria for you and your family to ride out the destruction of all of humanity.
- No need to wear eye protection as the resulting fireball from the impact will likely be beyond the horizon so you'll be safe from any immediate thermal radiation. However, you'll want to reinforce windows and doors to guard against the 1,000 mph super-heated airblast encircling the globe.
- Collect your cold weather wear to ride out the decade-long winter created by the sun being obstructed by atmospheric ash and smoke. Temperatures could drop below freezing --even in the summer-- and because you'll be without electricity or a natural gas supply for years to come, you'll want to bundle up.
- Keep your clothes and perishables in sealed plastic bags so they don't get wet from the 800 meter-high tsunami that will destroy coastal communities worldwide.
- Pack up a couple of week's worth of canned and dry food items as well as bottles of water. In doing so, you'll keep yourself occupied and not worry yourself about the coming mass extinction event not seen since the end of the Permian some 250 million years ago.
- Develop a family emergency plan so everyone will know where to meet under the shadow of their impending doom.