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What if they have it right?

Published 11:14pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

According the ancient Mayan calendar, the world is going to end — today. The idea gives one pause, doesn’t it? But there have been plenty of doomsday prophecies in the past that didn’t quite pan out: the 2011 end-times prediction is one. Predicted by American Christian radio host Harold Camping, the rapture and judgment day would take place on May 21, 2011. Of course, May 21, 2011, came and went and it was business as usual.
So, here we are again at the end of the world. If you’re one to worry about the prospect, or think that today will offer up a cataclysmic event that will, at least, change the world as we know it, then the American Red Cross has some advice for you.
The American Red Cross’ apocalypse advice looks strangely similar to its other disaster-response advice. The agency recommends keeping a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food (for each family member) and stocking a emergency kit with flashlights, extra batteries, first-aid essentials, sanitary supplies, a cellphone and charger, extra cash, blankets, a multipurpose tool, a hand-crank radio, a map and your personal documents. All of this should be loaded into an easy-to-carry bag, in case a quick apocalypse escape is in order.
Considering the time of year, we recommend you consider packing a few holiday essentials: at least one strand of Christmas lights, cookies and milk for Santa, some eggnog and a couple of fruitcakes (these can be considered nonperishable). These items are entirely optional for your end-of-the-world emergency kit.
In all seriousness, an impending apocalypse may be just the motivator needed to get an emergency pack, and plan, in order. Whether the end of the world is nigh, or no, it’s an opportunity to get prepared for whatever disaster may be waiting in the near or distant future.

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