Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse

One of the main elements the characters in my Cantati Chronicles Series deals with is the end of the world. I admit I’ve always had a fascination with the topic. Stories abound these days that include the apocalypse; either the hero and heroine avert it, survive it, or in some cases, cause it. That theme has been one which has fascinated mankind since the dawning of civilization. We have wondered how our story would end I think in large part because our individual stories have a beginning and an end date. Pretty morbid, you might think. However, in my humble opinion it’s just a matter of time and this former girl scout plans on being prepared. There are a plethora of books and movies which examine how society and people would function in various apocalypse scenarios. One question that is addressed quite often is will we lose what makes us inherently human and civilized should the world fall. At the heart of these stories, all human artifice is removed and catapults what is truly important in life to the forefront.

From all the research I have gathered on global, world ending events there seems to be some cohesive thought on how you would survive an apocalypse. I’ve whittled them down into what I consider the top five. And without further ado they are:

  1. Dress Appropriately. Ditch the heels, and any item of clothing that is not functional for walking long distances in varying weather conditions.
  2. Have a bug-out bag ready with all the essentials, medical supplies, water, food like protein bars that won’t spoil quickly, compass, map, flashlights, batteries, and anything useful.
  3. Choose your weapons with care. You’ll be on the move and won’t want anything too heavy or physically hindering. Also, use the style of weapon that best suits you and your defensive abilities. If you don’t know, check out your local gym or YMCA for classes on self defense, martial arts, and the local gun range.
  4. Understand your terrain. The last places you would want to go for safety are hospitals and malls. They have too many windows and usually have far too many entrances that you’d never be able to secure. Also, hospitals are usually where the first wave of whatever contagion (if it is a contagion based attack) spreads first and where it tends to spread the fastest. You would do far better to hide in your attic.
  5. Plan your escape. If you have to leave your home, remember to avoid urban areas and large groups of people. Have a few routes mapped out for the just in case scenario. Just like we had fire drills in school, it is far better to be prepared for an emergency.

If the apocalypse happened, which of your heroes &/or heroines you have read about would you want as your ally to help you survive the apocalypse and why?


Bestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.

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One Response to Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Maggie,

    Thinking about an apocalypse is scary stuff. We had our water go out for a day and I couldn’t do a simple thing like flush the toilet. But I would hope people would be as generous and kind even amid a disaster 🙂

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