Threats

In a universe created by chaos on a planet with delicate ecosystems controlled by humans; we don't have to look very hard to find threats that jeopardize our safety and even our way of life. The majority of threats come from mother nature and our fellow humans in the form of natural disasters or man-made disasters.

Threat Index

The Prepper Life® threat index is a list of grouped dangers that have been identified as potential dangers and are commonly prepared for by Preppers. The world is full of threats and this list is not all encompassing. This list is in alphabetical order. We do feature dangers on the home page based on seasons and state of the union; however, circumstances vary amongst preppers, so the priority of this list is a personal perspective.

These groupings are not an all-encompassing list, they are just meant to make it easier to categorize the different types of threats for personal prioritization. We don't cover threats that are deemed to be sci-fi or supernatural in nature. Our authors are not preparing for a zombie apocalypse, extraterrestrials or unknown entities. Instead, we focus on practical dangers and risks inherit with life on earth. While the concept of an alien invasion is a fascinating subject, we like to focus on known threats and dangers.

What Are You Concerned About?

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Accidents

Acts of Violence

Artificial Intelligence

Cosmic Threats

Cyber Crimes & Identity Theft

Health Related Threats

Heat Related Threats

Robbery & Theft

Spontaneous Natural Disasters

Storm Related Threats

Systems Failure / Collapse

Threats of War

Wild Animals

Winter Related Threats

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Accidents
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Accidents happen and they happen regularly. Taking precautions can reduce accidents, but not eliminate them, so it is important to be prepared to handle accidents when they occur.

Taking precautions can help reduce the amount of accidents you encounter, but sometimes they are out of your control and just happen to you. Identifying dangers and being diligent when doing activities that could result in injury will also decrease accident threats. However, inevitably you will be involved in an accident. Whether in your home, out in public or in your car you should acknowledge that an accident could occur.

Accidents
Acts of Violence
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During times of civil unrest and economic down turns the threat of attacks and assault increase. Whether sparked by hate, associated with a robbery or just a situation that has gotten out of hand physical altercations can occur at any time. Be prepared and skilled to handle violent attacks and protect yourself.

Acts of Violence
Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has recently blossomed, and as it becomes more incorporated into our daily lives, the dangers need to be better understood and boundaries respected. The threats we face from AI aren't just wars with sentient androids. The existence of AI threatens jobs, creates security risks and poses ethical concerns. In the right hands it could benefit humanity greatly, but used irresponsibly, could change our existence in unimaginable ways.

Artificial Intelligence
Cosmic Threats
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The dangers coming from space pose more catastrophic threats. These scenarios range from electromagnetic pulses caused by solar flares to civilization ending cataclysms like large meteors. System disruptions can be caused by cosmic events, so they should be considered as threat scenarios. Because some of the cosmic threats are so devastating to our global existence, they require doomsday level preparations.

Cosmic Threats
Cyber Crimes & Identity Theft
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In a world where everything is done online and our data is being stored, sold and stolen we need to be aware of Identity and Data theft threats and take precautions. Threat actors (commonly referred to as hackers) a working hard every day to find new exploits in systems that contain value information. From personal data to financial data, your information is out there. The majority of applications, systems and databases on the internet have vulnerable weaknesses. Hackers are not the only online threat; predators use the internet to stalk the young and old alike, and the internet is not the only concern, you can be a victim of identity theft and fraud just by visiting a convenient store or going out to dinner.

Cyber Crimes & Identity Theft
Health Related Threats
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In the recent pandemic era, Coronavirus seems to be the most well-known health threat. The pandemic awakened many people to the concept of prepping and introduced a global threat highlighting the fragility of our existence. However, it is not the only health related threat we need to be prepared for.

The list of health-related threats decreases through prevention by living a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and physical activity. However, there are many ailments that humans suffer from that are outside of our control. You need to consider any ailments you or your family have that may need to be tended to in an emergency situation. In order to protect our families, we need to consider their physical and mental health to keep both in a healthy state.

Health Related Threats
Heat Related Threats
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Heatwaves can lead to an increased risk of wildfires due to the combination of hot and dry conditions that create a conducive environment for fires to ignite and spread rapidly. The prolonged exposure to high temperatures during a heatwave dries out vegetation, making it more susceptible to ignition from sources such as lightning strikes, human activities, or sparks. As a result, wildfires can erupt and escalate quickly, posing threats to homes, wildlife habitats, and natural ecosystems.

In addition to wildfires, heatwaves can exacerbate drought conditions by causing increased evaporation of water sources, reduced soil moisture, and diminished precipitation. The lack of rainfall during a heatwave contributes to water scarcity, crop failures, and agricultural losses, impacting food production and water supplies for communities. Drought conditions resulting from heatwaves can lead to water restrictions, crop damage, and economic hardships, affecting both rural and urban areas and necessitating conservation efforts to mitigate the consequences of prolonged dry spells.

Heat Related Threats
Robbery & Theft
Spontaneous Natural Disasters
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In her nurturing embrace, Mother Nature provides us with an abundance of resources that sustain all life forms on this planet. The lush green forests offer a sanctuary for countless species of plants and animals, while the vast plains and fertile soils support the growth of crops and sustain agricultural activities. The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures the survival and interdependence of various organisms, creating a harmonious web of life.

However, Mother Nature can also unleash her wrath and display her raw power through natural disasters. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods remind us of her immense force and the potential devastation they can bring. These events serve as a reminder of our vulnerability as human beings and the need for respect and caution when interacting with the natural world.

Spontaneous Natural Disasters
Storm Related Threats
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Storms can be dangerous due to their ability to unleash a combination of destructive forces, including strong winds, heavy rainfall, lightning, and flooding. High winds during storms can cause structural damage to buildings, uproot trees, and propel debris at high speeds, posing risks to infrastructure and personal safety. Additionally, storms can produce heavy rainfall that leads to flash flooding, river overflows, and landslides, jeopardizing homes, roads, and bridges and creating hazardous conditions for residents in affected areas.

Storm Related Threats
Systems Failure / Collapse
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We rely on a plethora of systems. For power, water, internet, supplies and much more we rely on systems. Our economy is a system, one that many are concerned with. Some systems are more stable than others of course, but from local systems to international systems breakdowns occur. From economic collapse to water shortages, we cover how to recognize system breakdowns and be prepared for them when the occur.

Systems Failure / Collapse
Threats of War
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We are in war times and every day it seems to get closer to American soil. Territorial and religious wars continue to decimate other parts of the world, while locally we become growingly concerned with civil unrest and talks of civil war. Even if we can find a way to come together as a country, we still have foreign threats with large scale military arsenals.

Threats of War
Wild Animals
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Types of dangerous animal threats vary based on the region and circumstances. Worldwide mosquitoes are responsible for the highest number of animal-related deaths each year by transmitting diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and Zika virus. Aggressive dogs, bees and wasps are also very common in most regions; however, sharks and bears are a bit less common for many locals.

Many regions have plenty of spiders, snakes and other wild animals that could be harmless, helpful or deadly. Learn to identify venomous threats, be prepared for bites and ward off threats. Depending on the animal and severity of the injury, your reaction time after a wild animal attack could mean the difference between life or death.

Wild Animals
Winter Related Threats
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Preppers focus on developing winter survival skills, such as building shelters, starting fires, and navigating snowy terrain, to enhance their self-reliance and ability to cope with winter threats. Understanding how to identify and treat cold-related illnesses, secure water sources in freezing conditions, and minimize the risks of accidents in icy environments are essential components of winter preparedness for preppers. By honing their cold weather survival skills, maintaining situational awareness, and practicing proactive risk management strategies, preppers aim to mitigate the threats of winter and emerge more resilient in the face of seasonal challenges.

Winter Related Threats