Let me just start by saying that there is no specific way to know when it is happening but there are a lot of signs that can lead up to a devastating event. I also want to say that even though I use the term apocalypse, I don’t necessarily mean the biblical version of the apocalypse. I don’t think that there will be four horsemen raining down death and destruction on the planet. What I mean by the term apocalypse is that, it is any even out of the ordinary that requires you to deviate from your normal lives in order to stay alive.
This first clue that devastation is coming, is a lack of electrical power. With electricity, you can star warm in winter, cook the bacteria out of your food and live a generally comfortable life. With out electrical power, you lose all of these essentials and so much more. A short power outage can be mistaken for a long term failure of the electrical grid but the way to tell that the power infrastructures that the governments around the world have build have gone down for good is to wait a least a week. This is a good rule for developed nations that can easily fix any problems but in less developed and third world countries, the power might stay down for a lot longer time.
Some other signs, that the end is here or you are going to have to get ready for a survival situation, are extreme environmental conditions. These conditions include things like, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural forces that are equally devastating. In some regions, like the pacific rim the Caribbean and middle America, natural disasters like these are a seasonal occurrence and should not be considered a sign of the coming apocalypse.
There are many people that feel that the end is coming because of prophets that can claim to see the future. Just so you know, the end of the world has been predicted several hundred times and they have been wrong every time. We are still here and chugging along as normal. Here is a list of dates that the apocalypse was predicted. So just because the Mayan calendar ends, it probably only means that it is time to get a new Mayan calendar. Hopefully.
Another way to tell if you are going to entrenched in a situation that requires a set of survival skills and some prepared emergency kits is war. So far, North America has been pretty much war free for the past 200 years. That is a pretty good record for anywhere on the planet but there is still a small chance that there might be a war brought to our home shores. If this happens, you have a few more choices than you would during other kinds of disasters. The first choice would be to sign up and fight on the front lines along side me, or you could stay home and guard your house and contribute to the war effort in any means that you can.
Although war is a good sign that the end is near, modern times have dictated that old fashioned wars between two countries is a bit of an out dated idea, especially since the good ol’ U.S.A. can absolutely demolish any country when it comes to military power. The new wars will be ones of finances. The United States of America currently owes China over $1.2 trillion dollars. What this means is that China could possibly topple the U.S. economy. This could lead to another great depression where you and your family are going to have to start breeding rabbits to eat.
This massive financial collapse is also going to lead to more riots like the occupy movement and crime because desperate people will do almost anything to keep their family fed.
For those of you out there that believe that extraterrestrials are visiting earth, that might be another sign that some harsh times are coming. No one knows what their intentions are and if they are so advanced that they can travel thousands of light years through space, there might not be any way of surviving a possible onslaught. If you have watched most of the movies about aliens visiting earth, then you know that according to most movie makers, their intentions are to conquer, enslave, exterminate, or eat us.
I can not tell you when it is going to happen, only that if it does, being prepared for the any event, will save your life while the world around you collapses.