What to Do After the End Times

As the hoopla around the Mayan calendar ends after Dec. 21, we will once again be faced with wondering when the next hurricane Sandy may hit the east coast? What happens if the power grid gets knocked out? Or if the economy crashes? If Sandy taught us anything, it’s that the systems we depend on for our survival — for energy, food, clean water — are fragile and the potential for disruption is real. In our era, being prepared for a major crisis isn’t alarmist, it’s common sense.

For nearly three decades, Aton Edwards has been acquiring the skills that make him one of the world’s leading emergency survival experts. A specialist in the fields of self-reliance, emergency preparedness, and sustainable living, Aton is also a social activist and community organizer — the ideal person to teach the Evolver community the basics of disaster preparation. And, as a former stand-up comic, his delivery is far from dry. In his upcoming Evolver Intensives course, “Preparedness Now: Create Your Emergency Survival Plan,” Aton will show you how to prepare for any emergency, and how to best create practical, sustainable communities that can thrive during any crisis.

In this video interview Aton describes the course, and shares the remarkable experiences that made him the go-to guy for everyone from Chuck D to Whoopie Goldberg, not to mention Daniel Pinchbeck, Amok Press, and the Evolver community.

Develop a plan for yourself, your family and your business for coping with the dangers of an unexpected crisis with survival expert Aton Edwards, in the upcoming interactive, live webinar, “Preparedness Now: Create Your Emergency Survival Plan.” This Evolver Intensive starts on December 13.

When hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, few of us were prepared — not for the devastation, the gas shortages, the black outs, the cold, or the many challenges that accompany the breakdown of our basic infrastructure. Disasters like hurricane Sandy are no longer freak occurrences. In this time of transition and change, it is clear that emergency preparedness is becoming a necessary part of everyday life.

What must you do to be prepared for a major disaster, be it be it flood or fire, hurricane or economic meltdown, disease or nuclear accident?

  • What are the best practices developed by disaster relief experts?
  • What simple, practical steps can you take to protect your family, friends and business?
  • How do you overcome feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of a potential disaster?

For over two decades, Aton Edwards has trained thousands of people across the nation and around the world in emergency evacuation, outdoor survival, sustainable living, urban farming, renewable energy system technology, and martial arts. He is the Executive Director of the International Preparedness Network, a New York-based NGO that specializes in training civilians and professionals in mitigating against and responding to the full range of natural, technological, environmental and civil disasters. Considered by many to be the “best of the best,” Aton has become the go-to preparedness expert for a wide range of media, including NBC News, The Today Show, MSNBC, the Discovery Channel’s “How The World Will End,” National Geographic’s TV special “6 Degrees,” and New York Magazine.

In this exclusive, 4-part Evolver Intensives course, Aton will take you through the major objectives of preparedness and help you to write your own action plan for the next disaster. Thanks to this course, you will know what supplies you need, where to find the appropriate resources, and what to anticipate during the time of crisis.

A lifelong environmentalist and social activist, Aton brings a special consciousness to the topic. He emphasizes the importance of collaborating with your community during a disaster, because you are only as safe as your neighbor. And Aton will show you how preparedness can be a normal part of your life that doesn’t cramp your style, one more way to be ready for the surprises of an uncertain future.

You will be part of this unique online event — a rare opportunity to delve into the details of emergency preparation — watching the live video stream and asking your questions directly to one of the world’s most respected preparedness experts. Each session begins with a lecture and is followed by a Q & A session in which you can take part. You can participate from your laptop anywhere in the world with a broadband connection. If you can watch a YouTube video, you can sign up for this important training program.

By participating in this online course, you will receive:

  • Four 90-minute live video seminars with Aton Edwards
  • 30 minutes of question and answer time
  • Participation in a private online community with other students
  • Unlimited online access to the video recording of the seminar
  • PDF articles about course topics from Aton

When: 4 Sessions, starting December 13 6 p.m. Los Angeles, 9 p.m. New York

REGISTER HERE.

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  • alizardx

    What to after the “Mayan Apocalypse”?

    “Chop wood, draw water”. just like the day before. Mayan descendants have been telling us that this is a non-issue based on New Age (rhymes with sew-age) misinterpretation.

    But of course, this is just a hook for a discussion of emergency preparedness, A Good Idea before, during, and after the “End of The World” comes … and goes away leaving a lot of disappointed people.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      You know something funny? When I first heard that phrase “before enlightenment, Chop, Wood, carry water, after enlightenment, chop wood, carry water”

      The only thing I could think of was how soul crushingly boring modern life was and how awesome it would be to have a lifestyle of living closer to the earth and having to chop wood and carry water everyday.

      Since then I have gone on several adventures, where I had to chop wood and carry water (organic gardener, dog musher) and always found it very satisfying. This is why i think a lot of people want “the world” meaning modern life, to end.

      • mannyfurious

        That’s because you haven’t properly thought about the statement. You don’t think life in those days was “soul crushingly” boring for those living through it? The whole point is that chopping wood and carrying water was the most tedious, soul-crushing act of the day. If you can’t find enlightenment in the mundane, then you haven’t found enlightenment. You enjoy such work, because it’s something novel for you. It wasn’t novel or romantic for those who had to do that day in and out for years and didn’t have a choice about it.

        I don’t think the end times will strike any time soon. Although, when it does happen, it will only be difficult for a about 30 years or so, until the “next generation” who didn’t know what civilization was like is old enough to fend for themselves. They won’t know how easy things were, so they won’t have anything to compare their condition to. It will be “normal” for them. And it will be “soul crushing” and they’ll bitch and moan just like most of the people of today do.

        • Matt Staggs

          You might enjoy the fiction of James Howard Kunstler. His “World Made by Hand” books depict life after collapse, and guess what: After the oil runs out and the wars, diseases and famine run their course, people get back to living. Chopping wood, drawing water, raising crops and carrying on as best they can. All of the “post-apocalyptic” fiction that depicts Road Warrior style violence annoys me. There’s a percentage of any population that will be psychopathic assholes in a chaotic situation. They may cause havoc at first, but after a while, cooperation will rule the day just like it did in the earliest days of our species. The gun-slinging marauders will ostracized or hanged, or maybe just starve to death, and the rest of us will just carry on.

          • mannyfurious

            Thanks for the tip. I’m see if I can get something on ILL. I actually enjoy the typical post-apocalyptic situation presented in books/film, but I don’t think I’ve actually believed that’s how it would all go down. I think, if it’s a sudden “apocalypse,” like something presented in Contagion or a nuclear bomb or an asteroid, then, yeah, there will be a period of time of utter confusion and chaos and violence. But even then it wouldn’t take to long, I think, for people to figure out that this whole “life” thing is much easier if we’re working together, in large groups, than trying to kill each other for everything.

            More than likely, the “end” will come much like it did in Rome. So slowly that people won’t even realize it happened. Hell, I think we’re living through it right now.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m all about sustainable living
    but I don’t think I want to survive the end of the world
    but I did know a dude who made a bundle off Y2K preparation
    so Anton is in good company & ready to pocket some cash before the end

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