20 Recent Critical Events That You Can Tell Others About to Get Them to Prep

If you’re a prepper at any level, one of the major concerns you have is getting others you love, including friends and family members to see the value in being prepared. Figuring out how to convince others to prep without coming off as the crazy uncle or the eccentric grandma is difficult. As preppers, we know that being prepared for whatever emergency or SHTF situation may come is crucial to our survival.

But how do you convince others, especially the younger generations who have never had to go without the luxuries of technology and convenience food,a of the potential danger? In most cases, the trick to convincing others to prep lies in being subtle in your discussions. If it’s your turn to choose the movie for family movie night, choose something that focuses on natural disasters and tells a story of what can happen. Don’t talk about prepping for doomsday but instead, focus on being prepared for natural disasters and unexpected situations.

Below are 20 recent critical events that you can tell others about to get them to prep:

  1. Deutsche Bank Death Spiral. The largest financial institution in Germany, Deutsche Bank, has been in existence for nearly one-hundred and fifty years. Over a decade ago, Deutsche Bank set out to transform into a global banking operation. The attempt failed miserably, and Deutsche Bank found itself on the brink of collapse, mired in over seven thousand lawsuits, teetering on the brink of requiring a bailout by the German government. This article about the Deutsche Bank Self-Destruction explains the history in more detail.
  1. Paris, France experienced a series of 7 coordinated attacks throughout the city on November 13th, One-hundred thirty people died, and 352 people were injured, nearly 100 of those critically, when suicide bombers and shooters attacked the Bataclan concert hall, a stadium, and several nearby cafes.
  1. North American Storm Complex

From December 26th to the 29th, there were more than thirty confirmed tornadoes, twelve of which hit the Dallas area, damaging 1,000 plus businesses and homes. The same storm dropped torrential rain from eastern Oklahoma to southern Missouri and produced record breaking floods throughout Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. High wind, ice, and snow caused damage from New Mexico across the Midwest states and up into New England. The combined impact of these events caused the deaths of fifty people and two billion in estimated damages.

  1. In Tripoli, Libya there were three-hundred West African migrants rounded up and killed by Isis during the Second Libyan Civil War. There were over 1,000 people killed and much more injured due to shootings, bombings, or terrorist attacks in some form in twenty-one different countries just during the month of January 2016.
  1. Winter storm Jonas

Jonas dropped record amounts of snow in locations across the Eastern United States including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. Six of these states saw two feet or more of snow. Fourteen states documented more than one foot of snow from January 22nd-24th, 2016 including:

  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Ohio
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Indiana

In addition to record snowfalls, high winds ranging from 50mph to as much as 85mph blew across Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey. Winter storm Jonas affected more than 100 million people throughout twenty-six states and claimed the lives of at least fifty people.

  1. Winter Storm Olympia

Olympia produced snow and icy roads stretching across three of the five regions of the United States from February 14-16th, 2016. Western New York alone received over twenty inches of snow. Storm reports came in from the following states:


  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio

New England/Mid-Atlantic

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Arkansas
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  1. Record Breaking Tornadoes & High Winds

In the Eastern states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania and more than six Southern States, were impacted by sixty tornadoes between February 22nd and the 24th. High winds ranging from 65mph to 83 mph tore across the upper Northeastern States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine. Ten people died during the storms, and there was an estimated 1 billion in damages.

  1. Spring Hail and Rainstorms

Sabine River Flooding and Hail in March 2016 due to three major storms that impacted Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Total damages estimated at more than 3 billion dollars in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington areas.

From April 10th to April 12th, North Central Texas experienced serious hail damage throughout central and northern Texas. San Antonio experienced hail that was 4.5 inches in diameter. Total cost was 3.5 billion dollars across the cities of San Antonio, Plano, Wylie, Allen, and Frisco in Texas.

Not long after the hail storm, the city of Houston, Texas was hit with up to 17 inches of rainfall from April 17th to the 18th. There were over 1,500 people who required rescue due to high water and over 1,000 businesses and homes were damaged. Flooding of this magnitude in Houston was last seen in 2001 during Tropical Storm Allison.

Severe storms and tornadoes tore across Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee from May 8 through May 11th. Nebraska and Missouri experienced the costliest damage but all told the storm damage was over 1.6 billion.

From May 21st through May 26th several States experienced a period of tornadoes and thunderstorms. Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Montana were impacted. Straight-line wind and hail cause additional damage. Estimated cost over 1.1 billion.

  1. Pulse Nightclub Attack, Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, where more than 50 people were killed and an equal number wounded by a single gunman. In June of 2016, there were over 1,901 people killed by terrorists worldwide.
  1. Typhoon Nepartak in July of 2016 swept through the Philippines, China, and Taiwan causing one-hundred eleven fatalities and damage to over five-thousand buildings. Also, more than two-hundred and eighty people lost their lives in the flooding of Northeast China, and damages were estimated at around five billion dollars.
  1. Bastille Day Truck Attack in Nice during a fireworks celebration where 86 people died in Nice when a truck plowed into the crowd with a truck full of explosives. The Karrada car bombings near Baghdad killed over 346 people. A total of over 1,400 people died from terrorist attacks in July 2016.
  1. Hawija, Iraq Kidnappings. Islamic terrorists kidnapped 3,000 people on August 4, 2016, and executed 15. A total of 85 people died during the incident.
  1. Typhoon Lionrock devastated Japan, Korea, and China in August 2016 claiming seventy-seven lives and causing damage to more than 20,000 buildings.
  1. Attack at University in Kabul, Afghanistan. The overnight siege began August 24th, 2016 and lasted ten hours and by its end, sixteen people had died, and an estimated fifty-three were wounded. More than 1,100 people total lost their lives to terrorists worldwide in August 2016.
  1. Flooding in Louisiana resulted in 20 to 30 inches of rain between August 12th and August 15th. More than 30,000 people required rescue from the floodwaters and nearly 50,00 homes were destroyed or at least damaged. This devastation is in addition to damage to 20,000 businesses and 100,000 automobiles.
  1. Seaside, New Jersey, and Chelsea Manhattan New York bombings. Homemade pipe bombs exploded near a Marine charity race in Seaside, New Jersey on Saturday, September 17, 2016, and then another exploded in the Chelsea area of Manhattan New York in the early morning hours September 18, 2016. Flying debris injured nearly 30 people. A total of 838 people worldwide lost their lives in terrorist attacks during the month of September 2016.
  1. Savannah Georgia Heatwave. Residents experienced a period of sixty-nine days in a row of temperatures at 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above coupled with high humidity in September 2016.
  1. Hurricane Matthew (Category 5) swept through the Western Atlantic, the Southeastern U.S., and Canadian Maritimes. The death toll was more than 1,600 and damages are more than ten billion dollars. Of Atlantic hurricanes, it’s the 10th costliest to date.
  1. Nationwide Election Riots. Per the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been over 300 incidents of hateful intimidation or harassment across the United States in the week following Election Day in the U.S. People filled the streets in Portland, Boston, and New York to protest President Elect Trump in the days following the election. In addition to public protests by alleged Democratic party supporters, hate groups are publicly celebrating the Trump win with parades.
  1. New Zealand was rocked by a deadly 7.8 magnitude Earthquake and powerful aftershocks on November 14, 2016. The damage stranded thousands near the epicenter in the Hurunui and Kaikoura districts on the South Island of the country. Massive infrastructure damage including collapsed roads has completely cut Kaikoura off from the rest of the country. Tourists are being airlifted out by helicopter. Thankfully to date, only two deaths are on record.

Obviously, you cannot simply list off these twenty different critical events to get others to prep without them thinking you’re crazy. Subtle persuasion is the key to getting others to see the value in prepping. But if you are familiar with recent critical events and the devastating outcomes, you can bring them up sparingly during the conversation as reminders that anything can happen.

Start simple. Start with the events that have occurred recently in your area or your region of the country. Save the threats of EMP, nuclear war, and more extreme events for a later time. When a news story comes on about a storm, a car crash, mugging, school shooting, or terrorist attack, use that to start a conversation with family members.

Discuss the importance of quick thinking, how panic can delay reaction time, and how having a family communication plan in place can save hours of heartache waiting to hear from loved ones. Use the 20 recent critical events as examples to get them to prep if you feel they are relevant to your family and location. Even a little bit of preparation can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

About Megan Stewart

Megan Stewart
Born and raised in NE Ohio, with early memories that include grandpa teaching her to bait a hook and watching her mom, aunts, and grandmothers garden, sew, and can food, Megan is a true farm girl at heart. For Megan, the 2003 blackout, the events of 911, and the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, spurred a desire to be more prepared for whatever may come along. Soon to be living off-grid, this mother of four and grandmother of nine grandsons and one granddaughter, is learning everything she can about preparedness, basic survival, and self-sufficient homesteading. She is passionate about sharing that knowledge so that others can be increasingly prepared to protect their families.


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    Great article and timely.

    Living in Miami and Having survived and lived through many hurricanes and tropical storms, including Andrew, Katrina and Wilma, here are my thoughts and preps on Matthew. 90% or more of the people have no preps and only prepare when we are in the cone. So when everyone else is scrambling at the last minute, I can focus on OPSEC and catch up on other things.

    Our current house is 3 blocks from the bay or about 700 meters and elevation is approx 2 meters.

    This plan is easily modified for most of the above scenarios in this article.

    My current preps have 30 gallons water in 5 gal jugs, and another 55 gallons in a rain barrel. Emergency Food supply for 30 days as well a camping stove and a months worth of fuel. Batteries, candles, flashlights and solar powered lights as well. Back up solar chargers for home electronics.

    All preps are kept in water tight orange ammo boxes a green box for tactical supplies. Each is labeled accordingly such as first aid, health and hygiene, flashlights and batteries, etc.

    Emergency Comms is a CB radio and set of GMRS . I just passed my amateur t ch i Ian ham license and learning to use my new communications system s in the 2 mans 70cm Banks’s.

    Here is my checklist for when a storm comes, this was put to the test with Matthew. I still need to do a postmortem on my preps and make adustmements.

    Feel free to modify for your own SHTF or update in the comments

    Hurricane prep

    [x] Track storm


    Five days in cone

    [x] Check all supplies
    [x] Gas
    [x] Water
    [x] Dog food
    [x] Paper goods, toilet and paper towels

    Three days in cone

    [x] Charge all power tools
    [x] Top off gas
    [x] Top off water
    [x] Top off any foods stuffs
    [x] Top off first aid supplies
    [x] Get cash 200-300 small bills

    Two days in cone

    [x] Prepare garage
    [x] Remove all patio outdoor Furniture
    [x] garbage cans, BBQ etc.
    [x] Fully charge all solar lights and back up batteries
    [x] Charge communications
    [x] Check battery powered flashlights
    [x] Make gallon bucket of solid ice for ice chest
    [x] Make more ice for back up
    [x] Wash clothes
    [x] Start medicating dogs with calming polls etc.
    [x] charge backup battery
    [ ] Evaluate need to bug out to SRQ location

    One day /day of based on time of impact

    [x] Move all preps orange cans, first aid and food into house
    [x] Water cans in house
    [x] Green tactical can and self defense systems
    [ ] Deploy flood storm surge systems / sandbags
    [x] Prepare tactical plans
    [x] Preposition flashlights and candles in house
    [x] Preposition communications in house

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    I am surprised that Hurricane Harvey was not on your list with 50″ of rain spanning many Texas towns on the coast with damaged homes still being worked on and many people still not back in their homes here in Houston today.

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