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101 Ways to Die

101 Ways to Die

These pages started as a binder of notes, carried around and updated by an obsessive engineer. During his life, he experienced many of the disasters documented in these pages. Each time he moved, he made himself aware of the unique dangers where he lived and prepared a plan to deal with those challenges.

When disaster strikes, the time to prepare has already passed. Exploring the worst-case scenario and building a plan will make lesser events easier to deal with. By making us aware of the risks, this obsessive engineer gave our company the insight to create a more resilient organization.

Over the years, this information has helped WeBeFit survive two devastating hurricanes, an oil spill, prolonged electrical and internet outages, flooding and now a pandemic. We realized other people might be able to benefit from what we've learned, so we decided to share it with the world.

Many of the survival tips our engineer originally put together have been replaced with more comprehensive versions from Ready.gov, the Red Cross and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. We provide links to the specific pages for each event. However, in cases where we have additional information we think you might find valuable, we've included that as well.

Please don't look at the information presented in these pages and throw your hands up in despair. Yes, many of these things have happened, are happening and will continue to happen in the future. But our goal is to make you aware and help you prepare so that the worst-case scenarios can be avoided.

We suggest you go through the list and choose the thing that's most likely where you live. Make a plan and prepare for that possibility. Then, after a couple of weeks, go back and explore the next thing.

You will discover that preparations often involve the same supplies. The important step is to be aware of what could happen and have a plan. To keep things current, put a date on your calendar once a year, to review your emergency kit and plans, updating whatever's necessary.

As more information becomes available, recommendations may change. You should not consider this information the final or definitive source. Always consult with local authorities on how to handle emergencies that occur where you live. We cannot take any responsibility for what happens if you follow this advice. Use this information at your own risk.