Climate and Global Heating Emergency Preparation Action Steps

Last Updated 10.25.23

Part One - Steps 1-6


Action Step 1: Enjoy your life today. Build psychological and emotional stability, reserves, and resilience. 

As things continue to get worse, one of the most important things for you to do to survive what is coming is for you to remain emotionally and psychologically stable. To stay emotionally and psychologically stable and motivated while you help do whatever you can to slow and lessen our global warming extinction emergency to survive its now unavoidable coming catastrophes, you will need to find ways to enjoy the rest of your life to build and preserve your psychological and emotional resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.)

There is no doubt that to survive; you will need to build reserves in these areas for the times ahead. To enjoy your life today while you build and preserve emotional and psychological resilience and the needed reserves, take time every day to:

1. do the ordinary and extraordinary things you enjoy that make you laugh and that renew you,

2. cultivate new and current loving and meaningful relationships (you will need many solid, loving, and meaningful relationships as things continue to get worse.)

3. experience the important things you may have delayed, 

4. create and live with courage and make the best of what you can no longer avoid,

5. decide that every difficult sacrifice and action you make can and will help preserve some part of humanity. Do everything you can to save Earth's endangered ecosystems and the best of our art, knowledge, and civilization. Your greatest legacy can be having your family survive and whatever you do helping to preserve the best of the amazing world you inherited.

6. draw strength and renewal from your faith and your faith community (if you are spiritual),

7. Learn new things. To survive what is coming, you will need to learn many new things as you become more self-sufficient. We strongly suggest learning new things to help you transition to the new way of living that accelerating climate change and our 11 other major crises are forcing on us as soon as possible.

In fact, here are our recommendations for some reading to start on right away:

Read about the principles of the Degrowth Movement, and the concepts of Appropriate Technology on Wikipedia. Their intriguing and much-needed perspectives will also help evolve your thoughts and feelings about our new "fewer and less" but more sustainable future and its wise possibilities.) 

Get An Inconvenient Apocalypse, Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity, by Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen

This book dives even deeper into the human causes of our current climate emergency (even deeper than our highly recommended Overshoot book) going back almost 10,000 years. You may be pleasantly surprised and challenged by what you discover in this timely and soulful book.

It is based on a credible overview of climate and environmental science. It will help you quickly evolve your thinking and feelings to the new reality of our global climate-driven collapse process and what comes next.

It is a must-read for everyone you think will be there with you trying to survive what is coming. It will not only help put everyone on the same page, but it will also help produce the emotional and psychological stability required in your family or group to survive the suffering, death, and the many climate change-driven primary and secondary consequences that are no longer avoidable. Do not skip reading this book!

Get Overshoot, the Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, By William R Catton Jr.

This book goes into some of the most profound deep causes of the climate change and environmental emergencies so powerfully that everyone concerned about climate change and our environment must read this book.

And if you are really brave, start reading the two spellbinding fictional books on the horrible consequences of global warming after individuals waited too long to prepare for it, or migrate away from it, by the award-winning black female writer.

They are:

Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Sower. Four Walls Eight Windows, 1993. This is part one of the two sequential novels. It is set in 2024.

Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Talents. Seven Stories Press, 1998. This is part of two of the Parable duology. It is set in 2032

These two books are absolute must-reads to see the day-to-day ordinary and extraordinary suffering that our current runaway global warming will impose upon our future. These two books are emergency preparation must-reads! Even back then she pretty much got the global warming consequences right.

These two books will educate you in detailed ways we at Job One for Humanity have not yet been able to do with the many climate facts and consequences found on our web pages. Frankly our website lacks the finely detailed, phase-by-phase emotional power and astute psychological and character insights into what happens to and between people, families, and communities in deep crisis as things just keep getting worse.

Franky, we are baffled as to how Octavia Butler could so accurately depict the tortuous lives of individuals who waited too long to get prepared and migrate because of global warming and then suffered horrible consequences. She skillfully compels the reader scene by scene with a brilliantly written cast of families trying to migrate up the California coast through crisis after crisis. It is impossible not to be drawn into the painful personal lives and details of what happens to these decent, regular families when societies break down at every level because of the consequences of late-stage global warming.

As we move into greater global warming consequences, catastrophes, and the consequences of the worsening of our other major global challenges described here, it is critical to take one day at a time and always make time for having fun and renewing experiences and loving relationships.

The importance of taking one day at a time and doing whatever you can each day to appreciate and enrich the life you have right now is --- that it will allow you to:

a. emotionally and physically survive,

b. still have many rewarding experiences while the environment still supports them so that you do not miss what may be your last opportunity to experience the many everyday things of life we take for granted. and

c. effectively contribute toward resolving the global warming extinction emergency and the other major global challenges we face.

 "The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much." — William Hazlitt, English writer, philosopher, and critic

Never forget that the scope of the tasks before us is daunting and unprecedented. One can get overwhelmed quickly if one fully understands how much has to change in the world for the worse in so little time. This is why it is important to embrace these perspectives of “one day at a time” and enjoy your normal life right now as one of the first emergency preparation actions you will need to do and continue.



solving the major global challenges

Because of the escalating harsh consequences looming before us and the fact that there are no guarantees we will resolve the global warming extinction emergency and the other major global challenges we now face in time, a final reason to enjoy each day today is that our current lives and conditions may, in fact, be the best they will ever be for decades or more.

Additionally, if you are a person of faith, you will need the strength of your faith and faith relationships to help you make sense of what you must now go through and endure the psychological and emotional trauma that is coming. At this time, with the massive global challenges and changes facing us, it is a good time to remember and practice the serenity prayer.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

One more thing

Being satisfied and at peace with the many new and limited conditions you will experience as climate change conditions worsen will be critical to maintaining your emotional and psychological well-being. Job One for Humanity also has excellent advice on the essential importance of "changing the way you think and feel" about your relationship with nature and the many lifestyle and livelihood changes you will have to make to survive what is coming and live in the new post-climate change collapse and extinction world. 

Unless one also changes their thinking and feelings about nature and their old way of living and working, they are highly likely to feel unhappy and dissatisfied and repeat the same mistakes that have created the climate change nightmare we now find ourselves in. This critical attitude-evolving additional information is found here in our Adaptation Actions section, Step 17.


We made the above, Action Step One for many good reasons. Make this step the centerpiece of your emergency preparation and survival plans, and you will be far more likely to survive and not miss the precious life that you have now!

Now that you understand this important step, what is your personal plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make to-do notes before going on to the next action step.

Create an ongoing personal master checklist of things you can do as you read each Job One Plan action steps below.

To help you maintain a healthy perspective and provide additional emotional and motivational support, we have created the following materials. Click the links in the order given for additional emotional support:

Click here for another effective process for reducing any emotional upset about accelerating global warming and our deteriorating environment.

Click here for some positive counterbalancing perspectives on the difficulty of the challenges we face with accelerating global warming and our deteriorating environment.

 Click here to see your deepest worries about accelerating global warming and our deteriorating environment from the largest possible evolutionary perspective. 

For a super-powerful new emotional support video that we highly recommend, click here.



Action Step 2: Build your necessary backup emergency supplies and resilience for global warming disaster survival and recovery:

a. Get a 4-season organic garden and/or greenhouse going as soon as possible and as a top priority. Soaring food prices and widespread food shortages will be one of the first and most substantial climate change consequences we will experience at increasing levels. You may need to buy grow lights and create an interior 4-season grow room to ensure adequate food supplies through all four seasons. 

b. Create an emergency Go-Bag that you can get to quickly in an emergency. Click here for all of the details on how to create your own emergency Go-Bag. You can also buy them premade on the Internet.

c. Create a 30-day emergency reserve (60-90 days would be much better as things get worse) of all necessary survival commodities (food, water, heat, energy, lights, communication devices, medicines, toiletries, self-defense, etc.). 



Also, build backup redundancies into your water, power, heating, sewage, and other critical systems. You can do this by having secondary and separate water collection, storage, and purification systems, solar or wind power backup systems, and multiple fuel types. Water is the most critical supply for your garden and yourself that must remain constant, so ensure you have a reliable supply and backups. Depending on how many people are in your family, you may need water storage for 10,000 gallons or more if you're in a drought area.

It will be wise to acquire the tools and materials necessary to care for everyday needs, such as keeping warm, cooking, and managing waste with an old-fashioned latrine and safe garbage disposal. In an extended crisis, water, sewage, and garbage-born diseases are major secondary death factors. Prepare now so you and your loved ones will not suffer unnecessarily or die.

d. At the community, business, and national levels, building more resilience also means gathering emergency and essential non-emergency supplies and reserves, as mentioned above, for the many different consequences of escalating global warming.

Adequate emergency preparation on the community and national levels also gives people more information and time to prepare for local consequences. Without carefully planned resilience and emergency backups built into every level of our interconnected and interdependent economic, political, and social systems and infrastructure, we face unnecessary and avoidable suffering and death.

e. When ready to begin your emergency preparedness plan, go to and click the navigation link. It will provide you with detailed guidance for each area of emergency preparedness.

f. Having a HAM shortwave radio and knowing how to use it should also be essential to any long-term emergency preparation strategy. Communications can go down during many climate change-related disasters. The ham radio will get you in touch with others where nothing else works.

Now that you understand this important step, what is your personal plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next action step:


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Action Step 3: Create a global warming extinction emergency preparation cash or other valuable commodity reserve fund equal to 5%-10% of your annual income:

Tradable cash, gold, silver, or other valuable emergency trading reserve helps you build financial resilience. Building up and storing an easily exchangeable commodity you can use or trade-in the beginning phases of the emergency is also essential.

As escalating global warming continues, billions of climagees (climate refugees) will eventually need to migrate closer toward the poles to survive a bit longer. No current government, charity, or corporation is prepared for these massive human migrations and the unbearable economic, political, and social stresses these climagees will put on every climate, human, and biological system of our global existence.

As global warming escalates, the accelerating inadequacy of governmental or charity-based emergency assistance to protect you and your family dictates a need for radical individual responsibility and individual preparedness completed well in advance. This minimal 5%-10% tradable commodity reserve will help you cope with the many unpredictable consequences as our local systems go into severe stress, crisis, or eventual collapse.



Preparation of cash or other valuable commodity reserve fund

All communities and governments will also immediately need to work toward putting at least 5% of their total GDP into reserves each year. This level of tradable commodity reserve is essential if they hope to stay politically and financially stable while coping with the rapidly escalating global warming costs. (Please also see Climageddon Chapter 3 in Part 1, which explains and provides all the details for the unbearable financial consequences of escalating global warming.)

Because no community or government will be able to keep up with the continually rising costs of escalating global warming and its consequences, all businesses must also create similar 5%-10% reserves to help them cope with global warming-related supply, manufacturing, distribution, and labor disruptions. Furthermore, if you are an individual, business, community, or nation with considerable debt, reduce that debt as soon as possible. Having lots of debt in a growing unresolved crisis is likely to make you, your organization, or your nation far less adaptable and resilient. High resource liquidity, mobility, and flexibility are a few of the most needed and most useful resiliency qualities in an ongoing or long-term crisis.

Additionally, post-emergency rebuilding and repair will dramatically increase food and insurance costs, emergency housing costs, emergency transportation costs, and other migration costs to temporarily or permanently get out of crisis zones. If you are in a river or lake floodplain, near a coast, in a wildfire, drought, or severe storm area, or near a southern national border, your individual costs will most likely be higher than the 5%-10% suggested reserve. In addition, losses in real estate and farmland values, etc., will rapidly consume your 5%-10% reserves as we cross more global warming tipping points.

Creating these emergency reserves will be difficult in today's debt-encouraging climate. In the United States, an estimated 62% of all families are one paycheck away from bankruptcy, and one-half of all U.S. households are just one emergency away from bankruptcy. Even though it may be difficult to create your emergency reserves, it is critical to surviving this emergency. (If you have trouble saving money for these reserves, we recommend that you get and apply the information in the book Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin.)

And finally, a tradable commodity or cash emergency reserve can easily be used while cash is still being accepted. In the later emergency phases, when cash is no longer accepted or is greatly devalued, you will always need to have your five key survival items:

weapons, (Legally obtained, safely stored, and wisely managed. If you have any doubt that you will need weapons to protect yourself and your loved ones from the chaos as order breaks down during the now unavoidable worsening levels of global warming, then be sure to read the two books by Octavia Butler described further down this page. )



medicine, and

small tradable silver coins or other tradable small high-value commodities like alcohol or cigarettes to survive in a new barter system, which will come into being out of necessity.

In the later Climageddon Extinction Scenario phases, as the world starts to unravel, your government will be stretched so thin that you will not be able to depend upon it for protection, water, food, medicine, or even a stable currency to acquire what you need. If you have not prepared for these contingencies long before they are needed, you and your loved ones will suffer far more than the growing number of individuals who are preparing for what's coming.

Now that you understand this important step, what is your personal plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next action step.

Action Step 4: Plan now for how you will adapt where you are and/or move critical resources, technology, and infrastructure to handle the escalating consequences of global warming:

Because we have already begun crossing global warming tipping points, individuals, as well as business planners, city planners, long-term corporate and governmental planners of all kinds need to begin restructuring their 5, 10, and 25-year plans, using the least optimistic global warming prediction scenarios (found here,) on how the consequences of escalating global warming will unfold and what infrastructure (medical, manufacturing, food production, etc,) will be critical to their personal life, businesses or their employee's personal lives and will need to be prepared, protected or relocated. (Moving or migrating people, resources, and infrastructure is covered in action step 5 below.)


Planning for a better world 

Here are several good reasons for using the least optimistic predictions:

1. The many serious errors and underestimation problems in global warming prediction scenarios (see this page and Chapter 7, Part 1 on IPCC underestimation in Climageddon book for all details).

2. The sudden, large-scale unpredictability which each additional crossed tipping point creates. (See this page.)

The pressure cooker illustration below shows you what happens when tipping points are accelerated in their effects by the ever-rising temperatures of global warming. 


Global warming 

3. Atmospheric carbon removal technology and other new technologies won't save us at the last minute. (See this page.)

The amount of emergency adaptation work needed and the short amount of time available make this adaptation and preparation step an immediate planning imperative. For example, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the headquarters of big tech corporations like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Apple, now have to re-adjust their long-term operational or relocation plans to deal with their low-lying international headquarters facing as much as 13 feet (3.9 meters) of sea-level rise by 2100. (A worst-case scenario of a possible 10-foot [3-meter] rise by 2050 was projected by James Hansen's newest research, with the additional 3-feet [0.9 meters] accounting for coincident king tides and storm surges.)



Adapting or moving critical resources, technology, and infrastructure can also mean moving them into the safer areas near or above the 45th parallel north or near or below the 45th parallel south. During this massive global warming extinction emergency mobilization of critical people, supplies, and infrastructure, never forget that unless we considerably slow and lessen this mess now, survival in those areas will be very, very difficult at best because of poorer soils in general and less sunlight for growing food.

Now that you understand this important step, what is your personal plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next action step.


Action Step 5: Get as personally sustainable as possible, as quickly as possible, and create renewable long-term food supplies that you can manage:

Part 2 of the Job One Plan will help you become sustainable as soon as is possible as well as help you radically cut your individual fossil fuel use. One important part of Part 2 of the Job One Plan recommends that you create an urban home or community organic garden if you are in an urban area or, an organic country garden if you are in a rural area.

As escalating global warming worsens within the next 10 years, more reduced or failed crops, soaring food prices, and growing starvation will be amongst the first wave of major consequences to shake populations all over the earth. To survive any length of time as the emergency deepens, you will need to be able to create and manage your own food supply far beyond your initial 90-120 day emergency backup supplies mentioned above.


 Sustainable environment 

Garden creation, as well as other kinds of personal food-producing activities, is absolutely essential! Get started as soon as possible learning all the skills and resources you will need to create your organic sustainability garden and other food supplies wherever you live. You will not be able to rely upon normal food distribution as the emergency worsens.

Depending upon your location, within 10 to 15 years if you are not producing most of your food, you will have an undependable, expensive, or non-existent supply and distribution of food. Watch food prices begin to rise steadily and eventually exponentially requiring more and more of your total budget as global warming worsens. This is because the five major grains all will have massive problems dealing with temperatures over 100° for more than 10 days during their growing season, rain bombs occurring at random times during their growing seasons as well as Random and severe droughts and insect infestations due to massive insect migrations.

One of the biggest questions people ask when creating their food supply with a garden or greenhouse is how much land or space they will need. This question is fundamental if you are in an urban or suburban area.

The answer to how much land or space is enough has many variables. This article is one of the best explanations of all the variables we have seen for determining how much land or space you will need for your garden and greenhouse. We strongly recommend you read this article before growing what you will need in your garden or greenhouse.

Now that you understand this important step, what is your personal plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next action step.

Action Step 6: Concerning if migration is right for you

As of 2023, hundreds of thousands of intelligent individuals are relocating due to intensifying climate change consequences. From 2025-2030 millions of intelligent individuals will be migrating. From 2030-2040 it will be hundreds of millions to as many as billion or more migrating as more people realize they live in climate change consequence "migrate or die" zones. Below is some essential information to avoid making serious location mistakes or wasting time and money.

Migration and relocation because of accelerating climate change and the worsening of our 11 other global crises is a complex issue with scores of factors to consider carefully. Unfortunately, it was far too much material on the many possible locations worldwide and their positive and negative aspects.

To cover the many migration and relocation factors, we created eight pages breaking down the various factors to consider. It is found in our Member's only section. We have an easy and very inexpensive membership donation joining process, with each new Member receiving $50 in climate-related free gifts. When you join, you also get all of the alerts and updates, and you help keep our 100% publicly funded climate change think tank speaking climate truth to power and the world.

Click here to go to the new location of all our migration and relocation materials, including the most up-to-date climate change consequence timeframes. It will take you to the first page of the Member's section, which is open to everyone. After that, you will need to become a member to view the other Member's only materials.

In case you are wondering, why is everything free and open source on our website except the member's section? Even though our organization is all volunteer with no paid staff and has been that way for years, we still have to pay rent for our offices, Internet charges, phone, and everyday business expenses that any business would incur. Sometimes we have to hire specialty consultants with the knowledge that no volunteer in our team has. For example, when we have to fend off hacking attempts for certain upgrades on our website, we have to hire a server security specialist.

Additionally, the information in the members-only section is information we had to spend a lot of money to obtain. It is extremely valuable migration and financial information that a standard risk assessment firm would charge businesses thousands of dollars a year to access.

We do not do that. We have a reasonable tax-deductible donation level to become a member. We even have a scholarship program for those individuals worldwide who live at the poverty level and cannot donate.

And finally, we want to serve and collaborate with reciprocal and mature individuals who know they need to support the community helping them and others. When you donate to our nonprofit organization, you tell us that you appreciate and value what we're doing and want to help us get our uncensored, valuable climate change-related information to as many people as possible.


Please check and start one of the Part 1 action steps below:

Introduction to Part 1

Action Steps 1 to Step 5

Action Steps 7 to Step 12

Summary of part 1, section 1 of the job One Climate Change Resilience Plan


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