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The Mayan Prediction: Don’t Panic. Be Prepared [SLIDESHOW]

We’ve all heard about the supposed end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. The doomsday prophesies centered around two premises — that the end of the Mayan calendar in some way indicated the end of days, and that a planet called Nibiru was supposedly on a collision course with Earth — both of which NASA scientists debunked.

While it’s never a good idea to panic about apocalyptic predictions, this is an opportunity to ensure you are prepared for the more plausible risks of life. There’s probably not much you could have done to prepare for a collision with Nibiru, but there are plenty of things you can do to prepare your family and your home in case of more earthbound risks, like getting lost in the woods, being stranded on the side of a road or having a tornado hit your town.

Here are some ideas on what you can do to help prepare for life’s uncertainties:

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