What’s in Store for 2012?

From  rogue planets heading invisibly toward our planet, to a polarity shift of our Earth, to 2012 being a year of spiritual breakthrough, regardless of the situations presented, companies and individuals need to be prepared for whatever the year throws their way.

Some warn of the frenzy that could occur as the year progresses, with many survivalist sites already receiving stories from those who frequent them of preparations for what they are calling The End of the World as We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). On a related note, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are looking for an uptick in tourism for 2012 as vacationers visit the Maya ruins, according to an LA Times report.

Akin to the Y2K scare in 1999, 2012 seems to be developing in a similar vein, with those who ascribe to the various theories floating around preparing for the worst. Scholars, on the other hand, contend that the end of the Maya Long Count calendar, the driving force behind the End of Days scenario, is just the end of a millennium. Some scholars even go so far to say that the actual year could be in question, being off from 50 to 100 years.

Another interesting element of this discussion is that December 21, 2012, the supposed date for the end of the world, does coincide with a rare alignment of the Earth, Sun, and the center of the Milky Way, the galaxy in which we live. NASA has called any doomsday predictions hooey, saying that the Earth and sun align with the center of the Milky Way galaxy every December.

Some other doomsday situations that scientists dismiss are the polarity shift, something they say occurs every 400,000 years or so. A polarity shift currently poses no danger, as it is not expected anytime soon. Scientists also say that any effects of a solar storm have been blown way out of proportion.

Instead of focusing on what might happen, scientists suggest that we should focus on those things we know will happen or are likely to happen — things such as climate change and other natural disasters that have a more immediate outcome.

For more information about potential disaster scenarios in 2012, visit: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-apocalypse-20120101,0,66615.story