I suppose "end of the world" is a pretty subjective term. When I say end of the world I think of the literal end when in a few billion years the sun expands into the earths orbit and consumes the planet. I don't know if this is what you mean, I don't have enough context. You could also mean a meteor slamming into the earth. I'd like to hope one day we have a shot to prevent that. Dinosaurs never had a space program so I guess we are at least a bit head of the game there. Since you seem to think the end of the world is something you can prepare for I have to assume you mean something that would be cataclysmic to the human race. My favorite of those scenarios is the zombie apocalypse. I don't doubt that I would die pretty quickly but watching the world fall to pieces that way would be great.
I don't think science and religion have
to be enemies. They usually just seem that way. I like to pick on the religious but I'd never harm any of you. I can't say the same for most of the religious people out there though. I've never really gotten along well with most of them but that's mostly because they'll deny indisputable fact because it doesn't fit their belief. The thing about science is you get a theory, test, prove or disprove. If you solidly disprove your theory no matter how much you may want or believe it you follow the facts. One of my favorite quotes from Galileo by way of Neil Tyson "The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heaves go."
That was a fun detour. But returning to your point about residential areas. I'd like to point out that you're humans who choose to live in a desert. The wildlife of Arizona called your land home long before you put a house there and if your family doesn't get too crazy with the whacking stick they will still be around long after. I live in a town but that town is also in north Florida. There's a swamp about 100-200 feet from my home. Should I feel astounded or outraged if an alligator walks through my back yard? Nah, I'd just reach for the camera.
Thanks for the prayers... The problem becomes what if you're right and there is a god, but its not yours. Now you're praying to the wrong god on my behalf. Oh well, damned if you do, damned if you don't right? Thump away!