Well, we all knew this day was coming. OK, those of us who believe knew that this day was coming. According to observer.com, a team of scientists from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI—yes, it is a real and legitimate organization) is investigating “mysterious signal spikes” coming from a six billion-year-old star that is 95 light years away from Earth. The signal’s strength—and other properties too scientifically advanced for this non-science idiot to describe—has basically driven a number of scientists to call for its permanent monitoring.

Some reputable (i.e. non-crazy) scientists firmly believe that it is possible the signal is coming from an advanced civilization that could be reaching out to our solar system, and thus the signal merits further scrutiny. It was first detected in May of 2015, in Russia, and space reporter Paul Glister first broke the story at Centauri-Dreams.org.

Now, this author is not usually one to jump to conclusions on important matters, unless they involve the fitness of Donald Trump to be president or how Hillary Clinton handles classified intelligence, but in this case, caution be damned! The time to prepare is now!

With that in mind, here are some theoretical approaches with which we could collectively respond to the inevitable first contact with this advanced alien civilization. Get your bunkers ready, my friends! It is gonna get ugly.