Zombie Outbreak and Apocalypse Survival FAQs: A zombie is just a life support system for Z-virus.
This article is a continuation of my ongoing series discussing how to prepare for a pandemic zombie outbreak. The tips and information I offer here are an assorted collection of my best yet basic zombie apocalypse survival ideas. I recommend you read a few zombie books, watch some movies, play the video games, and watch some YouTube videos, which I covered in my previous articles and which I will be sure to recommend and critique in later articles.
In this article, I will cover a few more FAQs (frequently asked questions), talk about Hurricane Sandy, and offer additional information about real zombies and real survival.
Q: Besides stockpiling guns, ammo, and weapons other than guns, what else can I do to be better prepared?
A: Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters provide an opportunity to see emergency recovery services in action. I also encourage you to read about the pandemic outbreak of Spanish Flu in 1918 online through Harvard’s library databases. In 1918, public health services were stressed to their limits. Almost 200,000 Americans were reported killed in October, 1918 alone. Multiply this number of dead and add up the sick and ill over several months and then multiply all this globally and you get a sense of what a pandemic outbreak is about. And the Spanish Flu of 1918 was a mild pandemic event.
We see in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy a shortage of resources. Food, water, gas, electricity, communications, roads, and all public services have been critically impacted. States have activated their National Guards, FEMA is on the scene, military units have been mobilized, and volunteers are pouring into the affected region. However and fortunately there have been relatively few deaths reported—less than 100 so far.
Hurricane survivors describe having to patiently wait for critically short supplies of daily necessities such as medicines and health care. It’s not easy to imagine how most people can stockpile enough necessities to ride out major natural events. We hardly have the room and resources to create significant stockpiles. As people start to feel the stress of the situation, they experience hunger, cold, anger, more so than ever been before in their lives and their patience begins to wear thin. There is a real risk of panic, public unrest, and violent criminal acts.
Natural disasters tend to interrupt power, so you also need to consider keeping a stash of cash on hand. You won’t be able to use an ATM if the power is out. Think of all the things in this world that are electronic. Now imagine them all failing; no gas pumps, no credit cards, and no cell phones. Some areas may have limited land-line telephone abilities. You need to keep an older “plug into the wall” type phone, the kind that doesn’t need to be plugged in to an electrical outlet for it to work. Walkie-talkies are another way to communicate when the power goes out. Look for a set that has great range and uses batteries rather than one that has to be recharged. So you’ll also need a stockpile of batteries. Look for emergency lights and radios that have a hand crank for generating a charge. These devices do not need batteries at all and some have the capability of recharging and/or powering other electric devices. Look into getting an electric generator. I think these can be overrated since gas/fuel will be hard to find in the most significant emergencies.
An often forgotten thing you can do to be better prepared for a zombie apocalypse is to get in shape. Take a personal fitness inventory. Are you out of shape? You need a high cardio routine and a routine with weights. I’ve checked a few “boot camp” style workouts at the gyms and I approve of these for getting into zombie outbreak survival shape. The best boot camp workouts are the ones that are outside regardless of weather. When was the last time you walked or ran for any great distance in the pouring rain or the scouring heat? Can you run across open terrain, through trails, over, under, and around obstacles? Can you do all that while carrying a rifle and/or a large backpack? Can you ride a bike? Can you swim across a river? Can you climb up a wall or over a fence or pull yourself up through a window? Can you carry heavy loads? Can you pull someone heavier than yourself to safety? Can you survive for weeks eating only dried meats, bread, and grains and only drinking water? Take a first aid class; although, I’m not a fan of CPR during a zombie outbreak, but still take a CPR class if you can. Inventory your personal health and work on getting healthier. Unhealthy out of shape people have very low survivability in any pandemic event and an extremely low survival rate in a zombie apocalypse.
I’d like to suggest another important thing you can do to be better prepared. Kick all of your bad habits. Do you like to drink colas or alcohol? Do you smoke? Do you crave pizza and fried chicken? Do you crave Starbucks? Do you use, or are you addicted to pain killers, marijuana, or other drugs. A pandemic zombie outbreak is one hell of a rehab opportunity. You won’t want your nicotine addiction to put you in situations where you make stupid choices. So kick your bad habits now before you are forced to. The less tied to insignificant things you are, the better. If you are an addict get the help you need now. It’s much better to go into a zombie apocalypse clean and sober than otherwise.
Lastly, join the military. Join the Boy Scouts or volunteer to be a Scout Master. Take a martial arts class that teaches sword fighting. Participate in other activities now that will help improve your chances of surviving in a post-apocalyptic zombie and asshole infested world.
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