How To's and Wherefores of the Portending Zombie Apocalypse? Oh Ya... and Disaster Preparedness
The Zombie Apocalypse Portends
Zombies. Myth? Or Soon to Be Plague?
There's a lot of talk as of late about the impending zombie apocalypse. From The Center for Disease Control's zombie preparedness manual to some strange events going down in Florida recently (google "zombie attack florida", just do it, that is unless you have a weak stomach), what's a guy supposed to do if he just wants to make it out alive? I mean seriously?
Maybe somewhere in the back of your head along with the questions, is Elvis still alive? and do aliens really exist? your asking yourself could a zombie virus plague be real? Furthermore, could it be in my not too, too distant future, right after I meet Big Foot or figure out what the heck Seal is singing about? And if so, is it gonna play out like the plot to World War Z or the plot to the Road? And at the very least with all the political and economic turmoil stateside as well as internationally, recent natural disasters, and unpredictability of nature, the very least I could do is be prepared for some type of disaster, right? You are correct my zombie resisting friend. According to the CDC if you're prepared to survive a zombie apocalypse you're prepared to survive just about anything. Therefore, a word on disaster preparedness...
Preparation is Key
1. First things first... food storage to wade out the storm and/or impending wave of brain munchers.
Survival experts advise having food storage always on hand. A three year supply or even more is ideal, but hard to amass and unrealistic for some especially those in small living spaces. Start with a 3 months supply and work your way up slowly as you can and as budget permits. Focus on storing clean water and long lasting foods.
Large supplies of honey, salt, and vinegar can be useful and will last basically for ever if stored properly.
Salt is particularly useful because it can be used to preserve other foods, will make it taste better, and is really easy to store.
Honey is awesome. Provides the sweetening of sugar but with actual nutritional value. It has 80 different substances within it that all add to human nutrition and is easy to store. A must have.
Canned rice, wheat, and corn- will last about 30 years.
Canned and dehydrated foods- carrots, powdered milk, potato flakes etc. 20-30 years depending.
Non-dehydrated, canned foods- spam, canned vegetables, soup. About 5 years.
MREs- 4+ years.
2. You may have to get outta dodge.
This means having an exit strategy (aka escape route) already in place. Know where you'll go in case of a major life threatening emergency, by what roads you'll get there, and ideally how long it will take you to arrive at your zombie proof or disaster proof destination. This place should ideally be somewhat isolated, and have your supplies or at least most of them already there.
This also implies having a BOB or Bug Out Bag all ready and waiting for your abrupt departure. Equipped with food, defense (gun and ammo), shelter/sleeping system if its a ways to your escape destination, means for knowing where you're going (compass, GPS, map, etc) and possibly somebartering material and survival material in general (matches, tinder etc.)
3. Zombie Widowmaker
Like it or not you're gonna need something to protect yourself. From zombies, from mass rioting, from marauding raiders/bandits, who knows. But when things get sketchy, society with all her rules of etiquette and social contracts and customs will fly out the window. To quote MTVs the Real World, people will "stop being nice and start getting real, MTV's The Real World" Ya! The only thing stopping some would-be robbers currently is the threat of judicial punishment, but when marshal order takes effect we'll all have to fend for ourselves. Ideally this means owning a gun or guns plural. If you're not comfortable with that find your preferred axe, glistening scimitar, club with nails on the end of it, or chainsaw of choice and prepare yourself for some intense melee warfare, gladiator style. Jedi mind powers are also acceptable.
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As a general rule of thumb...
Shotguns are relativity good for close range (home defense) purposes ie. blasting zombie home invaders and can also be used to hunt fowl in a survival situation.
A rifle or some type of longer range carbine style weapon preferably scoped is the best for hunting game on land and for killing zombies at long range.
A hand gun is ideal for personal defense that you can carry on your person at all times during the apocalypse and for close range combat without getting your hands too dirty.
All joking aside, having food storage along with being prepared generally, and having a plan could potentially save yours and your families/friends lives in a million different real disaster scenarios.
Food Storage Websites
Fungal infection precursor to zombies?
This guys got the spirit!!!
What are the facts? Who are the whos?
That being said, let's get back to what we've both been thinking about this whole time, this whole zombie apocalypse on the brink and changing society as we know it thing. Could it somehow be a faint possibility? Will all those hours you spent blasting zombies on Resident Evil finally pay off?
According to a recent article in the Huffington Post and I quote-
"Zombie-like characteristics have been confirmed in the animal kingdom, just not in humans. A newfound fungus in a Brazilian rain forest -- called Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani -- is known to infect an ant, take over its brain so as to move the body to a good location for growth, and then kill the insect."
Interesting stuff no? Frightening stuff really. Take over its brain, thats a little too zombie-esque for me!
Scientists, especially those involved in behavioral science often use bugs and simple animals to model the evolutionary social traits and relate their findings to human social interactions and behaviors. So, if its possible in ants now why couldn't it be possible in humans later?
On the flip side...
Accordin to the Huffington Post the “CDC (Center for Disease Control) does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),” [said] agency spokesperson David Daigle"
Here's the link to that articel if you're interested;
Take the Zombie Reality Check
Do you think some type of virus, epidemic, contagion with symptoms resembling those of zombie walking brain-deads, similar to those on The Walking Dead, could ever actually occur?See results without voting
And now, for your brain-dead viewing pleasure... a list of Zombie Movies
1. World War Z
2. Resident Evil series
3. The Road (technically no zombies per say but there is some cannibalism, also just a great book by an awesome writer)
4. Night of the Living Dead, classic, 'nuff said.
5. Shaun of the Dead, if you're in the mood for some zombie related humor.
6. 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Years Later, 28 Decades Later, 28 Millenia Later, 28 Space-Time Continuums Later.... so on and so forth.
7. Zombie Strippers (if you're into that)
8. Dead Snow, Nazi zombies anyone?
9. Zombieland, one of my personal favorites
10. I Am Legend, Will Smith + Zombies = Pretty Sweet
11. And rounding out the list, something called, Redneck Zombies, not sure, don't ask.
Also... Some zombie related music to set the mood
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Call of the Zombie - Rob Zombie
Wake the Dead - The Used
Hip Albatross- The Gorillaz
Early Sunsets Over Monroeville - My Chemical Romance
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