What is a Zombie? For many of us, a zombie is an undead creature revenant created through the reanimation of a corpse. This in easy language means the ‘undead’, those who live past their death. The term Zombie has often been described as a flesh-eating decaying corpse that does not possess a brain has surged to its popularity in the recent era. With movies like Walking Dead, Zombie apocalypse, and Dawn of the dead, the term Zombie doesn’t seem to be alien anymore. It has become a popular antagonist gaining recognition from its folklore importance.
With this global fame, one thing is sure that the world might be possibly organizing a combat method for fighting an apocalypse. So, with this, a question arises- how would you survive a z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e?
The pro tips to survive a zombie apocalypse
There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can plan for. For example, the Covid-19 pandemic taught us how unprepared we were. This was the major reason that we lost so many lives in the last two years and still bear the aftereffects. Thus, there is no surprise that in a world where alarming global warming and new viruses are coming daily, one could assume of a possible zombie apocalypse. Yes, you can laugh at it but there’s no loss at being prepared for it, who knows it might be of help?
So what do you need to fight a zombie? First, don’t ever fight a zombie without an emergency, it’s better safe than sorry. Avoid them at all costs and prepare for the things that you need only in emergencies.
- Water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
- Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
- Tools, weapons, and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery-powered radio, etc.)
- Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
- Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
- Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
- First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)
One of the important aspects of fighting a virus that not only causes one to die but also turns them into predators is knowing your geography. Know your geography beforehand. How do you decide where to move? Do you run in random directions or choose a path? Movement is very important, where to go once the Zombie apocalypse broke out? So, what moves? Humans. Animals. Zombie Moves. But with this resources also move, with people. So whenever you locate a huge pile of supplies becoming a zombie hotspot, know that you are in the right direction.
This movement in easy language means migration. Migration is based on two aspects- push and pull factors. The push factor includes reasons to leave a town, like a zombie outbreak and the pull factor includes reasons to move to a town, like a clean city with better resources. You should be well aware of both the factors to locate where you need to move in an emergency.
Knowing your geography can help you locate perfect cities providing livelihoods. There are some places that make movement for people and zombies easier- for instance, waterways, roadways, and airways. While waterways and roadways can make traveling faster, they can also need tons of resources, hideouts, and of course weapons. Whereas airways can make this traveling easier and faster, but it also comes with the drawback of not knowing a safe location to land. So choose your journey based on your experience and knowledge. Also, keep in mind the type of movement that happens over that connection (roadways or airways) in past days. Do goods or people move across it? These questions if answered well can aid you in creating the perfect survival opportunity for one.
Additionally, the population can also be a great factor to determine whether the city is safe or not. As zombie virus easily spread from person to person, a place with relatively less population could be an ideal hideout. Environmental experts argue that areas based on self-sustainability factors include air quality, solar energy, and farming. If a place fulfill all these conditions- you know where to go!
Once you have made your decision, collect a team of individuals with whom you can move. Choose your family and foes. Traveling alone can be dangerous but with people, it can help you in several ways. A doctor or CDC person could be your perfect allies. Though they cant create vaccines overnight while traveling, they do know what to do in cases of emergencies. The covid-19 pandemic has proved how compassionate these people are and how they can risk everything to save a life. Thus having one in your team can accomplish several goals.
The last step is making emergency plans. Make plans about what to do in cases of emergency. This includes where to go if zombie starts to appear. Pick a meeting place to regroup if your team gets on a run or create a local list of helplines. For example, police or zombie response team of the area you are in.
Thus, if you wanna stay alive, know your move and be responsive.