are you prepared? not necessarily walking dead but maybe the stand or mad max. what do you think you most need to insure your survival? do you have it? if not how would you expect to get it? what would be your next major actions?
Assuming the zombies would be similar to those of the walking dead or 28 days later, the first order of business for me would be to get the heck out of the city. I live near the edge of wilderness, so it wouldn't take me too long to start getting into thicker bush. If it was beginning in my city (the infection or what have you), I would try and give myself no more than maybe 30-60 minutes to pack a hiking backpack and get moving.
Some people want to take their chances boarding themselves up in their houses until the chaos is over (I am a regular on a walking dead message board so we talk about this a lot lol) but I think that would be poor strategy. First of all, what if zombies end up hanging around your neighbourhood? If you live in an urban area there would be a good chance, imo, that they would hang around for a while after the initial massacre in the hopes of finding scraps and people missed in the initial wave. Also, I don't like the idea of being stuck holed up somewhere in the hopes that something will move on, while watching your rations slowly dwindle. No, the best strategy is to get as far away as possible from civilization.
If you make it that far and are out of the immediate danger zone, the next plan of action would be to look for a secure area to build camp. I have toyed with the idea of trying to get my hands on a boat of some sort and anchoring myself in the middle of a lake with a dinghy for supply trips, and I like the idea except it would be unrealistic to hope to live out there for any length of time due to inadequate resources. If I can find a safe place that would be easy to secure next to a lake or water body, I would probably anchor the boat out a ways and use the dinghy to travel there to sleep at night. That way I could probably sleep much more peacefully.
As for the secure area, I would want to have the space to possibly keep some chickens, grow some food, store supplies, etc. If I could scavenge one from an abandoned farm or whatever, a horse would be useful to keep for travelling purposes as well.
Whenever possible, I would fish for food in the lake. Obviously this could probably not be relied upon, so I would hope that although I want to be somewhere rural, I would also be within accessing distance of a low key area I could scavenge a bit from.
What I would like to do is assemble a pack with supplies and learn how to use weapons. I am actually going to be learning how to use some weapons this year As for the pack, it is a work in progress. I know roughly what I want in it, but have not assembled it yet. It is going to include as much of this stuff as I can fit in or carry easily:
1. First Aid Supplies + toothbrush.
2. Some non-perishable food that could get me through a couple days until I found a place I could scavenge.
3. Water bottle (full) and water purifyer.
4. Basic fishing gear, hunting knife, and fire starter.
6. A bit of extra clothing.
7. Tiny sewing kit.
8. Pen/pencil and notepad.
9. Survival guide (I actually consider myself somewhat knowledgeable but never hurts to have a small pocket sized one around).
10. Small pot for cooking.
11. A tiny bottle of supplements - you just never know what you will be eating or not eating...
I know I have more but they are escaping me. If I think of them I will add them Although this is with the zombie apocalypse in mind, a pack like this would be a great thing to be able to grab quickly in emergencies so... Call me crazy but it could be useful!
Yeah its awesome! I mean zombies (or at least the stereotypical stupid ones) would probably walk on if they came across it in the middle of the night and you stayed silent. A threat from other people would be a whole different story, but at least you could get a better nights sleep knowing nothing will sneak up and munch on you :lol-sign:
One of the only things I didn't like about this house was how zombie attack unsafe it is, lol. There's too many big, low windows, and we're on the corner. There's really only two streets in and out of town, and I'm surrounded by huge cities.
In World War Z he talks about how the Inland Empire is one of the last places in CA to be reclaimed, and that's where I live. He's right, too--it'd be a mess here. There's too many people, it's too sprawling, and there aren't enough natural resources to survive on, really. That, and to get out of the city type area, I'd have to travel 30+ miles. I have a bike, so that's doable, but most of it would be through very densely populated areas.
I live in the desert, so post-zombie, it'd be pretty bleak out here.
Realistically, though, I'd be like the first person bitten, so it's moot.
the time to learn skills is before you need them, when you can afford to fail.
i could definitely use more food storage, medical supplies & gardening/dirt farming knowledge. maybe polish my welding & carpentry skills. more ammo would definetly help but isn't necessary.
first action, go door to door locating, aiding & organizing survivors in my neighborhood. this process would include taking a skills & knowledge inventory. survivors would be organized into 4 working sections. 1 section would be tasked w/care of the very young, elderly & others needing assistance. this section would also perform general support activities cooking, laundry etc. 2 sections would be on clean up. they would open houses, process corpses, recover animals belonging to the deceased, collect & process vital materials (food, medical supplies, weapons & tools) for communal use. the 4th section would be securing the subdivision, building fences & obstacles that channelize movement to controlled entry points. sections would be rotated daily, except maybe for leadership & kids 8-12 will work w/ the section collecting & processing materials.
once the neighborhood is secure, the security section will train in weapons & tactics, guard entry points & begin scavenging patrols. scavenging patrols will target ACO & pet stores (potential food & breeding stock), food, medical, tool, weapons & fuel sources. they will also take down fences to allow the livestock of the deceased to free range & possibly move them to a secure area. in the cases of survivors in isolated homes & farms, they would attempt to persuade them to move into the secure neighborhood temporarily. if they refuse the patrols would assist them in securing their locations.
once all the corpses in the neighborhood had been processed that section would take on the responsibility of organizing & repeating these actions in adjoining neighborhoods.
The most serious threat to our area is earthquake (above the undead hoards) and yes, I do have a plan in the works.
The biggest PITA about an earthquake is that it can be so **** inconvenient to suddenly have your home unlivable - possibly in the middle of the night - in the middle of winter so I came up with a plan for a secondary small shelter that is unlikely to collapse in a earthquake, has a heat system, enough room for two to sleep, and backup supplies for about six months. I also decided I would get tie outs for the dogs since it's confinement that can come with me and it's very possible my fences will not be standing.
The major things it's lacking is backups of my medications, a better med kit in general, and an easier way to access the water storage. Also more people live with me now including little kids so it's something to consider should the proverbial poop hit the fan sooner rather than later.