First things first, in the Zombie Apocalypse, you’re going to want to evacuate highly populated areas like large cities. Cities themselves will be a bigger nightmare than the undead. Between the sheer number of zombies and competitive scavengers you’ll be lucky to make it out of highly populated areas with your life.
A better option would be rural areas, try to make your way by vehicle or on foot to a smaller town nearby. The more out in the country it is—the better. Not only will you be far less likely to encounter zombies, but raiders/looters as well. During the zombie apocalypse, you’ll find the undead to be a formative danger, but an even bigger threat to your safety could be fellow survivors. If the area you chose to make camp is flattened out a bit, you’ll be able to see across the land and detect any zombies or outsiders approaching from a distance. This way, you can either send out a party to intercept/receive them or prepare for their arrival. An abandoned house in a grassy area or out in the sticks would be an ideal location. Or you can make camp and see about possibly using local resources to build your own shelter. (Not recommended, but it is a very exhausting option.)
Live near hills or mountains? Scout out that area. Not only are you relatively higher than the surrounding area, but rough terrain is a good thing. It will take on comers more time and energy to make it up to you. This could give you a window of time to prepare in the event of an attack.
If you come across an occupied residence, proceed with caution. You have no idea who or what may be lurking inside. There might be people terrified of outsiders that could try to turn you away. Negotiating skills will come in handy here. See if they may be willing to start a settlement and let them know what skills you and your crew bring to the table. If all else fails, ask if you can at least make camp for the night. If you find that they want nothing to do with you, it might be time to move on and keep looking.
Once you set up a base camp or secure a shelter, the next step is to secure the perimeter. Your best defense is a sky nest. Something that is relatively high with a 360 degree view. A rooftop or a tall, sturdy tree could serve as your sky nest, lending a view of approaching dangers. A perimeter fence is also something that should be on the forefront of your mind. While not impenetrable, it will offer your crew a sense of security and a small time cushion, should enemies make it all the way to the fence line. You can tie noisy things to the fence to serve as your alarm. Use whatever is handy, aluminum cans or plastic bottles, dried out tree limbs, or branches with dead leaves on them. The cans will clank, bottles will crumble, limbs will snap and the leaves will crunch when stepped on—and that could be your very-low tech alarm system.
In addition to your defensive needs, fresh water is key. Where ever you do decide to settle in, be sure that you are near a creek, stream or water well. (As long as it’s not contaminated)
Divide your camp into sections, sanitation, galley, weapons & security, common areas, and private areas. The people in your group can be assigned to areas or be on a rotation, depending on your numbers and skill levels. Try to make it feel as normal as possible. Once you find a base camp that you are planning on staying in, keep up the work on increasing security.
Remember that no base camp in entirely impenetrable from outsiders or zombies, so be sure to have an escape plan in place—just in case. Good luck, and stay human. Jeannie Rae out.
The Zombie Apocalypse Keepers...
1) The Leader: This may or may not be you. Either way, it’s incredibly important to have a chain of authority. So obviously, there should be a second in command and so forth. Despite what some may think, there must be one leader. Decisions that affect the crew should be discussed, but ultimately, the leader makes the final decision. Having one commander makes things easier when there are split opinions within the crew.
2) The Muscle: A few well-conditioned guys or gals are necessary for some of the heavy lifting and to serve as solid defenders in the event of an attack.
3) The Medic: A medic or at the very least someone with medical skills. In the zombie apocalypse, life will be a battle for survival and there will be injuries and illnesses. You’ll find that someone with these skills will be very much needed in your crew.
4) The Hot Shot: Guns will be necessary, but they have their drawbacks. Sound and ammo supply will be the biggest drawbacks when relying on this type of weaponry. While it’s an excellent idea to have everyone in your crew trained to make head shots, having one or even a few crew members that really excel in this area, can be a lifesaver. If you can get your hands on a sniper rifle, the hot shot can take a high perch to get a birds-eye view of a new location and take out zombies before they are able to get near the team.
5) The Security: This could be just one person or a whole task force. If you have a semi-permanent or permanent base camp, they could oversee guard duty and set up perimeter traps and alarms. An alarm system could be as simple as cans attached to a fence or wire. There should be rotating watch duties and readily made perimeter checks.
6) The Brains: It is important to have someone in your crew that can think outside basic survival instincts and come up with new ideas to format vehicles, security systems and plan for supply runs. An analytical mind is needed to try to understand every scenario before action is taken.
7) The Mechanic/Engineer: With all the ideas that the brains are thinking up, you need someone who can actually implement them. Having someone that can rock out your vehicles into virtual tanks with little tools and scrap metals is an invaluable asset to your crew.
8) The Scouts: The scouts in your crew should be fast and fairly low profile. Having somewhat quiet, swift vehicles with ease of maneuverability will aid in their scouting. A motorcycle or even a dirt bike would allow them to travel ahead of your crew to scout for potential hazards, scavenge sites, or check out a possible base camp location. If you are lacking in wheels, then they would have to be a speedy runner with plenty of endurance, and have the ability to keep their eyes peeled. Even a bicycle would be quicker than scouting on foot and require much less energy from scouts. If this is the case, always be on the lookout for a motorbike to get them mobile.
9) The Newbies: Stay on the lookout for new possible crew members to join your group. There is always some work to be done and an extra pair of hands can lighten the load for everyone. Plus, you never know what their skill set may be... If you stumble upon… a veterinarian say, they could join your medic staff or even serve as the closest thing to a doctor in your group. It's a clever idea to have probation period for new members once you have some solid numbers in your group. (See infiltrators, below)
10) The Nurturer: While this person may not seem like a must have in your crew, you might be
surprised. If you’re traveling with children, the nurturer could come in handy. This person could be looked upon in times of grief, offering some guidance and a kind ear. Even though the world may not be what it once was, from time to time, we all need a little nurturing.
Who to steer clear of…
While most of us would like to think that in a Zombie Apocalypse humanity would band together and help one another- it’s simply not likely to happen. That being said, there are a few characters that you may want to steer clear of or at the very least, use caution.
The Raiders: Raiders, Rioters, Looters call them what you will, but these people are in it for themselves. They will likely band up into small to medium size groups and stay on the move. These baddies are looking to stock up on food, meds, gas or anything else that we’ll all need during the Zombie Apocalypse. The major difference between the Raiders and the rest of us -is that they will use any means necessary to take your goods from you. It is imperative that safeguard your crew and base camp from Raiders and avoid contact at all costs.
The Infiltrators: These individuals might be scouts for other crews or for the Raiders. They will likely wander upon your group ‘by accident’ and either be alone or in pairs. The goal of an infiltrator is to join your crew and find out as much information as possible, then sneak back to their real crew and pass along vital information. While there is really no real way to tell if a newbie to your group is just an innocent looking for a place to survive or an infiltrator, it would be a smart idea to keep them away from the security, engineering, medical and tactical areas. Assigning them to a benign area like cooking or sanitation for a few weeks might be a fine option as a probationary period. Most infiltrators will likely want to learn all the details quickly, so they may be reluctant to stay long. Equally important- is to make sure that everyone in your crew knows not to reveal vital information to newbies until they have surpassed a probationary period. If a newbie vanishes, be sure to investigate their conversations with other members of your crew and be on the lookout, in case the return with a crew of their own.
The Zombies: Obviously you want to stay away from these guys. If on the move or scavenging, having scouts survey the area ahead- can help your crew avoid an attack. At base camp or a permanent location, preventative security and maintenance of security systems is essential. Make sure that you have an emergency plan in place in the event that a horde makes their way to your
location. Lastly, know that no place is entirely permanent; make sure that you have an evacuation plan in place for each crew member in the event that you must flee.
Best of luck and stay human! Jeannie Rae out.
Greetings fellow cyber travelers…
Below are five quick tips for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. These are by no means everything you need to know, but these tips could set you on the right track. Stay tuned for more information and details of how to make your way in a post apocalyptic world.
1) You need a weapon. Think as light weight as possible, yet something heavy duty. While a gun would give you the most stopping power from a distance, what happens when you run out of ammo? What if the sound attracts the attention of a horde of zombies? Ideally a sword would be perfect, but you won’t just find one in any ole abandoned vehicle. Think smart. An axe, baseball bat, long bladed knife, tire iron, even a pipe or a shovel will all allow you to get a little distance between you and the undead.
2) If you have a gun, try to save your ammo for emergency situations and scavenge any extra ammunition you can find. Remember, just because they're undead doesn’t mean that they can’t hear the echo coming off that shot you just fired. It’s like ringing the dinner bell for the zombies to come and eat you.
3) DO NOT USE FIRE. Zombies can sustain just about any damage you throw at them, unless it is a direct attack on their brain. Fire will not immediately take them down. What’s worse than being chased by the undead? Being chased by the undead on FIRE!
4) Additionally, do not expect that the undead can be drowned. With what little oxygen their brains need at that point, they are expected survive for extended periods of time under water. You can push them off a bridge into a creek or river as an escape tactic, but if you are going for the kill, you’ve got to get the brain.
5) Scavenge what you can- medicine, food, shoes and team up with a group or start your own. Surviving the zombie apocalypse will be nearly impossible for a lone wanderer to make it on their
own. You need a group, so that you can pool your resources and survive this new crazy world. I know it’s going to be a tough life out there, but keep in mind the undead are the monsters -not us. We have to look out for each other. They may take our cities from us, but they can never take our humanity-well unless they bite us. Survivors be safe, Jeannie Rae out.
Greetings fellow cyber travelers,
When the time comes to protect yourself from an impending zombie attack, will you be ready? Are you prepared? In addition to preparing a complete defense plan, it is essential to have a decent plan in place in the event of a zombie invasion or in case of any disaster. Now is a good a time as any to make an emergency kit- if you haven’t already. And if you have one, it might be a good time to give it a solid once over. Swapping out spare batteries, checking for any leaky bottles and making sure all medication or food products are still well within the expiration date could save you time and energy during an emergency.
So, for those of you who have not created an emergency kit, it should be relatively easy to get started and you could pick up things along the way to add to it. First off, let’s start by reasoning why one might need such a thing. Well for starters, the Zombie Apocalypse- of course.
When the Zombies are shuffling about the streets you are not going to want go out there! Or… if there were to be a black out in your area, or an unexpected natural disaster, an emergency kit might come in really handy.
Ready.gov recommends that you create a kit that includes three days’ worth of water, food and medication. Below is a list of items you could include in your kit.
A basic emergency kit could contain the following recommendations:
Remember you could start out by gathering a few extra bandages and supplies from your medicine cabinet and supply closet- then add to it from there. For a more comprehensive list of supplies for your emergency kit and keeping it up to date click here.
In the event of an emergency or stumbling Zombies surrounding your home, you’ll be glad you have it. Jeannie Rae out.
I am Jeannie Rae, not so plain & almost never simple. A person who is just as flawed as I am skilled. One who loves my family with all my heart in good times and in bad – through celebrations & times of tremendous grief, achievements and disagreements. A woman who knows how short