Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Zombie Apocalypse Preparation: A Commentary by John O'Brien
Summer of Zombie Blog Tour
You have your carbine, hand gun, knife, machete, three months of MRE’s, and a mountain of bottled water. Good to go right? All great things to have ready but there are two more important tools you have to have – brains (well, I guess you already have those right?) and conditioning.
By the brain part, constantly think up different scenarios and how you would get out of them. Throw sudden hindrances in as you progress through your thought pattern and how you would take care of it. What would you do if you became separated from your group? One of your group members finds themselves in trouble as your fleeing? What would you honestly do? Think of these things and your reaction beforehand as there will most likely not be time to come up with an answer when it’s happening. When contemplating your action when thinking on scenarios, come up with a quick answer and then analyze it and change it accordingly. One thing, be honest with your capabilities taking into account the fear factor and personality. Thinking about wading through hordes of zombies taking then out left and right to rescue a trapped friend isn’t going to do you any good if that’s not the type of person you are. That won’t do you or your friend any good. Of course, the best thing is not to get into a situation where you can get trapped. Think about how to do what you need to do without being trapped.
Area knowledge is fairly important as well. It won’t do you any good to flee a horde or pack only to find yourself trapped. Know the ways in and out of any place. Heading up stairs in a building while being pursued = bad idea. Of course, you do what you need if that’s the only option; get yourself safe first and then analyze a way out.
Conditioning before it happens = good idea. Tools for survival are important and this is one of them. Have you ever carried a pack, M-4, and other gear for any distance and time? It’s bloody tiring. The ability to flee a distance and still have energy to fight should you run into something is critical. Go swing a machete for five minutes or run three city blocks – it’s tiring me just thinking about it. I’m not being critical of anyone here, just saying conditioning is an often overlooked aspect. It doesn’t take much to get into a reasonable facsimile of shape.
Avoidance is the best solution. Avoid heading into places where it’s most likely zombies will be hanging out. Large cities are out of the question and it depends on the type of zombie and their habits as to if they’ll migrate. The outskirts of cities are the best when supplies are needed but they’ll be there as well. Be cautious of any noise as that will cause them to migrate in that direction although that could be used as a diversionary tool as well.
There is no way we can exactly predict what would happen or our reaction and actions to certain things. The best thing is to be able to think outside of the box quickly and be in shape to carry out any actions you think of or run across.
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