So if you haven’t noticed it by now, I am a pretty huge zombie fan. Be it movies, books, video games, zombie walks, or plays, I’m going to love it if involves the walking dead or the not so walking dead (as in the infected, fast moving infected from 28 Days Later). Yes, I would be the guy who would proudly raise his hand during a Zombies Anonymous meeting and say “Yes, I have an utter fascination for the living dead!” I know that there are many of us out there. We go about our daily lives, some letting the zombie flag fly while others hold it back for special occasions. So I have a question for all of you uber fans, quasi fans, and those who just read what I post, what would you do at the very beginning of the inevitable zombie apocalypse?
Here is the scenario: You wake one beautiful Saturday morning, stretch, and make your way to the kitchen where coffee awaits. As you are savoring those first sips of liquid goodness, you notice a commotion in your neighbor’s yard. Your kindly, good natured, grandfatherly neighbor is chewing the face off of the mailman. You watch in horror as your neighbor’s hands tears ragged wounds in the mailman, pulling forth all sorts of nastiness and devouring him. You flee that window and realize you can here screams and sirens echoing around your house. You turn on the TV and see the news that the walking dead (or infected as the case may be) are shambling around, killing all humans.
So, what if you have no idea what to do? Where can you turn to for information on zombie contingency plans, zombie preparedness and all sorts of goodies to enable you to survive? Here are some pretty cool websites to help you out:
The Center of Disease Control (No shit, it really is the CDC)
The CDC put out a fun, zombie filled social page to encourage people to think about emergency preparedness in general. Using zombies as the focal point worked out for them. The number of clicks on this page was astronomical. Now, they have created a novella out of it too, called Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. You can read the description here (description from www.cdc.gov):
DC has a fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness. Our new graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies.
Zombie Survival Crew
I had the opportunity to meet one of the founders of the ZSC and I was pretty impressed by their program. They were developing evacuation and contingency plans for major cities across the country in the event of an undead uprising. Members who join the crew are assigned a brigade to join (I am a member of the Purple Brigade). The brigades are typically led by actors and other famous people who have agreed to fill these roles. All in all, it’s a pretty fun site with lots of information. Check it out here.
Here is a description of the Crew from the website:
Zombie Survival CrewTM is an expanding grassroots movement preparing members to survive a global cataclysmic event. By combining our skills and standing firm against the advancing hordes (and knowing when to run like hell) we stand our best collective chance at survival!
The Zombies Are Coming
Another website chock full of excellent zombie survival types and strategies is ZombiesAreComing.com. Take a peak at the description below and take a look at the website. It’s full of all sorts of goodies.
While outbreaks have been limited in the past to controllable levels, this trend is changing, and we must be proactive in defense of our homeland. Those in power have been able to contain and downplay any and all outbreaks, despite underground movements to inform the general public of pending danger. This site will help you take matters into your own hands and regain your options for self-defense against any ghoulish outbreak. Here, you are free to discuss with other survivalists about tactics, equipment, weapons, buildings, and any other methods to prepare for the days that the dead walk the face of the earth.
We have to take matters into our own hands, folks. It is us or them. This is our time to be prepared. This is our time to live. (Description from the official website).
So I just provided you with three awesome sources of information for planning your own zombie survival plan. You could also take a look at any of the excellent zombie novels out there, watch The Walking Dead or any zombie movies, or read Max Brook’s The Zombie Survival Guide and gain even more knowledge. I’ve provided you with some of the tools, but what will you do to prepare?
My question still stands: You have just become aware that the zombie uprising is occurring all around you. What is the very first thing you are going to do? Please let me know!