Weapons

Okay, during a zombie apocalypse, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll need to use some sort of weapon at some point. Here we discuss the best type of weapon to use, weighing up the pros and cons of each.

Machete
High portability, high devistation at close range, everybody should carry one of these with them in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Sword
Depending on the type of sword you use, this can be an excellent weapon. Something large and heavy may seem like a good idea, but there’s too much risk of it getting stuck in a zombie’s skull or ribcage. Ideally, use something light and extremely sharp like a samurai sword, and where possible, always aim for the neck.

Axe
With this weapon, one well aimed blow could be devastating against a zombie, but a badly aimed or poorly timed swing can cost you precious time, or even your life when using a heavy, close proximity weapon such as an axe. It would be handy to have a few lying around your base for emergencies, but no good for carrying around.

Baseball Bat
Arguably the best weapon you could carry around with you, as they can be light (depending on what they’re made from) and incredibly sturdy. As a blunt weapon, the bat massively reduces the risk of getting caught in all that zombie flesh, although compared to a sword or an axe, it would require a lot more effort to take a zombie down.

Bow
An excellent long distance weapon, this would require good aim, but holds the potential to bring down several zombies from a distance. Quicker to load than a crossbow, the bow should be a staple weapon in any zombie apocalypse survivors armory.  And without all the usual societal constraints such as a job, there’s no excuse not to practice your aim.

Crossbow
Although considerably slower to load than a bow, the fact that this can be carried around pre-loaded makes it a great weapon to take with you whetever you go. As with the bow, the fact that it is also silent makes it ultra essential to have, if you can get hold of one (or more).

Pistol
Having both major upsides and downsides, a handgun of any sort remains sitting on the fence. It’s portability is a bonus, but the noise will attract more zombies. And of course, there’s the problem regarding ammunition.  If possible, carry one with you as a back up.

Rifle
Although much more powerful than a pistol, there’s still the problem with the noise. Keep one in your base if you must, but only use it as a last resort.

Shotgun
Fantastically devastating at close range, but slow to reload, the shotgun should only be used as a last resort, as with the rifle.

Conclusion
Although many, many more weapons could be included in this list, the ones discussed here are the ones most people are likely to use.

Although the best weapon set essential boils down to personal opinion and preference, an ideal personal armory would consist of:

Machete
Baseball bat
Bow or crossbow
Pistol (if available)

These weapons allow the greatest portability while remaining effective against any zombies you may come accross.

What are your thoughts on suitable weapons?

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Team or Solo Effort?

Well, it’s been almost a month since the last post… Terrible zombie updating. Terrible. Now with that out of the way, here’s the next survival tip.

 

When trying to survive a zombie outbreak, or indeed any kind of post apocalyptic world, what’s the best plan for survival? Here we weigh up the pros and cons of trying to survive as a team, against going it alone.

 

Surviving as a team

As most people have probably heard at some point or another, there’s safety in numbers. Chances are, there’s people in your team that has the necessary skill sets to aid the groups survival.

 

For instance, one (ideally more) person may know a great deal about first aid, which has its obvious benefits. Another may be knowledgable about certain plant life, knowing what is alright to eat and what plants to avoid at all costs. Someone else may know a little about general outdoor survival, i.e., how to start a fire without matches, or how to kill and skin an animal for food. And the list goes on.

 

While this may all sound good and well, having a number of people in your group presents itself with an abundance of problems.

 

First off, there’s several more mouths to feed. This might not be a problem to begin with. But, a few months or even years down the line, food of any description will almost certainly start to become scarce, and essentially it will become a battle for sustenance. If anyone has read
or seen The Road by Cormac McCarthy, then you’ll know exactly what I’m on about here.

 

Food struggles aside, there’s always going to be situations where at least one member of the group becomes disagreeable. Now think about it, in a world without law an order, who’s going to get involved and at least try to do anything about it? You? Remember, civilisation and decent society will have collapsed, no laws exist. Essentially, anyone can do anything they want. I’ll leave that to your imagination as to what that could potentially entail.

 

Solo Survival

As previously discussed, surviving as a team enables a high number of necessary skills to be applied, while simultaneously presenting numerous problems.

 

Trying to stay alive alone may seem like a good idea – only yourself to worry about feeding, no one to argue with over where to go and what to do next – but this also presents its own set of problems.

 

So what are the problems?

 

Sure, fleeting around by yourself may seem like a good idea, but you’re bound to get lonely. Lack of human contact could potentially send you crazy, and that’s the last thing you want when you’re trying to keep your wits about you.

 

Remember safety in numbers? There’ll be none of that if you’re out on your own. It might seem like a good idea jumping around like a ninja, picking off zombies one by one, but how likely is that to actually happen?

 

Another con to solo survival is that you may simply lack all the skills needed. Do you know how to stitch yourself up? Start a fire? Build shelter? Find food?

 

And the winner is…

 

Teamwork. But only just. Ideally, there would be a small group of three or four of you, all with separate but useful sets of skills. And if anything were to happen, there’s always your buddies to help you out. Just don’t argue too much about how the last tin of peaches gets shared around.

 

However, this is just one persons opinion. What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?

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Stealth is Key

While until anything in the sense of a zombie outbreak actually happens, there will be no telling what would attract the attention of one, or even a horde of the undead.

 

The best course of action, then, would be to apply as much stealth as possible when manoeuvring from A to B, or ideally when merely moving around in A.

 

Of course no one knows (yet) if they will be attracted by sight or sound, but of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

Ideally, one should always be aware of anything that could bring attention to themselves, this especially includes loud quarrelling with fellow survivors.

 

While it may be tempting to light fires for practical reasons – cooking, light and warmth – it would be highly detrimental to do so at night, anything could affect zombies for all we know.

 

Just remember, try to keep all noise to a minimum, and stay out if sight as much as possible. When travelling, try to keep out of the open, using the beaten track and back roads, etc, whenever possible.

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Keep Your Supplies Topped Up

So, now you know how to keep your fort nice and secure, next up is supplies.

 

One method to keep your supplies stocked up is to buy tinned meals in bulk, and rotate the stock, using it up as it nears its use-by date.

 

But what to stock up on? It’s tempting to go right for the luxury meal-in-a-can option, but the best bet is to go for food that can be safely eaten without heating.

 

A short list to give a few ideas might consist of:

  • Baked beans
  • Corned beef
  • Vegetable soup
  • Spam
  • Almost any type of tinned vegetables

 

Then there’s the other life source: water.

 

You might be thinking about buying lots of bottled water. And you’d be right. Although much more expensive than tap water, bottled water is still relatively cheap, and if left unopened, should last for a very long time before going ‘off’. Even after its use-by date, it should still be fine. It’s water, after all. If in doubt, drop in some water purifying tablets, which should also be in plenty of supply.

 

A few basic cooking pots should be thrown in with the rest of the supplies, but chances are, they’re already part of your day-to-day routine, thus wouldn’t need to be in a separate supply storage.

 

Think about where these supplies are going to be kept. Until the zombies arrive, you’ll probably want them out of the way, not cluttering up your living space. Try the cupboard under the stairs, the garage, or dedicate a corner of a room somewhere. Anywhere, really, as long as they’re readily available if, or when the time comes.

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Check out your Surroundings

First things first: if anyone is even remotely interested in surviving a zombie apocalypse, the minimum requirement should be to get familiar with your surroundings. Not just your own home, but the entire locale, and ideally, every building you enter, be it a shop, school, friends house – you get the idea.

 

Look for all the exits (and crucially, where they lead to), and if there would be any quick way to block them up if needs be.

 

If worse came to worse, an emergency evacuation would then become more of a possibility if the quickest exit leading to the most suited escape route were already in mind.

 

However, it would be more suitable to remain in your own home; a place where everything is (or should already be) familiar. In an ideal world, none of the following steps would ever be necessary. But, if zombies ever do decide to come knocking at your door, here are a few ways to keep those pests at bay.

 

1. Don’t just nail some bits of wood to the doors and windows, brick them up.
All the ground floor windows should be bricked over to stop anything remotely undead from entering your fort. Getting in and out can then by done by ladder to an upper window or balcony; or if your fort is a bungalow, through a skylight.

 

2. Line the parameter with lots of spikes. It doesn’t matter what you craft these from, as long as they’re long and sturdy enough to prevent a few walking corpses from getting nearer than they otherwise might have. Also, when the coast is clear, dispose of the corpses somehow. The method is entirely up to you. Use your imagination. Let it run wild.

 

3. Have a back-up fort. Make an arrangement with a few like minded friends to share their fort (possibly in exchange for some of your supplies) should yours somehow become overrun. Of course, this is highly unlikely as you would have already bricked up any means of lower-floor entry and placed zombie-catching spikes all over the place. But you never know.

 

And that’s that, as far as fortifying your fort goes. But don’t do any of this until after an outbreak has happened, or else your neighbours will think you’re mad.

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Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

For some people, the concept of a zombie apocalypse has yet to even cross their minds. Yet on the contrary, others have gone to extreme lengths to prepare for (in their minds, at least) the inevitable. This notion has been stretched far enough in that television shows have been created to showcase the various strategies implemented for their survival, be it from zombies or otherwise.

For those who have at least considered the idea, some sort of plan has likely been thought of, even if only in passing. Of course there’s the typical ‘board all the windows up and stock up on long-life tinned food’, but how much thought is really necessary? If worse really did come to worse, then lots.

For example, how much food? How strong do the barricades need to be?

A few simple steps could help prolong the basic survival needs. Water purifying tablets, learning how to grow vegetables, knowing how to light a fire without matches; simple yet highly desirable skills that would end up as part of daily life should the world as we know it come to an end.

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Preparing for the Outbreak

After the supposed end of the world as purported by the myriad apocalyptic prophesies, most recently popularised by the end of the Myan calendar, preparations for such events have increased ten-fold (I don’t know if that’s an entirely accurate figure but it sounded good).

 

One such popular notion, the zombie apocalypse, has the capacity to instil both fear and excitement in those whose minds it crosses, either momentarily or continually, and this is where this blog/guide/information brochure comes in.

 

If such an occurrence were to happen (for some people, it’s not a matter of if, but when), one could do worse than to take some preparatory steps, or at least devise a vague plan to aid their survival. You know, just in case.

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