Friday, November 22, 2013

Practical Survival Tips From The Walking Dead

If you’re anything like me, then you’re a fan of zombies; AMC’s The Walking Dead is my personal favorite when it comes to zombie apocalypses. While The Walking Dead, and shows like it, are strictly fictional some of the characters actions do hold merit for applying to a real world disaster. So here are three things I've picked up from this season of The Walking Dead.

First and foremost when disaster strikes, whether it’s a hurricane, tsunami, blackout, or zombie apocalypse, there is strength in numbers so find some pals who will have your back when SHTF. “People are the best defense against walkers, or people” said Rick Grimes to a wanderer shortly before she tried to kill him. The unfortunate truth is that some people’s behavior will not improve when SHTF, but you may be able to deter looters, thieves, and bullies by surrounding yourself with others.

Secondly, make sure you have access to some medical supplies. Rick and company finally found a defensible position to hold-up in, had plenty of people to keep the place running, and what happens? Someone gets sick, turns into a zombie, and starts attacking people in their sleep. Similarly, in a disaster, you never know how long you’ll be isolated before help arrives; it’s a good idea to have some kind of water purification system or treatment kit around and a stock of medical supplies. In fact, make sure you’re well stocked on more than just medical supplies; solar chargers, blankets, fire starter, change of clothes, the whole nine yards. You've survived the initial disaster but you aren't out of the woods yet.


Lastly, when SHTF make sure you don’t lose your cool. It’s like Michonne said: “Anger makes you stupid; Stupid gets you killed.” When the world is falling apart around you it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos; anger, sadness, and shock are all natural feelings when something interrupts your way of life, but check those feelings at the door because having a clear head could be the difference between life and death. So remember, find a group, make sure you’re well supplied, and keep your cool until help arrives.

by Matthew J Leone @ Rothco


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