Sunday, September 25, 2016

Physical Fitness, Sheltering in Place, and the Zombie Apocalypse

When the Zombies come, some experts believe that physical fitness will be key to escape and survival.  When states were ranked on their ability to survive a Zombie Apocalypse, states that had more participation in fitness activities were ranked higher than states with couch potatoes.  If you are at school, work, or Walmart, when Zombies show up, you'll need to be quick on your feet.


However, one alternative way to survive a Zombie apocalypse is to not go out of your house and fight with zombies.  If you have enough food, chips, soda, and reading material stockpiled, you might be able to shelter in place.  Typically sheltering in place is a recommendation by authorities when their is a chemical or biological pollutant that has been released into the atmosphere and it's dangerous to go outside.  Here is an American Red Cross data sheet on how to shelter in place.  In case of Zombies, staying inside probably beats running outside and fighting with them.  If you've got the necessary supplies, you could just barricade yourself in and sit the whole Zombie apocalypse out.  Of course, you'll need water.  According to ready.gov, a person needs 3/4 of a gallon of water per day for drinking and another 1/4 gallon for sanitation.  More is needed in hot climates.  If Zombies are wandering animated corpses in various stages of decomposition, it stands to reason that the Zombie threat will simply bio-degrade eventually.

Of course, high cholesterol and hardened arteries might be a bigger threat than zombies.  So, it would be prudent to be fit.  Start slow and increase your physical activity.  In the event of a catastrophe, the ability to run, jog, or even walk a few miles would be reassuring.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Zombie Apocalypse Will Be Hard On The Knees

War isn't easy on the knees.  The rigors of vigorous physical training, heavy body armor and packs, and long hours on the march take a toll on the bodies of soldiers.  According to this Stars & Stripes article, many soldiers end up developing degenerative arthritis at a young age. Between 1998 and 2008, military doctors diagnosed over 100,000 cases of the disease.  Overall soldiers were 26% more likely than the general population to develop the incurable disease.  It's just one of the many ways that our soldiers develop injuries and health problems that most of us don't even think about.


Here's the thing:  degenerative arthritis is a disease affected soldiers who were in peak physical condition.  If the Zombie Apocalypse ever happens, it will be even harder on the knees of all us overweight computer nerds who sit around reading about Zombies on the internet. That would be us!  We're going to need some knee protection and some techniques to avoid knee injury.

Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Trooper - By Vitaly V. Kuzmin (http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/494) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Research by the military in the United Kingdom has found that military recruits who follow a strict regimen of leg stretches and exercises to strengthen the knee can avoid many common knee injuries.  This article by a former Navy SEAL provides some good stretches to help avoid knee injuries.

If you are preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse or the end of the world as we know it, you might want to get some tactical knee pads.  A Zombie Apocalypse is bound to hurt!



Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11 and the Zombie Apocalypse

This site is only about preparing to survive a Zombie Apocalypse.  It's about fighting for humanity and going toe-to-toe with animated death.  It's about dealing with an cold, inhuman, unthinking foe who wants to kill us, eliminate us, consume us, and convert us into their own mindless form of "life."

North Face of the World Trade Center South Tower on 9/11 - By Robert on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Thinking about how we could face down such a foe, prevail, and restore our way of life is an interesting exercise.  Perhaps the thinking and the preparation, will also prepare us to face any future disaster or challenge that comes our way.  The fight against Zombies isn't handled by the government or the military.  The fight against Zombies is handled by the American people with each family and each community refusing to die, rallying against the dead, facing them down, and putting them permanently in the grave.

The Pentagon after 9/11 Attack, Photo By USMC Archives from Quantico, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


The Zombie Apocalypse is a fictional reminder that we, the people, are the militia.  Ultimately, we are responsible for defending ourselves, our families, our communities, our countries, and our cultures.  The Zombie Apocalypse is something fictional and entertaining to think about.  However, every so often there comes a day that reminds us that not every apocalypse is fictional.  On the morning of September 11, 2001, we weren't thinking about the end of the world. But, then a band of Islamic hijackers took over four airliners.  They crashed three of those airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  The fourth airliner crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers stood up, looked death in the face, and prevented another suicidal crash.  The fourth airliner was destined for the U.S. Capitol.  It was an attempt to decapitate our nation's government.



As we prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, we accumulate water, food, firearms, ammunition, knives, sharp pointy sticks, first aid supplies, and other survival equipment.  If the Zombie Apocalypse ever comes, we'll be ready.  But, don't think we have forgotten about 9/11.  We remember who funded the 9/11 hijackings and where the hijackers came from.  We remember who danced in the streets and we remember where.  We won't ever forget about 9/11.  It wasn't a tragedy or an accident.  9/11 was a deliberate attack.  We won't fall for false conspiracy theories about 9/11.  We know where the conspiracy was hatched and by whom.  It's been 15 years now, but we won't ever forget.  If some mindless death cult attacks us again, we'll all be a little more ready.



Ironically, the government that the terrorists tried to destroy moderates public anger about 9/11.  It reminds us not to discriminate.  It exhorts us not to hate.  It shields us from the 28-pages of the 9/11 commission report that point a finger at a foreign government.  Perhaps such moderation is proper in a world where we as a nation have nuclear weapons at our finger tips.  Those are big issues to ponder.  But, this site is just about preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.  There's nothing to see here.  Move along.  Remember the victims of 9/11.  Remember the soldiers who have died in the wars spawned by 9/11.

Be Sad.  Be Angry.  Be Ready!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Zombie Apocalypse Food - Chef Boyardee

If the Zombies come to town, you'll want to have some canned food on hand.  While we've grown accustomed to fancy Food Network chefs,  when the Zombies come, I highly recommend eating anything by Chef Boyardee. 

The Ultimate Zombie Survival Food - Chef Boyardee
A can of Chef Boyardee ravioli can be eaten hot or cold.  It has a convenient pop top lid for life on the run.  It only costs a dollar a can at Dollar Tree.  Best of all, the best by date indicates a shelf life of at least two years.  If you are prepping on a budget, you can't go wrong by throwing a couple of extra cans in your shopping basket on a regular basis.  Doing a little bit at a time is the poor man's way of prepping.


In the long term, you and your loved ones probably won't want to eat Chef Boyardee each and every day.  By day 47, you might want something else!  That's why you may want to stockpile emergency food now.  Several companies offer freeze dried and dehydrated meals that are suitable for long term storage.  For example, the Wise Company offers a 52-serving package of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with an up to 25 year shelf life.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

How Big of A Threat Are Zombies?

This blog is about Zombies and how to fight them.  But, you should carefully consider all the threats that might realistically visit your home and family.  Make a list of them.  Are you in a hurricane zone?  Are you near a major earthquake fault line?  Is your neck of the woods a tornado alley?  Are your neighbors likely to riot if they don't like a jury verdict?



You have to think through all the threats you might face and rank them.  For most of us, Zombies are actually fairly far down on the list.  For realistic preppers, Zombies are a metaphor for other threats like large scale civil unrest, the break down of civil authority, and contagious disease.  While Zombies might not make your list of threats, these other unpredictable threats might.

Photo by Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

As you prepare for a Zombie apocalypse, you'll find yourself ready to handle all manner of other catastrophes.  For example, the weapons you have can help repel home invaders or looters.  The food and water stockpiles can help you in the aftermath of a hurricane, earthquake, flood, or tornado.  The batteries you have for your radios can help you stay informed when the power is out.  The first aid kit you bought can help you handle the cuts and scrapes that come with a tornado strike.


You Can't Prep for Everything is an interesting article on RealWorldSurvivor.com on how to think through the threats that you might realistically face and focus your prepping efforts.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

How Does A Zombie Virus or Infection Spread?

Survivors worry about how the Zombie contagion spreads.  It's only natural.  In the event of a real zombie apocalypse, it will be the number one question on almost everyone's mind.  Those who aren't thinking about it will be shuffling in our direction with primitive thoughts of how tasty the rest of us will be.  Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer.


No one knows how a real Zombie contagion might spread!


In fiction, Zombie virus or bacteria usually spreads through a bite.  This implies that the primary vector for Zombie infection is saliva.  But, in a real world Zombie apocalypse, the methods of transmission may vary or be altogether than genre fiction depicts.  Information passed along by authorities may be contradictory or completely wrong.

What does this mean for you as a prepper?  Maybe means yes.  For safety sake, you have to assume that Zombie virus can be spread by bites, scratches, drool, blood spatter, intimate contact, and possibly even Zombie breath.

How Do You Protect Yourself Against Zombie Virus or Zombie Infection?


The uncertainty over how the Zombie contagion spreads means that survivors should take extra precautions.  This means engaging Zombies from stand off distances (with a rifle or crossbow instead of a knife) and wearing protective gear for close encounters of the Zombie kind.  It's highly likely that government soldiers would engage Zombies while wearing heavy duty protective gear designed to offer protection from chemical and biological weapons.

US Military Photo By Spc. Randis Monroe (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1507820) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As civilians, we might not have access to military grade chemical warfare gear.  The surplus gear that is available may be old, moldy, out-dated, or in need of unavailable filters.  A better alternative would probably be to procure modern face shield and respirator used by painters and mold remediation experts.  This will allow you to easily find replacement filters. 



If you simply want to keep spatter and zombie fingers out of your face, a riot helmet or motorcycle helmet might also be a good choice.  You will also want to wear gloves.  If you are concerned about pathogens touching your skin, you'll probably want some serious industrial PVC coated gloves. You'll also want to protect yourself by wearing a thick jeans, a water resistant jacket, and fully enclosed boots.  Unlike the survivors depicted in so many Zombie films and television shows, you'll actually want to decontaminate your gear and clothing on a regular basis.  You'll want to wash too!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

How will the Medical Establishment Treat Zombies?

In a large-scale Zombie virus break out,  I believe that we can expect political leaders and medical authorities to display great hubris.  Our medical establishments will believe that they can successfully detain, treat, and cure Zombies.  Back in August of 2014, medical and political leaders decided to treat American ebola victims here in the United States.   They did not take the victims to a remote location or military base for treatment.  Instead, they brought the victims right into the heart of Atlanta, a city of 5 million+ people. 

Emory University Hospital - Photo By Emory University [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
I took this picture of the ABC News report on an ebola victim being brought into the hospital.  Notice that they brought the patient right into hospital and in the process walked the stretcher right by an unprotected bystander.  Notice the man in tan and black standing in the center of the screen just to the right of the last worker in a hazmat suit.  (Find the i in Diane Sawyer and look 2/3 of the way up the screen.)


The medical professionals at Emory University Hospital thought that they knew everything about ebola, communicable diseases, and how to transfer a patient from ambulance into the medical facility.  They did learn alot as outlined in this article. Fortunately, everything worked out.  However, if the same level of hubris was displayed during an actual Zombie infection, it might not work out as well.  In addition, the sheer scale of a Zombie apocalypse would overwhelm medical facilities and the available security guards.