Sunday, October 23, 2016

Can You Help Others During A Zombie Apocalypse?

One of the big practical and philosophical questions raised in shows like The Walking Dead and Fear of the Walking Dead is -

Can you / should you help other people during a Zombie Apocalypse?

Zombie Photo By Scott Simmons [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In a world where energy and supplies are scarce and risk of Zombie exposure is high, it's a very tough question.  I think a survivor has an obligation to save life when it is immediately threatened.  There is no question that you should kill a Zombie that is just about to bite one of the living.  However, sharing limited supplies is an entirely different matter.

The supplies that you and your group have gathered are precious and should be used to preserve your own.  Group supplies should only be given when some return on investment is expected.

Everyone Contributes After A Zombie Apocalypse

The old van bumper sticker of the 1970s is germaine to this discussion.  "Gas, Grass, or Ass,"  it read.  "Nobody rides for free."  During a Zombie Apocalypse no one rides for free either.  If a survivor group shares supplies, then the recipient is expected to contribute to the group in some way.

In exchange for help, a recipient should be able to contribute by fighting Zombies, growing food, building fortifications, assisting the wounded, or providing other goods and services.

If you have extra supplies, you can use them shrewdly to build your own power, prestige, influence, and safety.  This is probably how warlords and new civilizations get started.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Planning to Evacuate- Lessons Learned from Hurricane Matthew

When the Zombies or another hurricane comes your way, you may need to evacuate with your loved ones.  Evacuating millions of people is not an easy task for governments or individual evacuees.  Here are a few things that my family learned from evacuating for Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew

1.  Evacuate as soon as possible.  If you think you will need to evacuate, don't wait.  If you hit the road before most people, you'll avoid at least some of the heaviest traffic.

2.  Make hotel reservations immediately.  If you think you're going to be evacuating, you'll need to make a hotel reservation right away.  During the Hurricane Matthew evacuation, every hotel that was connected to internet reservation systems completely booked up.  My parents found that all hotels in Georgia off of I-75 and all hotels in Florida off of I-10 were completely booked.  That left only a few non-chain independent hotels and motels with vacancies.

A Motel 6 in Valdosta, GA photo by Michael Rivera (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

3.  Have a list of evacuation locations in mind.  When you visit other parts of the state, note potential evacuation destinations (fish camps, non-branded mom & pop motels, campgrounds, etc.).  I remembered a few independent motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and fish camps that were off the beaten path in the Florida panhandle.  I was able to work the phone and find them an undisclosed secure location.

4. Gas Up Early.  A full tank of gas makes it easy to bug out.  Gas started to get scarce in North Florida just before the evacuation.  Many evacuees lost valuable time waiting in gas lines.  During hurricane season, staying gassed up is a good idea.

Gas Lines in Summit, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy - photo by Tomwsulcer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

5.  Pre-cut plywood speeds the process of boarding up.  When my parents returned to Florida, they made sure that they had plywood pre-cut to fit their windows.  They also had anchors drilled into the bricks around the windows and screws set aside.  All of these preps made boarding up a far faster process.

6.  Bring food, water, and snacks for the road.  Traffic often moves slowly during an evacuation.  You'll want to keep moving and minimize pit stops.

7.  Evacuate, but don't believe the hype.  The Weather Channel and other media outlets led everyone to believe that 8 to 10 foot flood surges might obliterate coastal property.  But, in Florida, that prediction didn't come through.  So, keep a positive attitude until you can confirm the damage yourself!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Zombie Fighting Tactics - Mission Planning

If there is ever a Zombie apocalypse, you don't want to be wandering about aimlessly.  Instead, you should consider any excursion outside of your defenses to be a mission.  Each mission should be rigorously planned ahead of time.

US Military, Turkish Military, and Civilian Contractors plan the movement of earthquake relief supplies - Photo By: Cpl. Jimmie Perkins, U.S. Marine Corps [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

On TV, characters usually just get their gear together and roll out.  If your life is at stake, you'll want to be far more careful.  The Army plans small unit missions by asking officers to consider the mission, the enemy, the troops, the terrain, and the time available (METTT).  You can too.

Mission - Why are you going?  What do you expect to achieve?  You need concrete objectives to ensure that there is a well thought out reason for going.

Enemy - Will you be facing zombies or humans or both?  What are the capabilities of the enemy?  How many are there?  How fast can they move?  What kind of weapons do they have?  What is their morale like?  What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Group of Zombies from film - Meat Market 3 - Photo by Joel Friesen [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
 Troops - In The Walking Dead terms:  Do you have five Daryl's and a Mishone or a bunch of scared Alexandria citizens?  You have to honestly assess the condition of your group.  What weapons do you have?  How much ammunition is available?  Are you healthy or wounded?  How fast can you move?  How skilled is your team in moving and fighting?

The Pope's Swiss Guards Could Kick Zombie Ass - photo by [CC BY 3.0 ( or CC BY 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Terrain - Where can you hide?  Where can the enemy hide?  What areas will have the most Zombies?  Where will humans lie in ambush?  What's the best route to your objective?

A Sand Table Used By the Afghan Army to plan route clearance missions - photo By Sgt Bryan Peterson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Time Available - If you need to get medical supplies for a seriously injured family member, you will be operating faster and more urgently.  If this excursion is just to bolster an already bulging supply cabinet, you can move more slowly and more deliberately.

No one is going to transform your family of survivors into a hardened military unit.  But, you can stop, think, and plan before you take action that might have life altering consequences.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Zombie Apocalypse Weapons - Spears, Pikes, Halberds, and other Pole Arms

If you have to reach out and touch a Zombie, it's best to touch a Zombie from a distance.  Unfortunately, guns make noise and attract more Zombies.  Bows and crossbows can be unwieldy in close quarters and hard to reload quickly.  For close quarters fighting against Zombies, bats, hatchets, axes, machetes, and knives are the typical weapons used by survivors.  However, if you had a choice wouldn't it be better to kill a Zombie from a little more of a distance?  When it comes to killing Zombies, you might want to get medieval. 

Castle of Nideggen, exhibits in keep (pole arms, including halbred, voulge and pollaxe).  Photo By Sir Gawain (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In ancient and medieval times, soldiers used spears, pikes, lances, and other pole arms.  These were intended to allow soldiers to jab enemies from behind a wall of shields or to reach up and engage mounted horsemen.  They typically had spear points that could pierce through armor.  Some weapons such as a halberd had a spike and an axe built in.  Both of these features would be outstanding against Zombies.

When it comes to Zombie killing, a spike or spearhead could penetrate a skull or a spinal cord.  A pole axe might be able to remove a head.  Since Zombies don't feel pain and aren't intimidated by martial displays, they may well impale themselves on a spear or pike.

Unfortunately, when the Zombie apocalypse starts, most people won't have a spear or a halberd laying around.  However, if you are really getting ready, you could be the first in your neighborhood to own a pole arm.  I think the most practical modern pole arm would be the Cold Steel Boar Spear.  But, there are plenty of halberds available on Amazon. In a pinch and with some access to metal working tools a shovel could also be converted into a fearsome anti-zombie weapon.

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, 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 ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or CC 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 (], 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 (], 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!