Why Preparation is Essential to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Zombie movies have become increasingly popular over the past several years. For those that have been quietly preparing for the potential apocalypse this is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, increased awareness of the zombie threat leads to an increased number of people who will be prepared to some degree. This reduces the potential for a small to medium sized outbreak to turn into a national or global apocalypse.
On the other hand, misinformation prevalent in most mainstream stories of surviving in a post-zombie world will likely lead to greater chaos and competition for limited resources. More importantly, zombie movies can give even hardened survivalists a false sense of confidence in their ability to navigate a world filled with ravenous corpses.
Zombie movies tend to show an individual or group of people, initially completely unaware of the existence of the undead, who somehow manage, through luck or sheer grit, to navigate the corpse-filled streets, find weapons and ammunition, and bunker down in a location they had not secured beforehand. While this series of events makes for an exciting movie and appeals to the American desire to see an “anything is possible” protagonist defeat all odds, it has essentially no basis in reality whatsoever.
The truth of the matter is that almost every person who thinks they can acquire all of the weapons and gear they need after the infection spreads will actually be the corpses chasing the survivors in the streets. There is simply no way that anyone but the most military-trained among the population could navigate armed looters, panicked drivers, and of course the undead, without already having armaments and a survival plan in place beforehand.
In the early stages of a widespread infection, before the local stories of corpses rising and attacking have garnered national attention, there might be a small window of time in which grocery store shelves will not already be bare and weapons will still be available for purchase. This window is by no means a guarantee, and those who are prepared beforehand will have a significantly higher chance of survival. The key to preparing is having a pragmatic survival kit and an escape plan that is realistic and rapid in its implementation.
The two most important things to know when preparing are where to go and what to bring. Don’t expect that any societal infrastructure will be reliable or even available. Mass transit will not be an option; subways will be little more than canned food for the undead. An escape plan should always involve getting as far away from populated areas as possible and bunker down in as remote an area as possible, preferably near a power source like a river or wind turbines.
Just as important is having the right gear already prepared before the first sign of trouble. The ability to execute an escape plan at the earliest stages of a widespread infection cannot be understated. Depending on how quickly the infection spreads, there will be anywhere from a few hours to as much as several days before panic becomes widespread and roadways become completely jammed. The first wave of people leaving major population centers will experience significantly less traffic and panic, and might even be lucky enough to avoid ravenous corpses for a while.
To ensure being in the first wave, survivors must be prepared. To be prepared, they must have the proper gear and know how to use it. The purpose of Z-Weapons is to inform as many as possible on the zombie weapons, techniques, and gear that offer the greatest chance of survival.