10 Quick Things For Your Zombie Plan
I’ve been thinking about this whole zombie apocalypse thing lately but from the perspective of what would I do to survive the first 3 days or so. I don’t really have a zombie plan or even a natural disaster survival plan or anything that even remotely resembles that. In my part of Texas, we’ve had a lot of rain recently which has generated a lot of flooding which has blocked people off from being able to get to the supermarket so people have had to make due with what they had on hand.
The flooding worked as an avatar in my brain for a zombie horde or a zombie apocalypse scenario.
So, it made me think of what are the first few things that I’d need to make it through the first 3-4 days or until I realize that it’s too late and we’ve got to bug out from the house and seek shelter elsewhere.
I did a little research, and I figured out that there are about 10 essential things that you need to consider when it comes to planning for a contingency like a natural disaster type emergency but also for a zombie apocalypse as well.
- Power. You need electrical power but if the power is out, what do you do? Ideally, a backup power generator is good, but if you don’t have the $300+ for a backup generator you can get a power inverter for your car for about $30. You can use your car for short term things maybe a radio for 20-30 minutes but the generator would be the thing to use for your fridge and/or longer term needs.
- Cash money. Maybe in the middle of a zombie horde cash won’t really buy you anything, but if you’re in the middle of a natural disaster and you need to buy something from the store, chances are good that you won’t be able to pay with a credit card if there is no power.
- LED camping lights. These are great because they are bright and they last longer on battery power.
- Fill the tub. Seriously, fill the tub up with water while the water is still running. You’ll have a nice supply for drinking/ cooking but also for cleaning. The supply should last for about 3 days before it starts to get funky, but that should be enough time to figure things out. Also, clean your tub before you fill it.
- Propane. Make sure that the propane tank for the grill has gas in it. If the gas mains break and you lose power to your neighborhood, being able to cook some food will make you a hero. To your family anyway.
- Speaking of gas, make sure you car has gas in it.
- Get a radio. I was watching Z Nation the other day, and they had a hand crank radio. It was pretty cool, they would wind up the crank and power up the radio. They could use it to listen and also to broadcast. Some hand crank radio models come with an LED flashlight in it too, so get one!
- Have a bug out plan. If everything goes to hell in a hand basket, where are you going to go? Have you thought about that?
- Weapons… do you have any? Are they in operational condition?
- Who else is coming over? It never fails that people will know that you are prepared and they will want to come over and mooch. So, are you prepared to take in additional guests? Are you prepared to turn people away?
Obviously, if there are zombies in the area you might not want to go outside and cook something on the grill, so your mileage may vary depending on what the circumstances are, but these are the things that I thought of as good first steps.
One more thing, your water heater can serve as an emergency water reservoir of sorts. Specially if it’s relatively new since it won’t have much rust in the water. If your tub water goes bad, or if you forget to fill the tub, your water heater tank is full of water that you can use. All you have to do is use a hose to drain the water into a bucket as needed.
What do you think about my zombie plan? What did I miss?