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What to Do in a Zombie Apocalypse: A Checklist

Zombie Apocalypse: How to Survive the Undead Horde

Imagine waking up one day and finding out that the world has been overrun by zombies. The dead have risen from their graves and are hungry for human flesh. Society has collapsed and chaos reigns. You are one of the few survivors left, but how long can you last? This is the scenario of a zombie apocalypse, a genre of fiction that has captivated millions of fans around the world. From movies like Night of the Living Dead (1968) and World War Z (2013) to video games like Resident Evil (1996) and The Last of Us (2013) , zombie stories have explored various aspects of horror, action, drama, comedy, and even romance. But what makes them so appealing? And more importantly, how can you survive one?

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A zombie apocalypse is a hypothetical situation in which society collapses due to overwhelming swarms of zombies. Typically only a few individuals or small bands of survivors are left living. In some versions, the reason the dead rise and attack humans is unknown, in others, a parasite or infection is the cause, framing events much like a plague. Some stories have every corpse rise, regardless of the cause of death, whereas others require exposure to the infection. The genre originated in the 1968 American horror film Night of the Living Dead, which was directed by George A. Romero, who took inspiration from the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson . Romero's film introduced the concept of the flesh-eating zombie and spawned numerous other fictional works, including films, video games, books, comics, TV shows, podcasts, etc.

The zombie apocalypse has been used as a metaphor for various contemporary fears, such as global contagion, the breakdown of society, environmental degradation, nuclear war, terrorism, etc. It has also been used as a vehicle for social commentary, satire, allegory, parody, etc. For example, Romero's films often critique consumerism, racism, militarism, classism, etc. The genre also taps into primal emotions such as fear, disgust, anger, sadness, etc., as well as positive ones such as courage, love, humor, hope, etc. It challenges the reader or viewer to imagine how they would react in such a situation. Would they fight or flee? Would they help or harm others? Would they lose or keep their humanity?

These are some of the questions that you may face if you ever find yourself in a zombie apocalypse. Of course, chances are slim that such an event will ever happen in reality (although some scientists have speculated on its plausibility ), but it never hurts to be prepared. In fact, being prepared can also help you in other emergency situations, such as natural disasters, civil unrest, power outages, etc. In this article, we will give you some tips and tricks on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, based on the best practices and lessons learned from various fictional sources. We will cover three main aspects of survival: preparation, survival, and conclusion. Let's get started!

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The first step to surviving a zombie apocalypse is to prepare yourself before it happens. This means knowing your enemy, knowing your allies, and knowing your resources. Here are some things you should do:

Know your enemy

Zombies are the main threat in a zombie apocalypse. They are reanimated corpses that have lost their intelligence, personality, and emotions, and only act on their primal instinct to feed on living flesh. They are usually slow, clumsy, and mindless, but they can be dangerous in large numbers or in confined spaces. They are also relentless and persistent, and will not stop until they are destroyed or starve to death. Here are some ways to deal with zombies:

  • Identify and avoid zombies. Zombies can be recognized by their pale skin, rotting flesh, bloodshot eyes, moaning sounds, and foul smell. They are usually attracted by noise, movement, and light, so try to be quiet, stealthy, and dark. Avoid places where zombies are likely to congregate, such as cities, hospitals, cemeteries, etc. If you encounter a zombie, try to avoid eye contact and back away slowly. If possible, use a distraction or a barrier to escape.

  • Fight and kill zombies. If you have no choice but to fight a zombie, aim for the head. The only way to kill a zombie is to destroy its brain or sever its spinal cord. You can use any weapon that can cause blunt force trauma or piercing damage, such as a baseball bat, a crowbar, a hammer, a knife, a gun, etc. However, be careful not to get too close or expose yourself to blood splatter or saliva. Also, conserve your ammo and energy, and don't waste them on unnecessary kills.

  • Deal with zombie bites and infections. If you or someone else gets bitten by a zombie, you have two options: amputate the infected limb or kill the victim before they turn. Depending on the type of zombie infection , the incubation period can vary from minutes to hours to days. Some signs of infection are fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, aggression, etc. There is no cure or vaccine for the zombie virus , so prevention is the best strategy.

Know your allies

Zombies are not the only danger in a zombie apocalypse. Other humans can also pose a threat or an opportunity. Some people may try to take advantage of the situation by looting, killing, or enslaving others. Some people may be hostile or paranoid due to fear or trauma. Some people may be infected or insane due to exposure or isolation. However, some people may be friendly or helpful due to compassion or cooperation. Some people may have valuable skills or knowledge that can benefit you. Some people may become your friends or even your family. Here are some ways to deal with other humans:

  • Find and join other survivors. Surviving alone in a zombie apocalypse is possible, but not advisable. You will have more chances of survival if you have a group of people who can support you, protect you, and share resources with you. You can look for other survivors in places such as radio stations, military bases, schools, churches, etc. You can also use signals such as flares, flags, signs, etc. to attract attention. However, be careful not to attract unwanted attention from zombies or hostile humans.

  • Communicate and cooperate with them. Once you find other survivors, you need to establish trust and rapport with them. You can do this by being honest, respectful, and generous. You can also share your background, skills, and goals with them. You need to communicate effectively and frequently with your group members, especially when making decisions, assigning tasks, or facing challenges. You also need to cooperate and collaborate with them, by following rules, sharing duties, and helping each other.

  • Deal with conflicts and betrayals. Not everyone in your group may be trustworthy or compatible with you. You may encounter disagreements, arguments, or fights within your group over various issues, such as leadership, resources, morality, etc. You may also face betrayals, defections, or mutinies from some of your group members who may have ulterior motives or hidden agendas. You need to deal with these situations calmly and rationally, by using diplomacy, negotiation, or mediation. If necessary, you may also use force or expulsion to resolve conflicts.

Know your resources

In a zombie apocalypse, resources are scarce and valuable. You need to secure and manage your resources wisely to survive. Resources include anything that can help you stay alive and comfortable, such as food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine, weapons, tools, vehicles, etc. Here are some ways to deal with resources:

  • Secure and fortify a safe location. A safe location is a place where you can stay for a long time without being attacked by zombies or other humans. It should be hidden, secure, spacious, and comfortable. It should also have access to water, power, and communication. Some examples of safe locations are farms, cabins, warehouses, bunkers, etc. You need to fortify your location by reinforcing doors, windows, walls, fences, etc. You also need to set up traps, alarms, cameras, etc. to deter or detect intruders.

  • Scavenge and store food, water, and other supplies. Food and water are essential for survival. You need to scavenge for them in places such as supermarkets, restaurants, gas stations, etc. You need to look for canned, dried, or preserved food that can last for a long time. You also need to look for bottled, filtered, or purified water that is safe to drink. You need to store your food and water in a cool, dry, and dark place that is protected from pests and thieves. You also need to ration your food and water and consume them before they expire or spoil.

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