Bite Back: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, by Derek Davis

Over the past few years, natural disasters and other emergencies seem to have increased. From tsunamis to tornados, emergencies can happen at any time. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for the worst situation- IN THIS CASE, A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK. It seems that television shows and Hollywood movies are constantly warning us about this impending doom. Here are a few tips on preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Having a well thought out plan for what to do in the event of a zombie virus is the first thing to make. Deciding on a place to meet is the first thing that a family will want to do, but be careful. Because zombies can strike at almost any time, the family may be separated. If this is the case, then it may already be too late. When trying to regroup with family, the longer that they are lost or missing, the more likely it is that they have already been bitten and are already among the undead. Should you be lucky enough to find a loved one, check over their body and search for signs of bites or scratches. You can never be too careful.
Next, it’s important to have the supplies to take care of yourself and your family for the first few hours, or even days, after a disaster. Clean water is probably the most important necessity for survival, next to a weapon. Staying hydrated can keep a person thinking clearly and alert enough to make proper choices. Water may become contaminated; so bottled water is ideal for this kind of situation. Keep in mind that boiling water for at least 3 minutes can also make water safe enough to drink.

Having recent photo identification for everyone is smart in case anybody has gone missing. When trying to find somebody, a recent picture of that person could mean the difference between them being found or lost in a crowd. However if the person has already been turned into a flesh-addict, then they are most likely already unrecognizable and decaying. A basic first aid kit is also an absolute must. Any wounds will want to be treated immediately, and will greatly increase your chances of survival. A simple infected scrape can be just as hazardous as unsafe drinking water. You’ll want to make sure that your body is taken care of so you have the best chance of survival possible. Also, keep lots and lots of bandages and gauze on hand. You’ll never know when you’ll need them.

It’s always a good idea to have a few hundred bucks in cash stashed away in your kit. When searching for help in a time when people have lost all trust in humanity, cash talks. This can help purchase supplies and weapons from those that have already looted Walmart and Bass Pro. Dust masks are another good item to have in an emergency bag. Because the zombie outbreak will most likely be a disease of some sort, it’s never a bad idea to be too careful. Increase your odds of survival by wearing a mask. Staying healthy is key for survival.

Maps of your local area are good to have. Sometimes when disaster occurs, people become disoriented and lost. Keep a level head by knowing where you are and how to get where you’re going. A map may seem trivial, but it can be an important navigational tool. It’s also smart to keep hunger at bay for a while with some protein bars. These bars are small and light so it should be pretty easy to stash several in your kit. Make sure you have several per person. If situations become dire, you may have to resort to hunting your own food.

A reliable weapon is a must for any self-respecting zombie slayer. A short, easy-to-wield item such as a machete is invaluable. Blades don’t need to be reloaded which is ideal for uninterrupted zombie disposal. As for killing the zombie, it’s best to use your head and cut off theirs. Since the zombie is already dead, stabs and slashes to the torso will have no affect on it. Destroying the brain is the only way to ensure a dead zombie. Baseball bats are great weapons, too. Avoid using firearms if you can. They are loud and will draw the attention of nearby walkers. An additional benefit of having a machete is that it makes amputations a cinch (this is also where the extra bandages come in handy!). If a person has been bitten on one of their extremities, acting quick and amputating that arm or leg may mean the difference between life and death. With time, you may even be able to open your own one-stop chop shop.

Zombies aren’t the only monsters to defend against. When humans are pushed to the edge of survival, they can be rather unpredictable and desperate. In such cases, a firearm of some sort is the best defense against people coming to raid your supplies. While some people may become assets, it’s best to never become attached to them. Some zombies may still resemble the person they once were, but it’s important to keep in mind that it is not the same person. Attachments can cause hesitation when dispatching an attacking zombie. In addition to losing your friend, you just might lose your face.
A safe location is also key. Some place with big, heavy doors and is easily fortified and defendable. In many cases in film and video games, a shopping mall has been the go-to place. Shops have the metal gates that pull down for added security, but there’s also the benefit of utilizing the food from the restaurants in the food court.

For your best chance of survival, keep in mind that there is strength in numbers, but sheer numbers may be your downfall. If one person becomes bitten, that one person becomes two. Two becomes four, etc. When a zombie is killed, it’s killed. When a person is killed, they become a zombie, thus growing their numbers. By keeping a level head and looking out for yourself, it shouldn’t be too incredibly difficult surviving the zombie invasion. Good luck.

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Written by Daniella Vega

Avid prepper and kick-boxer. Fascinated by the undead and everything zombie. Not your typical girl, beware of dogs! Daniella is in the process of writing her first book "The dead aren't dead, tales from the autopsy room". Besides writing about anything zombie related, she enjoys a good glass of wine and the beach outside her home. Personal trainer by day, apocalypse nerd by night.