The concept of a zombie apocalypse has seen plenty of life in the form of undead-centric TV and film over the years, from full-on horror such as 28 Days Later to biting satire such as Shaun of the Dead and everything in between. We're even arguably at peak zombie these days with The Walking Dead rolling strong in season six and the recent debut of spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. While such a devastating and admittedly terrifying scenario will likely never play out in real life, that shouldn't stop you from being prepared in case an entirely fictional virus/condition starts plaguing the general population.
While there are many factors at play in gauging your relative chance of survival should a zombie apocalypse suddenly descend on the world — awareness of what's happening, time spent going from freak out mode to kickass mode, and proximity to cities all included — there's plenty you can do to improve those odds. As with any crisis, it's about appropriately tackling the obstacles in your control and leaving the ones out of your control as far away from your mind as possible.
As long as you have the right mindset, this whole survival thing should be pretty doable. Here are six crucial tips for tackling the zombie nightmare come to life:
1. Stock up on food and supplies.
Tell the kids it's for hurricane season.
2. Get a gun. Or at least some sharp objects you can later use as weapons.
Gun control won't be such a hot topic in a post-apocalyptic world.
3. Call the CDC to see what's up about finding a cure.
Presumably only rotary phones will be working by then, so get one of those, too. Then you can call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to inquire kindly as to whether there's been a cure discovered for this horrific virus yet.
4. Form a team of valuable people.
In general, it'd be smart to surround yourself with a bunch of people who can improvise and think on their feet quickly, but also it would be nice to have a doctor around. And an archer. And maybe a police officer or some other levelheaded leader-type personality.
5. Have a solid home base.
In case you'd like to have some shelter in between bouts of fighting the undead or just want to wait for things to blow over entirely, it's a good call to have a solidly reinforced place to hang. A bunker of some sort is ideal.
6. Find your chill.
Yes, the situation may seem dire. That's because it is dire. But losing your cool isn't going to help anything, so dig deep and sum up that courage.
It's going to be fine.
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