“Organize before they rise!” – Max Brooks
Is your family ready for the zombies or any other emergency that may occur? There are many types of emergencies, or unexpected situations may result in having to use what’s available to make due and what’s available may not be what is ideal for the situation. Just the crazy hurricanes, winter storms, and tornadoes that have occurred across the U.S. in the past couple of years should give everyone some concern about what could happen in their neck of the woods. Since my husband and son are self-proclaimed preppers, naturally some of that information rubs off on me. I wouldn’t say I’m as into the whole doomsday scenario as much as they and many others are, but I do have my BOB (bug out bag) just in case and pay attention to helpful tips and preparedness items that are somewhat realistic for your average person to have around (underground bunkers are not realistic for your average family…although that is on my husbands want list). I believe that when the zombies come (or a flood, electrical blackout, or something else that may actually happen occurs) we’ll be able to make due until some level of normalcy resumes. Aside from making sure you’re the fastest runner in the group and the most important rule of all, which everyone knows is don’t get bit, here are a few other tips and tricks to survive the apocalypse:
1. In an emergency crayons can burn for 20 – 30 minutes each. I was initially a little skeptical of this so of course I tried it myself before telling you all about it and sure enough, it is true. My orange Crayola brand standard size crayon burned for exactly 22 minutes before going out. I was very surprised that it didn’t fall over and threaten to catch anything near it on fire either. So this is true and this is great news for those of us with children because there’s a pretty good chance we’ve got some crayons laying around the house somewhere. If you ever find yourself in an emergency with nothing but crayons and a source of fire, you’re in luck – a box of 48 would easily get you through a 24 hour period with a constant light source; longer if used sparingly.
2.Stock up on canned goods and dehydrated items. I’m not talking about entire rooms filled from top to bottom with supplies, but enough to get the family through at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency or temporary loss of electricity. A great and cost-effective kit that I found and have purchased for my family is the Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Pail that can be ordered from Wal-Mart for around $100.00. Now this will last longer than 2 or 3 days, but for the price, it’s very all inclusive and something that can be stored away in a small space until it’s needed. There are many other brands of emergency kits like Wise Foods which have become quite popular but they are pricier and may not be the best option for someone just starting out with their emergency preps. Regardless of what brands you choose for your stock pile, the less you have to leave your homestead or bunker, the less likely you are to cross paths with the walkers.
3. Have a good knife or multi-tool on hand. Knives don’t need to be re-loaded. In addition to having access to a weapon for self-defense against the non-living if needed, a knife can be used for many things in an emergency situation such as opening food in your emergency kit, butchering wild game if you’re so inclined to hunt or replacing a screwdriver or a pair of scissors that may not be readily available. They can be used to cut fabric for dressing a wound or making a tourniquet in a medical emergency or making restraints when you capture the enemy. A good knife or multi-tool doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be durable and sharp.
4. If you are with a group of people (your family, friends, and neighbors) stay together as a group. Do not take off or let someone take off alone unless it is absolutely necessary. The chances of survival in a true emergency situation are greatly increased if people stick together. If faced with threats, the likelihood of multiple people being able to fight them off is much more than if one person has to protect themselves alone. In addition, if a person is injured, it is much harder to render medical assistance to oneself – the ability to help each other out increases everyone’s odds of survival. It’s much easier for 3 or 4 people to out think a couple of zombies than for one person to fight them off alone.
5. Include your children in planning and prepping. Most, if not all of you reading this, as well as myself, have families and that means kiddos. Include them, teach them, and rehearse with them. Don’t make it scary (maybe refrain from using the zombie scenario here unless they’re a bit older and think it’s fun like my son does). Make it a game just like you would when going through a fire drill or use a camping trip to evaluate the efficiency and what may be missing from your preps – don’t down play the importance of knowing what you as a parent expect from them in case of an emergency, but make sure they know what your preps are and why they might be used – this will make things less scary and hopefully more organized if the time comes and disaster strikes.
These are just a few of the tips and hints that I’ve picked up along the way. (A few episodes of The Walking Dead is sure to reinforce most of these ideas.) For more information about how to survive the zombie apocalypse, check out Max Brooks’ book Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. It’s very entertaining even if you don’t believe in zombies. For those of you who are interested in more detailed information on how to build a bug out bag please see my post Building a BOB – the Essentials for Survival (A Mothers Perspective).
What would you do? What tips do you have for surviving the zombie apocalypse and other emergencies? What is the must have item in your doomsday stockpile? How would you include your kids so that they’re prepared? Share your ideas, questions, and helpful hints in the comments below. Thanks for reading!!