(Rather then start a new thread I just renamed this one- place all your world ending zombie thoughts here)-Willmark
posting here because my printer broke. (and im gonna have a friend print it for me) im writing an essay on zombie survival based heavily on the book by Max Brooks (its the 3rd part of a GIANT 10 page essay im doing). odds are i probably cited the pages wrong (sue me!) oh, and should there be a zombie outbreak i want everyone to read this! if i save even 1 life ill be a happy son-of-a-beach ball
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please note that this is a rough draft and there will be errors
and i CHALLENGE you to find a flaw with the ideal survival conditions
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So in a hypothetical case, the dead have risen, its time to shift into survival mode. Earlier, Voodoo zombies have been discussed and shown not to be a threat to humanity there fore Survival here will be focused upon surviving a cinema style zombie attack and has been tailored to fit the shambling sort, no super-beasts here. Survival when traveling will be covered so will defending yourself. Last will be showing you ideal conditions in which to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Traveling on land during a zombie outbreak is very dangerous, and leaves you most at risk because of the large amounts of monsters wandering around looking for humans to eat. The first rule is not to travel unless necessary. But if one must travel then you should take into consideration the following; Means of transportation, your destination; the conditions you will be traveling in, and the terrain itself (Brooks Zombie 34). How you are traveling is fundamental to survival, you could easily tire and get caught on foot; cars need gas, maintenance and create lots of noise and other means like train or flights will most likely be shut down (Brooks Zombie 35-36). So what are the ideal modes? A very good bet is a Horse or a Bicycle. Horses make good mounts because they are faster then zombies and can even smell them ahead of time (Brooks Zombie 42) Its like riding a giant proximity alarm. The only downside to horses is that they require maintenance and if they become wounded, develop into more into an obstacle then a lifesaver. Bicycles are fantastic because they are also much quicker then zombies and provide exercise to help you get into better shape.
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However, bicycles require maintenance as well, albeit much simpler then providing medical care for a horse. It is extremely important to know where you are going before you set out. Take time to plan your route ahead of time. It would be very bad to get lost and contend with an endless horde of the shambling dead. Conditions, like weather, are important for survival as well. You will need to pack gear for rain and snow, getting wet could sicken you, which could be a huge disadvantage with the shambling hordes at your back. Also, be aware that if you are traveling somewhere cold if you sweat, you die. The sweat will freeze and cause hypothermia, which is extremely fatal unless untreated. The environment could be a big factor to your survival. If you go up north, where it snows then you have a good chance of survival (if you avoid hypothermia) because zombies, which have no body heat to protect them, will freeze and become harmless and immobile (Brooks Zombie 52). Grasslands are a mixed blessing; you can see an upright zombie a mile away. But what you don�?Tt know can kill you, because it�?Ts lurking in the grass. It could be a snake, or even a zombie who has lost the ability to walk, crawling around on his belly (Brooks Zombie 51). Any area with trees, such as woodlands, and jungles are also a mixed blessing. With limited visibility, the zombie has the advantage because of their heightened sense of smell (Brooks Zombie 60) but if you need to rest, you could always climb a tree, where they cant climb up to get you. Cities have more negative qualities then positive ones because where more people once lived more zombies live now. And unless
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You lived there you could easily get lost. As a general rule, head to a cold, desolate area where very few people lived previously (Brooks Zombie 54).
Unless someone is either stupid or suicidal then they will defend themselves against zombies, and here�?Ts how. What you need to know will be the tools needed to use against them and how to shut yourself in a building. It is common knowledge that you kill a zombie by damaging its brain. So it is important to keep the following in mind when choosing your arsenal: Does it go through a skull quickly? How many blows until it does? If that�?Ts not an option, can it decapitate a zombie? (Brooks Zombie 78). For the best melee armament it is believed that the crowbar can fill this role. Crowbars are solid metal, and do not break easily. Crowbars have a sharp end for going through an eye (which is the quickest route to the brain) and a blunt, curved end for bashing. It can also be used to pry open doors and Hammer nails. For a firearm, there are many guns out there and it would be impossible to pick the best model, however there are certain types that would be useful. The Bolt-Action single shot rifle is a fantastic weapon for zombie survival, because it is single shot the user is forced to conserve his ammunition, as opposed to grabbing an automatic weapon and reenacting your favorite Rambo scene, which is a waste of ammunition and extremely dangerous. In close quarters however, shotguns are ideal. Because zombies are closer the firer could panic and his accuracy would waver, but since shotguns fire multiple pellets that is not as much of a concern (Brooks Zombie
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78-84) Crossbows also make for an ideal sniping weapon because they are silent and if fired well, their ammo can be retrievable. Sometimes if you are cornered the best option is to take cover in a building. If possible avoid Hospitals, Police stations, malls, airports, Train stations, and town halls. In the event of a zombie outbreak these areas are going to be crowded by people who don�?Tt know how to defend themselves. It is a good idea to shut yourself in your home. (Brooks Zombie 21-24) Collect as much water as possible in buckets and bath tubs because your water supply has a high probability of being shut off. Nail shut your doors and windows, but always have an escape route ready (Brooks Zombie 25). It is also a great idea to keep all your essential supplies on a second floor, if the zombies get in you could take out the stairs and have a laugh as they mull about the ground floor clawing up at you This is why houses on stilts, like those found at the beach, are ideal. As a general rule always make sure to wear tight clothing and keep your hair short so they cant grab on to what ever is floating behind you (Brooks Zombie 28) And most importantly, never let down your guard especially when outside. A moment�?Ts lapse could kill you.
Given the information above it isn�?Tt to hard to formulate the ideal situation, a well stocked, fortress-like, safe house. It is a great idea to have it situated far north, like Alaska. In areas like Alaska, there are less zombies, the zombies that are there will freeze. The structure of the fort should be something similar to a 2 story concrete building with a green house on the roof for food, and a 10 foot
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high concrete wall surrounding the area, with defendable ramparts and a large court yard with a small latrine in the corner. Concrete is ideal because zombies would rub their hands into stubs before they could penetrate it. The wall should also have a gate that moves side to side as opposed to swinging in and out, because zombies could not push it in and reinforcing it is as simple as parking a car behind it. Supplies should not be hard to obtain, you have a green house and could melt snow for water if need be you could send out to a nearby town for supplies. Ammunition should not be too much of a problem because you wont run into too much trouble in the Alaskan wilderness. You could easily outlast a zombie apocalypse by waiting for the zombies to rot away.
Zombie survival is not impossible. It is a matter of keeping cool and using your head. So long as the provision exist and the conditions are ideal the possibility of surviving the outbreak are high. So if the need arises pack your crowbar and crossbow, make a break on your bike for Alaska and enjoy being one of the last humans alive.
EDIT: oh boy! 36 views and no replies. do i get an award for most unintresting topic ever? ha!
oh, and i got an A- on this essay. so, yay me!
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