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Firstly, I don't really believe that zombies really will attack; I just like the idea of trying to survive in a ruined, apocalyptic world.
When I started thinking way too much about zombies: Dunno, but I do!
Favourite zombie movie: Resident Evil series
Favourite quote in any zombie movie: "It's been a funny sort of day hasn't it!" Shaun's mum, Shaun of the dead.
Favourite zombie webcomic: Last Blood
Zombie killing music: Indestructible by Disturbed
Fave flash zombie game: SAS Zombie Assault 2
Fave zombie game: Call of Duty 5 (it has a zombie mode so it's a zombie game - also, if you play Nazi Zombies and have PSN, add me and we can have a few matches together. My username is: ak47kat)
My Survival Plans:
Train Fortress (My most interesting)
A list of places I can hide out
Gear and Supplies
All the stuff I need/want for the apocolypse
This entire plan is based on if I have already learnt that there is a zombie outbreak and have a few days to prepare.
These are what I think are the key aspects of surviving the plague with preparation:
3. Mental health
Food and water are essential for the survival of any creature. Before the plague reached me, I would buy all the food I could that doesn't spoil quickly such as honey, pasta, energy bars and gravy cubes - these would last me longest. I would also buy lots of bottled water - normal tap water could be infected if the zombies were a water-borne disease. My bathtub would be filled with water, the plug sealed, with cling-film over the top to help stop it from going bad(This idea is taken from various other people on this site) and sealable containers would be filled with water too. There would also be an option to put bottles and containers on a roof to gather rainwater.
I would try to get other people to carry out this plan.
Later on in my plan, I could raid abandoned shops while searching for resources .
It is easier to have a place to stay than trek aimlessly around in a crisis so I would have to find a temporary home to stay in during the plague. Other people sometimes say that they will find a 2+storey building and block off or demolish the stairs which seems quite effective because zeds can't climb
(I hope)! I would either gather my familly together and stay in the upstairs of my house with the stairs destroyed or move to my school. My school is a three- storey building with 3 stair cases. If I had the time after gathering up my things, I would move there and call my friends and extended familly to join me there. The staircases are tough to destroy but we would be able to barricade them.
3. Mental Health
In any traumatic time, you need things to keep you distracted and busy. In my house, I have a PSP, PS2, TV and three computers if the power stays on. If not, I still have a load of paper and stationary plus some board games, a pet cat, books and some little paintable figures with paints. These would keep me and my familly entertainted for ages. I could also record the events of Z-day on paper for if I live to tell my tale. On the top floor of my school, there is a large supply of paper and stationary as well as computers. We could also make up games to play and train in combat to make us more confident/efficient.
It is important to know your enemy so if I had electricity, I would get tips off this site on how to deal with zombies and research diseases and combat styles. I would also try to find out how much of the world had been infected by skin-jobs and if I could make contact with other survivors in my area. I already have a small amount of knowledge on diseases and have read many pages of this site so if the power was out, I would still be okayish.
Obviously, for fighting zombies, you need weapons or they'll get too close and rip you to pieces. I don't have any guns but I could probably buy paintball guns(not for killing obviously - for distracting) and air guns(not always particularly lethal but they can kill with a lucky shot. For melee weapons, I would buy some tools (axes and hammers for instance) but most of my weapons would be from the CDT rooms and P.E. Department in school; these I would take upstairs. If I was stuck in my home, I would use some of my Dad's tools and spades from the shed. I would also use metal chair legs and chuck furniture which hasn't been used to barricade out the window at zeds!My score and score summary on the non-lame zombie survival test:
This plan is based on if I am with a group of around 10 people, have to leave my town to escape from zeds and have have around half an hour to prepare.
These are what I think are the key aspects of surviving the zombie plague without a place to stay:
We'll have at least 15 bottles of water and will take whatever food we have that's light and doesn't spoil easy. These will be spread throughout everyone's bags or in a vehicle.
2. Objectives/mental health
Our objective will be to get to the safest place we can find with a low zombie population and then fortify the area. We will make plans using a map book and compass as to where to go. As for entertainment, we need to travel light so we won't be able to take much for fun - maybe a few packs of cards, mobile phones or a PSP at the most. This means we'll just have to talk to each other.
3. Knowledge of area
We'll have a map book and me and my familly have traveled all around the UK so we should be fine.
Tools mainly. These can be used as actual tools as well so it's like a two in one offer but instead of money, you use space in bags or vehicles!
There are also air guns we could scavenge.
Here's some details:
Before I begin with the 'stuff' section, I'll tell you people what types of bags we will be using. They're all rucksacks/backpacks by the way.
BOBs=Bug out Bags aren't really gonna be used in this plan but they're basically used for escaping and settling down quickly. Our bags will be used for long term nomadicness.
Brains Bag=These backpacks will be filled with stuff like map books, maybe a laptop and minimal amounts of supplies. These bags will be essential to the group but will not be very good for one person on his/her own.
Camp Bag=These bags will have a tent, sleeping bags and spare clothes.
Food Bag=If you haven't already guessed, these bags will mainly have food in them as well as pots, pans, utensils and matches for lighting a fire.
Munitions Bag=These bags will be filled with weapons and ammo. They will also carry some tools which can double as weapons and rope.
Fun Bag=These bags'll have stuff to entertain us and keep us sane like pens and paper, handheld game consoles (e.g PSP, DSi), music players, cards, a mouse cage with a pet mouse in it, unneeded food (e.g chocolate) and fiction books (most non-fiction books will be in the brains bag).
Sorry, I'm just really lazy, I'll finish this plan some other time!
Read on for plan C, it's better!
This plan will work if I can somehow navigate my way to Crewe Train Station with lots of supplies, the trains are useable and I have quite a few people with me for support (At least 3 at the start). If I manage to get in to these circumstances, this plan could protect me from zombies and/or ragers easily. As usual, here are what I think are the key aspects of survival:
Yep, I will have brought a load of supplies to the trainstation.
Yes again, I'll be living in an operational train.
3. Objectives/mental health
My main objective will be to rescue as many survivors as possible and build up the defences on my train fortress. I will bring and collect supplies for entertainment like books and playing cards. Plus, I will have other people with me to talk to and do stuff with.
Hopefully, I'll have brought a laptop or a radio or something to find out about the infection and what to do.
Uh oh....No guns and hardly any weapons apart from tools at home! There's an airgun shop in town but I wouldn't have enough time to go there. Oh well, I'm not the type to fight zombies much - most people on zombie killing sprees will die anyway!
I can scavenge weapons on raids with teammates to better protect us all.
Here's the details.
In order to keep myself alive, I'm gonna need a good strong hideout. For a protected train, I will saw some of the tables and chairs off the floor, or unscrew the bolts, and nail parts of them to the walls, covering the windows. They'll be on the outside with the nails sticking out of the train and not in which would be uncomfortable if not painful. I'll drill or at least stab holes into the window covers so I could see outside and know what's happening.
Also, to make sure zeds can't get in, I might seal the doors and make a trapdoor in the roof with a ladder to climb out of it and another ladder on the side of the train - this way, zombies would'nt be able to climb up but we could.
Like on older trains, I would attach one of those plow things to the front made of salvaged metal (I don't have a welder though so I'd have to scavenge one first or bolt it on). This would knock any debris or zombies off the tracks.
One of my main goals is to save as many survivors as possible and have them work with me on the train fortress. I've got some pretty good ideas on how to find survivors and to do recon.
For finding survivors, I will spray paint in big letters 'Survivors welcome' on both sides of the train to let anyone alive know that they can join us in the train. Also, the train will be travelling slowly so any survivors who notice can get to it in time.
For recon and supplies, I will send out groups of two or three with bikes or a shopping trolley. I know it sounds silly to have shopping trolleys especially since they are so rattley and will atract attention but they can carry a lot of stuff and the wheels can be replaced with softer wheels - extra framework could be added to make them stronger and soften the rattling.
What supplies am I gonna keep in my cosy little train fortress you may ask?
Sleeping bags=They take up less room than beds and are light and portable so they can be used in a BOB.
Cleaning liquids and soap=Gotta keep the hygene high or I could get a disease - and I don't mean the one the zeds carry either. I don't want to live in a train full of vomit, I need disinfectant!
Rucksacks/Backpacks=Need something to carry other supplies in when on a bike, plus they make excellent Bug Out Bags.
Laptop=It may not last long if I can't find any charge ports but I can get in contact with you lot over the internet, I've got entertainment and I can research on zombies.
PSP=Same sorta thing as the laptop - internet and entertainment.
Food and Water=Well duh! Gotta keep myself alive!
Paper and pens=I can make a journal of the events of Z-Day and doodle!
Weapons=Got to fight zombies sometime! I can probably loot some airguns.
Bible=You know, if you keep one in your shirt pocket, it can deflect knives, bullets and probably zombie teeth.
My hat=I like my hat, plus it's good for winter.
Keeping away from the masses
As my good friend Thorn_of_Kabolis pointed out, the noise of the engines and rumbling of the ground may attract hordes of zombies. Although we are relatively safe inside the train, we'll have to go out for supplies at some point. However, I've come up with some ideas for how this can be stopped.
Firstly, as I've said before, the train will be going pretty slow so this will lower the volume quite a lot and attract less zombies.
We'll also be parked near but outside of towns where there'll be less skinjobs and we can probably deal with them easily.
If the zeds do come though, the lifeless, motionless shape of the train after it's stopped for supplies may make them uninterested and return to playing cards or whatever they do in their spare time. AND NO, DISEASES DO NOT GRANT SUPER-SMELLING POWERS, so, they will not be able to smell us.
The only real danger is for the supply runners! If zombies have followed the train, there may be more around and more chance of running into them! My supply runners will not be doomed if they run into twenty zombies though, they'll have the best weapons we could find and will all know the basics of temporarily barricading a house - helpful if they've reached town. If they're still heading to the settlement, they can out maneuver zeds easily and will have bikes for a quick escape.
Library = My local library
Pros - One entrance (that I know of), solid structure, comfy seats, internet access, heavy bookshelves for barricades, books
Cons - No supplies (food and stuff), public place so could have zombies inside
Funsters - Large inside play area
Pros - Could set up traps, some food and drink, multi-story, could destroy ways to upper floors, built for kids so adult zombies may have trouble getting around
Cons - 'nother public place
Kings Grove High School = Probably the nearest school to my house
Pros - 3 stories, easily barricaded stairs, food and water, weapons like baseball bats and hammers, I know the layout well
Cons - 'nother public place
Mow Cop = Large hill near enough to my town, I could swear I've seen it from my school on clear days. It has a ruin on the top and very rocky, mountainous terrain.
Pros - High up and hard for the zombies to traverse.. A possibility of taking shelter at the very top in the castle-like ruin. Also, there are houses less than 100 meters vertically down which I can stay in and take supplies.
Cons - Zeds will be all over the lower parts of the hill.
Sorry, can't think of anymore at the moment, but keep reading for Gear
Gear and Supplies
The things I have to have with me whenever I'm outside my hideout during a zombie apocolypse. You could also call it a Survival Bag or Bug Out Bag.
Gun = If I can get my hands on one post-Z-day, I'm never letting go - EVER!
Melee weapon = e.g crowbar, baseball bat, cricket bat, fire axe (see below)
Fire axe = I'm thinking this would be a great weapon against zombies 'coz it would have great momentum and isn't too heavy which makes travelling easier. Plus, it's not double bladed so it reduces chances of getting stuck in a zed skull! It would also be good for breaking into and out of places since that's what it's designed for.
Small knife = Not for killing zombies you moron! For cutting, digging, calving messages, climbing and other stuff I can't think of right now.
Bag = To carry stuff in. Preferably a rucksack/backpack since they balance weight out better than most bags.
My hat = It's like a bobble hat but without the bobble! I don't usually wear it except in the winter but in a zombie apocolypse, I'd want it with me constantly 'coz it's cool.
Clothes = A t-shirt, a thin sweatshirt (the more layers the better in britain), some sort of jacket (a hood would help), cargoes (I know that some people say they're a bad idea but extra pockets would be very helpful), obviously underwear, black socks and walking boots. No, my hat doesn't count as part of my clothes, it needs it's own section!
Pen and notepad = To record my life in a zombie world and doodle.
Tool kit = Now when I say tool kit, I mean tools for Hotwiring, Lockpicking, Makeshift weapon making, Siphoning, Firelighting and Medical kit.
Rope and string = Climbing, binding, traps, stuff like that.
Food = About 3 days worth.
Wind up torch = Need something to see in the dark that won't run out.
Wipes! = No, seriously. Just 'coz it's an apocolypse doesn't mean we can forget about hygiene.
Static supplies are the stuff I hope to keep with me if I'm holed up in a hideout.
At least a month's worth of food and water = Hopefully, I won't be trapped in my hideout for a month but you never know.
I'll continue this page later, wanna do something else.
Latest page update: Feb 2 2010, 1:17 PM EST