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Favorite zombie book:World War Z
Favorite zombie movie: Resident Evil Series, The Walking Dead Series
Favorite quote in any zombie movie:Oh $hit......
My Survival Plan:
My location:Virginia - Tidewater Area
Will I be staying in my home or headed somewhere else?
As with all plans, it depends on the situation. If it has escalated beyond the point of safe travel (Panic) then I will bug-in. I live in a ground floor apt. which would not be a safe location (light glass windows & a big sliding glass door). However, it is a 3 story building with external wooden stairs. The 2nd floor has a landing that is roughly 10' above the ground slab as are the decks on the upper apts. The ground floor stairs would be pretty easy to destroy & secure the upper levels. There is another set of stairs from level 2 that goes to a 3rd deck that has a final set of stairs going to the 3rd floor apt. With this setup, IF the second floor was compromised, there are 2 platforms in between that can be destroyed to further isolate the 3rd floor. Now, this would depend on 2 things as well. 1) the neighbors a gone or. 2) they are there & willing to allow us to migrate up with them. Either way I don't see it as a problem as they are mostly even older than I am, have no real survival plans that I am aware of (information gathered from them during the last hurricane where we were the only ones in the complex that had food stockpiled & even had lights for the 5 days of no power [solar battery chargers, crank radios/lights, propane camp stove WITH propane, etc]) & we are prob the only ones in the building with firearms.
If we can travel for a short distance (less than 20 miles), then we would head to my father's house. There are several glass doors in his house, but we could reinforce & barricade them quite easily & quickly. He is a carpenter & has ample materials & tools at the house. He also cans everything from the garden as well as extra meats when he buys in bulk or gets a deer. Rough guess there is at least 6 months worth of food canned in the house for the 4 of us. The house is heated by a wood stove, so if it happened during the winter, we would bring in as much wood as we could & store it in the great room (20x24 addition he added several years ago).
If we catch it early, then we would probably head North West to West VA to a relative's house there. They own several hundreds of acres, grow, hunt & can/dry most everything they eat as well & live in a lower populated area in the mountains.
If I'm heading out, how do I plan to get there?
Car(s) if at all possible. Motorcycles (we own 2) if needed.
Got anyone I want to take with me?
Girlfriend of course. 2 cats & the dog if possible. Father & step-mother if we make an extended travel escape.
How will I communicate with the outside world, or do I plan to go the hermit route?
Undetermined at this time.
How am I planning to get food and water?
What’s my weapon of choice? Do you need to reload that thing? Gotta plan for that?
1911, M4 & AK47. Roughly 1000+ rounds for each have been collected.
Got a survival philosophy?
Survive..... Keep my loved ones alive....
Am I willing to hook up with other survivors?
Depends on our current situation. Would be on a case by case basis.
Is my plan based on a book/movie/blog/scientist other survivors may have heard of?
From various readings and personal experience.
BUG OUT BAG (See Notes Below):
NOTE: The list above is actually for 2 people. Since I have to maintain both my girlfriend’s kit & mine, I listed them together. Anything listed as “a)” is specifically my gear. Anything listed as “b)” is hers. Everything else,split the amount between us. I can carry more, so my loadout is a bit bigger, but she still has all of the essentials; I carry the “extras” as well. As you can see, the load out changes depending on the seasons.Our kits are designed for real-world issues (hurricanes, nuclear, terrorist threat, etc), not just Z-Day.
Also note this is IDEAL. I have both packs & vest load outs listed. IF there is sufficient time and the situation allows for it, both will be taken. However, if it is an actual “grab & go & don’t look back, then the vest load outs will be dropped.
As for weapons, I have 3 listed for each of us. We each have 1 sidearm (the ones we are most comfortable with out of our supply) & 2 long guns. She is more comfortable with the AR style & scoped weapons, so that is hers to take. I can use the AK with or w/out the scope. She can shoot the shotgun, but is less comfortable with it & it has a bit of weight to it along with heavier ammo; hence why I have it. The GSG-5 can drive nails even with open sights & is light and easy for her to use (and looks really evil from a distance). Again, if we can, this is what we take. If run & go, then it would be the AK, M4 & the 2 sidearms.
The gasmasks we have are Israeli Military(not the Finnish, East German or Czech ones that are so outdated they won’t stop pepper spray) and are still within their rated lifecycle (less than 20 years old). The chem. suits are British issue, sealed kits that are within their safe lifecycle.They are in separate strapped packs that can be grabbed if needed. Again, it will depend on the situation.
My rig in particularis heavy. Heavier thanI want it to be. I am constantly working to drop some of the weight. Walking with the full load out is not difficult initially, but my effective range is defiantly lower than I want before I would have to rest & running is hindered quite a bit. With one long gun, a sidearm & just the pack, I can go much farther, but I still need to work on the weight of the pack. It is right around 60lbs. I want to get it to below 50lbs w/ 40lbs being my ultimate goal.
I also have a BOB in my trunk along with some other additional goodies that I will update as I have a chance to inventory it again.
I am still working on updating & inventorying my Trunk BOB so this is not a finalized list. I will update when I have more information to add.
The PACK itself is a motorcycle backpack/sissy bar pack combination. It has shoulder straps just like a regular backpack, but has an additional external pouch that is designed to slide over a sissy bar on a motorcycle so it can be used as bike luggage. It is water resistant (not proof unfortunately) and holds quite a good amount of gear. If needed, the pack can be pulled out & put on the motorcycle easily & still allow for a passenger or more gear.
Mainstay Rations (3 days)
Mainstay Water (3 days)
1x Laminated local (state) Map
1x AM/FM/NOAA/SW1-2 Crank/Solar radio w/light
1x Solar Charge/Crank Flashlight w/ AM/FM Radio
1x Roll Duct Tape
1x 40% DEET Bug Spray
1x 50’ of paracord
2x Boxes waterproof matches
1x 15” Flat Pry Bar
1x pair Leather Work Gloves
1x Safety/Shooting Glasses
1x First Aid Kit (Extensive Kit List to be added later)
1x Full roll of TP
1x Coleman BioWipes
1x 5.56 Cleaning kit
1x 7.62 Cleaning kit
1x Universal Pistol Cleaning Kit
1x 9” Survival knife w/ kits
1x Entrenching Tool
1x Survival tool (compass, signal mirror, temp & humidity gauges, fire striker, whistle, LED light)
1x Pair Waterproof Hiking/Hunting Boots
1x Pair Heavy Work Socks
1x Baseball Cap
10rds 00Buck – Low Recoil
3 pairs HOT Hands Hand-Warmers
1x Pair Winter Gloves
1x Pair Shooters Mittens (separate trigger finger)
1x Insulated Coveralls
In The Trunk, But Not In The Pack:
Bio-Chem gear pack (Separate Pack)-
2x Bio-chem suits
2x Gas masks + 3 filters
2x Bio-Chem rubber gloves
2x Bio-Chem rubber overboots
1x 10x10 Dome Tent
2x Sleeping bags (32deg rating)
1x Fleece Camp Blanket
2x Folding Camp Chairs.
1x 30mm Ammo can of tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, cutters, ratchet/sockets)
1x 24” Breaker Bar 1/2” drive (better for changing tires & makes a great emergency weapon)
I know a lot of people might forget about their pets during an emergency situation. Depending on the exact type of emergency, you may not, unfortunately, be able to take them with you. However, you should still plan for the possibility that they will be going with you (mine will if at all possible). Dogs are generally easier to deal with. They tend to be used to going outside or even living outside. They are used to being on leashes (usually). Cats, however more times thannot, are not used to any of this & would require more planning. I have both (2 indoor cats & a dog) so this puts me in a bit of a sticky situation.
During a Zed invasion, most likely, I would have to let them all go on their own; especially if we have to go out on foot. The cats would probably need to be in carriers (leash walking my cats would not work well) which makes it impractical to take them. The dog could be taken on his leash; however he is NOT a quiet dog. He has a “big dog complex” (i.e. little midget dog who thinks he is Billy Bad A$$) and barks at everything and everyone, then runs when they get close. This would not be good during a Zed incident where we are trying to keep a low profile .But, in the event that we can take them (time to pack the car(s), get stuff together and pack THEM up) I have a BOB set up with essentials for them. All of these items are kept in a shoulder sling bag next to the rest of our gear. All food items are dated and rotated as needed.
3x Body Harnesses
3x 15ft braided leashes
2x “Silver” emergency tent
9x Mainstays water packets
3x Pouches of Tuna (2yr shelf life)
2x Cans of Tuna in Water (3yr shelf life)
1x Vaccu-sealed bag of dry cat food (16oz)
1x Vaccu-sealed bag of dry dog food (16oz)
2x Collapsible cloth/web food bowl
2x Collapsible cloth/web water bowl
1x 45”x45” lightweight Fleece Blanket
Any medications they may need (mine have none currently, but include if yours do)
A few small dog/cat toys
3x Pet jackets/sweaters
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