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About Me:When I started thinking way too much about zombies: About two years ago
What started my zombie fixation: Probably the Resident Evil games
Favorite zombie book:
Favorite zombie movie:Any Romaro, Shaun of the dead, Zombie land & i do quite enjoy the Resident Evil movies
Favorite quote in any zombie movie: "you've got red on you!"
Special skills that i feel i have: I have a brown belt in Mixed Martial arts so i have above average fitness & very good self defence abilities. I know this is not regarded as a good quality against zombies as its no use getting into a fist fight with one, however the power of a well placed front kick can never be under estimated especially for knocking a zombie out of your way! I have had a little training with Medieval weapons & i was also a boy scout!
I am a Medical Photographer by trade so i am very accustomed to seeing the most gory sights possible so will be less affected by the scenes of carnage. also as i work in the hospital photographing the weird i will be amongst the first people to know about the begining of an out break!
Along with many other skills my Girlfriend has one of particular note she is a fully trained red cross first aider!
A little about me: Aside from having a some what overly keen interest in zombies I am also fairly obsessed with motorcycles in particular custom ones preferably slightly scruffy bobber style ones with a British engine (for examples of what i mean look up some magazines called Greasy Kulture or Back Street Heroes). But generally i love any kind of motorcycle & currently own a Triumph Tiger 800.
I have a great love for history my favourite periods being the Dark Ages & Medieval. Luckily I live in England so I am surrounded by an abundance of Castles ect! I am also a fan of Sci Fi, reading, classic cameras & Heavy Metal.
As already mentioned I live in England but specifically I live in the North East of England where I work as a Medical Illustrator a job which requires a strong stomach but which I love.
My Survival Plan:
My plan follows the time scale as laid out in the article “The Panic” a real must read if you haven’t already. Although my plan is mainly centred on surviving a zombie outbreak it is worth noting that I consider other surviving humans to be a very close second in terms of danger to myself. Just think about any disaster movie you watch, how people panic & lose all regard for others. Then look at how people act once an emergency situation has kicked in for example the looting during the recent riots in England & even more worrying the gangs that preyed on other survivors after Hurricane Katrina. I plan to inform both mine & my girlfriends families (& select friends) of the plan so they will know where we are if they decide to join us.
Gather together enough food supplies to sustain myself & my girlfriend for two weeks. I should already have this in the house but getting a few extras before the panic buying starts would not hurt. I only intend to gather together enough to sustain me through rationing.
Prepare & pack our survival kits then keep them handy.
Ensure I have a full tank of petrol in my motorbike (I generally always put it away with a full tank) remove the battery & stash it in the loft.
As I work in the NHS (National Health Service) I will still have to come into work during the first stage. As my office is my bug out location (B.O.L.) having to come into work will give me the opportunity to stash some of the heavier supplies in readiness.
Any supplies, such as food/equipment I cannot carry or are not needed at this stage of the plan will be stashed in my loft.
I will head to my B.O.L. (my work office) with my girlfriend. I have chosen this location for a number of reasons:-
1) My home is a small terraced house with large windows & week doors making it difficult to fortify or defend from looters/zombies.
2) The Hospital in which I work is literally 2min walk from my house & the rear entrance is only accessible to staff issued with an electronic key fob.
3) The Hospital has its own water & power supply which will continue to work unattended long enough to wait out the panic. In fact I believe it needs very little human input so could last a year or more.
4) The corridor on which my department is located is not a main part of the hospital nor is it a thoroughfare to anywhere of obvious usefulness to looters & so should be largely ignored.
5) The corridor has a heavy duty fire door accessed buy a key & code combination (with a couple of dead bolts on the inside) at its entrance & then another heavy duty fire door at the end of the first section with further fire doors at strategic points as the corridor continues to the left (please see corridor map to give you an over view of the layout of the corridor). The entrance can be blocked of by locking & bolting the door then a Coke vending machine (which is right by the door) can be put up against the inside of the door. Oh & the vending machine would be plundered for its contents! The fire door at the other end of the first section of corridor would be barricaded using metal lockers & some filing cabinets (it is worth noting that the small room adjacent to these doors has a small door leading through into an adjoining room this would also be blocked using some filing cabinets located in this room). The section of corridor beyond my barricade of filing cabinets & lockers turns 90 degrees to the left & leads past a clinical teaching room, seminar rooms & to a small medical library at its end. Two fire escapes are located along it which if followed up access the rest of the Hospital & if followed down head outside.
6) The rooms which make up my department (an office area, dark rooms & photographic studio) are located at the end of the corridor which is nearest the entrance barricaded with the coke machine. The rooms are located either side of the corridor.
7) As you look down the corridor (with your back to the entrance blocked with the vending machine) first & second doors on the right take you into the male/female toilets. The third door is our dark room which is split into two rooms one leading into the other & has no windows. The second of these two rooms has the female toilets running behind it which themselves back onto one of the Hospitals main corridors (this corridor does not have any access to the corridor my department is on see the map for clarification). The adjacent room to one side of the dark rooms is a lecture theatre accessible from our corridor only on the other side is the small access corridor to the female toilets beyond which is the Hospital newsagents (shop). This shop is only accessed via the Hospital main corridor previously mentioned.
The last door on the right in this first section of corridor is the staff kitchen equipped with a toaster, microwave, sink, fridge & a boiler providing boiled water on tap. Standing back out in the corridor my department is on (with your back to the main entrance) the first door on the left takes you into our departments main offices & the second door down is our photographic studio, both doors are solid wood & very tough plus have good locks on them. The rest of the rooms on this side of the corridor are admin offices. As with the dark room our main office is split into two rooms one leading into the other separated buy another solid lockable door. In the back corner of the second room are two lockable walk in storage areas. Both main office rooms have windows on one side which look out onto a sunken courtyard. However these windows are a story above the ground level of the courtyard so there is at least 8 meters from ground to the bottom of the windows making them inaccessible without a ladder.
8) The Hospital is constructed using suspended callings which mean that the floors between levels are constructed from reinforced concrete with the pipe work for that floor suspended underneath. This is all then hidden by tiles which form the ceiling of the room below. As a result of this construction technique there is at least a 2 foot gap between the ceiling of the office & the concrete floor of the level above with pips which could be used to shimmy along. This means that I should be able to barricade & lock all of my department’s doors which lead on to the corridor but will still be able to move between these spaces via the ceiling space without being seen. Adopting this approach will also enable me to access the Hospital shop (without risking the exposure of the main hospital corridor) & provide me with multiple escape routes.
9) Obtaining first aid supplies will be simple because just the other side of the barricade I created at the bottom end of my section of corridor is a clinical teaching room. This room is stocked with all the first aid supplies I could possibly need!
Stages 3 & 4
I have grouped these stages together in my plan because they happen so closely together & my planed response is applicable to both stages.
I plan to already be in my B.O.L. by the time these stages begin to happen so I will finalise my fortifications. I plan to sit out the ensuing panic monitoring the situation via TV, Radio & whilst still operational the Internet. As previously stated the hospital has its own power plant so things such as radios should continue to work (assuming they are still broadcasting) for quite some time along with water & heating. If the outright panic period lasts longer than predicted/planned for then my B.O.L. can easily be adapted into a place of longer residence. This can be achieved by using it as a secure base from which to forage the surrounding area for food. Initially this will involve obtaining what I can from the Hospital shop then broadening my search to include the houses surrounding the Hospital.
Once I have ascertained (ether via the radio ect, from reconnoitring from the Hospital roof accessible by the fire escape & on foot exploration) that the major panic has subsided I can begin to restock. This includes food stuff from surrounding houses & working my way to two very close army surplus shops. This part of the plan will have to be done very carefully but if it turns out to be too dangerous then it can be dropped. Once I have restocked (if possible) I will move onto the second part of my long term plan.
1) I will leave my B.O.L. & head to my house where I will reinstall the Motorcycle battery & retrieve my gear stashed in the loft including my armoured Kevlar riding gear which should be reasonably bite resistant (I want to make it clear I am not relying on this fact it is mealy a plus point). I will then pack the bike only with what could be carried if needed to be just in case I have to ditch the bike in a hurry.
2) My bike is a Triumph Tiger 800 which is an enduro style bike with adequate off road capabilities & a 250 mile tank range.
3) I plan to head north from my home town towards Lindisfarn/Holly Island (it is worth noting that if the town is too infested with zombies I will load the bike into a van & use this to get me out of town then ditch the van if this is not possible then I will leave the town on foot) sticking to back roads & as much as possible cutting across fields following the coast. If I am travelling by motorcycle this should take a day & is easily within the bikes petrol range if however I have been forced to travel by foot it may take me several days. An alternative option may be to acquire a small boat from one of the little fishing villages I will pass.
Note: Because I live in England & do not have a fire arms licence I do not own a gun. However I grew up on a farm & have been hunting since I was nine so I am reasonably proficient with shotguns & rifles. In order to arm myself with more than just melee weapons my general plan is to hunt out guns as I travel. This doesn’t mean I will go on needless quests for firearms but simply that as I will be travelling through rural areas & knowing farmers as I do I will almost certainly come across a shotgun or two. In addition to this I will be on the lookout for any army or police weapons in particular an SA80 assault rifle, Browning high power, the armed police issue shotgun (a Remington 870 in England I think?) & any police issue 9mm pistols. I do understand that it is a slim chance any of these armed forces weapons could be acquired but the farmers shotguns should not pose too much of a problem.
4) Once I have arrived on Lindisfarn I will look for survivors clear the island of any zombies (it has a very small population so there shouldn’t be too many). I then plan to take up residence in the small castle on the island.
Why Lindisfarn/Holly Island?
1) It is a tidal island accessible only at low tide & even then only by two narrow strips (the largest one being a road the smaller a little foot path) flanked either side by dangerous mud flats. This makes it easier to defend from zombies whilst still being accessible enough to bring supplies onto the island.
2) It is a relatively small island with a population of only about 160 but has a Doctors surgery so there should be some medical supplies.
3) Although it is relatively small it is large enough to support some livestock such as chickens & goats thus providing me with a sustainable long term plan.
4) The island is set in a rural location which is sparsely populated & so should have fewer zombies around. It is however only a day’s walk from some small urban centres such as villages & a day & a bit from some towns so it would be possible to use the island as a base & forage for supplies.
5) The castle itself is quite small & is little more than a fort situated on top of a crag. Its natural defences provided by its location & compact size make it easily defensible even by one person.
6) The castle was renovated & converted into a dwelling (whilst retaining its defences) earlier in the century. It is fairly comfortable & has its own water source.
My long term plan is to live here until the infection burns itself out or until the military/government regains control.
Bug Out Bag / Survival kit.
This is an honest appraisal of what I currently have available to me. However I have added items which I plan to buy (marked with an *), Items I hope to acquire as I go along - post zombie breakout (marked with an**) & dream items which I really want but know it is highly unlikely I would come across them (marked with an ***). I know a lot of people get carried away & claim they have 100’s of guns a tank & dragons! Or that they were taught by Bruce Lee so I wanted to avoid that but still enter into the fantasy spirit of this site so I thought doing my list this way would be a good way to achieve that honestly. Oh & I don’t own a dragon mores the pity!
Shotgun (double barrelled hunting type) **, Shotgun sawn off (double barrelled hunting type) **, Browning high power semi automatic pistol **, SA80 assault rifle **, Combat shotgun (standard police issue possibly Remington 870) **, 9mm semi automatic pistol (which ever is police issue) **, Heckler & Koch MP5 **, Webly service revolver MKVI *** & Sniper rifle with night scope***.
I do not intend to go about collecting all of these weapons I just believe that they are the most likely types I will come across.
Gurker knife (like a machete but curved), Steering wheel lock, Falchion *, Poleaxe ***, Shield *** & Stave (we have a wooden pole in our studio which is used to measure peoples height)
Food & Water:-
Assorted tined food (inc fruit), Sachets of “Mug Shots” dried noodles to which you add hot water, Boiled sweets, Multi-vitamins, Kendal mint cake & Sachets of hot chocolate
3 x Dynamo torches (varying sizes)
My reading glasses Maps both national & local Note book & multi-pen Windup radio *
Mobile phone (plus chargers), Walkie-talkie *, Solar charger/dynamo charger ** & Whistle
Compass, Small Swiss army knife & Large Swiss army lock knife
Thermal under garments (legs, chest & hands), Under pants & socks, Thermal socks (hiking ones), Trousers 3 pairs ex army *, Assorted T-shirts, Ex army shirt, Leather fur lined gloves, Very thick woollen mittens with a water proof Gortex outer layer, Water proof Gortex trousers, SnugPack packable insulated rain coat (look them up they are very good), Fleece, Winter coat, Woolly hat, Sun glasses, Watch (solar powered), Peaked cap (ie like a base ball cap), Karrimor walking shoes, British army boots, Spare laces for both, Kevlar motorcycle jacket & trousers (thermal & water proof), Motorcycle neck warmer (wind & waterproof), Motorcycle helmet, gloves & boots (once the bike becomes useless I will discard whatever has become an inconvenience)
Tin opener, Assorted mess tins*, Camping cutlery*, Frying pan, Cooking pot Camping kettle & water purification kit*
Zippo lighter, Pack of disposable lighters, Flint & steel*, Cotton wool balls soaked in paraffin & stored in individual little zip lock freezer bags (these are to only be used when having difficulty such as extreme cold or wet conditions)
Playing cards, Lord of the Rings complete works (all in one book), Us army survival guide (id prefer the SAS one but you work with what you’ve got), Ray Mears “Wild Food” & “Outdoor Survival Hand Book”* & British Red Cross first aid book
Bow/crossbow & arrows**, Fishing line for snares/traps*, Air rifle or pistol* & Fishing equipment*
Binoculars*, Spare glasses & Night vision***
Tooth paste & brush, Talcum powder, Multi-packet of pocket tissue packs, Wet wipes Bar of soap in a plastic tub, Alcohol hand gel & Mitchum roll on deodorant (a very long lasting product)*
Tent, Plasticised washing line, Tarpaulin, Sleeping bag, Fleecy sleeping bag liner*, Ex army blanket*, Foam camp mat, Self inflating camp mat, Para cord*, Camouflage netting** & Hammock*
Hatchet, Hammer & crowbar multi-tool*, Multi-head screw driver, Folding pruning saw* Folding spade, Adjustable spanner, Gun cleaning kit**, Emergency glass breaking hammer*, WD40 & Bolt cutters**
Duct tape, Super glue & Cable ties
First Aid Kit:-
Scalpel & spare blades*, Suture & needles*, Gauze*, Bandages*, Self grip bandage outer wrapping, Plasters, Steritape, Box of clinical prep wipes*, Clamps*, Surgical scissors*, Tweezers & Pain relief (2 large bottles of Ibuprofen & Paracetamol)
Carrier or Bag:-
45 litre rucksack, 25 litre rucksack, Army webbing**, Tool roll bag* & Shoulder roll bag
(Please bear in mind that I don’t intend to load myself up like a pack horse with all of these bags at once some will be empty & used when scavenging from either my B.O.L. or long term safe place.)
Clothes hand wash gel, Motorcycle safety gear & keys Keys to my office
Note: Obviously there is a lot of gear listed here & not all of it will be in my B.O.B. only the essentials for survival. Some gear will be loaded on my bike or in separate bags which if when being carried can be dropped if I need to run for it.
Self assessment of my plan
I believe on the whole my plan is realistic, practical & achievable however I do believe there are a few areas of concern. The first is getting out of town on my motorbike, as stated in my plan I intend to do this once the panic & mass scramble to flee the town has subsided. I do see some potential problems that might occur firstly even though the panic will hopefully have subsided the roads may still be blocked by abandoned vehicles making them difficult to get along. Secondly there will most likely be a fare few zombies wandering around. If it turns out that it is too difficult to take the bike I will abandon this idea & head out of town on foot making it easier to evade zombies.
The second foreseeable problem with my plan is the distance I intend to travel & the amount of time this could take, as the more time I am out in the open the greater my exposure to risk. If (as previously discussed) I am unable to travel cross country on my motorcycle my exposure to risk will be extended from a single day to a couple of days. The first section of my journey from my home town (Darlington) until I pass Newcastle will be by far the most dangerous (even if travelling by motorcycle) as it is a very densely populated area. Once I have passed Newcastle the terrain becomes much more rural giving way to open farm land & less danger.
Once I arrive at Lindisfarn I may face the prospect that the islands inhabitants have become zombies instead of fleeing in panic & when zombified have avoided stumbling into the quicksand which appears at low tide. If this is the case & far more zombies are left on the island than I can cope with then I will resort to my back up plan which is to acquire a sailing boat from which to live off of by travelling around the coast looting supplies when needed until another option makes itself available. I hope you enjoyed reading my plan if you feel you need any clarification on any points please feel free to ask.
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