Sunday, February 7, 2016

Helmets and Headgear for the Zombie Apocalypse

The great comedian, Ron White, once said there should be two levels of homeland security alert:
1.  Get a Helmet
2.  Put on the damn Helmet.

Zombies Don't Shoot - Any helmet should help!
If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, you are definitely going to want to put the helmet on.  There are many options available and you can think outside the box when it comes to helmets.  Lots of sports from Lacrosse to field hockey to football and motocross require helmets.  The trick is to find one that fits and that is ventilated enough for long wear and exertion.

Football Helmet.  If Zombies are your primary concern, you may want to consider an American football helmet with full face guard.  This would be light weight and offer protection against bites to the head, ears, and face.  The face mask could also help prevent fingers from getting to the face.  However, zombies are unlikely to follow league rules on grabbing the face mask and they may get a good grip on it during close quarters combat.


Riot Helmet.  Alternatively, if you don't want to get jammed by dead decaying Zombie fingers, you could wear a riot helmet with a full face shield.  That would help protect you against direct pokes, bites to the face, and zombie drool.


Once you have a helmet, you might find it helpful if a tornado comes your way or if there is ever any civil unrest in your area.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Have a Plan: Where are you going to meet?

If the zombies come, you and every one in your family may have to drop everything and run.  

A Mass Evacuation
So, if everyone is your community suddenly has to run, there's a good chance that all the phone and cellphone circuits are going to be jammed up.  If the cellphone circuits are jammed up, how are you going to tell your loved ones where to meet? That's a tough one.  That's why the best thing to do is make a plan! Tell your friends and loved ones where to meet ahead of time.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Zombie Prepping: Get A Kit

Once the Zombie out break occurs, you are going to have to be ready.  You have to be ready to run, you have to be ready to fight, and you have to be ready to take care of yourself for the duration of the crisis.  When the shit hits the fan (SHTF), you don't have time to run around gathering everything you need.  The zombies are coming and you need to have everything available at your fingertips.  That's why you need to get a kit!

A Japanese Earthquake Survival Kit - Photo By David Pursehouse (Flickr: Earthquake Survival Kit) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What should be in your kit?  You'll need supplies for food, water, shelter, medical needs, self defense, communications, and gear maintenance. 
You should even consider having multiple kits.  One for your person, one for your vehicle, and one for your home.  The personal kit should be enough to sustain you for a limited time away from your group.  The vehicle kit should sustain the vehicle and passengers for an evacuation.  Since the vehicle is doing the lifting, it can carry more gear.  The home kit is for sheltering in your home for a long period of time.



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Zombie Evacuation Planning: Gas in the Car?

If zombies are forecast to come to your neighborhood, do you know what you need?  Gas in the car.  With gas in the car, you don't have to be home when the zombies come knocking on your door or pushing through your windows.  You can bugout to a safer location. far, far, away.

Land Rover Commando - photo by Alf van Beem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
The car blog jalopnik put together some great tips on prepping for an evacuation by car.   In the world of prepping, people can get wrapped up in all sorts of fantastic measures and fancy bugout vehicles.  But, these vehicle evacuation tips for hurricane evacuation simply make sense.


In the event of a Zombie evacuation, you'll need to add a few things to your list of evacuation items.  For example, you'll want to have some capability for self defense during your journey.  Knives or spears might be good choices for defending against zombies that break windows and try to get into your car.  Something like the KA-BAR US Marine Corps Fighting Knife shown below can give each passenger the ability to defend themselves against zombies that may be in close proximity to your vehicle.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

What Do Real Scientists Think About Zombies?

Zombies are fictional.  But, they are an interesting and publicly accessible scenario for people to understand and reference when thinking about more complicated disasters such as civil unrest and contagious diseases.

Photo by Arno roca' s eyes [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

But, what do real scientists think about Zombies?  A recent article in Maxim Magazine looks to a bona fide scientist, Dr. Tara C. Smith, "a microbiologist and infectious disease epidemiologist" at Kent State University to get an opinion on the question: Just How Bad Would A Zombie Apocalypse Really Be? A Scientist Explains, You can read her tongue-in-cheek paper here.

Last year, Cornell University researchers created an online tool called ZombieTownUSA to show how a Zombie outbreak could spread.  It was covered by this Fox News article.  You can access their tool here at ZombieTownUSA.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a blog, posters, and several other interesting items related to Zombies.  They use Zombies as an example to inspire preparedness for less glamorous epidemics and disasters.  You can visit their zombie page here.

When it comes to zombies, disasters, epidemics, and communicable diseases, it never hurts to -

Get A Kit
Make A Plan
Be Prepared



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Chainsaws versus Zombies!

If the Zombies ever come, you'll have to choose a weapon!   These Navy Seabees are wielding chainsaws!

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Ja'lon A. Rhinehart
 Of course, the U.S. military has to go with a high tech solution.  However, there are plenty of practical anti-zombie weapons.  If you want to read more about sensible anti-zombie weapons, check out this article:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Toilets and Toilet Paper for the Zombie Apocalypse

If a zombie apocalypse ever comes, it will cause a radical shift in lifestyle for millions of people.  Obviously, much of the population will shift their diet from fast food to human flesh and brains.  But, the survivors will have to live without most of the amenities we have long been accustomed to in our daily lives.

Photo by yves Tennevin [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 
For example:  toilet paper.  In the event of a zombie apocalypse, will you have enough toilet paper to maintain any semblance of civilization?  Switching from soft premium toilet paper to rough cheap toilet paper is bad enough.  But, the transition from toilet paper to leaves is going to be even worse.

Photo by Brandon Blinkenberg [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
If you are prepping for the zombie apocalypse, you might want to stockpile some toilet paper.  Even more importantly, you may want to have some portable toilet supplies to help your family retain some basics of civilization.  


There are three basic aspects of toilet civilization that can be carried with your party of zombie apocalypse survivors:
  1. A Portable Toilet
  2. A Toilet Shelter
  3. A Portable Shower
The Portable Toilet.  Portable toilets run the gamut from sophisticated composting toilets to buckets with an installed toilet seat.  These will allow your survivors to sit down to take care of basic bodily functions.



The Toilet Shelter.  The next element of toilet civilization is the restoration of privacy.  Fortunately, you can get an inexpensive toilet shelter tent to help in that regard.  The tricky part will be placing it within the defensive perimeter of your camp.  You don't want party members wandering off into the woods by themselves to use the bathroom.  That's just tactically unsound.




The Portable Shower.  You don't have to be dirty, smelly, and unwashed in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.  You can keep a stiff upper lip, dress well, and be clean for your close encounters with the undead.  Boaters and campers have enjoyed solar showers for years.  You simply harness the heat energy of the sun to warm up water and enjoy a shower from time to time.


These little conveniences making camping out more civilized during normal times and will help maintain your morale during a full-blown zombie apocalypse.