Saturday, October 29, 2011

Survival Strategy #13: Surviving the Great Panic

Part 1: Get Home Alive

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
- Paul Atreides

I. Caught Up

What a lousy week, Chasing deadlines, long hours, and the urge to bash your idiot boss in the head is rising.

And its only Tuesday.

6:00 PM:
  • You're still at the office, and there's some garbage on Bloomberg about a mysterious disease that turns people into homicidal killers. 
7:30 PM:
  • You're getting TWEETS about the dead getting up in the morgue. On Youtube there are videos of policemen shooting at patients & doctors. 
8:30 PM:
  • A commotion's started outside, the internet is down and you finally close your laptop. You see cars aren't moving and people are fill the streets. What the hell is going on?
8:35 PM:
  • Your mobile's stopped working. You can't reach your wife and kids. Now you're scared.

You've committed the first mistake of a survivalist, you weren't vigilant.

II. The Great Panic

Really bad things happen when you least expect it. Many have met their end when the proverbial pants are down.

Let's face it, nobody will be completely prepared. You'll only be as good as your worst day of your week because this is when the shit could hit the fan.

This is the early stage of a zombie outbreak, some scholars call it the beginning of a "great panic". People don't know what's going on, and they still won't believe it even when the living dead are chewing on their brains.

III. Preparation Defeats Fear

You need to know about these to get you through the opening phase of the zombie war.

1. Before any big catastrophe happens, train your family to have an emergency plan. For example:

  • Where do the kids wait for us if we can't call them up?
  • Do the kids know which door to barricade?
  • Where is our muster point in case the house needs to be abandoned?
and so on.

This will solve your first worry. You'll feel better knowing that everybody's going to be smart when something really bad starts to happen!

2. Always carry a get-home bag. Some folks have all kinds of “Everyday Carry” or EDC. This one need to help you get through the day or three you'll need to make it back.

Typical contents:

  • multi-tool or similar knife
  • high-calorie snacks that marathon runners use because they're small and effective
  • grooming kit
  • flashlight (preferably one that is a hand-crank or solar powered)
  • first-aid
  • city map
  • grappling hook
  • etc.

3. Are you physically fit? Have you been working out? Stamina is more important, it will help you get places without getting your brain eaten.

4. Transportation will collapse and new hazards will arise. Your map & street smarts can help you find the best way home to reach your family. Back streets and shortcuts will save your life.

Can you make it home on foot?

5. Be strong, stay focused, and stick to your plan. Your family needs you, don't wimp out now.

It is about to get worse, but with your odds dramatically improve with everybody safe & sound!

Stay vigilant!


  1. I think I'd be extremely terrified if this really happened!! So, any zombie sightings this Halloween?

  2. I'd be scared too. Even a survivalist like me or the most antisocial peon at the end of my cubicle maze could share the same fate.

    Many zombies spotted. Good thing they were just partygoers from last night.

    As for the real ones? Stay tuned for that...

  3. Stay tuned?? Yikes! I think I'm gonna need to load up on ammo! Now, if only I knew how to fire a gun....