Survival Lessons from World War Z

by Jeremy Anderberg on September 24, 2013 · 36 comments

in Manly Skills, Self-Reliance, Survival

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Before World War Z was ever a Brad Pitt flick, it was a bestselling book. It tells the story of the zombie apocalypse as a series of interviews conducted by our journalist narrator. These interviews are taking place years after the zombie war has ended, which makes it a unique telling of the popular genre. What really sets it apart from those other cheap zombie thrills is that it focuses largely on how individuals, communities, and governments would react to such a scenario. It’s almost more of a fictional sociology textbook rather than a novel.

Because of that, survival lessons abound. Whether in the actual apocalypse, or just a localized natural disaster (like what we experienced a couple weeks ago here in Colorado), these are lessons that anyone and everyone can start applying.

It took freak flooding in the city I live in to teach me the lesson that being prepared for disasters isn’t just for folks who are hardcore, it’s for people who are smart and want to come out the other end with their families and communities intact.

It’s Not If, But When 

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“Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity, that’s just human nature.” –World War Z by Max Brooks

We’ve discussed this mantra of Creek Stewart’s a few times on the site before. We’ve also explored the psychology of human nature that impedes most of us from embracing it and believing that bad, catastrophic things will ever happen. It was this type of thinking that kept people from understanding the reality of World War Z. People, and even entire governments, saw signs of impending doom, but nobody could really believe it, and so proper measures were taken far too late.

Now, this isn’t to say you need to become a hardcore doomsday prepper (however, if you’d like to be, this is a great website). But to go through life in utter ignorance will only serve to hamper any kind of future survival efforts needed on your end. Unexpected things happen every day. You probably won’t encounter the zombie apocalypse in this lifetime, but wildfires, tornadoes, and even winter storms seem to get stronger and stronger. The recent fire near Yosemite and the tornadoes in Oklahoma over the summer should serve as sobering reminders of this. Browse through our large collection of survival articles and at the very least begin informing yourself of what to do or which supplies to have on hand in various situations. Also check out a new favorite show of mine, Dual Survival. It pairs a hippie, barefooted survivalist/naturalist with a red-blooded, meat-eating military man in various survival scenarios. They utilize their vastly different tactics to survive, which makes for some great entertainment, but also real-life lessons as well.

Of course knowing how to do something intellectually and knowing how to actually put it in practice in the real world are two very different things. So strongly consider taking some first aid classes, signing up for some hands-on survival courses with Creek himself, and practicing DIY skills at home, because…

Zombies Don’t Care About Your PowerPoint Skills 

“To be perfectly candid, our supply of talent was at a critical low. Ours was a postindustrial or service-based economy, so complex and highly specialized that each individual could only function within the confines of its narrow, compartmentalized structure. You should have seen some of the ‘careers’ listed on our first employment census; everyone was some version of an ‘executive,’ a ‘representative,’ an ‘analyst,’ or a ‘consultant,’ all perfectly suited to the prewar world, but all totally inadequate for the present crisis. We need carpenters, masons, machinists, gunsmiths…We needed to get a lot of white collars dirty.”

We live in a service economy. Almost everyone I know spends the majority of their day in front of a computer, including me. Our modern job descriptions largely rely on our mind rather than our physical skills in order to get work done. Surely, this is a sign of a society that has achieved technological progress. And yet, there may very well come a time when none of that matters. Even in small instances — your toilet clogs, your car sputters to a stop, your roof pops a leak — your intellectual, business-based problem-solving skills (like knowing how to put together a PowerPoint presentation or market a new product) aren’t very much help. Lacking the basic knowledge and the right tools to fix those types of issues, we often end up outsourcing them to blue collar professionals.

Having some basic “blue collar” skills to complement your “soft” skills will not only save you boatloads of money in contracting work, it will come in handy in survival scenarios, particularly when it comes to rebuilding from catastrophe. Instead of needing to sit around on your hiney, you can actually take part in the physical rebuilding of a society (or community) that has seen ruin.

So how do you learn these types of skills? The simplest answer is to just try things out. When something goes awry in your home, see if you can fix it first, before calling your handyman. If you’re careful, you can do a lot more than you’d expect. I had a water line to my swamp cooler get chewed through by squirrels earlier this summer. I promptly spent $100 to have a local handyman come and fix it. Sure enough, the squirrels got it again just a week later. At the gentle prodding of my wife, I attempted to fix it myself the second time around, and was able to do it for $4. All it required was a replacement line from the hardware store, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. I sure felt stupid.

Additionally, be sure to have a good collection of basic tools. Having the right tool for the job at hand will save more headaches than your Advil. Also, it won’t hurt to know how to properly use those tools.

Practice Self-Reliance Before You Need It

“These were the people who knew how to take care of themselves, how to survive on very little and work with what they had. These were the people who tended small gardens in their backyards, who repaired their own homes, who kept appliances running for as long as mechanically possible.”

Not only will having DIY skills help you rebuild your community, they also greatly increase your self-reliance. Coupling basic mechanical prowess with the ability to attain your own food, shelter, clothing, etc. ensures you won’t be a sitting duck if the world goes to pot. Self-sufficiency is something that men have strived for since the beginning of time. Thousands of years ago, it was necessary to be able to create shelter and hunt your food, but we’ve obviously lost that necessity in our modern age. Should the unthinkable happen (like a Sharknado), we will likely revert back to a time where such things were part of everyday life.

If the grocery store had no groceries, would you know how to grow fruits and vegetables to feed your family? Would you be able to care for chickens so you could put some meat and eggs on the table? If your clothes got torn up from your afternoon hunt, would you be able to repair them? Or even make new clothes with some fabric that you have lying around? Would you know how to purify water when your drinking water runs out? These are all questions of self-reliance. You don’t want to owe people something when they have to do favors for you, as you’ve not ever had to supply anything for yourself.

Relying on yourself for your needs would also mean that you’d take better care of what you do have. You couldn’t just go to the store to replace your bag or your tools or your clothing. When you know you have one tool and you have to make it last, you can be darn sure that it’ll stay close to you and you’ll treat it with more care than throwing it around the garage, knowing it’s only a couple bucks at the nearest hardware store. Waiting to be self-reliant until you need to be self-reliant means that you won’t be able to be self-reliant, and then you’re in a pickle.

Basic Physical Fitness is Paramount

“Make no mistake, bipedal locomotion was how most people traveled in the beginning.”

In an actual apocalypse, trying to get around in our gas-powered vehicles won’t do much good. Traffics jams of stalled cars that are miles long will be the norm in every big city. And even if you could get through, America’s infrastructure of roads, highways, and bridges is already nearing the end of its intended lifespan. Without repairs being a priority, our paved byways will become paths for traveling on foot. You best make sure you’re up to snuff!

Whether you’re lost in the woods from an afternoon hike or in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, the simple act of walking may make the difference between life and death. Many people in our overweight society believe that being able to walk a mile or two is an athletic accomplishment. In survival situations, however, you may need to walk a couple dozen just to live another day.

We have a great post on the benefits of walking that you should read right after you’re done reading this article. The nice thing about this lesson is that it’s fairly easy to accomplish. You don’t need to be a CrossFit all-star to survive. That can certainly help, but having even a basic level of fitness puts you a step up (pun intended) from most other people. Being able to run a marathon is great, but being able to walk or hike 5 miles before the sun goes down is much easier and could very well save your life. Every day or night, start with a brisk one-mile walk down the street. It should only take 15-20 minutes, and you can even listen to podcasts or have a nice chat with your loved ones on the way. When you feel good about that, increase your mileage, and make your daily walk a new ritual.

Relationships Matter, Even in the Apocalypse

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“You’ve spent most of your life reviewing contracts, brokering deals, talking on the phone. That’s what you’re good at, that’s what made you rich and what allowed you to hire a plumber to fix your toilet, which allowed you to keep talking on the phone. The more work you do, the more money you make, the more peons you hire to free you up to make more money. That’s the way the world works. But one day it doesn’t. No one needs a contract reviewed or a deal brokered. What it does need is toilets fixed. And suddenly that peon is your teacher, maybe even your boss.”

Human relationships get overlooked in the midst of apocalypse talk. Even though it’s all fiction, take a look at the great post-apocalyptic media out there (The Walking Dead, The Stand, World War Z) and one of the single greatest determining factors in survival is how you get along with others. You may be self-reliant and physically fit, but you can almost guarantee there will come a time when you’ll need the help of another person. Beyond that, community is paramount for psychological health as well, something of almost equal importance in survival scenarios.

Our jobs tend to have pretty defined hierarchies. This should go without saying, but treat everyone (secretaries, janitors, security guards, doormen) in your office and building just as you would a peer. Beyond being a kind gentleman, those people may very well save your life someday. It wasn’t until a gunman scare at an office building where I used to work that I had daily conversations with our security guards. Sure, I’d say hi in the morning and goodbye in the evening, but I never really got to know them. When I realized how important they were to our building, I took them a little more seriously. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Get to know the people around, no matter their level in your business or personal hierarchy.

The Latest and Greatest Technology Isn’t Always the Greatest

“Americans worship technology. It’s an inherent trait in the national zeitgeist. Whether we realize it or not, even the most indefatigable Luddite can’t deny our country’s techno-prowess.”

Technological advances are a fantastic thing. They provide entertainment, enjoyment, efficiency, convenience…and the list goes on. There is also a downside, however, particularly when it comes to survival scenarios. If we become too dependent on new technologies, it can hamper our survival efforts.

The Colorado flash flood of a few weeks ago shows just how true this is. A couple small towns called Jamestown and Estes Park were completely cut off from the world by raging flash flood waters. All communications were down; no cell phone reception, no landlines, no internet — you get the picture. So how did the people in those towns communicate with the outside world? Ham radio. It was hobbyists and old timers that knew how to get onto radiowaves and communicate with emergency personnel.

The more forms of technology you’re familiar with using – from the hammers and saws of our grandfathers to the complex electronics boards of modern men – the more problems you’ll be able to solve, the more useful you’ll be to others, and the greater the chances of your survival.

Don’t Wait for Tragedy to Become a Part of Your Community 

“I’m not going to say the war was a good thing. I’m not that much of a sick f**k, but you’ve got to admit that it did bring people together.”

Tragedy and natural disaster have a way of bringing people together. We see this play out in communities large and small every single year. In many ways this is obviously a good thing. It’s often adversity that brings people together and makes them stronger, and then tighter neighborly bonds are forged. Better late than never.

I believe, however, that there is another lesson in this. We don’t have to wait until tragedy strikes to form bonds with our community. When you’re friends, and you have people you can trust, those inevitable survival scenarios will be much easier to get through. Take this as a reminder to go say hello to the neighbor you haven’t met yet and to get out and volunteer in your community. The tighter bonds you have now, the better off you’ll be when waves of zombies are approaching.

What survival lessons did you learn from World War Z? Or other zombie stories?

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Edward September 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I learned from Walking Dead that I need to make friends with a redneck who can hunt, who owns a lot of firearms, and can use a crossbow.

2 Joey E September 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm

In the middle of watching “World War Z” our 6-year-old son came stumbling out of his room, sleepwalking. Seriously, I was a little nervous as I approached him.

Lesson: Trust no one.

3 Alissa September 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I’ve thought about this a fair amount and have come to the conclusion that without some kind of operational goverment in place, my home region – S.California – will be out of water pretty darn quick and thus, violent and unliveable

4 Michael O September 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Alissa I live in Far northern Ca, or “State of Jefferson,” if you will, and yes we would shut off your water…. Sorry

5 Ivan K. September 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

In line with all of these things, I would encourage people to sign up for their local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Look up the acronym online. http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams I am not affiliated with them, but I can say from experience that they are good people who do good work for themselves, their families, their neighbors, and their communities, and I will be signing up shortly. You can join up for free or almost-free.

6 Joe Bassett September 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

We ham radio operators are regularly maligned as “archaic” by local governments. “The internet is redundant and can’t go down” is their mantra. Then something like the example above brings them asking for our assistance. Acquiring the basic license (Technician Class) is relatively easy and would allow the communication used in Colorado.

I can’t encourage strongly enough the benefit of having even that basic license.

Besides, it’s a blast. Just tonight I was driving home from work while talking with a ham in the Canary Islands via radio.

7 Fil September 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

“Always be prepared…”
“Have a plan B, then a plan C, then a plan D…”

8 Pedro Soares September 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Interesting post, this shows how dependable we are getting with the new technology.
And there is something else i learned is to make the most with the place we’re at. Having for example “Walking Dead”, in which the prison gave them some security, and a way to settle.

P.S. There’s a series i recomend called “The Colony”, i think it integrates the lessons mentioned here.

9 Mattexian September 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I’ve been trying to get in that one-mile walk with my dogs, which they love doing.

10 Waltman September 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

1) Cardio
2) Double tap

11 Naveen September 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

There is a reason for everything. Finding that out is the best way to respond to imminent disasters rather than preparing for what to do after the disaster has happened. Just my belief.

Basic survival skills ought to be taught in the schools. A fundamental addition to the current desk-to-desk syllabus. Being overly specialized is not at all good. Figuring out solutions for one problem might come from completely different life experiences. Knowing how to handle basic handy tasks around the house itself will help solve many of life’s problems.

The funny thing about World War Z is that the movie was based on the book in which the disease spreads through illegal organ transplants in China. Now, this is an ongoing fact that China illegally harvests the organs of living prisoners, mostly Falun Gong practitioners, killing them in the process. Paramount executives however excluded the China part from the movie to avoid the Communist government’s censors. It didn’t work as China censored the movie anyway.

“Years before the outbreak they’d been making millions on organs from executed political prisoners. You think something like a little virus is going to make them stop sucking that golden tit?” author Max Brooks has one of his characters say in the novel.

12 Nick P. September 25, 2013 at 12:38 am

I really think it is important to have a few of the “blue collar” skills in order to survive. Think back to Katrina. That is a great example of total societal collapse. Knowing how to cook basic food, clean dirty water, fix some basic car problems, and know how to camp in the various conditions. I am glad i was taught these things and can sleep a little easier knowing I can take care of my family.

13 Jersey September 25, 2013 at 2:21 am

How funny, I just started watching “The Colony” yesterday. It’s pretty good, a little unrealistic, but still some good points to be made in it.

14 Bill P. September 25, 2013 at 4:16 am

I suggest listening to thesurvivalpodcast.com The host is a no nonsense guy who releases episodes 5 days a week. There is also a community on the forum that can help with just about anything.

15 Steve September 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

I love the fact that most of the quotes you picked are from my favourite chapter in that book. Alan Alda absolutely nails that performance in the audio book.

16 Jerry Wilkes September 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

Personally, my zombie policy is to walk softly and carry one of these: http://www.squareknot.us/gearforguys/woodmans-pal-premium-machete/

17 Grant September 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

I feel very fortunate for having been raised on a mixed-use farm where you had to learn to grow things, operate and fix equipment, manage livestock and more.

I remember marveling at my father (who only had a grade 6 education) one day as he mixed and applied fairly complex chemicals to the field early in the morning, rebuilt an engine in the afternoon and performed a cesarean section on a cow at night (after having watched the local veterinarian do it once). We were pretty poor and quite isolated at the time so a lot of things were learned because you had no other choice but I have seen those skills serve my father many times in a pinch. I hope if I am successful at passing even some of those skills on to my 3 sons, they will serve them well too..

My big take away from World War Z is that those who learn fast and adapt quickly are the ones who will survive. Look at any persistent organisms that have survived multiple attacks over time (like germs), They learn, adapt and mutate to become stronger than ever every time they are attacked.

As a side note – They say necessity is the father of invention and on the farm I have seen that to be true, but with all the training we have access to, including this site, we would be crazy not to add as many life skills as possible to our abilities. Even if you never end up having to use them, they increase your confidence tenfold knowing you have them to draw on.

Thank you for making this site available for me and my sons.

18 Jordan September 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

The preacher man says it’s the end of time
And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
The interest is up and the Stock Markets down
And you only get mugged
If you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do
We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can’t starve us out
And you cant makes us run
Cause one-of-’em old boys raisin ole shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn
We came from the West Virginia coalmines
And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a crop line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I’d send him some homemade wine

But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars my friend lost his life
Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes
And shoot him with my old 45
Cause a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
Cause one-of-’em old boys raisin ole shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We’re from North California and south Alabama
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a crop line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

19 Ryan Grimm September 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

This site is good for info, if a bit heavy on government conspiracy… a lot of minds and good info for prepping of all sorts.

http://www.shtfmovement.com/

20 Gilmoure September 25, 2013 at 9:47 am

If you are starting from level zero with basic carpentry skills, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. It’s mostly retired contractors putting up the houses and they’ll show you how to swing a hammer, use a saw, and generally not hurt anyone around you.

CERT training is also good. And for general outdoor skills, places like REI usually have classes/trips so if you missed out on scouts, can still pick up on such things.

Course, best bet is a stint in the military, especially if you can get something like air-Evac medic where you go in and retrieve wounded.

21 Chris C. September 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

I’ll echo Ivan’s comment above about checking out your local CERT organization. I’m a member and have recieved some great training and a support network.

I’ll also recommend a couple of publications I’ve found useful: The Michigan Department of Emergency management sponsers a program called Do 1 Thing (http://do1thing.com/). They advocate everybody in a community taking one small step a month to become better prepared in a community. Fact sheets are available in several languages.

A book I’ve found interesting is The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness For The Family (http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Practical-Disaster-Preparedness-Edition/dp/1475136536/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380122189&sr=8-1&keywords=practical+disaster+preparedness). It has a lot of useful information on becomming prepared without building a bunker in your back yard.

22 Andrew September 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

I love the sharknado reference. That movie was awesome! Unrealistic, but awesome. However a real bad scenerio would be a zombinado…

23 Shawn Stanford September 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Laurence Gonzales wrote an amazing book: “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why”. His examples were cases of individual survival (and death), but one of the overarching similarities among the survivors was that they realized that the situation they were in was outside the normal, and they acted on that realization. Those who died tended to continue behavior that had worked before, even though the situation was drastically different.

So: it doesn’t matter how prepared or unprepared you may be if you don’t change your actions to fit the situation you are in, rather than the situation you are used to, or expecting.

24 Ty Gladden September 26, 2013 at 3:10 am

Like Alissa, I also live in Southern California. A lot of people dont know this (are ignorant to it), but Los Angeles is a designated desert. That’s why I am storing and purifying my own water right now.

Non-flouridated water tastes REALLY delicious! :)

It also is a good investment to have a functional bicycle. Just saying ;)

25 Jim Collins September 26, 2013 at 8:07 am

Esteemed Jeremy, Kate, Brett, and Readers,

I am reminded of a science fiction story by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, “A Mote in God’s Eye” – which is not great literature; but is thought provoking, in which humans reach a world where evolutionary pressures have pushed a technological and industrial creature towards optimization for surviving repeated collapses of civilization. In this optimization, the creature’s casts have speciated. Notably, and by my lights amusingly, two of the most important sub-species are sterile hybrids: mediators ( read lawyers ), and museum keepers. These two classes need to be sterile because of the immense power that can be accumulated by either being in charge of negotiation and rules ( lawyers ) or holding the information about old ways ( museum keepers ). Hence neither museum keepers nor lawyers can be allowed to form dynasties. We’ve examples of this need in human history in the critical role eunuchs have played in power politics.

This gives pause to thought about our diverse roles in an uncertain world which I doubt fit so neatly together as a magic square.

I hope that Mr. and Mrs. McKay can enjoy the fact that Brett, having turned away from the practice of law, has obviated our need to end his line by surgical means. Certainly from this distance Scout and Gus seem to be a job well begun.

Regards,

Jim Collins

26 Bonny Van September 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

I work for a local health department, and together with local law enforcement and fire/rescue we are the first line of response. We are required, as part of our jobs to have an emergency kit and plan at home (and of course at work). But it is amazing that even here when the need and benefit is crystal clear many just don’t do the homework because they think it will never happen. So on snow days or other extreme weather they just don’t come to work. I worry. If WE can’t get it right, it ALL falls apart fast.
My family has a kit and a plan. We aren’t hard core preppers but we have enough real 19th-century skills and tools to be prepared. Great article!

27 John Corcoran September 26, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hey Jeremy:

Good job of finding a unique spin on a post covering survival advice. I’ve never been much if a sci-fi book reader, but you make me want to read World War Z and make sure our emergency supplies are in order. (Neither of which is easy to do for me in particular). Thanks for the great piece.

28 Brandon Beeson September 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Great article! Makes me want to read the book, or get the audio book as Steve suggested (I love Alan Alda). I’m also looking into signing up for a CERT class as others have said.

I am wondering how a person can get started with HAM radio. Are there classes you can take or any resources someone could point me to?

Thanks

29 kp September 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

“So until next time, remember: Cardio, seat belts, and this really has nothing to do with anything, but a little sunscreen never hurt anybody.”

30 UncleDan September 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I thought you guys would like this link – The title will explain all…

http://www.silverdoctors.com/one-year-in-hellsurviving-a-full-shtf-collapse-in-bosnia/#more-26477

31 UncleDan September 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm
32 ZH September 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Some commentators have mentioned disasters like Katrina, or 9/11.

Reading the article reminded me of the scene in Schindler’s List where the violin player is told by a pipe fitter that essentially he is a dead man in the work camp without a “Blauschein”, a blue booklet issued to skilled workers, engineers, tradespersons, etc.

Before the World War II, a classically trained violinist would have been viewed as holding a higher social status than a skilled labourer or technician. Disasters have an amazing ability to strip away the superficial; they also have a way bringing every man down to an equal level. The true value of any man emerges when “the chips are down”.

Perhaps our forebears dreams of wanting their off-spring to have a better life than them (the American Dream), doomed us to mediocrity and those nations who have the people that are willing to do the jobs that the average American deems “beneath them” are the nations that are prospering in these difficult times.

As has been oft stated in AoM articles, we need to be broad and deep in our skills and interests. Being too specialized will surely spell disaster when our mettle is tested.

Keep up the interesting articles AoM!

33 Doc October 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

I consider myself a prepper, tours of duty in various hostile zones around the world convinced me that civilized society is no older than 4 or 5 days, yep the length of time the produced food would last on the shelves of a grocery store..
more importantly not only do you need the skills outlined and mentioned by folks on here, but you need a plan, SHTF or bug out plan, you need a location with a well rounded group you can bug out too, just remember if the SHTF ever did happen, the Sheep either die or turn into wolves, wolves hunt in packs, there would be a lot of wolves…
So you need skills, weapons, bug out bags with food, meds, maps, a way of getting and purifying water… if your bugging in especially in a city, sooner or later your gonna be a meal.

34 The MAn December 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

Were all of the quotes from the book?

35 Red January 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

“Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity, that’s just human nature” – what utter nonsense! People are eager to believe almost anything! Religion, aliens, ghosts, conspiracies, are all believed in without evidence.

Secondly, whether you need to prepare for anything depends entirely on your circumstances and location. Where I am, I am at no risk of flooding, or any extreme weather for that matter. Anything that did happen would be so unexpected that there would be no way for me to prepare other than to prepare for literally every situation conceivable. And who has time for that? I have a life to life in a fashion other than endless paranoia and preparation for apocalyptic disaster.

36 Mick April 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I love this. I’d like to point out his zombie survival guide was a masterpiece as well.

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