Emergency Preparedness: The Zombie Apocalypse


Zombies are mindless, reanimated corpses that are described as “the undead”. They seek out human flesh to devour and have a preference for brains. You might be wondering … how will I know when I see one? The characteristics of a zombie are unmistakable. While some may appear to look human, they have a somewhat mechanical quality to their movements, kind of like messy robots. They also appear to be dessicated, decayed and emaciated with blank, expressionless faces. They become more animated when hungry. Zombies can’t speak, but they do make gutteral moaning sounds. They’re usually wearing whatever clothing they were wearing before they became a zombie. If your girlfriend shows up looking like this, the party’s over. Don’t be tempted to talk to her or get near her. She’s NOT just having a bad day.


The “Zombie Apocalypse” is the complete breakdown of society as we know it due to a terrifying zombie outbreak that spreads like wildfire. During a global, widespread zombie apocalypse, the zombies rise and seek out human brains to eat. As one might expect, contact with a zombie is a very traumatic event, causing widespread panic which hampers societys’ ability to deal with the invasion. Even the police and other law enforcement agencies are helpless to contain the threat.

The victims of zombies normally become zombies themselves, thereby creating a rapid infestation of zombies. This leads to the rapid degeneration and collapse of society and the only survivors of a zombie apocalypse are those that are aware and prepared for it. Since zombies’ primary goal is to eat your brains and they can eat a lot of brains, big cities are where you’ll find the most zombies during the apocalypse. Rural settings and wilderness would be too difficult for them to find enough brains to remain well fed and happy. If you’re lucky enough to live in the country, you’ll be safer from the threat of zombies, but not completely immune to a zombie attack. You never know when a rural dwelling citizen has ventured into town, become infected and then returned to his home in the country, only to infect his family and others in the area. Below is a photo of a heavy zombie infestation in an urban area.


Other places that would be more advantageous in a zombie apocalypse are isolated woods, wilderness areas, or caves (just make sure there are no bears or other dangerous critters hibernating in the cave before you move in). Pack up your bug out bags and get out of dodge fast to an area that is mostly unpopulated. You might even want to consider a nice long hike of the Appalachian Trail at this time. Zombies are not noted for extreme strength and endurance and are basically kind of lazy, so they wouldn’t be likely to attempt to make that hike when they can easily find the brains they need in mass amounts in the cities. You will need a good supply of food and water, medical supplies and survival gear (all of which you can buy here on mayhemsurvival.com, fyi 🙂 ).

During a Zombie Apocalypse, you will need to prepare as you would for any disaster (and you’ll need a gun and lots of ammo) or at least a good Zombie knife. The best way to kill a Zombie is to blast them in the head with a gun. They’re rather slow and somewhat stupid, so that shouldn’t be too difficult.

You might want to “Bug In” during the Zombie Apocalypse. Wandering around the same streets that they’re wandering around probably isn’t the safest route to go. You’ll need to board up your windows and secure all your doors and sit around with a shotgun (and plenty of emergency supplies) and just blast them to Kingdom Come if they manage to enter your home. Check out these cool houses that will get you through a Zombie Apocalypse. If you’re in the market for a Zombie proof house, check these out.

Of course, not everyone has the budget for the above zombie proof shelters. If you’re on a budget, this might ward of the zombies.


If you have a bunker built or a basement, make sure it is fully stocked with food, water, medical supplies and pet supplies if you have pets. Some blankets, pillows and extra clothing are also a good idea. You have no idea how long you will be fighting off zombies when the apocalypse comes.

For information on how the Zombie Apocalypse can happen, visit How Everything Goes to Hell During a Zombie Apocalypse

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