Yes, I am a nerd.
I’ve always loved zombie stuff, from the Resident Evil franchise to the Walking Dead TV show, and from Dawn of the Dead to 28 Days Later. If there’s a video game that’s set within a zombie apocalypse, I’ll almost certainly fall in love with it.
It might be a ridiculous thing to suggest, but I fully believe that there’s a potential for a ‘zombie apocalypse’ to occur one day. While that might not necessarily be an overwhelming uprising of undead shamblers, it could resemble something from our favourite pop culture sources.
Oh boy, is this article a far cry from all my other content.
The End Is Nigh
When I was younger, I put together something of a plan; a last-ditch resource that I could use to survive in a sudden and devastating zombie apocalypse. Although, as Robert Burns said, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, so I doubt I would have been able to pull it off.
Imagine this — you wake up in the middle of the night, and the world is in tatters. The streets are filled with the undead, all communications are offline, and you’re totally unequipped to deal with the situation. What happens at that point? Where do you go?
There are television shows (albeit ridiculous ones) dedicated to conversations such as this, like Doomsday Preppers. They’re interesting, but really, we’re watching them to judge and mock the people on screen. They live in the middle of nowhere, have ludicrous stockpiles of food and water, and often live a life that already seems post-apocalyptic.
It’s entertaining, but ultimately, most of these people are preparing for an awful economic collapse, overwhelming viral outbreak, or some end-of-days apocalyptic event. They’re rarely planning for a zombie uprising.
Prior Planning And Preparation
Admittedly, my plan was a little juvenile and poorly thought out, but it was better than nothing, right? It was a three-step process that would have been derailed by any one of said steps failing, but at least I wasn’t sitting on empty.
It all started with a hardware store and a supermarket.
Now, I live in the United Kingdom, and we don’t have much in the way of weapons, of course. I’d have to move fast before I was overrun by either the screaming masses of people trying to escape, or the grunting, cannibalistic undead that were now commonplace.
First step, hit the supermarket, gathering as many long-life essentials as possible, along with medicines, first-aid, torches, and the like. It’s a bold move to assume all of this would still exist at that point, but here we are.
Step two, go to the huge hardware store and garden centre just across the road, and set up shop. There’s enough equipment there to seal the entrances and exits, there are tools that can be used as crude weapons, and it sits right alongside a wide river — that’s your last-ditch escape route.
Step three, survive.
That’s it, right? It’s simple, but effective. Within a few hours, I’ve got a fairly decent source of sustenance, a whole host of weapons, and an easy-to-protect building with a tall fence and plenty of escape options. I’m quite certain that if the zombie apocalypse came rolling into town tomorrow, I’d be ready to go.
Of course, there’s still the matter of me being a sedentary nerd with social anxiety, but one challenge at a time, right?
Yes, this article is serious.
What’s your plan?
About the Author
Grant Taylor-Hill is a freelance writer, podcaster, and motivator, with a background in support and team management. He’s a writer by trade and a gamer by passion, and he absolutely loves inspiring others. In his spare time, he produces three podcasts and is constantly expanding his network. Connect with him on social media; just search Grant Taylor-Hill.