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The Walking Dead has taught us that it's not easy to survive in an undead wasteland.
The last couple of years has shown us that a zombie apocalypse is perhaps not that far-fetched. Real survival experts and experienced preppers can give us tips for surviving a doomsday scenario.
John Ramey, the founder of survivalist company The Prepared, doesn't recommend putting your money into a bunker. Instead, we should focus on making our existing homes and communities more resilient. Your home is your castle. It's your base for any emergency.
If you had to lock yourself in your home right now, no water, no gas, no electricity or communication, how long can you live there? It should be two weeks at a minimum because that covers most emergencies like natural disasters.
Basic supplies include food, water, health, communication, first aid supplies, hygiene supplies. You need a gallon of water per person per day and filtering products to make water safe to drink.
Keep a 'bug out bag'. It is a bag of essential supplies you can grab when you need to leave the safety of your home. It should contain a lighter or waterproof matches, an emergency blanket, sleeping bag, freeze-dried food, flashlight, batteries, solar radio, water purifier, camping stove, knife, gun and medical kit. A bicycle is a classic bug-out vehicle.
You will need first aid and a core medical understanding of cleaning and dressing a wound. For example, if Daryl from The Walking Dead gets hit in the shoulder with a crossbow bolt, how will you handle it?
Outdoor survival skills are also essential. Can you read a map and start a fire? Do you know how to create a winter shelter? Do you pay attention to what's going on around you or how to diffuse tense situations?
At some point, you may be forced to leave the house and find shelter elsewhere. Would you know where to go?
If a zombie apocalypse happens, you will need community as community wins most of the time compared to being alone. We are not machines. We get sick, we need to sleep, we can't learn every skill we'll need through every calamity. Knowing someone that can help can save the day.
How you deal with zombies depend on what kind you meet. If you get into a confrontation with a slow one, just move around them. But if you meet a fast-mover, you know there is more. So you have to turn to stealth. Move in the shadows, underground, in any way to avoid them.
Make use of dogs, who can sense threats or major changes and warn you in advance. For example, something is up if they start to act strange, growl, show their teeth, or pace a lot.
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Survival experts and professional preppers give their tips on how to survive a zombie invasion.
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