This thread sounds like fun. I'll give in...
I'm about to place my order for The Zombie Survival Guide (I was told some time back that it's a good read, however seriously or
''tongue-in-cheek'' it's interpreted.
What would I do? Firstly, I'd have to consider baby son and wifey. Being the in UK. Firearms are very, very difficult to obtain so the immediate
protection from any localised threat would have to be support by improvised weapons and means of protection.
Depending on the state of the electronic communication, the level of information broadcasted via television or radio may be disrupted. I would try to
adopt a battery powered radio for any emergency calls or any localised broadcasts. I'd have to safeguard the initial stresses and shock that my wife
would understandably be prone to on accepting this very plausible scenario. So it would be important for me to create a ''stable as possible''
environment in the house.
If we consider that the infected may be very mobile, agile and extremely efficient at killing, it would rule out a number of options. So the likely
choice for me, considering my land, position of house and view point, would be to barricade against intrusion or tresspass. I have the luxury of high
fencing, ample trees in the garden, stored timber and tools that would give me the ability to construct make-shift protection to reinforce the
existing. I would do this by ensuring that I have ease of view to the outside including a fail-safe means to exit house should there be a breach of
integrity by the infected.
My open fire place for keeping warm (if in the wintery season) doesn't present a problem if services are down and the chimney is too small for human
Food would naturally be rationed and water (assuming tap feed is no longer available) would present a problem once my normal supply is gone, however,
a river is present less than 1km away. The question of course is how long we make provisions last for and how great the risks are in order for me to
To be honest there are too many scenarios that would dictate any number of decisions at any one time. If situation x became a gradual process and
information is broadcast over a consecutive number of days, then time is on your side to prepare as much as you can, but if the luxury of information
is not presented swiftly enough and you're confronted by a physical danger without foreknowledge - how do you react? So many possibles and what
My instinct would be to go into lock down and barricade against all intrusion while observing the most effective means of survival by rationing and
maintaining emotional stability. The ''ride it out'' option so to speak. It's probably the more selfish option, but with a child and wife to
protect - it's an option I must adopt before I even consider helping others.
Depending on how long supplies last and how long I take shelter for, evetually re-stocking would be inevitable. If the infected are symptomatic of the
charactistics seen with lethal viruses then 'hopefully' within a few weeks they should be dead, or at least reduced to a number that would make
movement or travel less of risk. Calculated manouvres and strategic stopping points would have to be made. A military base is within a 3 mile
proximity and might have sufficient means of shelter, supplies or better still, an armoury. I would probably have to pick a safe place and observe the
base from before making contact in open territory as there would essentially be no means of knowing if the base in an actively infected area or not. A
possible reccy may be in order. After that, there's no telling. IF I'm THAT lucky!
[edit on 7-7-2010 by BAZ752]