Pittsburgh is no stranger to zombies on the big screen (Read Pittsburgh Zombies). A zombie apocalypse may sound like an improbable event in reality, but it’s proving to be in your best interest to prepare for one. Many of the steps you would take to survive an undead attack could also prepare you for other natural disasters. Both the Center for Disease Control and Homeland Security have advised to prepare for zombies as a fun way to be prepared for most other emergencies.
Here is Popular Pittsburgh’s Zombie Contingency Plan:
There are some items you should make sure to have on hand in the case of an unforeseen disaster like zombies attacking or a massive storm. It’s best to have these at home at all times to hold you over until you’re able to get more supplies.
There are some basic things you should already be doing to make sure you’re ready to take on the undead.
Make sure you choose a handful of your most trusted friends to be in your survival group. It’s not advised that you try to take on the zombies alone.
It’s important to have a solid escape plan. Pittsburgh is a difficult city to navigate and will become even more difficult to leave once it’s infested with zombies.
Here are some suggested modes of travel and things to consider for each:
There are many options to choose from aside from these, but it’s important to consider the advantages and disadvantages before committing to one.
You should also consider where you’re going to travel to and what time of day you plan to travel the largest distances. The most important thing is to get out of the city and other largely populated areas, as they become dangerous contagion zones. It’s most likely best to travel during the day when you have a clear field of vision. You should be on the lookout for other survivors that may be a threat to your group. It’s important not to trust anyone and be prepared for danger at every moment from both zombies and humans.
The zombie apocalypse can be trying on the heart, but it isn’t the time to let your emotions get the better of you. Keep the following in mind:
There are many options for shelter in the event of a natural disaster. Businesses and churches in the community provide some safe places. These would be great options for a normal disaster, but not in a zombie attack.
Here are some options with their advantages and disadvantages:
The Grocery Store/Department Store
Army Surplus/Gun Store/Sporting Goods Store
It’s best to avoid public spaces and have your own arrangements for your survival team.
No matter what plan you dream up, make sure it is solid, effective, realistic, and versatile. Your plan at the very basic levels should work for most other emergencies and natural disasters. Make sure you are aware of all the dangers that could be present in a zombie apocalypse. These dangers include spread of disease, inclement weather, and other survivors. Being adequately prepared will drastically increase your chance for survival.
By Meg O’Malley