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Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

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I have a partially written document (somewhere)
  2527 votes / 8%
Hard copies of my zombie attack plan are in the fire safe
  1375 votes / 4%
I already live in a fortified bunker with food and weapons
  4126 votes / 13%
I am completely unprepared for this fictional event
  12253 votes / 41%
I am a zombie, you insensitive clod!
  3092 votes / 10%
I want to eat CowboyNeal
  1650 votes / 5%
I don't believe in zombies
  4576 votes / 15%
29599 total votes.
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Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

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  • Missing option... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Maquis196 (535256) on Monday October 17, 2011 @07:42AM (#37737584)

    Why would you want to be? If civilization falls around you and you're spending the rest of your short life on the run, in fear, not much hope of a future (only a few zombie books have animals eventually becoming zombies) then why not just burn in the fire?

    Everytime I play Fallout I ask myself if I would seriously want to survive a nuclear winter, how would zombie horde be much difference?

  • by dkleinsc (563838) on Monday October 17, 2011 @07:44AM (#37737618) Homepage

    So I really don't prepare for attack by zombie, space alien, terrorist (you're more likely to be killed by a household appliance), or even bears. Instead, I worry about things that are much more likely to kill me, like drunk drivers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 17, 2011 @07:54AM (#37737710)

    -1, Downer

    I don't think joking about zombie attacks mitigates real world threats, but you just had to use any chance available to get in a quick jab, didn't you.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 17, 2011 @08:53AM (#37738414)

    Don't think of it as being "doomed", think of it as a quick, if involuntary, conversion to the winning side.

    (captcha: "screams". heh.)

  • Whenever discussions of the inevitable zombiepocalypse start up, folks always talk about how prepared they are, which is the on-ramp to the much more boring conversation about what guns they own. Don't get me wrong, guns are great. I don't own one, but appreciate the right to own one (even if it think the wording / logic (in Jefferson's time, everyone would have been in a militia, ergo the 2nd amendment is clear.) could be a little more clear and concrete). But there's a handful of problems with guns in terms of disaster preparedness tools:

    -You can't eat them.
    -You can't drink them.
    -They can't power your well, sump pump, freezer, or furnace
    -A gun doesn't do a very good job of providing you information about the weather, news updates from the CDC, or other emergency management information.
    -1000 rounds of ammunition == approximately 1000 dead zombies +/- your accuracy. This becomes a problem when the zombie population goes > 1000 zombies. A delta of zombies is a bad thing.
    -Guns cannot process large game into juicy delicious steaks all by themselves.

    (and before you say "a gun can get you all of those things" it can't. It takes a person willing to carry that gun across the street to their neighbor's house and blow that guy's brains out to get those things. Internet tough-guying aside, a human has to make that choice. i would wager, for most of us decent human beings, it's far easier to use a gun to keep someone from taking what you have when it's all that's keeping you alive, than it is to flip the switch in your mind and go take that stuff from someone else. YMMV.)

    The current zombie fascination brings to light a really good set of ideas. The topic forces you to think about how prepared you are in the event of a disaster, but too often you get sidetracked into "Me, a six pack, a tall building, a Barret .50 cal, and a big box of ammo" games. No matter where you live (Midwestern-US centric poster here, but the generic ideas apply world wide), you should be able to plan for life with "help" for between 72 hours to as long as 14 days, or longer.

    You can use zombies as the driving force in the thought exercise, but think critically. If you're snowed in for two weeks, what do you need? Food, water, heat. What if there's no running water? No electricity? Run the game out even longer in your mind. Say you've got kerosene lamps for light and a little warmth, what happens if one gets knocked over? Do you have a fire extinguisher? Is it current and charged? When was the last time you started your generator? Do you have enough insulin on hand? Thoughts like that may end up doing you far more good one day than thinking "We'll head to the Winchester!"

If this is a service economy, why is the service so bad?


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