I was given a challenge by Cotopaxi, an unique outdoor gear shop, to write about what I'd do during a Zombie Apocalypse. Cotopaxi not only has great gear and clothing but they support organizations that help people in poverty. They give grants to advance health, education and livelihoods around the world. (Read more here).
What would I do when the world collapses in an outbreak? First thing I would do is locate my husband and kids. Electricity wouldn't have failed yet, so I'd try texting them and get them home. Then we'd go and stock up on provisions, all the canned goods, pantry and cooking supplies, batteries, camping equipment and whatever meat and vegetables to dehydrate for future meals. Hubby would get more ammo for our rifles and guns, bottled water and axes and saws to make firewood.
Our town is about 6000 people and I'm sure not all would have stuck around, or have "turned". We'd go look for other survivors at the Civic Center and decide a city-wide plan. We're surrounded on three sides by a big lake so I would suggest blocking off the 3 bridges coming into town against any herds or looters. We are also surrounded by plenty of farms, there's even a beef farm next to the hospital, so there won't be a shortage of fresh meat for a while. Every few days someone can go lead a cow off to be roasted for everyone.
The Civic Center is a good place for everyone to live in for a while. It has a kitchen, storage area and a large area where people can section off living quarters and set up tents and such. There's only 2 large entrances that can be guarded in shifts and the rest of the building is cinder block. Wal-Mart and Lowe's are right across the street for supply runs as needed.
Soon the electricity will fail and I won't be able to charge my cochlear implant batteries and will be completely deaf. My family and I would start teaching the other survivors some basic sign language to help communicate.
After a while, supplies will dwindle, the number of survivors will decrease and disputes will arise. At this time I think we'd decide it's time to move on. We'd go down to one of the many marinas, pick a large boat or houseboat, stock it up and just cruise the lakes and rivers across the United States. There's plenty of protein in the water to catch and we'd be safer from Walkers and looters anchored out in the middle of the water.
Out here, we'll wait for a cure, a solution, or the end.
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