With Halloween approaching and the TV series “The Walking Dead” becoming so popular, it’s hard not to have zombies on the brain. The zombie apocalypse genre is becoming a fast favorite in books and movies. So, if the living dead were to start roaming the streets and munching on brains, would you be ready?
Tips from Linfield zombie experts
What does this mean for Linfield? You want a building with a clear lookout point of the entire campus, lots of space for supplies/housing, difficult to scale walls and multiple levels. It’s clear from this that Pioneer is the only hall on campus equipped to be Zombie H.Q. 360 degree view, lots of rooms and space, and stairs that could be taken out or rigged to come down if the floor level is breached.
-Senior Chris Forrer
Ultimately, survival comes down to fight and/or flight. I emphasize flight. One should always be ready to start moving, climbing or running. Being in a group can increase survival rate, especially if one is emphasized on flight rather than fight. However, don’t be afraid to leave someone behind in a hopeless situation. Don’t be surprised if you get left behind either. Know your surroundings, especially ways to escape.
-Junior Colton Wright
The most important thing is to know where and when you’ll get your next meal. You have to be sure to keep supplies with you at all times. Don’t stay in the same place for too long. Once food runs out, zombies will begin to travel in search of food, and eventually, they’ll be knocking on your front door. So stay mobile, or at least ready to move at a moment’s notice.
-Junior Caleb Goad
There is some preparation required if you want to survive an event like this. Store waterproof emergency kits in easily accessible areas with your standard first aid, flashlights, maps and blankets. You will also need:
-Containers for storing and catching large amounts of rain water.
-Generator, car battery, firewood, gasoline for light, fuel, warmth and food.
-Nonperishable foods, such as jerky, canned goods and dried fruit.
-Ammo if firearms are available. You can also use household items like tables, table legs, knives, lamps, furniture, pots, pans and skillets. Blunt objects are better to slow zombies down.
-Aerosol cans and lighter, Molotov cocktails and flamethrowers are useful from a distance.
-Sturdy vehicle with a full tank of gas. The freeway will be the best place to obtain gas in the future.
-Carpentry supplies and equipment, preferably battery powered or manual operated because electricity isn’t guaranteed to last.
-“Somebody who is well versed in wilderness survival is a must,” Forrer said. “He or she needs to know what and what not to eat, how to get water, make fire, etc.”
Things you should know about zombies:
-They have an excellent sense of hearing.
-They can pick out the smell of living flesh from miles away.
-Zombies have no physical sensations. They can’t feel pain.
-They have the ability to run, jump and dodge things, but they lack the coordination to do so effectively. “They can’t run very well due to degrading tissues in the legs,” Forrer said.
-Zombies can live up to five years.
-They are sterile (they cannot reproduce).
-They can’t swim. However, they can climb anchors, they won’t drown, and they can float if waterlogged enough.
-“They can’t communicate to one another, and they operate on instinct for human flesh. They have no cranial processes except survival, i.e. food,” Forrer said.
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