Zombies and how to prepare!

Zombies and how to prepare!

A recent Fark thread about zombies brought disaster preparedness to the fore in my mind.

Specifically, it made me think about locations that, at first glance, may seem to be an excellent place to flee to in a disaster, but are actually a very bad idea.

One of the prime examples is a big-box store, like Wal-Mart, Costco, etc. Here’s my analysis:

Pros

1.Large, windowless building. Rolling metal shutters allow entrances to be secured. Doors only open outwards, and are made of steel.
2.Substantial reserves of food and water.
3.Large, flat roof makes it easy to observe (and by extension protect) the surrounding environs.
4.Large steel racks of goods can be used for various other purposes, including elevated sleeping platforms and barriers.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? However, if there’s a major disaster, there’s numerous cons as well:

Cons

1.Most people are poorly prepared for an emergency, and so will flock to such a store if a disaster is imminent1. They’ll probably head in even greater numbers to such a store during a disaster (witness all the looting that took place in New Orleans after Katrina, for example).
2.These stores have huge amounts of perishable products (e.g. meats, milk, etc.) that will rapidly spoil if the power to their freezers is interrupted. One would need to quickly remove these products from the store and deposit them a suitable distance away before they spoil, particularly if one is going to remain there for more than a day or two. Spoiled food can attract predators and harbor diseases.
3.Sanitation is a problem. While one can flush a toilet by pouring water into it (useful if the water service is out), this wastes considerable amount of water. It also assumes that the sewer system is still operational, which may not necessarily be the case. Big-box stores tend to be surrounded by enormous parking lots, and digging a latrine through asphalt is quite challenging.
While a big-box store may appear to be an attractive place to go during a disaster, I submit that it’s a bad idea.

To me, it makes much more sense to be reasonably prepared at home — a week or two of food and water per person doesn’t take up that much space and isn’t that expensive. Get a few other basic supplies2 , like flashlights, batteries, a water filter, some means of starting a fire, a shovel/entrenching tool, toilet paper, some cash, a tent and some sleeping bags, and you’ll be set to ride out just about any plausible disaster until help arrives.

If an actual zombie attack occurs, we’ll be screwed anyway.

1.They always seem to buy bread, milk, and eggs. Why? When faced with a natural disaster, “french toast” is not the first food that comes to mind. [↩]
2.Firearms and ammo are assumed. [↩]

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4 years 43 weeks ago, 4:44 PM

ivantank

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i just see a target rich environment

I have reasons for the things I do, just don't expect them to be reasonable
4 years 43 weeks ago, 4:48 PM

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I disagree. We will not be screwed. The ones who are in control of there fear and have guns will survive.(Till ammo runs dry) Also can survive by using machetes,golf clubs(SamD),and various other makeshift weapons that can maul or bludgeon a zombie to death. Also if possible have some sort of CQC training. Most of the zombies will be liberal anti gun SOBs anyway so have fun! Just my 2 cents worth!

4 years 43 weeks ago, 4:51 PM

Anonymous

is that even possible?

4 years 43 weeks ago, 4:59 PM

Anonymous

In 2009 census estimate 307,513,000 people live in the U.S. and you have how much ammo? My point is that if you stay in Washington you will eventually run out of food ammo ect. So IF the zombie shit happens I suggest you try and fortify a strong position or make a run for some place survivors maybe held.

4 years 43 weeks ago, 6:22 PM

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This means now!

4 years 43 weeks ago, 6:23 PM

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sorry

4 years 43 weeks ago, 6:24 PM

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Then why are you here?

4 years 43 weeks ago, 9:04 PM

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I have yet to see a Wal mart that is a large, windowless building. And most have automatic doors that slide and are made of floor-to-ceiling glass. Also, they don't have many roll-up metal shades. I agree, Wally world is a bad place to hole up, but it can be useful to stop by en route to your "off the grid" location. But if you do go here, be prepared to take what you need by force. I think it is best to have most of what you need on hand, but this amounts to a staggering amount of money if you have a family. Another idea, if you truly care more for your family than others, is to know of gun-free homes you can take what you need from.

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