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Zombies: Myth, Truth, What You Need to Know

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Paul Jackson

on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Zombies: Myth, Truth, What You Need to Know

1) Learn and Adapt!

Anyone who tells you they know EXACTLY how zombies will behave, and exactly how to survive them, will likely be the first the get eaten. 2) Do What it Takes!

When the dead rise, you may have to do things you never imagined. Necessity and pragmatism become chief virtues in your new reality, and dwelling on the past or trying to wish the world back the way it was is energy wasted when every bit of it counts. 3) Stay Positive!

Nothing will turn out the way you hope in a zombie survival situation. Struggle will be the new norm. If you allow pessimism, defeatism, or nihilism to drive your actions, they’ll beat you from the inside, faster than any zombie horde. 4) Visualize Success!

No matter what, you must not lose sight of your ultimate objective of establishing a safe and stable life over the long term. Believing in the possibility of a brighter future is the only way to make that future happen. Named "BEST BUDGET ZOMBIE WEAPON"
---Zombie Research Society "A stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani, grows out of a "zombie" ant's head in a Brazilian rain forest.

Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct species, —all of which can 'mind control' ants, —scientists announced.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores."

---National Geographic
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110303-zombie-ants-fungus-new-species-fungi-bugs-science-brazil/ "It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack." --Entomologist David Hughes "Scientists at Oxford University have successfully tested a universal flu vaccine that could work against all known strains of the illness, taking a significant step in the fight against a disease that affects billions of people each year.

The treatment – using a new technique and tested for the first time on humans infected with flu – targets a different part of the flu virus to traditional vaccines, meaning it does not need expensive reformulation every year to match the most prevalent virus that is circulating the world."
---The Guardian, 2.6.2011 Zombies are NOT... Zombies are Not... Zombies are DEFINITELY NOT... Required Reading: Zombies: Myth, Truth, What YOU Need to Know But aside from owning a baseball bat, how can YOU prepare for an outbreak scenario without appearing to be a right-wing lunatic? "Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.

Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.

Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food, which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast." Water (1 gallon per person per day)
Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
First Aid supplies The United States CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL has some suggestions (Really!)

http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/ The CDC Sez to Prepare the Following Supplies for the Possibility of a Zombie Outbreak: Supplies (Paul's Addenda) Thick, forearm-length gloves
Air masks (NOT full gas masks)
Solar-powered transistor radio
LOTS of sanitizer
Sanitary Socks!
Backpacker's pack Other CDC Tips... But keep an eye out for... ...as stumbling on these would be VERY helpful! Look, here's the unfortunate truth: 4- WHEN ZOMBIES ATTACK!: MATHEMATICAL MODELLING OF AN OUTBREAK OF ZOMBIE INFECTION pp.133-150
(P. Munz, I. Hudea, J. Imad and R.J. Smith?) From the study: In the event of an outbreak, "Man's Best Friend" becomes even more applicable! “An outbreak of zombies is likely to be disastrous, unless extremely aggressive tactics are employed against the undead.

It is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.” “Only sufficiently frequent attacks, with increasing force, will result in eradication, assuming the available resources can be mustered in time.

“If the timescale of the outbreak increases, then the result is the doomsday scenario: an outbreak of zombies will result in the collapse of civilization, with every human infected, or dead.” The tough math: where S = susceptibles, Z = zombies and R = removed. If an infection breaks out in a city of 500,000 people, the zombies will outnumber the susceptibles in about three days. A dog's sense of smell is up to a million times better than ours.

They can smell trace amounts of drugs, explosive, and even detect the presence of cancer in humans.

If zombies are near, or if someone has been infected, a dog will know it, and let YOU know it. Dogs are vital partners in any outbreak scenario that ends well... ...so don't forget to pack dog food in your survival kit! (Your presenter excepted, of course) So, what DO you NEED to know?? You MAY also be able to apply these four directives to your pre-outbreak life, so keep them in mind!!! Special Thanks:

Geekologie: www.geekologie.com

Zombie Research Society: www.zombieresearch.org

Radar! Zombies are a threat based in actual science. Hmm, nothing at all ominous about THAT... This fungus demonstrates the same threat to ants and their society as zombies do to humans in "Dawn of the Dead"!!!

Zombism isn't just possible, it's NATURAL! Some people have put a LOT of thought into this! "Organize Before They Rise!" The Annihilator This is a high-powered forestry tool, used for brush clearing...great reach, great power, but dependent on fuel and TOO LOUD! And I'm not just an endorser, I'm also a client!

Thanks, Maria! Dependablility and Stealth are paramount! And so, even something as mundane as an ALUMINUM baseball bat makes for a solid anti-zombie tool. Avoid wooden bats. IN FACT, zombies are here already! http://www.mapofthedead.com/map/ This site has used Google to index and identify useful survival resources in the event of an outbreak Learn the Lay of the Land I suggest you print out a hard copy as this resource won't be available after the Internet goes down... This is technically a "stormchaser vehicle", but we all know what it REALLY is... How about a few more "practical" items: Portable solar gadget charger
(because all of your music is on your phone now) Pocket chainsaw (!) But remember to keep one eye on your "best friend"... ...because saliva transmission works both ways! On Paul's Christmas wish list this year: First, let's clear up a few misconceptions: In light of this REAL threat, know your role: Know your opponent: and BE PREPARED! (Radar on mobile zombie lookout)
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