If there is one thing to live by in a zombie pandemic it’s: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Sure, the undead may be mindless drones that can’t even complete the simple task of turning a doorknob, but what if they’re not? What if zombies are smarter, faster and more able bodied than anyone ever imagined? How well will your defenses hold up if designed around the expectation of a lesser threat? I’d hate to have to find out.
Instead, think about what steps you would take if an angry mob of humans were coming to attack your shelter and kill you and your loved ones. In a land gone crazy, the likelihood that you will face both living and undead enemies is very real, so any survival strategy that doesn’t account for the greatest possible threat is utterly useless.
Don’t make the mistake of narrowly focusing on combat with zombies. Step outside yourself to imagine the complete pandemonium that will consume any infected area. Chaos Warfare will be the order of the day, and questions like the following should be asked early and often:
“Can I break down this barricade?”
“Can I climb over this obstacle?”
“Can I breach this structure?”
“Can my defenses be stronger?”
In the end, the challenges ahead can’t be fully understood until they present themselves. No one knows what’s just around the corner in a time of laws and reason, let alone when zombies are eating the neighbors across the street. All we can do is hope for the best, and plan for the worst. And whatever you do, never underestimate how bad the worst can be in an undead world.
(This article was written by ZRS Researcher, Jake Wilson.)