The seriousness of the human threat in a zombie outbreak cannot be overstated. We may not know exactly where the undead sickness will start or how it will spread, but one thing is certain: your fellow citizens will be the most dangerous thing you face in the early days of societal collapse.
It seems every week we’re given another reminder of this, and reports coming out of the recent earthquake zone in Chile are no exception. Just yesterday NBC Nightly News had this to say about the situation there:
“The real peril now is that the looting and violence is not confined to empty businesses, but is also widespread in the homes of those who have survived. Basically a nightmarish scenario of neighbor against neighbor is unfolding.”
Because of the breakdown in the distribution chain, people are desperate to secure food, water and supplies for themselves and their loved ones. Even though they know that the world isn’t coming to an end, that everything will soon be back to normal, the drive for survival is too great to not take matters into their own hands.
In a zombie pandemic we will have the same lack of supplies and services, with the added shock and fear that walking corpses bring. The peril faced by survivors of a zombie infestation at the hands of their neighbors will be exponentially greater than that of any more common disaster.
So who will you trust when the time comes? Or better yet, can you really trust anyone?