We’ve already discussed the importance of building flexibility into your zombie survival plan (see: Zombie At My Ford Truck). But ZRS Researcher, Corey Williams, argues that any single plan, no matter how flexible, is doomed to fail.
Williams points to a mountain of disaster preparedness and crisis communications data that shows no fewer than four plans are needed for any catastrophic situation. Developed to reflect this reality, the PACE System offers an easy-to-follow standard for creating a successful zombie strategy.
PRIMARY PLAN – In a perfect world this is the plan you’ll execute when the dead rise. You’re safe and secure in your ideal location, you have all your needed supplies, and your team of fellow survivors is in place.
ALTERNATIVE PLAN – This plan differs slightly from the primary, taking into account certain variables out of your control. For instance, when the outbreak starts your chosen survival vehicle may be in the shop, or members of your team may be absent.
CONTINGENCY PLAN – When you can’t get back home to your waiting supplies. When you’re in a different city, or unfamiliar building. When circumstances render your first two plans useless, the contingency plan kicks in.
EMERGENCY PLAN – The emergency plan is an ever-evolving list of immediate survival priorities. It’s a lifesaver when zombies are attacking your location, and you have just a few moments to make the choices that will determine your fate.
Unfortunately, the walking dead won’t call ahead to make sure it’s a convenient time for them to come clawing at your front door. If things don’t work out just the way you envisioned – and they never do – you need to be ready to take the steps necessary to survive.
So what about you? Does your zombie plan keep PACE?