We already touched on the fact that zombies roaming the streets will clog calling lines and render cell phones almost worthless. Now the Federal Communications Commission is getting in on the discussion with ten tips for communicating in an major disaster.
- No Non-emergency Calls – When your dead neighbor is trying to eat you, what call isn’t an emergency?
- Keep Calls Brief – Sure, it may be the last time you ever talk to you loved ones again, but don’t hog the line!
- Text Message Instead – When phones are down texting may be a viable option for a little while at least.
- Wait Between Calls – One failed call after another can clog the line, but in a panic will anyone wait to dial again?
- Have Charged Batteries – Chances are the power will be out, so your phone will only last as long as a single charge.
- Save Emergency Contacts – Police, fire, and medical responders will have their hands full, so why call?
- Don’t Talk and Drive – Not sure if pulling over is the best idea when you’re racing through an undead city.
- Have a Clear Plan – There is no doubt that proper planning and preparation is essential to all aspects of zombie survival.
- Forward Calls – You probably won’t be home, so FCC says forward those calls to your cell. But your cell won’t work either!
- Own a Corded Phone – This is the best suggestion of the bunch. Old school dial phones don’t require power to work.
Ultimately, there is no reliable way to communicate by phone in a zombie outbreak. Texting will only be slightly more reliable than calling, and won’t when the lines become fully blocked. A rotary land line is great, but unless you’re calling someone else with the same setup you’re likely to get an endless busy signal.
Assume that anyone you’re not standing next to will be outside of your communication zone. Therefore, the only way to ensure you’ll be able to make contact with your group is to establish several primary and secondary meeting points ahead of time.
Plan or perish!