On July 29, 2008 at 11:42 am, there was a minor earthquake in Chino Hills, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles.  Though it measured only 5.4 on the Richter scale, and caused Zombie Cell Phonevirtually no damage, cell phones in the greater LA area were inoperable for upwards of five hours following the shake.

Why?  Because millions of people tried to get in touch with their families, friends, and loved ones all at the same time, making it impossible for anyone to connect .  Citizens returned to their regular routines within minutes of the quake, but the lines were still so jammed as to render all cell phones completely useless for the better part of the day.

It stands to reason that when zombies begin roaming the streets, cellular phone service will instantly become a thing of the past, a distant memory of more peaceful days gone by.  Unless both you and your desired party have predetermined alternative forms of communications – landlines, two-way radios, etc. – anyone out of earshot might as well be dead.

So take heed.  The terror of being isolated from your fellow man, and surrounded by relentless, hungry zombies is not reserved for a lonely rural farmhouse.  Faced with the threat of the undead, a city of twelve million can quickly become as desolate and unfamiliar as the dark side of the moon.



  1. One thing VLF radio, google it

    • vlf radio only has a range of 30 to 130 feet. It’s worthless for communicating with anyone further away than that.

      • That’s what makes it so attractive. You don’t want to broadcast certain things over great distances, on standard channels.

      • VHF is the way to go.. with secure encrypted channels… eBay and Amazon sell a good range.. I know what Id go with.. or a transceiver with UHF/VHF capabilities… certainly have the AirBand on it in case of helo rescue..

  2. The downside of most radios is their range is very short, mostly line of sight, in other words if you can’t see the the other radio set you can’t speak to them.

  3. The same thing happened during the evacution process and days following Hurricane Katrina. If you were lucky enough to not get a busy signal, you would get a message that said, “All circuits are busy.” followed by a busy signal. Sometimes it would even ring a couple of times. However, we were able to text our friends and family.

  4. You guys rock. I love this website. I’m thinking that the best thing to do is get those long distance 2 ways. I would get one with a ZRS logo on it (hint hint)

  5. Very good point on the cell phone usage. If it gets down to the wire we might have use indian style smoke signals. It works in the past…Dear mom is spelled with 10 puff or 12..

  6. This is not only a great blog, but a valuable resource.

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