It’s a new year, and according to the Mayans 2012 could be the end of the line for us all. But even if you don’t buy what the doomsday nuts are selling, it’s still a great time to get more serious about your interest in zombies. To that end, we’ve put together a top six list of things you should do this year to get up to speed with your zombie knowledge and survival strategy. In order of importance from least to most, here are your zombie new years resolutions:
#6) KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS
All zombie survival is local. If your strategy involves traveling vast distances in hopes of reaching a place you’ve never been and have no connection to, get a new plan. When faced with a catastrophic zombie outbreak, or any other large-scale natural of man made disaster, you will likely be forced to do the best you can with what you have in the place you are.
#5) READ A BOOK
We are living in the golden age of zombie literature. A decade ago you’d be hard-pressed to find a single modern zombie book in any major chain, or even online. People weren’t writing them very often, and more importantly publishers weren’t buying them. Take advantage of the current boon by reading a new work of zombie fiction or nonfiction today!
#4) KEEP IT REAL
Forget about constructing a wild and crazy zombie survival plan that involves vehicles you don’t own, weapons you’ve never even held, and shelters you’ve read about on the interwebs. Looting a gun shop will get you shot in the face. Steeling an armored truck is a complete waste of time. And that off-shore oil rig might as well be on the moon.
#3) LEARN THE HISTORY
Any self-respecting zombie fan should understand the roots of the current craze. Did you know that the modern flesh-eating zombie evolved from vampires, not from the Haitian voodoo tradition? Did you know that zombies didn’t eat brains before 1985, and still don’t in most zombie movies? The history of the modern zombie is rich, and well worth looking into.
#2) JOIN THE FIGHT
Whether you’re into zombie survival, zombie science, zombie movies, or just having fun with the undead, there are several worthwhile zombie organizations to meet your needs. New clubs are forming every day, so look around and get involved. Zombies seem to always find strength in numbers, and so should you!
#1) SECURE DRINKING WATER
The steps it takes to survive the aftermath of a large-scale zombie outbreak are much the same as those needed to survive any prolonged catastrophic natural or man made disaster. And nothing is more vital to human survival than having access to a near-constant supply of clean drinking water. Worry about water first, or you may be the first to go when the dead rise.
What are some other zombie-related things we should all be doing in 2012? Tell us in the comments section below.