by Anvil Prime
This is the kind of movie that you’ll probably enjoy or hate for the shear mention of zombies. However, with the saying that life imitates fiction, World War Z did have some really practical lessons for preparedness and survival. Just substitute zombie for hurricane, tsunami, wide-spread H1N1, financial meltdown, or whatever you may be preparing for.
Here are 20 real survival lessons from World War Z that can be valuable in an emergency situation.
- Survival and preparedness training and skills will come in handy. Experience with weapons, first-aid, time in other countries, moving light, etc. will benefit you and your family.
- Zombies or emergencies of any kind can happen with little or no warning whatsoever.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Be watchful. Listen. There almost always are clues of imminent danger.
- The reaction in large and medium cities will most certainly be chaos. Interacting with other people, navigation, and movement will all be hampered during an event.
- Alternate forms of transportation are desirable. It would really be nice to have a helicopter pick you up on the roof as in the movie, but bicycles, motorcycles, and other vehicles can also play a part during an evacuation or bug out scenario.
- Staying or going can be critical to survival when the SHTF. Be sure to give examine both options depending on the type of emergency.
- Life saving drugs are just that. They save your life. Find a way to not be without them. Inhalers for asthma (in the movie), and other drugs for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and psychotropic medications can literally save your life in an emergency.
- Communication is often assumed, but too often fails. Your emergency plan should include alternatives means, methods and timing to contact your family and others in your survival network.
- Looting will happen quickly. When thousands of unprepared people in a city or community find themselves without water, food, or medicine they will not just sit down and wait to die. They will take or fight for whatever they need.
- Guns are an equalizer. Whether you’re fighting zombies with Brad Pitt or defending your home and family, firearms provide the needed force to neutralize the bad guys. Not saying you have to use them, but I wouldn’t be found dead without one.
- When you run out of bullets, other means for weapons are available if you are thinking and creative. Knives duct taped to a broom handle, baseball bats, crow bars, golf clubs can all be used as close combat weapons.
- A small am/fm radio can provide information about what is happening, identify danger areas, direct you to safe areas, and locate emergency assistance.
- Once you are on the roof or in a basement there is no other place to go. Consequently, don’t find yourself without another move.
- Stay connected to your children. Literally, keep your children connected to you if moving quickly or in large crowds. Better to have to pick them up if they fall while running than losing them in a panicked and frightened crowd.
- Money (even silver and gold) will become worthless in 24 to 48 hours after a serious emergency situation. All the money you have may not purchase 2 liters of water. The people that aren’t prepared won’t have the money to buy what they need from the people that are prepared. They will depend on charity or force.
- “First to know. First to act.”as quoted in the movie, holds true in an emergency or survival situation. It gives you and your family additional time to prepare or react when others are oblivious to imminent danger.
- Your phone batteries will die. In the movies, the good guys never run out of ammo, but their radio or phone going down creates drama just at the moment they need to make a call. Assuming the cellular network won’t be overloaded as in the late morning of September 11th in New York City, eventually your cell phone battery will give out. That’s why your SHTF plan needs to incorporate actions and decisions that do not depend on regular and audible communication.
- Long lines of people waiting will be an understatement. Images of the highways getting out of New Orleans hours before Katrina or perhaps the hundreds of yards of people waiting to apply for a handful of jobs in 2011. When anything is in short supply, especially safety, security, water, or food the demand will be very high. Being prepared will allow you to stay out of these lines.
- An emergency plan should first include an effective reaction. What are you going to do in the moments you know zombies have been unleashed? Watch the videos of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami to see what not to do. The next phase will have tactical measures. This is when you have 3-7 actions planned out and a couple of Plan Bs if needed. Lastly and longer term, the strategic plans come into play after you have lasted through the immediate threat.
- Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. Zombies? A 2-week power outage from a tornado? Roads closed for several days from severe ice and snow? Rural area flash floods? Or… did I already mention Zombies? Having a detailed, written, and shared plan for the most likely and possible emergency situations will benefit you and protect your family.