I am unsure if a discussion like this has arouse, but anyhow without further adieu.
So your at work, at home, or out too lunch with a loved one, where ever or whatever it be. And your hear wind of oddities happening around your town, country, etc. Sounds like a undead rising. The media may distort the situation. Too unclear too be a hoax or a reality.
How long would it take you get it in gear and get ready? Let's be realistic, Something of this magnitude would not start out horribly fast. But at a slow steady pace.
How long would it take before you really started too see what was happening? Some may bug out and wait, some, it may take the grim realization of your neighbors being consumed in the very streets in front of your home. And some may lock the doors, close the shades and wait for rescue.
What i am really trying to say is, how would you react in the incubation state of an outbreak? What would be some actions and precautions you would fulfill too keep your loved ones and yourself safe?
Keep in mind the panic and chaos that would ensue within the first couple hours,days,etc. Congested roadways, looters, riots, and flocks of panicked citizens trying to escape any way possible. Not too mention law enforcement/military intervention. The whole sha-bam
I'm likely to see the beginnings a little before other because of my job. People being unresponsive, attacking others and biting them. Yeah, I think I'll hear those calls over the radio. I am ready. If I see something happening I may pick up some items I think might come in handy but I've got what I need now. I will contact those who have been predetermined and let them know where to go and what to do. I will likely be in the shit from the beginning until we can no longer hold out. I believe I'll be at an advantage because I know. If you know and have some belief you will be ahead of the curve. You will have it in your head how to react before the others know something is screwed up. I've got people who I know will take their cue from me too.
In all my reading, film-viewing, and hours of idle and slightly odd speculation, I've arrived at a basic theory for dealing with pretty much any crisis. If it's coming at you, deal with it now. Figure out whether it's real later.
You're right, though. Most people would stand around in stunned disbelief until they start shambling around moaning and biting.
Hell, even if they eventually understood what was going on, they still wouldn't be able to admit to themselves they are zombies.
Idiot: "These people are infected with some virus that cause them to come back from the dead and eat people."
Genius: "Maybe they're........... ZOMBIES."
Idiot: "You're an idiot."
Or this is how 90% of humanity will react:
Human(idiot): Hey man, you okay?(the man is shabling toward him, bleeding from the stump of what is left of his arm).
Human: You wan tme to call the police? Hey, back off. BACK OFF!
Zed: Grrr.. *rips chunk of flesh from the idiots arm*
Human: HEY STOP THAT! BACK OFF, YOU LUNATIC! *turns to zed approching from behind him* Help me out here!
Zed 2: Grrrrrrrr...*bites human*
Idiot: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? IM TELLING!
Look at it this way, when the shtf, your either with the living or against them. Anyone who tries to get in your way should be treated like a zed and shot, regardless who they are or what status they had in society.