try to steal from me and i wont kill you, i will how ever take a body part to hang on my front door along with ones from the others who tried as a warning to people like you who think there badder then they really are. and i promise to make sure its something you'll really REALLY miss. oh and if i ever see you again after that your head goes on my fence post, already got one picked out for you. and before you start wincing this isn't a threat, its a fact. however keep your hands to yourself and we'll get along just fine. : D
Just to show how important security is take a look at this and DON'T DO WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID!
1.) Well, understanding that cannibalistic, insane people are running around trying to infect you is a damned good start. This is all a metaphor for a pandemic and how to protect yourself against it. There may be psychotics running around and they may indeed have a nasty, infectious disease. All of the plans that protect you from Zombies will protect you from infected people carrying a deadly pathogen. Understand that zeds, like people infected with rabies, typhus, Ebola, or plague, must be burned for the virus to be destroyed properly. Touching them without protection is an absolute no no. So is getting body fluids on you. If you are like most people you won't have access to a true virucide so that will mean the clothes used and covered with goo will need to be burned as well. Basically treat everyone you meet for a year like they are infected.
2.) With the previous knowledge attained you need to add emphasis on what that means. Stay away from people. I will repeat that.....stay away from other people. Just like a gun, they are always loaded and sometimes the safety isn't engaged. If you have shelter, seek it and stay there. If not, find some. Do not bother hitting the local grocer, gas station, or gun shop. Do not go to your local police station, national guard base, army base, or hospital. All of these places have limited resources and it is more than likely that if you try something early enough for any of those to pay off, there will still be enough people there to deny you what you are after and if you are one of the late ones getting there you will be in a world of hurt and have wasted valuable time on a fruitless errand. Again.....duh!... PEOPLE...the things you're supposed to stay away from! You all need to realize that all of those places I previously mentioned are the places I have heard countless people say they are going to go to and loot or live in. None of them are truly plausible. It's a failed effort. Think outside the box folks. You have to act like the person that can outlast the enemy, not fight him/her. That means until the epidemic has slowed and things become a little calmer you hunker down and stay quiet....and yes, away from people. That doesn't mean that you should try to bug out immediately either because you will find even MORE people trying, and failing miserably, to do that.
3.) That leads us to this one. Keep a level head and think rationally. The one really awesome, Earth destroying, zed killing, ass-protecting weapon you have is your rational thought and a cool head. You will have to exercise it and remain calm and utilize patience and control. Everybody panics, don't beat yourself up about it, just move on when you can calm yourself . It is crucial you get "out of sight and out of mind". The first day or two there will still be electricity and water. Take advantage of that in any way you can. It should be enough to sustain you for a few days until the major fireworks are over. If you have prepared to be self-sustaining already it won't be an issue later. Calm is your mantra on this tip.
4.) Most likely you won't be at home when it starts and it won't be necessary, thank goodness. It will probably start out slow and take absolute effect over time. When you start seeing 25 to 30% of your coworkers not showing up for work you might want to think about calling in for a few days and stocking up on some groceries before the panic begins. The point is, don't hit the road, head home. I refer you to tip #2. From there you will be able to assess and thence deal with your particular predicament without prying eyes or zeds beating down your door, well, provided you didn't go home and crank the stereo. Once you are there.....stay inside for a few days to a couple of weeks depending on water supplies. Then you may want to adjust your plan to leave.
5.) In this scenario the Gov't aren't your friends. They want to stop the infection from spreading and are armed to the teeth to do it. If you are in an infected area, they will do most anything to stop you from leaving and they're good at it. They are just as terrified as you are and have heavy artillery, remember that. You will be forced to rely on neighbors, community and family. Work together after the initial chaos. Reach out to those you know that are close and not infected. You will all save each other. Mind you this is after the main wave of infection, not during. It would not be difficult to say two to three weeks of isolation would be ideal before contacting another soul. Again, the gov't will want to kill you if they see you. Let them at least earn their pay and have to find you.
6.) It would only take 20% of our population to call in sick or die from a pandemic to throw the world into chaos. Start preparing now.
7.) Preparation, preparation, preparation. Armies don't win wars because they have the most soldiers, the most guns, or the best and brightest children of their society. They win them through preparation. Hours spent cleaning and learning about their weapons, tactical lessons, field exercises, drills, night operations and the like. They are always ready and win or aren't and get their asses handed to them. Start now with the things you will need to survive. Sixth months of food and staple goods would be a nice start as well as some basic pharmaceuticals.
8.) Start raising rabbits now because they are both cuddly and delicious. They also breed like....well.....rabbits.
9.) measure the windows on the first floor of your house and get plywood you can cover them with. Use aquatic, pressure treated stuff because it will take more abuse. 1/4 inch will be sufficient, especially if you coat it in three layers of epoxy. Like that it is stronger than steel. If you don't have steel doors....get them. Fix a spot for a break-in bar on the inside as well if possible, if not, deadbolts will do to an extent.
10) Take yourself off the grid and create your own power.....I know of three ways to make electricity for really low costs and used bulldozer batteries are epic for the purpose. When the grid goes out, you'll be perfectly fine.
11.) Dig a well.