I have been formulating my strategy in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse (mostly for a first person journal style story i am beginning to write). I was wondering what the general consensus is about how groups of Zombies move around. I mean - do they tend to stay in the cities where they started? Do they roam around in packs looking for food? Or do they just mill around and wait for food to appear? It seems to me that there is no intelligence behind their movements, but there still might be patterns of instinct. Which of course leads to other questions like - how far away can they smell or hear a human?
These questions arise because I am curious that if a small group of people were to clear out a small town to inhabit, would they have to be on constant alert to not attract Zombies from a city 50 miles away, or simply protect themselves from the occasional random encounter?
Anyone's thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks
I agree, and thanks for the opinion. I think they would just wander - always on the move but with no specific destination - until something sets off their hunting instinct. I don't think they would be smart enough to leave a given city to search for another, even if there was no food. I DO believe they are single minded in the way that - if they followed a car out onto a highway - they would continue on that highway until something else caught their attention. In that way they might travel from place to place.
The truth of the matter - unfortunately - is that other humans might be far more dangerous than the Zombies.
Well - this is further evidence for a theory I have been working on. I have heard people talk about raiding a Walmart for supplies. Personally I believe that a Walmart - in a smaller town - would be the perfect place to set up residence for a small group of people. Think about it - it would have everything a small population would need to survive - including living space, pharmacy, food, clothes, gear, and would be easily defensible versus Zombie attacks. If you inhabited one in a mall that also had a Lowes or Home Depot - that would supply all the tools and building materials one would need as well.
After setting up and constructing a place to live in the Walmart - a group could slowly clear out the rest of the town, and begin rebuilding some sort of life. It wouldn't happen overnight, but it would be a good place to start.
What do you think?