Whether you believe the possibility of a zombie apocalypse or not, learning how to survive during any apocalyptic situation is something that a professor at the University of Kent warns that not being prepared is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make.
With threats of nuclear war from Russia, civil unrest in South America, and turbulence during America’s presidential election, the possibility of a collapse in society is a very real threat. Professor Lewis Dartnell has researched the collapse of society and decided to use the zombie apocalypse as a means of providing real life information regarding how to survive a major disaster and work toward restoring civilization back to a familiar state.
In his book ‘The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch,’ Professor Dartnell provides information regarding where to go to be the safest and have enough supplies to rebuild, what supplies to take with you, and how to move onward from total collapse to rebuild society. Whether or not there will be real zombies does not matter, there will still be threats and the zombies become synonymous to those threats, according to Metro.
‘The world after the end of the world may well look pretty “steampunk”: a mish-mash of technologies…..’ https://t.co/xkKH41fnaC
— ArchWay With Words (@archwayword) October 2, 2016
According to Professor Dartnell, the essentials to surviving the proverbial zombie apocalypse include food, medication and medical supplies, and even our mobile phones.
Despite the possibility of a power and cellular grid failure, even after they are gone, the cell phone can double as a temporary flashlight.
According to Professor Dartnell, if we prepare for the worst, such as the zombie apocalypse, we will be more prepared for many other realistic situations.
In addition to the supplies listed above, a knife, water bottle, rope, food, and something to start a fire will be essential to survival.
The Daily Mail highlighted that Professor Dartnell urges individuals to find a grocery store, where approximately 55 years of food will be found in the form of nonperishable items. Perishables should be consumed first.
Of course, you won’t be the only one searching out the grocery stores, so be prepared to blockade the establishment and set up trades with other individuals.
Other areas to seek refuge include golf courses and beaches.
Sand on the beach will provide enough raw materials to create glass, and natural chalk and seaweed will be useful as well.
Despite the real life threat of a zombie apocalypse type disaster, Professor Dartnell warns that we should not allow the anxiety of a social collapse to control our thoughts.
“Clearly we shouldn’t be worrying twenty four seven about a potential apocalypse but it’s interesting to take a snap shot of where we are now and how we’d fare – individually and as a society,”
However, Professor Dartnell does urge everyone to learn the basics of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM skills.
“People’s survival instincts are strong but without a greater focus on STEM skills, the speed at which we’d return to ‘society as we know it’ would be seriously impeded, said Professor Dartnell. Rather than duck and cover, the country needs to know how to stand and recover from any disaster.”
— Uni of Westminster (@UniWestminster) September 21, 2016
Professor Dartnell’s zombie apocalypse survival guide is essential reading for anyone that plans on surviving a major sociological collapse. Rather than focus solely on the process of living off of the wild and protecting one’s self from the proverbial zombie attack, it provides an insight on how to rebuild society and return the world to a similar state it was before the collapse.
Would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
[Featured Image by Sergey Shubin/Shutterstock]