Hey guys, Some real interesting strategies! Other than watching a couple of the “Dead” movies and playing LFD2 I’m not that knowledgeable of zombie tendencies and/or capabilities. However, I would like to point a few things out:
The key to anything in life is preparation.
If anyone went to Walmart on Black Friday then you know that in the case of a sudden Zombie crisis getting desired supplies might be downright difficult. Hence the key is to have supplies on hand, period. Whether it’s MRE’s, ammo, latex gloves, gasoline, or water you have to have a safety buffer. I’m not saying to have pallets of crap in your basement but to have enough to prime the effort you’re about to undertake.
Know where you are going- Laying low for a few days may be fine for some but that might just be your only window to escape if you live on an Island like many of us. If you do decide to stay put beware of barricading. Set your defense perimeter but leave yourself/group an out! If dealing with a hoard, you will not win a siege campaign. You will exhaust your supplies unless external factors aid you against the walkers like weather or anything else that may have a detrimental effect on them.
Transportation- It’s the old adage “shoving 10 lbs of s@#t into a 5 lb bag”. This may be hard for some but choose a ride that makes sense for you situation. This isn’t bringing a CJ5 out on the beach for a day with a couple a poles, sleeping bags, and a cooler full of beer (and that’s about all that would fit in my buddy’s old CJ). This is all you have in the world now and it’s gotta fit in or on top of your rig with whomever and whatever provisions you have. If a TJ’s your only ride then I guess that’s what you’re rolling with, and that’s kewl. For me, as much as I love my XJ or YJ I’m gonna opt for my pickup. Yeah, it doesn’t have the range or tight trail advantage but I can move the family and pack out an 8 foot bed with supplies up to the top of the cap. And it has the Death Race thing going for it as I’ve taken out a black bear and came out unscathed so a walker would be a piece of cake. As mentioned in an earlier post, a boat. A win-win situation, especially if it’s a larger size and fueled. A larger boat gives you a sturdy platform in some of the waterways that will not only get you off of the Island but to good fishing grounds that will hopefully sustain you for a while. Weather and time of the year could present hardships but this is a viable solution in getting you to other areas along the shoreline or up the Hudson. Be careful of Winter ice overs in the local bays and lakes as walkers could traverse the ice and overtake your boat.
Communication- Cell towers could go down within a couple of days so CB’s and good 2 way radios with a good stock of batteries should suffice for families or for those who will travel in groups.
It’s a good thing I haven’t given this thread much thought but onto the hardware.
Hardware- I loved the idea of carrying one type of ammo that would feed multiple weapons. As noted, choose something that is common and can be found everywhere i.e. 12 gauge, 5.56, 7.62, 9mm, etc. Now you might ask (because I know I am) what rounds are best at stopping walkers (preferably 1 shot). I have a good understanding of bullet ballistics but walker stopping power isn’t one of my fortes although you probably couldn’t go wrong with a semi-auto 12ga with 00 buck. I’ll leave that to the Zombie professionals to chime in on. Also, another good idea that was mentioned was a bow. A must have because of the stealth factor. Face it, you may be living in the stix for a while and you’re going to need food. As tempting as it would be to take a game animal with a rifle you don’t want to give away your position. I’ll leave it at that!