Planning for the Zombie Apocalypse and TEOTWAWKI

There’s a thread at the Texas CHL forum titled Weapon of Choice for a Zombie Apocalypse. I ran across that thread when it was first started and have ever sense referred to the “Zombie Apocalypse” as my own personal code words for the possible total degeneration of American society.

That thread was created in jest, but there are bits of surprisingly good speculation in it.

What would you do if suddenly one day the stock market crashed, the government workers stopped reporting in, and all the immoral and narcissistic folks out there realized that the police and military were probably never going to show up again?

Far fetched, but far fetched is probably what folk in Iran, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia thought for the last few years, too.

And if you want to argue that America is too big and powerful and organized with too strong a government to let this happen, let me point you to the little states that used to belong to the Soviet Union a couple of decades back and all the chaos , murder, and disorder that’s happened in them ever since.

I’m no alarmist. I’m not spouting a prophecy that we are all going to be drowned in anarchy in the next week, or month or year. I’m only saying that it’s a possibility. And it’s a possibility that seems more likely with each passing day.

I know some folks who are taking it pretty darn seriously. While I’ve stockpiled a few guns and some ammo, they’re busy collecting military style rations with twenty year shelf life, buying and setting up water purifiers, and rigging generators that run off ordinary firewood.

Is that paranoid or smart?

Right now, most folks I know call them paranoid…but if the “Zombie Apocalypse” actually occurs, most of the folks calling them paranoid won’t last long enough to realize the survivalists were the smartest folks in the country.

And if they’re wrong, what harm have they done? They have plenty of food and water and have pretty well got themselves into position to tell the government to take a hike and go off the grid any time they like. That sounds like someone who’s created a bit of personal liberty insurance to me.

There must be a reason the following businesses are doing really well right now. Ever heard of ‘crowd wisdom”?

Food Insurance
Big Berkey Water Filters
Survival Time

Of course, the end of the world as we know it, or TEOTWAWKI, may even come from something that the government and military can do nothing about regardless. Solar flares causing a burnout of every electronic devices on the planet. An asteroid strike that creates a massive holocaust. In any event, it would be a shame to survive the initial blow only to die at the hands of bandits or of starvation shortly thereafter.

And then again, another century could pass with everything going fine and the human race becoming more enlightened and graceful. I’m not trying to cause a panic.

Don’t be scared, be prepared.

In closing, I’d like to say: “chicken broth and thanks to Rita”.

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