April 06, 2008

Reynolds on the New Mainstream Survivalism . . .

He's running a nice little primer on disaster preparedness—including how to cope in the coming Zombie Wars; truth be told, Glenn links a lot of this stuff; so it's probably worth doing a search on disaster and survival over at his blog if you get deeper in.

The one caution I would have is that on the West Coast the biggest thing that happens to the average family is an earthquake, for which there is never any warning. (Those who tell you there is such a thing as "earthquake weather" got the idea from Elvis, who shows up for Sunday dinner around their tables now and then, and asks for a peanut butter sandwich.)

And the second/third biggest concerns are fires and floods, for which the "bugout bag" is a good idea—but so are such things as sandbags, fire-retardant landscaping, and the conventional wisdom that you don't "pre-soak" the roof (the water will just evaporate). We've gone so far as to pack up all the non-digital photos and my good jewelry, and had 'em ready to load into the car with the usual duffel bags full of change of clothes, canned food, medicines, and the like.

The point is, regional variations are important when you're making emergency-preparedness plans: the East Coast and Midwestern guides don't always suit my needs, because we just do not have storms here. Not as people in other states understand the term. (Don't get me wrong: we respect water in SoCal, but part of the reason is that this house is built on a hillside; the rest has to do with the common one-two punch of heavy rains and windstorms. We've lost a lot of trees on this property when the soil is saturated and the wind starts blowing heavy timber down at 70 mph or better. That's always fun.)

Of course, riots do fit the profile of East Coast/Midwestern storms in terms of the fact that there is generally some warning before there's a riot. But why, oh why, wouldn't you have as much canned food and water on hand as possible, along with a little camp stove to place on the balcony and cook up whatever is about to go bad in the freezer when the power goes out? It's horrible to go to the store when everyone else is doing it, unless you're making one last run for fresh produce.

And I do imagine that the guidelines for fighting zombies will be similar all around the country; that part shouldn't change from region to region.

By the way—anyone want some 55-gallon water drums? We won't be able to fit them into the new condo.

Posted by Attila Girl at April 6, 2008 10:09 AM | TrackBack

I want the drums but it would cost me more to get them than to buy new ones here.

Hey, did I take that photo of you in the faboo hat? Where's my photo credit? More importantly where's all the photos you said you were going to send me? fyi she is floating atop of water even while looking stylish. She's a saint they say.

My heart goes out to you in the 'house shifting' adventure. I can't wait to see the photos from Washington.

I didn't see a link to post directly to the picture but that is where I wanted to post.


Posted by: Bone Mama at April 6, 2008 10:52 AM

It's okay: we'll either let the new owners take 'em, or have 'em hauled away ourselves.

Reminder to self: must get Sparkletts or Arrowhead delivered to condo, so as to have backup water there. (And, no: those single-gallon and 2.5-gallon containers won't cut it without a garage: they leak sometimes, after all.)

I'm really bad about sending people pix, aren't I?

You did, in fact, take the picture of me in that hat; if we blow the image up, we should see two little Bone Mamas in my glasses.

BTW: on me, that hat looks smart.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 6, 2008 11:06 AM

YOU bad on sending promised pics? I did not know that!

I just thought Google was just slow delivering those hard copies to my door. I'll stop sending them threatening letters!

Posted by: Darrell at April 6, 2008 12:39 PM

Actually, Miss A, fighting zombies does vary by region! Swamp zombies require tactics quite different from those encountered in urban or desert terrain. Different decay rates, concealment strategies, and acoustics have to be factored in.

For instance, zombies can't climb stairs, so you have at least one advantage in urban warfare. However, generally speaking, a zombie-infested city is NOT the place to make your last stand... because it'll surely wind up being your last stand.

You might want to supplement your handguns with a crossbow, by the way; zombies are attracted to noise.


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