My route to the coffee store on weekdays before work takes me down a road that bisects a cemetery. Without fail, every single day, I am vigilantly on the lookout for just one creeping zombie as this place just has that still-waters-run-deep feeling that the zombie apocalypse could quietly start there, right in a boring town in New Jersey.
When you think about it, the likelihood of the Z.A. starting in NJ is pretty high. We have a lot of pollution, a lot of Superfund sites, a ridiculous amount of chemical plants and most major pharmaceutical companies have a base of operations right here. Every scenario for what starts the zombie plague could be fulfilled in my home state.
I try to imagine what I would do if I did see one of the undead rambling down a cemetery road on my way to get coffee before work. What do I do? Do I call Mike and tell him to get on the next train back to home so I can pick him up and be safe or do I fend for myself? Where do I go that is the safest? Do I just keep driving, and if so, where? Do I still get that cup of coffee? I’ll probably need it. Zombie Apocalypse Day is going to be a long day (if I’m lucky.)
If the Z.A. happens while I am at home, I think that my dwelling is pretty safe and secure. My office is also very secure as well. I don’t have a lot of weapons, honestly. I have a bow and arrow set that I just bought, but perhaps I should invest in a pellet gun or something. At the very least I should have more than 4 arrows. On my home base, I really need to stock up on more emergency supplies of water, food, and prepare a bug-out bag. I’ve been watching Doomsday Preppers and I think I want to get one of those plastic things that goes in the bathtub and gets filled with water for an emergency.
At work, we have 4 big jugs of water for the water cooler but very little food. Half a box of girl scout cookies, an expired yogurt and a bag of coffee grounds and some milk & creamer. Oh, and I have two Cadbury eggs on my desk, so there’s that. This place would be safe, but definitely not a long-term staying option.
My grandma’s husband pilots a small plane so that could be an asset but it is also a huge liability traveling with the elderly during an emergency. They are slow and weak.
I really need to come up with a better plan. I’ve watched lots of zombie movies and don’t know specifically what scenario to prepare for, but I am of the firm belief that I could be the safest on a boat or an island until shit blows over.
What is your Zombie Preparedness guide?