Emergency Preparedness Tips: Zombies and Sharknado Edition
Sci-fi writers lately seem to enjoy all kinds of depictions of terrible, made-for-TV disasters. What if zombies took over the planet? What if a freak storm created an avalanche of elasmobranchs? (We’re looking at you, Sharknado.) Would you be prepared to survive?
We prefer not to emphasize gloom and doom. A little preparation can go a long way, no matter what natural disaster or carefully scripted apocalypse were to befall your fair burg. Besides, as Dr. Ali Khan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack.”
He says nothing about sharknadoes, but we’ll assume you’ll be prepared for those, too.
The Red Cross suggests putting together an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit. (It also has an oddly specific website dedicated to surviving the zombie apocalypse, should all the warnings come true.) Their suggestions include:
- Bottled water. You’ll need one gallon per person, per day. Plan for at least three days.
- Food. Canned goods are great because they’re non-perishable. (Just don’t forget a manual can opener!)
- Flashlights, radios and extra batteries. (More on those in a minute.)
- First aid kit
- Medications (You need to stay alive and fresh among the undead)
- Multi-purpose tool (Like a Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of important documents
- Emergency contact information
- Extra cash (Can’t battle the zombies? Try buying them off!)
- Emergency blanket
- Maps of your area
Source: Red Cross. (The parentheses are purely us.) Get the whole list here.
The Red Cross list presents a great start. We at Interstate Batteries have a few additional suggestions, however, that will empower you with preparedness. (See what we did there?) What’s more, most of our suggestions are conveniently available at your local Interstate All Battery Center.
Emergency power needs
- Power inverters. Given that A) Technology can give you nearly unlimited advantages in an apocalypse; B) You need to be on the move, and the power grid might go down any day; C) The first thing you see in the backdrop of all zombie movies are lots of abandoned cars; therefore D) You can harvest all the power in those abandoned cars with a power inverter. Having one or two of these on hand is your cheat code to surviving an uprising.
- Battery-operated weather radio. Most run on C or D cells, so keep extras on hand. Bonus: The batteries make great projectiles when trying to escape a dangerous situation.
- and extra batteries. Flashlights, both big and small, are essential tools in the battle against zombies. A bright light right in the undead’s eyes can buy you precious time.
- Tools and tool batteries. Yes, you’ll have a manual multi-tool, but a cordless drill could help with hand-to-hand zombie combat. Don’t forget extra tool batteries and the charger.
What else would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments. And don’t forget that you can find all the preparedness products and expertise you need at your local Interstate All Battery Center.