December 15, 2014 Posted by SG Lee in Blog, Bug In, Bug Out, Communication, Disaster, Education, Emergency, Medical, Mindset, Plan, Prepare, Skills, Survival, TrainingI think it is fair to say that most of the general population as has a mental image of how a survivalist, or prepper, looks and acts. Whether that perception is positive or negative is based solely at the individual's discretion. Sadly, more often than not, those with health problems or disabilities tend to feel that they can’t fit the bill and, therefore, don’t belong. Nothing could be further from the truth! In reality, it is absolutely imperative for everyone, regardless of their physical attributes, to get on board. Imagine the consequences if an asthmatic didn’t have a spare inhaler and a blizzard prevented her from getting to the hospital. What if a hurricane knocked the power lines out for weeks; how would the man on oxygen breathe if he ran out of portable tanks? Without preparation, a paraplegic could be doomed in a flood. How will the insulin-dependent diabetics survive when the zombies rise up if food is in short supply, sterile syringes are hard to come by, and they’re continually forced to run for their lives? The plain and simple truth is, without adequate planning and preparation even those in perfect health are at risk. Most likely, we all know someone whose health puts him or her at an even greater disadvantage, should disaster strike. Maybe, they have convinced themselves that, physically, they are incapable of keeping up with the people they see on television. Some might assume they'd be a liability to others so, therefore, they do nothing. These are the misconceptions that could be fatal to those with physical limitations. Together, we can combat those falsehoods while helping our family members, friends, or neighbors to survive. Here are some focus points to help them get started. Once they realize that anyone can (and everyone should) be prepared, it will be easier to get them to jump right in and get involved. 1. Medications: Most insurance companies allow, and even encourage, ordering from mail order pharmacies that send a three month supply of your medications. Having an extra two months on hand will give you a cushion should disaster strike. Research natural and homeopathic remedies and discuss the possibilities of implementing them with your healthcare provider. It never hurts to have a backup plan! Once prescription medications have been considered, a first aid kit is next on the list. Each step brings that person closer to full preparation. 2. Food and Water: As anyone from the North can tell you, the mere mention of snow in the forecast sends the general public into a buying frenzy. In no time, milk, water, bread and toilet paper are cleared from the shelves! In our very core, humans are programmed to prepare for the worst. It’s only a short step to evolve from a weather-driven stockpiler to a focused, conscientious, survivalist. 3. Emergency Planning: Even if a full-fledged emergency plan hasn’t been written out, most patients with serious health issues have, at the very least, considered where they would go if the power went out for an extended length of time. That’s the first step, now help them take it to the next level and they’re on their way to safety. Let's make 2015 the year that embraces those who are differently-abled and teach them how to prepare for disasters or survival in any situation. Education is the key. Once these “breadcrumbs” have been laid out, our shy or self-conscious friends can utilize their resources and learn more about survival. Soon, they'll realize that the only true "image"to be upheld is being like-minded and serious about sharing their knowledge with others. Regardless of physical or mental setbacks, everyone can be a viable member of the prepper community.
To all ZRT members, friends, and followers; you are cordially invited to join in the celebration!After the turkey is carved and pies are a distant memory, you can change gears and celebrate all things ZOMBIE. Join us Sunday, November 30th from 12noon - 6pm EST at an online celebration of the publishing of ZRT's blog's contributing author S.G. Lee's17 book Journal of the Undead: Littleville Uprising. In addition winning S.G's book and some cool prizes (some from the ZRT store), there will be books from 10 of my favorite ZomPoc authors to be given away as prizes. To sweeten the deal, there will be books in all formats: paperback, ebook, audiobook, and even advanced review copies. You could be the first to read zombie stories that haven't been released yet! Simply click on the link below and then select "JOIN". It's that simple. Then on the 30th log on and get ready to have fun!
November 10, 2014 Posted by SG Lee in Apocalypse, Blog, Book, Entertainment, Horror, Zombie Book Review, ZombiesWith Veteran’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to talk about the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and defend our freedom. I have utmost respect for the dedication required to serve in the Unites States Armed Services. Up until a few months ago, I could only express my gratitude in limited venues. In July, I heard about an anthology that would not only present me with the opportunity to write a short story to introduce my upcoming Zombie Apocalypse Series, I learned that all proceeds were going to a very worthy cause…the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. (www.fallenheroesfund.org) Curious, I looked at the IFHF website and their mission statement told me exactly what I needed to know; this project was an amazing opportunity to give back to those who have given so much. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Mission Statement is this:
"The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families. Supporting these heroes helps repay the debt all Americans owe them for the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. They are, in the words of our founder, the late Zachary Fisher, “our nation’s greatest national resource,” and they deserve all the help that our nation can provide. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in meeting this important national mission."Working together, we, the authors writing for At Hell’s Gates discovered the perfect way to use our talents to show our support to all branches of the Armed Services. The best part is that they aren’t the only ones who benefit. This anthology is packed with spine-tingling stories to enthrall and terrify readers as they turn pages into the wee hours of the night. Don’t believe me? Judge for yourself. Here’s the book synopsis: “When evil overflows from the deepest, fiery pits, the battle will be At Hell’s Gates…Whether you are a zombie aficionado, or you feed on horror, there is something for everyone. We’ve summoned some of the top Zompoc authors, masters in horror, and even some new talent to strike fear into even the most jaded soul. Dare you look, let alone approach, the dreaded gates? Each skillfully crafted vignette showcases previously created worlds in the individual author’s works. If you’ve ever yearned for more back story or ached to learn what happened to a peripheral character; your wait is over. But, as they say, “Be careful what you wish for”. Once it has been seen, you cannot go back. And once infected; there is no cure. This collaboration is in honor of the brave men and women in our Armed Services who willingly lay down their lives for our freedom. Words could not possibly express our undying gratitude, so we have banded together, doing what we do best, to show our appreciation. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to serve wounded soldiers and their families. This is for you, those who have truly been…At Hell’s Gates.” Now, I believe that members and regular followers of ZRT alike are not just fans of Zombies; we believe in using our talents to help others. Many of us have veterans and active-duty members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Services in our families, or perhaps you are one yourself. This is great opportunity to help those who were injured defending our freedom, and their families.At Hell’s Gates will be an ongoing series with different overall themes but the purpose remains the same; proceeds will ALWAYS go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. If you’d like to submit a story for a future volume you can do so at: http://www.athellsgates.com/#!submission-guidelines/c1qw5. Most importantly, whether you decided to purchase the anthology, submit your writing, or both, you are contributing to a very worthy cause so get yours today at http://smarturl.it/athellsgates. For all the latest information regarding release and upcoming volumes, be sure to follow At Hell’s Gates-A Horror Anthology on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/athellsgates and the website http://www.athellsgates.com.
0 Noel, Josh and Morgan discuss the what the most likely disaster scenarios could be. EMP? Ice age? Mass flood? Zombie Apocalypse? Hear about them all! Then let us know what YOU think would be the most likely disaster scenarios.