October 6, 2014
Posted by SG Lee
, Bug Out
, Escape and Evade
, Zombie Awareness
Like most of you, Sunday nights in October mean I’ll be watching AMC’s The Walking Dead
. With the new season starting soon, it seemed like a good time for a recap. Hopefully, enough time has passed that I don’t have to scream, “Spoiler Alert” (especially since all of the ads showed that Rick and his gang lost their hold on the prison) but just in case….Spoiler Alert!
If I haven’t scared you off, then you’re aware that the prison was under attack. In the midst of the chaos, a beheading, and walker attacks, everyone scattered. Well, those who survived, subsequently, scattered but you catch my meaning. The group was forced to split up and, later, no one knew where to find their companions. If you’re a member, or even a regular follower of the ZRT, then you were probably wondering why they didn’t have an evacuation plan. Why wasn’t there a rendezvous point (or several) established ahead of time? If you’re really
like me, you were probably screaming all of this at the television during the chaos…but I digress.
Other than the obvious reason: it was a pivotal plot point which the writers used in order to explore each character’s emotional depth; I’d like to think there was another reason for this catastrophic oversight. There is a greater message to take away from this seemingly simple plot device. The fact is, when people get comfortable they grow complacent. Essentially, that’s just a fancy way of saying we allow ourselves to fall under the illusion that nothing bad could happen and, unfortunately, laziness strikes. The daily grind lulls us into a false sense of security. Either way, it could be the difference between life and death.
Now, you might be thinking, “Hey, they had a multitude of flesh-eating walkers roaming around, unchecked. How could they be expected to hold evacuation drills every month?” If you’re legitimately surrounded and completely outnumbered by zombies, then it is probably more dangerous to hold regular evacuation drills than not; however, there were enough members of their group that left the confines of the prison on a regular basis. They had knowledge of the surrounding area and could easily have drawn up maps. As guardians of young children, it was their obligation to arrange a “buddy system” to ensure the safety of those little ones. My point is, regardless of the circumstances, it is never
an excuse not to have a plan!
First and foremost, you'll need to establish where you're going in the event of an emergency. If disaster strikes, you must have an evacuation plan in place. You'll need to map out more than one route to get there. Please do not assume highways will be cleared for public use. Make sure you have a route that consists entirely of secondary roads, if the main routes are shut down. Lastly, if vehicles are not an option do you know how to get there on foot or with a bicycle? Can you read maps without the help of a SatNav or can you plot a course with a compass? Now that you've put those plans into place...what if that plan is no longer an option? A backup safe house, all new routes, and evacuation plans need to be established. If not, you can't expect to weather the storm any better that your favorite The Walking Dead
character. Those pesky zombies have a bad habit of disrupting everyone's plans.
The same holds true right now, today. No, we don’t have hordes of reanimated corpses shuffling around our neighborhoods in a diabolical search for human flesh. (Yet) Still, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the time to map out an evacuation plan. Do you have rendezvous points established for your family, in the event of a disaster? Would your children know where to go if they couldn’t get home? If the route to your base camp is cut off, do you already have an alternate avenue mapped out? Does the rest of your family/friends/group? I cannot stress this enough; planning ahead saves lives. Make sure you have a plan, and a PLAN B.