With the second season of The Walking Dead premiering last night there is one lesson that we can all stand to learn, and that’s to stay away from cities. This show strongly emphasizes this. The pull of cities is obvious. There would be a greater likelihood of food, shelter, and water. The down side is that cities are already over run with lumbering flesh eating monsters, so what would happen after a zombie invasion? It’s painfully stupidly obvious that cities are dangerous, and it is exactly for that reason that you should read this. Underestimating the obvious can prove to be a major mistake.If you find yourself in a city underestimating the obvious should be your biggest concern. There’s a reason all the cars are going away from the city in the poster.
There may come a time in your travels when you find yourself coming upon a city. If this is the case you have already made a mistake. For starters, you should always know where you are and where you are going. Getting anywhere by accident is a grave case of ignorance. Information is your most valuable resource, without it you aren’t surviving but only stalling your own death. If you’re anywhere near a city chances are you took an interstate. Interstates or major highways are almost as dumb as cities themselves. Don’t forget that the reason a city is so stupid in the first place is because they were full of people and are now full of Zombies. Interstates will be like little mini cities. Crashed cars, will be the first thing you notice, but don’t forget how the cars got there. Chances are each crashed car has at least one zombie trapped because it can’t figure out doors, or the corpse of a person who just gave up or was over run with monsters. Either way this is a prime place for flesh eating ghouls to hang out. Even if you don’t see a zombie right away, you are taking a big risk by even being there. Of course there is always the possibility that the cities have all burned to the ground like in 28 days later, in this case, you will have no problem avoiding them.
If you are already in a city when the infestation takes place and it is not fully engulfed in flames, higher ground is where you need to be. Roofs or top floors will be your safe haven. With there being no power, some doors may also not work along with the elevators. If a horde of zombies try to attack you they will need to take the stairs. They will be forced to come only a few at a time. This will make you like Leonidis and the Spartans on the edge of that cliff fighting the Persians. All you will have to do is take them out basically one by one. This however is not a survival plan, you won’t be able to sustain. As soon as you can it is still advisable to leave, bringing only the essentials.
Looting is a bad idea. The risk of running into a group of hungry zombies in the Abercrombie you’re trying to steal clothes from is just not worth it. You need to get the hell out the first chance you get. Using the interstate to get out isn’t too much of a risk as long as you don’t stay there too long. You’ll want to take an exit to a small town quickly. If you need to scavenge for survival reasons your best bet is to take gas, food, or tents from an empty car and run away fast. I know this kind of goes against what I said before about major interstates but remember, this only applies to if you are forced for some reason to be on a major highway and are in dire need of rescources. And, besides, all of those cars are there because someone who was trying to run to safety but didn’t get away fast enough. They are probably stocked with everything you will need. Food, water shelter can all be found in most of those cars. But again, be careful of how deep into the traffic jam you venture. Anywhere you choose to scavenge you should always know the way out and not take a single step until you know more than one exit from any situation. If you see a mini van stocked with canned goods int he middle of a 20 car pile up, don’t bother if you can’t get out of there quickly without injury. Same goes if you’re searching a grocery store for any non perishables, you should know the front side and rear entrance.
While on the subject of scavenging, remember the scenario you’re living in. A world wide epidemic led to the infection of billions of people, and no one was able to stop it. There was widespread panic the world over. Whether or not you’re in a city it’s important to remember that grocery, hardware, and military surplus stores have been completely cleaned out. All of their merchandise was bought up at the first major outbreak. Going to a Home Depot is more hopeless than a cure at this point. All of the stuff your looking for is either in the houses of the already dead, or their cars. Either way, going to stores is almost definitely hopeless. Similarly, after the panic broke out religious zealotry must also have been on the rise. This would make churches and other places of worship hot spots for the dead and undead, keep away at all costs.
All in all, you will be safest in towns sized medium to small. Any heavily populated area is an accident waiting to happen. You should go to a place with big neighborhoods where all the houses are spread apart and have huge yards. Hiding out in one of these houses will provide an ideal look out position for coming friends or zombies alike.
When it comes to population, less is more. The less people the more days you will have alive. Keep to low populated areas, and if you are already somewhere with a lot of people GTFO ASAP.