Tips to survive a zombie apocalypse

Authors are always coming up with ways our characters can survive the situations we throw them in. Below are some the trademark survival tips that apply to any situation, and transfer particularly well into any horror genre. So if you find yourself under attack by any of the following - vampires, werewolves, soul catchers, zombies, unicorns gone bad - these tips might help you survive it till rescue arrives or until you can escape.

Tips to survive a zombie apocalypse... 

1. Make a fire

Fire provides the following:
  • Warmth in cold conditions
  • A means to purify water or sterilize tools
  • Heat to dry wet clothes
  • A cooking flame
  • A sense of security and comfort
  • Smoke for rescue signals
  • Heat to melt snow and ice for drinking water
  • A means to scare away dangerous animals
  • Light for your shelter or for torches 

In a zombie apocalypse fire may be your most valuable weapon:

2. Find water

The first thing you should do if you're stranded in the wild is find a source of drinkable water. The most obvious sources are streams, rivers and lakes. Animals always know where the water is, so be on the lookout for wildlife or animal tracks. Lush green vegetation is also a sign that water is nearby. Swarming insects may be a hassle, but they also signal that a water source isn't far away. Bird flight paths in the morning or evening can point you in the right direction. Stay on the move until you find a water source.

Smart zombies might hang around water sources to catch their prey. You may need to disguise yourself.
3. Create a shelter
Shelter provides the following:
  • safety from wild ground dwelling animals
  • protection from the sun and rain
  • a place to store food and water
  • a place of refuge for other survivors
Shelter gives you a place to store your weapons
4. Make clothing
Clothing is essential to keep the body warm during the night or in freezing temperatures. Zombies typically like to chew your head off while you are peacefully sleeping in bed. Yet, the first thing you do when zombies attack is run, not reach for jacket and a pair of sensible shoes. If you are caught on the run, naked, and barefoot, you'll need to find clothing and shoes. 

Charity bins are an ideal place to start looking for clothing.

If you can't find one, you'll need to make the clothes yourself. Here is where spare tyres can save your life.

5. Create an SOS
SOS is the code signal of distress adopted by the Radiotelegraphic Convention in 1912, and used by air-planes, ships, etc. It consists of three dots, three dashes, three dots (Morse code) and is used in radiotelegraphy to call help in distress. It is replaced by Mayday about vessels but writing SOS is a lot simpler than writing MAYDAY to attract the attention of rescuers.
6. Stay focussed
Throughout the survival period, you'll need to stay alert so you can think and plan for your escape. That may be difficult to do when a horde of zombies is beating down your front door, but here are a few tips to help you stay mentally alert so you can look out for signs of zombies.
  • Be optimistic
  • Don't be too proud to ask for help
  • Meditate
  • Take advantage of technology
  • Get up and move around
  • Stick to deadlines
  • Play games
  • Laugh
7. Escape
By now you should be prepared for your escape. You've remained fed and hydrated throughout this ordeal, you have some protective clothing and shelter, you're mentally alert, and you have probably accepted the fact that you may become zombified in the process but you will die trying. So when escape is close at hand, you need to grab the opportunity quickly and maybe burn a few zombies along the way for good luck.

I hope these survival tips help you during the next zombie invasion.
Over and out.


D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

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    D L


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