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How to survive a zombie apocalypse

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It's Zombie Awareness Month, so what better way to celebrate than learning how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

We are now well into the month of May, otherwise known as Zombie Awareness Month, a time when we are encouraged to learn more about zombies, the future coming zombie apocalypse and how to survive it. The holiday was started by The Zombie Research Society, who claim that a zombie apocalypse is not just a good event to base hit television shows on, but is, in fact, a very real threat. 

They seek to raise awareness of the existence of zombies and the threat they pose throughout the month, all while helping prepare people so they can survive an attack.

In the spirit of Zombie Awareness Month, we thought it only fitting to come up with our own guide on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.  

Find out how to beat the odd's below:

1. Remember the rule of three's

First, remember the rule of three's for survival. You can survive three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water and three weeks without food.

Make sure to keep this in mind when preparing for a zombie apocalypse or reacting if one occurs. Ensure you have enough clean water, food, clothing/ a hazmat suit and mask (in case the disease is viral) and a good place to hide.

2. Running isn't always the answer

Whenever you see a natural disaster on television or in films, the first thing people do is grab their loved ones, hop in a car and hit the road. Problem is if everyone does that there will a significant amount of traffic and you will find yourself stranded and unable to get away. All this will result in is you becoming the perfect food for any nearby zombies. 

It's actually better to stay at home (or nearby in a safe place) and bunker down. Fortify your house, collect all the supplies you can and wait out the initial chaos. Once it's quieter you can try moving on.

3. Avoid popular places

Along the same lines, stay away from places that will be popular with others. Shopping centres, supermarkets, petrol stations and so on will all be chaotic in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Not only will there be lots of other scared people there who might get aggressive, but there might also be zombies who come to take advantage of all the food. 

4. Time to play the quiet game

Zombies will be attracted by noise, so you need to be as quiet as possible. If you're with other people, keep your arguments and loud conversations to an absolute minimum. Depending on how heavily populated by zombies your area is, you might even need to stick with whispers and sign language in order to be cautious.

5. Always be prepared

In the fallout of a zombie apocalypse weapons are a must. Get your hands on as many as you can and make sure to have one in easy reach when you need it. 

6. The more, the merrier

If the world does end, finding company (humans not zombies) will make the whole thing easier to bear. If possible find other people and stick with anyone you meet. Not only will it be nice to have others to talk to, but it will help if you come under attack, as there will be more people to fight alongside you.

In addition, being in a group will be beneficial as you can collect more food or supplies together and you can have people on watch rather than always being jumpy. 

Just make sure to stay friendly. If you're someone who proves unlikable you might be left behind or sacrificed to the zombies. 

7. Social media is your friend 

It's highly unlikely that a zombie apocalypse would happen all at once. Instead, it will likely happen over a few months, which gives you some time to get ahead. Make sure to check social media and the news to learn about what's going on, which places are worst hit, how to protect yourself and what symptoms to look out for when interacting with others. 

8. Find a way to make it ok

If a zombie apocalypse does occur there will be many things you will see and do that will trouble you. Your life will be very different to how it now is, and you will need to adjust to a more distressing and violent reality. As such, you will need to find some way to come to terms with things and find peace among the chaos. 

Whether it's exercise, reading, yoga, telling jokes or creating some sort of mind palace, you will need to find some way to relax and work off stress. It might sound strange, but finding something like this will help you keep your wits about you and remain sane while the rest of the world turns upside down.

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