My previous article was about how likely a zombie attack would be. But, as many of us ask “How would you survive the zombie apocalypse?” It is time to answer that age old question, using scientific and social evidence. For the purpose of this article, like the other one, we will assume that zombies infect humans and only humans by blood contact, can only be killed by destroying the brain, dead zombies are no longer infectious, and are somewhat slower than their human counterparts. First: Location. Location is the key to everything. There are good places to hide from zombies, and there are bad places. Remember your geography class? Well, Geography is arguably the most important thing to understand if you want to survive a zombie apocalypse. Better start listening. The climate, terrain, and demographics of an area will have the greatest affect on your survival, more than skill, weapons, and actions combined. One of the best places to be is somewhere surrounded by natural barriers, ex: Mountains, rivers, ocean, forest. This makes it hard for zombies to reach your location, and entire cities can exist with a lifestyle very similar to ours in such places. Some good places for this are Hawaii, Utah (YAY), Switzerland, Australia, India, and the UK. Colder places also work (Unless they are too cold for agriculture) because they will slow down zombies and make them easier to kill than they already are. Finally, it should be an area that had few people to start with, because that also equals less zombies. It also works to have a place with lots of people, but almost nobody in the surrounding area for hundreds of miles. Second: Information. It is important to know what your enemy is and what it is doing. Zombies are not exempt from this rule. In a zombie apocalypse, knowledge is the most valuable thing that one could have. It is important to observe zombies from afar or in a laboratory setting to understand what they are and what they do. You must know how a zombie will act to fight them and lure them into traps. You must know where the zombies are and where they are going to avoid them. This can be done on your own, but with others you can gather more information and even create advanced warning systems to survive. Third: Supplies. You must know how to sustain yourself and your allies to survive. You must know what plants are safe to eat and how to gather them. You must know how to get freshwater. However, the safest technique to weather a zombie apocalypse is to farm. This is much more reliable than foraging, and can sustain a large population of survivors. It sounds like a bad idea to stay in one spot, but if you heed the rule of geography it can become extremely easy to survive. It takes a lot of energy to move, and so moving from one spot to another should only be done in the most desperate of circumstances. Fourth: avoidance. Attacking zombies is the last thing that you want to do. Whenever you can you should attempt to escape a dangerous situation. In a full-out zombie apocalypse, it is nearly impossible to successfully launch an offensive against the hordes of the undead. That is why it is better to stay in relatively zombie-free zones. Weapons should be saved until absolutely necessary for defense and survival, and situations where fighting is necessary should be avoided. However, it is okay to quickly kill lone zombies because it will prevent the creature from causing issues later. Fifth: Traps. While attacking zombies is a bad idea, trapping and killing them is. The amount of zombies is limited to the population of infected humans, and the less zombies there are increases the chances of your little community surviving. Whenever and wherever possible, traps should be used to kill or disable zombies. If they are unable to move, they are no longer a threat and can be disposed of once resources are more plentiful. Traps can also be used to protect farms and people. Zombies are very stupid, so an entire horde of zombies could be defeated by a ditch and some fire. Every zombie you manage to kill using little or no resources increases your chances of survival almost exponentially. The zombie population is limited to the amount of people that they were able to infect, which would max out at 7 or 8 billion (The world’s population) Eventually, it would become possible to completely take back the earth if you and your fellow men and women manage to survive long enough. What you will notice is that a lot of these survival methods depend on knowledge. In a zombie apocalypse, knowledge is one’s best weapon against the undead. It is better than a flamethrower or machine gun or even a nuclear bomb. Only by understanding yourself, understanding your enemy, and understanding the world around you can you survive. However, let’s hope it will not take a zombie apocalypse for us to realize the value of knowledge.