Very Real Survival Tips From The Walking Dead
Everyone tells me I should watch the Walking Dead on television. I still haven’t as I shun all that comes on the TeeVee these days. Still, I keep finding that there are real world prepper lessons in the show.
The one and only Jeremiah Johnson took note. He wrote an article at Ready Nutrition about prepper lessons from the Walking Dead. Fan of the show or not, take a look.
THE REAL WORLD WALKING DEAD
It’s a fictional television show about zombies. Entertaining, maybe, but is it instructional? Johnson asks, “What if you removed the zombies and kept the rest of it?” Apparently, you have a show about preppers surviving in a harsh world. That sounds kind of like what all of us are preparing for.
The characters in the show, zombies aside, try to survive in a post-apocalyptic society. They face violence, starvation, and various societal issues. And they have to deal with the everyday items of life: shelter, water, etc. What can we learn from their struggles on screen?
First Johnson looks into how the character stay safe in a world gone mad. Different people can and will react differently to adverse conditions. Some become leaders. Other become followers. Yet some turn rogue and become a danger to others.
The folks on the show are constantly forced to deal with these discrepancies to survive. We can learn a lot about societal breakdown from them. And we learn what to do and what not to do. This means keeping the guard up against danger.
The groups on the show also have to gather food. They procure water. First aid is a big issue in zombieland. These are all things preppers need to know in the real world.
The show, then, is really an entertaining training film. Johnson recommends you watch an episode or two with your family. He advises you to take notes about the various scenarios. He says to use the show as a tool to predict what you might face after SHTF.
This approach might bring your family closer together. And all of you may learn something of benefit.
*Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
I’m still not convinced I need to spend time in front of a glowing electric box. I, of course, kind of do that, here. I find stories like this and present them to you. Plus, I see real zombies on the roads in the Southeast all the time.
However, if a show presents useful information and does so in an entertaining format, I’m all for it. I can’t recommend the series. But if you like it, then great. Use it and profit. Survival is all about the unconventional.
Just beware of the zombies (walkers, they call them)!