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Zombie Survival – A Universal Metaphor

How did zombies become so prevalent in the survivalist community?

Roughly a year ago my best friend insisted I read World War Z by Max Brooks. At first, I was very reluctant. Zombie genre stuff just wasn’t me. After some prodding, I came around and picked up a copy…

A chapter into it and I could not put the book down; I was hooked. Soon after, I plowed through several other related titles. What really got me infatuated with Zombie Apocalypse fiction was the similarity between real-world scenarios and what various writers like Max Brooks and JL Bourne were churning out. I realized why so many people in and around survival communities often had an interest in Zombie books and would say goofy expressions like, “When the Zombies come.” I now understand that for them, and now for me, Zombies have become a metaphor.

If you simply replace Zombie with economic collapse, pandemic, or natural disaster you could still have virtually the same story. This is why Zombie Fiction makes such a compelling metaphor for modern-day survival, and especially Urban Survival. It does not matter if we are talking about undead hordes or rioting mobs, the basics are all the same. It has become a way for two people to express the same fundamental idea about two seemingly different issues of survival.

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Creating Emergency Weather Alerts

Millions of people lose property every year and some lose life to severe weather every year. Weather can be one of the most destructive and dangerous forces in nature. To make matters worse, it can turn on a dime. When it does, will you be informed? Being notified of such conditions can be the thing that saves your life! Whether it is Floods, Lightening, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, or Tornadoes, when bad weather is on it’s way, you need to know.

Creating alerts of emergency weather, that you receive via email or your phone, is a simple way to stay up to the minute on potentially hazardous conditions in your area or in an area you may be traveling to. Along with the option to receive daily forecasts, Weather.com gives you choices of how often and which types of violent weather conditions you want to stay on top of. Setup takes all of 5 minutes or less. One of the nice features is the ability to log back into your account later and edit how often and what kind of alerts your receive.

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Review Of The Embassy Pen

I bought the Embassy Pen on sort of an impulse. I had been considering a “tactical pen” for some time, but it was not really high on my list of things to buy. After playing with one for the past couple of weeks I really like the concept.

If you like survival type gadgets and EDC gear and have never checked out CountyComm.com you should. It’s a horribly designed web site with a wide collection of some really great odd little survival items. Some of the items you can pretty much find anywhere, but a good portion of the products offered are somewhat unique. Three weeks ago I was pursuing their site ordering a few hard to find items to complete another Blackout Kit when I came across the Embassy Pen. Thinking it looked really neat and that I had been meaning to pick up a Tactical Pen I decided what the heck.

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Bow Drill Fire Making

Bow Drill Fire Making 1Bow Drill Fire Making is among the most common of primitive fire making skills. Once mastered, it provides an endless supply of one of the basic necessities of life. Without fire you cannot cook food (ok baring you have a bushel of limes lying around in lieu of fire), warm yourself, and in some cases keep predators at bay. It is also one of the single biggest moral boosters whether you are camping or trying to survive in an unfortunate situation.

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Oooops!

On 9/10/2010 we lost our database and all the old posts along with it. Please bare with us while we scramble to rebuild the site and posts (fortunately we keep our feathers numbered for just such an occasion.) Back in…

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