Operation Z

Operation Z is a comprehensive 12-part series and the ULTIMATE guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse. Operation Z Volume 1: Introduction to Handguns provides instruction on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, no matter your experience level. This project is unique and unlike anything that has been released before, due in part to our military background. The series is complex, realistic and informative, providing a unique blend of fiction and real life training instruction, taught by one of the most sought-after firearms instructors in the world. Volumes 1 follows Chris Costa, who is now a survivor of the Los Angeles Outbreak, as he goes to train a group of everyday citizens, teaching them the skills he learned to survive the zombie hordes and ruthless gangs. Available on Amazon.

Part 5 – Making It Edible: A How-To Guide on Food Safety and Awareness In the Zombie Apocalypse

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Deliciously Dangerous Mushrooms

So you want to harvest wild plants, survive raging rapids with only a holey plastic bag, and be just like Bear Grylls in every way possible, eh? Well you go for it, and while you’re at it, remember to drink your piss at least four times in a week. It’s essential for the manliness factor.

However, if you want to be a real man (or woman) and not DIE, you should probably learn some wilderness essentials first. A great place to start is with harvesting wild plants, like mushrooms. Continue reading

Part 4 – Making It Edible: A How-To Guide on Food Safety and Awareness In the Zombie Apocalypse

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Vines, Brambles, and Other Natural Zombie Deterrents

So you’ve got yourself this nice little patch of land, growing yourself a sustainable bit of food and livestock, and all of a sudden, you’re hit with a band of undead intruders. You’ve got the ammo to dispatch them, but probably not enough time before they get to you and start killing off survivors in your colony. Not everyone is well enough to climb or be lifted to a rooftop for protection. So what do you do? Having all these things set up with no way to protect yourself or your supplies is obviously a bad idea. How do you slow down the hoard?

First of all, remember that we are doing our best to depend on nature for all sorts of self-tending zombie deterrents. You’ve got rivers, cliffs, hills, mountains, caves, trees, etc., etc., etc. Why build everything from extremely valuable materials that are difficult to acquire if you have Mother Nature to assist you? Of course you would want to use these things as often as possible to help you and your team effectively avoid or reroute zombies when you have them, but what about giving nature a little encouragement to do things your way and supplement your efforts? Say, for example, growing a natural wall of brambles and vines to prevent the undead from entering a particular area or path. This is totally do-able, and I would recommend finding yourself some nasty weed seeds ( not the drug type, you potheads) to plant around your safe house and form thick, tangling barriers that the zeds are unable to rip through without expending a significant amount of time, giving you enough of a window to kill them all and dispose of the corpses.

You can also create dry or filled motes of course, which is a popular theme in zombie literature these days. The benefit to having a mote around your safe house is that it not only slows zombies, but also prevents raiders and other unsavory folk or dangerous critters that would rather take your supplies or food than eat your brains from simply waltzing in to your post-apocalyptic home. Collect tree sap – nature’s tar – and use it an emergency fire starter, or for the sake of epicness (I think I just made a new word), save it to pour into the mote and set ablaze if all hell breaks loose. Call it “The Zombie Incinerator” and tell all your friends about it so they don’t go playing tricks on you or being stupid and ending up as crispy shishkabobs after the Z-Poc hits.

Nearly everyone admits that a body of water separating you from the mainland does not mean that you are safe from zombies, since the freaks can walk underwater indefinitely and eventually reach you on the other side. However, you should never underestimate the power of the water’s current. If you are on one side of a river with raging rapids and sharp rocks throughout, and zombies are on the other, it is highly unlikely that with their lack of coordination that they could ever reach you by crossing the river. You may have to deal with them later, once they have finally stopped being tossed around and smacked against rocks, and crawl their way up the bank of the river five miles downstream, but hey, that’s way better than just letting them walk straight to you. This type of natural deterrent is beneficial in two ways: 1. you have a source of water that can be purified for consumption or used to generate power, and 2. it deters zombies and other creatures from crossing over that area.

There are many other naturally occurring zombie deterrents, and I encourage you to continue researching them. This article is simply intended to get the gears turning. Survival and application is, of course, up to you.

Next week: Dangerously Delicious Mushrooms

Officers Ready For Z-Day: Bringing the Street to the Range with Sgt Bill Campbell

Police and ZombiesWhen former Marine Military Policeman Sergeant Bill Campbell was told he had to create a training scenario for new officers that included limited ammunition, use of police car door cover, and a one hour time frame, there was only one thing to do: bring in the zombies. Here’s the scenario he created for the trainees, using zombie targets from LE Targets:

“When the lights go out, you will be attacked by a group of four Zombies. Using the car doors for cover, draw and engage the Zombies with a couple of rounds as they show themselves. Whenever a light is shining on the Zombie, he is considered a threat to you and will remain so until the light shining on the Zombie goes out. Occasionally, you will see a Zombie attacking an innocent person. In this case you must hit the Zombie but avoid hitting the innocent person. Reload when you can or must — using teamwork to avoid reloading at the same time. At some point, the Zombies will retreat. That is your cue to move tactically to the ground cover and be prepared to use a kneeling position to continue the drill from behind the ground cover. When the Zombies reappear, continue to fight them from behind the ground cover as you had from behind the car doors, fighting until there are no further Zombie threats.”

Pretty badass, huh? Read more of Sgt. Campbell’s training notes for instructors here, at policeone.com. Remember, tactical planning and preparation can save your life on Z-Day; take it from the pros like Campbell and start your training now!

Part 3 – Making It Edible: A How-To Guide on Food Safety and Awareness In the Zombie Apocalypse

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So now that I know to plant and herd, what kinds of things should I grow?

Variety. Variety is the key to survival. Remember the Potato Blight that wiped out one third of Ireland’s population? That’s because they only grew one fricking crop: potatoes. Don’t repeat history – instead, learn from it.  Continue reading

Part 2 – Making It Edible: A How-To Guide on Food Safety and Awareness in the Zombie Apocalypse

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This looks like food… can I eat it?

So you’ve come to a fork in the road: you originally planned on collecting food and supplies as you went, but now you realize you must prepare sustainable food sources for you and your team. What do you do in the meantime, while you are collecting the seeds, animals, and feed for your new little hobby farm, or while you are waiting for your crops and animals to mature? You must still scavenge, so now the secondary goal becomes to scavenge as effectively as possible. Continue reading