When a major disaster hits society, people tend to panic, it’s a fact. Food, water, and supplies will be fought and possibly even killed over. A wide scale evacuation may be called into effect by military or government powers. Even with monitoring and assistance from outside sources, things can quickly turn sour and become more than dangerous as hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals attempt to evacuate their homes and leave their city behind.
The ensuing panic and mass exodus of even a small town can quickly clog the streets, train stations, air ports, and other thoroughfares out. If you get the news a little too late, miss the window of opportunity when trying to get out of dodge, or suddenly find yourself surrounded by a mob of people or Zombies, you’ll need to know how to get out and how to do so safely.
Escaping A Mob or Zombie Horde
Stay Calm - As always, staying calm is key to your ultimate survival. Seldom does a panicked person make it out of a dangerous situation alive or unharmed. Regardless of what is happening around you, do your best to keep your emotions and actions regulated and concentrated on escape. Think rationally and pursue your exit in as safe a manner as possible.
Avoid Confrontations – Even if you’re calm, it’s likely that most of those around you wont be. To avoid confrontation with any individuals, be they Zombie or otherwise, you’ll need to keep your head down, limbs in check, and eyes trained on your exit. The quicker and cleaner you can step away, the better off you’ll be.
Go With The Flow – Trying to work your way out of a crowd is difficult enough on it’s own, but if you add the threat of a head on collision with another person, you’re only making things worse. While going with the flow of a crowd might initially take you further from your intended destination, it’s likely that you will still escape more quickly and with less injury than butting heads with hundreds of fleeing folks.
Stay close to walls and other protective barriers like vehicles, telephone poles, etc., and avoid bottlenecks whenever possible. Entering a tunnel, or closed in fenced or walled area, is as good as serving yourself up as fodder for the vultures.
Don’t Run - Attempting to run through a crowd of people or Zombies can attract unwanted attention and focus on your position, and perhaps even your escape route. By attempting to move too quickly, you increase the likelihood of stumbling, faltering, or falling, which puts you at a greater risk for injury and even demise.
Many unfortunate individuals have been crushed to death by the tramping feet of others during a panicked exodus. If you do fall down, you must immediately attempt to regain your footing and continue on your way. But if you simply cannot gain your ground again, curl yourself into a ball, protect your face, ears, and internal organs as best you can, and hope for the best.
Take Shelter - Once you’re out of the thick of it, it’s important to take shelter till the mob or Zombies pass… or at least until they thin out enough to make traveling the area safe again. Shelter doesn’t mean standing on the sidelines to watch as a mob or horde flows by, it means indoors and out of sight.
Remember, out of sight is out of mind. If they can’t see you, it’s less likely that you’ll be bothered.
A Tip Worth A Try (though we can’t promise it’ll work).
Cover yourself in Zombie goo. Covering yourself in Zombie guts and grime isn’t just about masking your scent, it’s about convincing the brain and organ eaters that you’re one of them. While we’ve never actually tried this, nor do we ever want to, wearing the remnants of a Zombies body might just help you through the crowd… however you had better be sure you’re well protected from contaminates, especially your face and hands… and you’ll want to take a long hot shower afterward.