The Evil Cute

From the laboratory of the Oracle
Top Secret
Alert Level: Orange

As you know, for quite some time we’ve been keeping an eye on our Orange Brigade Commander, RC Murphy. Her obsession with zombie bunnies and keeping them in the command center, despite the mischief they do, has been a cause for concern. I banned them from my laboratory last year … the third time they chewed through the top-secret communication lines was the last straw. There was much pleading and pouting, but I stood firm.

You’d have thought I was sending them all out to face a firing squad or something. *rolls eyes* Because of the delicate operations being conducted in my laboratory and all the top-secret communications being processed, compiled, and analyzed, I need a clean room environment and simply can’t have rabbit droppings everywhere. Out they scampered, little ears drooping, while following Commander Murphy as she shuffled in the lead. But enough of that ….

Our concern escalated when RC attended San Diego Comic-Con, ostensibly in stealth mode, but carrying her furry infatuation with her through the crowds. Please note the white fur-ball attached to her waist in the picture to the right. How she managed to pull off incognito while strapping a zombie to her side, even if it was a bunny, is beyond me, but it is a testament to Commander Murphy’s ninja skills. It is a known fact that zombies become excitable in crowds, like a busload of senior citizens when dropped off at a smorgasbord, so on the surface it would seem our Commander carried her fascination to the point of jeopardizing the security of the Zombie Survival Crew. However, there were no incidents. How did she convince the bunny to play dead, instead of undead?

To be clear—it is not Commander Murphy’s dedication to the Zombie Survival Crew that is in question. Her loyalty is beyond reproach. I have wondered, as the bunny horde has increased, whether or not one or more of them have been plants by the UGA (Unnamed Government Agency), exploiting the Commander’s love of small furry objects for their own nefarious ends. There has been a distinct behavioral change and Commander Murphy is not to be seen outside the command center without one of her pets lashed to her side. Come to think of it, even while IN the command center, she doesn’t move without at least one or two as her cadre.

In order to protect the Zombie Survival Crew and the safety of its members, I have taken matters into my own hands and have begun testing on the zombie bunnies. We need to know with certainty that our actions are not being reported, despite all precautionary measures, through these bunnies. So far, no recording devices, cameras, or anything foreign has been identified, but I will continue my investigation. Hmmmm—I am beginning to see why Commander Murphy has a fascination with them …

… they are EVIL CUTE.

The PROBLEM is that while they are cute, they are ALSO bunnies—which means we are quickly approaching bunny infestation level.

*ACTIVATES CRISIS MODE*

So here’s the deal *leans in and whispers* Don’t tell Commander Murphy … I have been keeping back those which I have vetted and ensured are nothing more than a normal zombie bunny. I don’t want to return them to the regular population—and they are too cute to kill—so the Zombie Survival Crew will let them go to a good home for $16.95. Let us know your brigade colors and we’ll make sure their bandages are brigade specific.

You know you want one!


Mission: RESUPPLY

Volunteers Needed
Mission Level: Medium-High

Hey you. Yes, you in the back trying to hide behind the weapons rack… we need your help!

A couple months ago, JL Coburn (SAPPED) assisted the Oracle in creating a map of resupply stations within the United States. While having identified our meeting locations is great, we must secure additional information to build these locations into the appropriate resupply stations that can save our collective backsides once the Zombiepocalypse kicks off. This is where you, the Zombie Survival Crew loyalists, come in.

ZSC Command is officially calling for volunteers to staff this two-part mission, codename: RESUPPLY. Portion one (I) is to scout locations for information; the second part (II) is to actually man the supply centers when disaster strikes.

RESUPPLY I:

There are twenty-three resupply stations currently mapped out, divided into six sectors within the US. We need folks from each city or a neighboring city to scout out a few things. ::cue Mission Impossible music::

  1. A large, secure area to act as a meeting zone.
  2. Shopping centers, grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, etc… around the meeting zone the ZSC can use to gather supplies.
  3. Three to four routes to the meeting zone from each direction (north, east, south, west)
  4. For the Phase II cities (marked below), we need a large building capable of housing supplies for 100+ people and is easy to secure against attack.

Email all intel to Command [at] zombiesurvivalcrew [dot] com with the headline “Resupply Station [city name]”. If you wish to include photos of the locations, please do. It will provide vital information to ensure we know what we’re dealing with. Multiple scouts in a city are welcome. The more information accumulated the better for solidifying our official Escape Route plans.

RESUPPLY II:

We will also need volunteers to coordinate and run the resupply stations in each of the cities below. If you wish to assist, leave a comment below telling us which city you’d like to volunteer in.

Resupply Stations:

North West Group (Yellow)
      1A. Pocatello, ID (Phase II site)
      1B. Lakeview, OR
      1C. Yakima, WA
      1D. Helena, MT

South West Group (Purple)
      2A. Madera, CA (Phase II site)
      2B. St. George, UT
      2C. Phoenix, AZ
      2D. Anaheim, CA

North Central Group (Red)
      3A. Duluth, MN (Phase II site)
      3B. Waterloo, IA
      3C. Alliance, NE
      3D. Bismarck, ND

South Central Group (Aqua)
      4A. Midland, TX (Phase II site)
      4B. Liberal, KS
      4C. Springfield, MO
      4D. Monroe, LA
      4E. San Antonio, TX

North East Group (Blue)
      5A. Burlington, VT (Phase II site)
      5B. Wilmington, DE
      5C. Cleveland, OH

South East Group (Green)
      6A. Atlanta, GA (Phase II site)
      6B. Berea, KY
      6C. Kissimmee, FL

To read more on all resupply stations, please go to our (for members only) Key Links under the Escape Routes/Resupply Stations section


Mission: Volunteers Needed

RESUPPLY Volunteers Needed
Mission Level: Medium-High

Zombie Survival Crew command has been working on the appropriate strategy for mobilizing the crew in the event of a Zombiepocalypse or other global cataclysmic event. Honorable Brigadier, JL Coburn (SAPPED), has amassed a great amount of data and provided it to the Oracle for her to sift through to come up with the best plan.

We’re now looking for volunteers to help take this to the next level. In order for you to see how you can help Mission: RESUPPLY, you must be registered for this site and logged in.


Jonathan Maberry Gives Power to Special Forces

From the Oracle’s laboratory

As you know, the Zombie Survival Crew command is always alert and on the look out for zombie related activity. During one of my forays into the twitterverse, I noted a higher than average zombie reading coming from the literary sector. Proceeding with caution, I investigated and found an amazing occurrence… none other than Jonathan Maberry tweeting about Dead of Night, Rot & Ruin, and Dust & Decay. Clearly this was someone who has knowledge we need on the crew. So, I took a chance and retweeted to see how he would respond. He followed me. Normally, as you know, I consider following a suspect activity, but in this case, I considered it a compliment. Still holding observation, I watched his tweet patterns and the more I watched, the more impressed I became with his professionalism. I plotted my approach. And Jonathan responded eagerly.

When it comes to an individual who knows the enemy, Jonathan has done more than his share of the research. And he shares his knowledge with us all to help us prepare. Not only that, he has major street-cred as a kenjutsu instructor and has been a martial arts instructor for almost 50 years. Who better to lead the Special Forces in hand-to-rotting limb combat? Zombie Survival Crew please raise your weapons and welcome our newest commander in the Special Forces NY Times Bestseller and Multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Jonathan Maberry!!!!

And as a treat, below is the trailer for his latest novel, Dead of Night!

 


Resupply Stations – The Sectors

A month ago, we introduced the Grid Concept for our resupply stations, where we broke down the continental United States into 23 Phase I sectors which will roll into 6 Phase II sectors. In order to keep outsiders (walkers or other kinds of predators) from discovering the whereabouts of the resupply stations — because let’s face it, the last thing we want is a surprise visit while gathering the troops — we cannot refer to the resupply stations by city name. And while we have broken them into color-coded groups (North East – Blue, South East – Green, North Central – Red, South Central – Aqua, North West – Yellow, and South West – Purple), we needed a better way to identify the resupply stations without giving away any inkling of the location of the station. So each sector has been given a number and letter to signify its location. This makes it easy for reporting in to the resupply station. If the internet is still an option, check-ins via twitter would be something along the lines of @TheZSC Checking in sector #2D. Travel was quiet. Or if there were problems, they could be reported accordingly. @TheZSC Destination sector #2D. Shamblers enroute, diverting to avoid.

So how are the sectors laid out? Each of the 6 phase II sectors is assigned a number from top to bottom and left to right. Then within each of the groups, the phase II sector will be designated as the A of the group. The alpha sequence then follows a clockwise direction through the remaining locations. For easier visualization, please look at the full-sized version of the map. The breakdown is as follows:**Note** – The colors of the markers are not brigade specific — they are only indicative of the various resupply station groups.

North West Group (Yellow)
      1A. Pocatello, ID (Phase II site)
      1B. Lakeview, OR
      1C. Yakima, WA
      1D. Helena, MT

South West Group (Purple)
      2A. Madera, CA (Phase II site)
      2B. St. George, UT
      2C. Phoenix, AZ
      2D. Anaheim, CA

North Central Group (Red)
      3A. Duluth, MN (Phase II site)
      3B. Waterloo, IA
      3C. Alliance, NE
      3D. Bismarck, ND

South Central Group (Aqua)
      4A. Midland, TX (Phase II site)
      4B. Liberal, KS
      4C. Springfield, MO
      4D. Monroe, LA
      4E. San Antonio, TX

North East Group (Blue)
      5A. Burlington, VT (Phase II site)
      5B. Wilmington, DE
      5C. Cleveland, OH

South East Group (Green)
      6A. Atlanta, GA (Phase II site)
      6B. Berea, KY
      6C. Kissimmee, FL

To read more on all resupply stations, please go to our (for members only) Key Links under the Escape Routes/Resupply Stations section


Escape Route Plans – Sectors

Zombie Survival Crew command has been working on the appropriate strategy for mobilizing the crew in the event of a Zombiepocalypse or other global cataclysmic event. Honorable Brigadier, JL Coburn (SAPPED), has amassed a great amount of data and provided it to the Oracle for her to sift through to come up with the best plan. Don’t be left out in the cold! In order for you to view the escape route plans, you must be registered for this site and logged in. If you are already registered and logged in, you’ll definitely want to check out where your closest resupply station is.


Purple Brigade Go Bag Essentials

Purple Brigade

Purple Brigade Commander LK Gardner-Griffie, aka the Oracle, explains the reasons for her choices of essential Go Bag items…

Each Zombie Survival Crew brigade has specific items crew members should stock in their Go Bag so that when a geographical area goes into alert status and crew members meet at assigned gathering points there is a base supply of essential items. In addition to assigned gear, every individual should also add any items they want or need to have at the ready in the event of an emergency.

.

.

Go Bag Essentials:

  • Toilet Paper – This one should be readily apparent to everyone who has ever run out of toilet paper on a camping trip. The options available to you are not pretty, and unless you know your flora and fauna cold, you could end up with a hellacious rash, right where you’d rather not discuss. Come the Zombiepocalypse, toilet paper will be the commodity which puts you at the head of the table for bargaining. If you have an ample supply, and others do not, you are in a prime position because they will give anything… repeat anything… to get their hands on some. And the thought of being without toilet paper is nothing short of shudder-making to me. It is the stuff of which nightmares are born. And yes, I am a self-confessed toilet paper hoarder — deal with it.
  • Laptop – I recognize that there are situations in which the laptop will be more useless than carrying a big ol’ stone around. BUT I am still going to want to have mine with me for those occasions when I do find a power source, or an internet connection. Or simply for carrying information I’m going to need. The battery will last for a little while, used sparingly. And if it does so happen that electricity and internet access continue uninterrupted, we’ll be able to keep on top of the pulse of the situation via news feeds and Twitter. And the reason I put Twitter in there is that I have found out more information on Twitter before I have seen it in a news feed. All information must be verified, but the faster we get it, the faster it can be verified. So, for the Purple Brigade, the data crunchers, the analysts of the crew, the laptop is an essential piece of equipment. How else will we monitor the check-ins at the resupply stations?
  • Glass Pane – Now this might seem like a dangerous item to carry with you. And I’ll admit, it will be the most prone to getting broken, but take care with it, because having a glass pane with you can be beneficial. It’s primary use will be as an intensifier of sunlight and can be used to help heat items, start fires, etc. And if necessary, can be combined with some of our other essentials to MacGyver a type of solar panel. And when you’ve been running through the wild and are approaching civilization and need to freshen up, combined with tin foil you’ll have a rudimentary mirror, so you don’t scare any live people you approach.
  • Copper Wire – Excellent conductor of electricity. It can be used in the making of bombs, and for creating electricity (with the use of magnets so you might want to sneak a few of those in as well). Copper wire is strong, non-corrosive — which is important when you don’t know the types of conditions you may be working under — and compatible with other connectors. And if push comes to shove and you find yourself in hand to hand combat with zombies, a good length of copper wire can be used as a garrote – twist it up, maybe have some spikes sticking out, and you’re good to go — sever the neck of that oncoming zombie.
  • Tin Foil – While I said tin foil, I really mean aluminum foil. This is a multipurpose item. You can use it for cooking — wrap anything in tin foil and throw it on the fire for a bit. Wrapping food so the smell is contained — this not only applies to zombies identifying your location, but animals, and other people who will kill you for your food. It also can be used as a rudimentary means of storing electricity as long as you have an insulator such as newspaper, wax paper, or mylar (the best insulator for use with foil). Foil can also be formed into a cup or used as a plate, should you need to do so.
  • Water – I think this one should be self-explanatory. Without a drinkable water supply, you’re dead.
  • Tea – While coffee is generally considered the juice that will keep the crew members moving forward, for me tea is more essential. Depending on the variety it can pep you up, or calm you down. It is full of antioxidants, and keeps my brain ticking along. And the last thing command wants is for my brain to stop ticking.
  • Toe Warmers – Depending on conditions, toe warmers may be essential. When my feet are cold, I can’t think, I can’t sleep, I can’t function. Not a good state to be in if you’re trying to outwit zombies. And if my feet are warm, the rest of me is warm too. My feet do get cold easily, so I learned a while ago to keep toe warmers with me — if necessary they can be used to warm up cold fingers as well to help your aim with crossbow, gun, or knife. They’re compact and last for hours.
  • Paraffin Wax – Easily melted and has restorative properties for sore muscles. The situation will be anything but normal, and I’m going to guess that sore muscles will abound. It can also be used for making molds of items if needed.
  • Tool Kit – This should go without saying. You never know when you’ll need tools to repair something on the fly — and we will be on the fly — so a compact tool kit may be the thing that makes the difference between life and death.
  • Mini-car starter – Think of this as a small but mighty power supply. Inexpensive, compact to carry, but can jump a car if necessary. Although I’m not sure I’d recommend jumping a car. Who knows whether there will be gasoline available? Save it for igniting diversionary bombs.
  • Protein Powder – Food may be an issue, so carrying a supply of protein with you is a must. Liquid pre-mixed protein drinks are nice, but a luxury when every pound on your back counts. Protein is necessary for strength and without it your body simply will not function well. We need to keep ourselves in tip-top condition — well as much as we can in the circumstances — so protein is a must. A couple of pounds of protein powder can keep you going for a week and a half (worst case scenario), which should give you time to reach one of the ZSC resupply stations.
  • Fertilizer – I’m sure that some of you thought I had lost my mind by putting fertilizer as a go bag essential. And I’ll admit it does sound a bit suspect, but read on because you’ll see the value of fertilizer (which will not be used to grow things) in the next point…
  • Oil – Take some motor oil, mix it with the fertilizer you brought, pack it tightly into a container, connect the container to the mini-car starter with the copper wire and BOOM!!!!! You have just created an ANFO bomb. Plant a few of these in the path of the oncoming hordes and watch the body parts fly.
  • Duct Tape – Essential. Period. Useful for all types of repairs, keeping people securely fastened to chairs, and can be used to secure the aforementioned bomb. Duct tape is the item which will keep the Zombie Survival Crew together.

The Quirky Yet Essential Items of the Purple Brigade

Purple Brigade

Purple Brigade Commander LK Gardner-Griffie (aka The Oracle) explains the reasons for her choices of essential Go Bag items… But in order to see what the reasons are, you’ll need to login and if you are not a registered member, please take a few moments and register for the site. The links for both the login and the Member Registration can be found in the sidebar to the right.


Travel Tips From The Oracle

The chief has been called on to travel across the country on a mission for the Zombie Survival Crew, where she will meet up with Green Brigade Commander — IronE Singleton, her trusted right-hand man, Red Brigade First Lieutenant, Neil Brown, Jr., and me (the Oracle — Commander of the Purple Brigade). Since this is the first time our fearless leader has traveled on ZSC business without the use of her trusty workhorse truck, and since she’s practically lived in it for months on end, I decided there were a few reminders she might need.

  1. You don’t need to carry your whole life with you. This is a short jaunt and you’ll be back in time to leave in your beloved truck for the next mission. Keep the truck packed and only bring essentials. Commercial airlines DO weigh luggage.
  2. While it may pain you to leave it behind, it is best to remain circumspect with the airlines because the government is controlling the baggage, so leave the trusted crossbow at home.
  3. (And this is one from personal experience) Do NOT attempt to carry on a pink plastic stick…. Airport security does not find this amusing and will put you in jail for the attempt.
  4. You are not in control of the itinerary. The airline has commissioned pilots and they give the directions to the pilots. In fact, if you attempt to storm the cockpit to issue instructions, airplane security will detain you.
  5. The other people on the plane are not all UGA plants (although I’m sure there will be one or two, so watch your back). Do not respond with any guerrilla warfare tactics learned from Neil Brown, Jr. if someone attempts to engage you in conversation.
  6. Texting and calling is forbidden while in flight. This is non-negotiable. The rest of the commanders and I have taken up a collection to ensure that the regulation remains that way. It is the only time within the year where we can be certain of lack of communication from you. We’re all going to take a nap… after ensuring command is manned appropriately.
  7. You will be involved in some social situations during your mission:
    1. When someone reaches for you with open arms, do not run screaming the other way. They are trying to give you a hug, not chew your face off.
    2. It is best not to enter the room throwing orders left and right to bystanders as you trundle through the crowd.
    3. It is generally frowned upon in a social situation to run screaming in circles. If you feel the need, please excuse yourself and find an empty alley or bathroom (with lots of carpet to deaden the sound) to carry out this activity.
    4. Smile and nod — this works in all situations.

Hopefully the chief will be able to remember these 7 simple rules… Otherwise, the next memo from the Command Center may be about taking up a collection for bail.


Resupply Stations – The Grid Concept

Zombie Survival Crew command has been working on the appropriate strategy for mobilizing the crew in the event of a Zombiepocalypse or other global cataclysmic event. Honorable Brigadier, JL Coburn (SAPPED), has amassed a great amount of data and provided it to the Oracle for her to sift through to come up with the best plan. While we plan to expand our escape routes globally, command determined that since the bulk of the ZSC loyalists are in the continental United States, that should be the starting point for the development of escape routes and resupply stations.

The Oracle started off working with bubble or cell concept, but then realized the benefits of switching to a grid concept. The map attached to this post shows the location of both the phase I and phase II resupply stations (Click the map to view full size). By applying a grid to the map of the United States, we broke the United States into 23 phase I sectors, which will then roll into 6 phase II sectors. The idea behind the resupply stations is that when we have been notified that mobilization is necessary, we grab our Go Bags and bug out — but where do we go? To the resupply station. Each brigade has different Go Bag essentials so that when all brigades meet at the resupply stations, each station will have the necessary supplies to support the community in the preparation to move on to the phase II stations.

We will provide more details and instructions involved with the full plan, but wanted to introduce the crew to the first set of resupply stations. Make sure you know where your resupply station is so you can start planning how you will get there. We cannot anticipate that we will have transportation means other than travel by foot, so factor that into your plans. In reviewing the map, if your location falls under one of the grid lines, you make the determination as to which resupply station is the one you will head toward. The resupply station locations are listed below: **Note** – The colors of the markers are not brigade specific — they are only indicative of the various resupply station groups.

North East Group (Blue)

  1. Burlington, VT (Phase II site)
  2. Cleveland, OH
  3. Wilmington, DE

South East Group (Green)

  1. Atlanta, GA (Phase II site)
  2. Berea, KY
  3. Kissimmee, FL

North Central Group (Red)

  1. Duluth, MN (Phase II site)
  2. Waterloo, IA
  3. Bismarck, ND
  4. Alliance, NE

South Central Group (Aqua)

  1. Midland, TX (Phase II site)
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Monroe, LA
  4. Springfield, MO
  5. Liberal, KS

North West Group (Yellow)

  1. Pocatello, ID (Phase II site)
  2. Helena, MT
  3. Yakima, WA
  4. Lakeview, OR

South West Group (Purple)

  1. Madera, CA (Phase II site)
  2. Phoenix, AZ
  3. St. George, UT
  4. Anaheim, CA

To read more on all resupply stations, please go to our (for members only) Key Links under the Escape Routes/Resupply Stations section