Going house-to-house in my neighborhood would be my first priority. I believe no one can survive alone, you need a community. As a soldier in my youth, it was drilled into my head that you always have your buddy "pull security."
So, not only would I be looking for supplies (esp. bottled water: food is useless if your dehydrated), but also recruits. We also have several large grocery distribution warehouses in my area. That would be my next stop.
It will be important to create killing fields to clear the area of zombies, lure them into a football pitch and roll over them with a big digger.
I live close to the city centre, so looting would be very risky, but also probably quite fruitful.
If looting was my only means of sustenance (which would probably be the case), I'd approach it in a very strategic way;
1. Map the area
2. Target buildings in a radial fashion, keeping as close to my stronghold as possible at all times, then working outwards.
3. Never burden myself to be unable to run. It's better to do a safe journey ten times than a dangerous journey once.
4. Work as a team. If I am grouped with other survivors, I'd use numbers to our advantage. A reciprocal procedure of surveillance and transportation in order to safely cover ground and return goods.
Seeing as you'll be part of a group I'd suggest one heavy run along a monitored route. Plan it out organise what you'll need and how you will deal with problems, set people up along the route to watch proceedings and maybe even create a diversion for zombies while the run is being made.
Knowledge is power so having scouts watching the route gives you a large area of knowledge to prevent any raiders. If your scout tells you there's a trap laid ahead and the raiders only know about the truck it gives your group the upper hand in the exchange. You could avoid the exchange or counter attack taking everything they have disabling their ability to attack you again any time soon.
Something to remember is that there will prob be (who knows for certain) about 90% fatality rate with the Z virus & the Zeds killing the living. So, in a town of 1000 people thats 100 folk still alive. Thats quite a lot. Ok, if its 99% fatal then thats 10 folk. But the point is that we (i am hoping i will be a survivor) wont have the place entirely to ourselves to loot as we feel (ignoring the Zed's for the moment).
So, what would you folk do if you (and a few buddies.....lets imagine the other 9 in your group of 10 are not kids, grannies, etc) go out to raid a supermarket and find it defended by a few other raiders from a neighbouring town? Is it Mad Max and might-is-right? Do you barter? Or leave it and find another place?
How will you deal with the above situ if you and your group are holding the supermarket and 2 car loads of strangers turn up?
Just wondering how folk plan to deal with raiders? they will be very different from Zed's .
i guess we wont know until it happens, or we might have an idea, but each situation will be different.
I don't think we can overstate the fact humans work in groups. For our brain size a group of 150 people is ideal going by the size of other primate colonies. Humans also trade, they now think that's the one major difference that lead to our success over Neanderthals, they didn't share culture and ides like we did and do.
My point being I don't think small groups will last too long, the benefits of large groups is too obvious and alluring. I think Ireland will go back to a collection of kingships, socialist groups and a few dictatorships that will fight each other for resources, I think human organisation will quickly re-establish large human colonies fairly quickly.
I agree. We wont go back as far as the stone-age when society breaks down. But back as far as the medieval times. Our knowledge wont be lost , but our manufacturing & industry will. So we will end up with strong groups scattered here and there, kingdoms if you will.
I wouldnt even be as pesimistic as saying Medieval, Victorian is entirely plausible, the level of advancement in some of the more rudimentary technologies is staggering, we might not be able to build nuclear reactors but given a bit of time and a few people with the nescessary science and metalwork skills we could defo do Gas lighting, bronze castings, industrial weaving, glass, Ceramics, Steam engines, Gunpowder/Cordite....
a second Industrial revolution wouldnt take too long to kickstart, especially since we have the acumulated knowledge of two centuries from the last one.
Books could wind up being the mst precious resoursce of all
Actually if all went to plan with my Survival strategy that'd be the only reason I'd leave the security of home to venture into one of the nearby-ish towns, to raid the bookshops and libraries
Books and access to local networks in colleges and advanced manufacturing plants.
It's hard to say we'll go back to any particular time period in relation to technology, it's amazing how much can be done just by having a scientific foundation and the use of the scientific method. The world could quite easily end up in a utopia state as an abundance of resources are shared out to relatively small amount of people. There may be no need to fight each other.
I know a bloke who used to work for Waterford Crystal, he's on my Useful allies list glass can be fairly simple to make in some of is more basic forms, bear in mind that even Medieval societies had Glass, its main ingridients are white Sand, Lime, Potash, and some Minerals (from my understanding a few Aluminium cans wil suffice here), then its just a case of grinding it all into a fine powder heatin it up and working itto the shape you want. Simples
I do agree that the technology we have today means that with a little knowledge we can live very comfortable lives, and with the Satelite infrastructure inplace we may well be able to continue these interweb conversations longafter the demise of civil society.
What most scares me is the Idiots, everyone knows a few morons who would burn all the books in the world out of pure spite, these thickos may get their way
on the other point
there may well be no NEED to fight each other, however the base nature of humanity means that we may simply WANT to fight each other.
I wonder how independent satellites are, would they just work without ground control?
To be fair to humans we are quite sociable for the most part. We value trade of not just goods but ideas. Most humans spend the vast majority of their time being kind and respectful to each other.
thats a common misconception that glass has flowed
the percieved flow comes from how the glass was made, it was blown as a globe and spun flat (those 'ornate' bubbles you see in older windows are actually the centre pieces from that process)
Waterford Crystal was Surprisingly low tech in its production of glass
Heat in massive furnace
the Science is in knowing the ratios and the tempratures
the Art is in the blowing
all this can be achieved through trial and error
as I understand it the Satellites are fairly autonomous, the geostationary ones should be capable of functioning for about twenty years before they run out of juice maybe longer.
We are a sociable bunch, to a point, we are very parochial too, as has ben stated on this thread the ideal group size for a community is about 150 people, History has shown us that one of the most efficient way to unite a group is in opposition to a common enemy, Z's may provide some of this social glue, but Resoursce competition will provide the rest along with some good ole fashion Xenophobia