Post-apocalyptic baddies: The possibilities

We here at In Case of Survival talk a lot about the baddies you’ll potentially run into post apocalypse. I have no doubt that there’ll be bad guys aplenty after the world ends; after all, everyone will be fighting for survival. The possibility of death usually doesn’t bring out the best in people. What kinds of baddies will there be? I really have no way of knowing—I don’t think anyone will, until we’re actually in... Read more

Apocalypse dating

A couple of months ago, I wrote about falling in love during and after the apocalypse. Generally, falling in love involves meeting people and, you know, dating. So, unless your post-apocalyptic society has decided that arranged marriages are the best thing for love since Cupid invented online dating sites, you’re going to have to enter the dating world. Unfortunately, there’s a chance the Internet will no longer exist—or will no longer exist in its current... Read more

Being selected by natural selection

Despite what some people think of him and his theories, Darwin was definitely onto something when he came up with natural selection. He was right, too—only those who’ve adapted enough to survive in a particular environment will, well, survive. If you think about it, post-apocalyptic Earth will be natural selection come to life. People who can’t adapt to their new environment will die. Or they’ll be eaten by zombies, turned into vampires, or assimilated by... Read more

Post-apocalyptic babyproofing

The last time my toddler tried to climb the oven door to see the fun things that were happening on the stove, I had this crazy picture flash into my head. It was of my toddler climbing the ruins of a building somewhere in post-apocalyptic Earth and then falling off, only to be impaled by some random ruins below (or eaten by zombies that happened to be wandering by). I realized a few things after... Read more

Post-apocalyptic holidays

My apologies for getting this post up late. My husband and I decided at the last minute to go out of town for the long weekend. So we loaded up the van, packed up the kids, and took off for parts unknown (well, unknown to us, anyway). But the trip got me thinking—what will happen to the holidays after the apocalypse? By holidays I don’t mean vacations, I mean the major holidays. Days like Christmas,... Read more

Do you have your apocalypse survival plan ready?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ready for the zombie apocalypse. They released their zombie survival plan last week. A survival plan isn’t a bad thing. It can help you in the midst of the apocalypse, when you’re fighting the urge to run screaming for the hills (assuming those hills aren’t overrun with zombies). It can even be helpful now—a plan for surviving zombies or evil space monkeys or whatever can probably... Read more

What does your apocalypse look like?

I have no idea how I missed this, but apparently, the biblical Judgment Day (a.k.a. The Rapture) will occur on May 21, 2011. That’s right. The Rapture will happen THIS SATURDAY. The world will end (by fire) five months later, on October 21. Well, according to some people. But that’s not the point. Read more

Survival training for the little ones

By “little ones,” I mean kids. Though I suppose it can mean anything else that could be called a little one. Obviously, survival is going to be a big deal after the apocalypse. If you don’t focus on your survival, you won’t survive. Period. For some people, survival might come naturally. For others, it might take some training. Either way, it’s probably a good idea to train everybody in your group. Even if you’ve got... Read more

How to make friends and influence zombies

There’s no doubt that friendships and networks will be important in the post-apocalyptic world. After all, people will need to band together for protection and survival. While making friends with other survivors may not be a requirement, it’s probably a good idea. Since there’s safety in numbers, you never know when you’ll need someone to watch your back. And, you know, finding a survivor group to join will probably be easier if people in that... Read more

The family bomb shelter: yay or nay?

During the apocalypse, you’ll have to consider how to protect your family. This is especially true if you have children. The apocalypse is sure to be filled with chaos (not to mention things exploding and people shooting at each other), and protecting yourself—let alone your family—could be difficult or near impossible. There will be tough competition for food, water, and shelter, so you’ll have to fight for basic necessities. You’ll probably also meet scary and... Read more

Apocalypse preschool: Developing a survival-based curriculum

In child development, the time between infancy and kindergarten is one of the most important. During this time, children learn the basics, like the alphabet and numbers. It’s also when they learn basic (but important) life skills, like how to go to the bathroom in a place other than their pants. This won’t change after the apocalypse. Those crucial early years will remain just as crucial, though the education system will probably change. I imagine... Read more

Love in the time of the apocalypse

Thinking about falling in love during and after the apocalypse may seem a little trivial, silly, or just plain wrong. But think about it: during times of extreme hardship and strife, human beings will generally either band together or try to kill each other. Since I have no doubt that anyone left alive after the end of world will try to kill anyone else left alive, I’d like to think that some people will team... Read more