Being a long-time fan of the zombie genre, I feel pretty well versed in the skills needed to survive in a post apocalyptic world. I’ve even dreamed about my mad zombie skills. I was pretty impressive.
As my A-Z Blogging Challenge comes to an end, I felt I should take the opportunity to highlight why I’m confident that living in Maine will give me an advantage when the zombies come. And, they will come. It’s only a matter of time.
Here are ten reasons I believe being in Maine will give me an edge during the zombie apocalypse:
- Low Population. With only 1,328,302 people, and a population density of 43.1 people per square mile, according to Enchanted Learning, we will have less zombies to deal with than many other states. Plus, much of our population is concentrated in southern Maine. As you move north, it becomes less populated. We are even home to the 100-Mile Wilderness part of the Appalachian Trail. It’s hard enough for hikers to cross let alone slow-moving zombies.
- Experienced Hunters. We have between 5-8 hunters per square mile according to WideOpenSpaces. While not the highest density state, which is probably a result of our lower population, it’s still a decent amount of hunters who should be pretty helpful in fending off zombies. We do however lack bow hunters, so there will be no Daryl Dixon’s in our post-apocalyptic family unit.
- Minimal Access Points. Maine only borders one other state and Canada. This means fewer access points for zombies to enter. And, as I highlighted in my previous blog post, T is for Trivia and Fun Maine Facts, we have the most shoreline of any state. No one likes to be landlocked in a zombie apocalypse.
- Island Getaways. We have a ridiculous number of islands along our coast, many of them isolated and uninhabited, or sparsely, populated. According to Explore Maine we have over 4,600 islands. It’s good to keep some distance between you and the zombies, or maybe you just need a weekend away from all the mayhem.
- Plenty of Fresh Water. According to the Geographical Digest Series from the University of Maine, we have 5,785 lakes in the state which will provide access to fresh water when society breaks down and bottled water becomes scarce or cost prohibitive.
- Foraging for Food. A relaxing trip to the supermarket, if there really is such a thing, will be long gone once the zombies arrive. You’ll need to resort to foraging for food and Maine has some good options for you. The Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta even offers foraging classes. I’ve never been to the school but am extremely intrigued by their course catalog.
Don’t forget we have lots of maple syrup too because you should still enjoy something delicious from time to time even during an apocalypse.
- Basements and Garages. With our weather, basements and garages are commonplace in Maine. This may seem unimportant when planning your survival strategy but keep in mind what you find there. Chainsaws, axes and an unending supply of random tools that can be fashioned into weaponry.
When the apocalypse comes I’m heading to my Dad’s basement first. His is organized much better than mine and he has literally ever tool every made plus he still has all his old clam digging supplies.
- Weaponry. Once you find your weapon of choice. What’s next? If you were impressed with access to a foraging class in Maine, I am happy to inform you that we have not one but two survival schools in the state. You can head on over to the Summer or Winter Woodsman course at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School. These courses teach key survival skills like fire making and shelter building as well as basic axemanship. I’ve never taken their classes either, but might need to add this to my to-do list.
- Baseball Bats. If an axe feels like overkill for you (it’s not), you can opt for a simpler, more classic weapon. Perhaps a baseball bat? They don’t need to be powered up and with the right swing they can protect you just fine. We not only have our own bat manufacturer, Dove Tail Bat Company, but also plenty of trees if you need to fashion a make-shift bat of your own.
- Horror Expertise. Stephen King is from Maine and he’s written about every horrific possibility that might occur including a zombie apocalypse. The movie version of his zombie story Cell has been in limbo for years but just picked up a new distributor and is scheduled to hit theaters on August 26th according to Popcorn Horror. I can’t wait to do a little more pre-apocalyptic research.
I know that some of you may say that winters will be a challenge. And, that may be true but Maine does have a Survival Score of 13.7 and is rated as the 5th-Best Survival State in the country according to Survival States: The Best States for Survivalists. We are also the only state on the Atlantic that made the top 10. I’m pretty confident we’ll be in better shape when winter comes than the zombies.
Hopefully, my theory will not be put to the test but if it is I’m ready. On a personal note, I know I’ll survive the zombie apocalypse because I just survived my first A-Z Blogging Challenge. What could be more challenging than that?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2016. I will be posting new content every day except Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Life in Maine, and each post will in some way relate to Maine. There are over 1500 other bloggers participating in the challenge. Click HERE to learn more.