Most of us are not ready for the zombie apocalypse, according to new poll — are YOU prepared?

Sunday, October 01, 2017 by

Okay, so “zombies” aren’t a real thing…right? Right! At least for now and at least as far as I know. But they could be a real thing at some point in the future, if current hit TV programming is correct.

That said, if real, live (dead?) zombies began walking the planet tomorrow, a new survey shows that darned few people are ready to defend themselves against the onslaught, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports.

New research on “zombie plans” indicates that just one in 10 people — a paltry 10 percent — have even thought about what they’d do and how they’d react to a zombie apocalypse. That said if an attack occurred — and with today’s weird, toxic concoction of drugs, GMOs, flesh-eating bacteria, and late-night television, zombies really could become a “thing” — more young people than older people have thought about what they might do.

That group, the 18-24 year-olds that the defense industry targets and soda makers adore, is the most proactive, zombie-planning demographic, according to researchers, with fully 25 percent, or one-in-four, admitting they had a master plan for the day of the dead.

But some of them are would-be intelligence types: Nine percent of that demographic was not willing to share their plans for survival. Why? Well, so they could make sure to maintain an advantage over the unprepared and prepared alike, of course.

As the Daily Mail reported further:

The YouGov Omnibus survey found 11 percent of Brits had a zombie plan, with 23 percent of young people having a plan of what to do compared to just 3 percent of those 55 and over.

The most common strategy (45 percent of people) was finding somewhere to hide – either in their own homes or in another member of their family’s.

Of the 2,076 people questioned about their zombie apocalypse plan, 40 percent said they included stockpiling food and water, as well as medical kits and other supplies. [Nation note: Since this study was conducted in Britain, there wasn’t much discussion about firearms; had it been conducted in the United States, a large percentage would no doubt have included guns and ammunition as being right up there with food and water and bandages. That said, the survey found that 23 percent of British respondents said they would “acquire weapons.”]

Britain’s Ministry of Defense doesn’t have any data or any planning for a zombie apocalypse (slackers — the Pentagon does, and so does the Federal Emergency Management Agency), the Daily Mail said, according to a previous Freedom of Information request. (Related: Pentagon’s ‘zombie pandemic training’ teaches military nurses how to quarantine civilians, administer vaccines on massive scale.)

“In the event of an apocalyptic incident (e.g. zombies), any plans to rebuild and return England to its pre-attack glory would be led by the Cabinet Office, and thus any pre-planning activity would take place there,” said the MoD, adding that its “role in any such event would be to provide military support to the civil authorities, not take the lead.”

According to the survey, most said they weren’t actually prepared to kill a zombie — which is notable, given that zombies will come very prepared to kill them. Less than 25 percent said their plans involved weapons and only 13 percent said they’d be able to do the deadly deed and take an undead ‘life.’

Besides elements of the U.S. government, others are taking the potential threat seriously. For instance, a study released earlier this year by the University of Leicester found that zombies would exterminate all ‘human’ life forms within six months. Researchers made their determination based on a mathematical model for a disease process that predicted how an infection would spread over various populations and regions. It predicted that as humans came in contact with one another, the bacteria would spread.

The student researchers did admit, however, that their model could be off just a bit, so there’s that. Follow more news on the zombie apocalypse at

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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