You have 2 choices, hide everything, be careful bringing it home from the store or ordering on line – people notice. Or be open, keep it in plain sight and plan to share.
You can stockpile food and water – no matter how careful you are – nieghbors, friends, family, and the Postal / delivery person will decide that you have 10 times as much as they’ve seen and expect you to share. This can get real ugly, real fast.
If you want to stockpile – pay cash, in person, no receipt, and bring it into your house in Walmart bags. Don’t tell your kids, your spouse, or best friend / team leader how much you have. Set up a “Food Stores” closet, let them all see this and hide 90% somewhere else.
Just trust me on this one.
Be open and honest about what you have on hand. When a friend jokes “I know where I’m coming in the Zopoc!” Laugh with them, agree and say “I hope you like beans and rice! I got enough food to feed 15 people for 1 month and 50 people have said the same as you. How many people are you bringing? And be sure to grab lots of ketchup for the cat-on-a-stick!”
This will get into the back of their head and they will either start planning what they are bringing or write you off as a nut job and try to evacuate when the SHTF.
With that simple, open statement we have had friends bring us buckets of dry food plus a weapon and ammo with the comment “In case I’m in your area when things go bad….”
Stored Food Recipe:
2 – 3 pounds prepped bird meat. Chicken, dove, pidgeon, quail. Cut into 3-bite pieces and baked or grilled until cooked. Left-overs are fine.
1 can coconut milk
1 can stewed or cut tomatos
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon tumeric
1 tablespoon “curry” powder.
1 dash vinegar
Put cooked chicken in medium to large pot with everything else, simmer 2-3 hours on low – until meat is falling apart.
Saffron makka dahl = saffron, red lentil, rice
3/4 c red lentils
3/4 c long grain white rice
small pinch saffron
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
3+ cups water
Cook as per basic rice. Season to taste.
The Greater Cascadia Quarentine Zone is not in fact sovereign, but is instead inspired by FEMA Region X. And is under the jurisdiction of the INTEGRATED ZOMBIE ERADICATION AND CONTAINMENT COMMAND.
Each Thursday comic takes about 1 hour to sketch, 5 hours to ink, and another 4 hours to color and touch up.
This comic, freelance projects, our local cartoon, Church, elderly parents, and he works a full time job. My hero.
Someone sent an email asking “Why Marines?”
Um, former Navy Corpsman here – thought that would be obvious, but here’s the thought process:
We choose Marines as the primary service for the cartoon because I have always had good friends in the Corps. Because Marine disciple will make the difference in a future/alternate reality situation that includes zombies. And because the artist had the honor to hang out with a group of Marine’s on his last deployment to Afghanastan.
Me thinks the writer answered too quickly. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 specifically prohibits only the ARMY from operating domestically in a law enforcement role. Hence, the use of the Marines in the comic. (You may remember the Public Health team’s surprise at finding an Army checkpoint in the second strip….) Besides, succeeding administrations seem less and less interested in following the law, so I would imagine that during the ZOMPOC all this would be out the window, anyways. Signed, the artist.
Here at TZA we post a new color comic on Thursdays, plus the occasional blog during the week. We are working up to a daily black and white comic with 1 color comic a week.
The basic concept behind the comic is the daily life in a zombie quarentine zone AFTER the apocalypse becomes old news. This is an alternate universe that builds on significant events in the past few decades and extrapolates the “what if” changes to include zombies.
In writing TZA, it never occured to me to deviate history befor 9/11.
Of course 9/11 happened in the cartoon back story.
It so shaped me, my family, the artist, and every person now serving in the military that to write a military cartoon without it was never even considered.
The Marine Corps Blog said yesterday that “We are the 9/11 generation.”
That’s right, the very first Integrated Zombie Eradication and Containment Command challenge coins are now live on the NWTM website! They are selling very quickly- the initial pressing is only 300 coins, and the first 100 sold in the first 3 hours of going live…
…you can order your very own right here directly from the NWTM webstore.
A reminder, we do not make anything from the sale of these coins, but they are as cool as all get-out -and we designed them to fit the TZA universe, so how cool is that?