Essential Knowledge for Survivors
This page is filled with essential information for all survivors. It will help to formulate a good story line and provide you with the right tools to understand the state of a survivors life and how they must survive. If you have any questions about this content or do not see an answer here, please contact Kat.
Gone are the days of fully stocked grocery stores, fields of crops waiting to be harvested, farmers markets and ordering exotic delights online. Our civilization has been pushed back to the times of complete self-sustenance and everyone has to fend for themselves. Gardens, livestock, and preserved supplies are essential to survival. Around this time, most canned and dehydrated stockpiles will be reaching a critical point or be gone completely.
All survivors have mastered the art of rationing, but that doesn’t ensure that any food supply will last for very long. Rodents, insects, and predators will all be threats to any food supply. It is a constant struggle, but things are beginning to look up as more gardens are established and the NOMAD trading posts begin to flourish. If your character lives in a colony, food may be less of an issue due to their agricultural practices and trade with other communities.
It essential to maintain a good level of nutrition. While hunting and foraging are viable ways to keep yourself fed, you must remember that the body needs a wide variety of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Without a balance in the diet, survivors can suffer from malnutrition or deficiencies in several different ways.
Most survivors have learned various food preservation techniques including smoking, dehydrating, and canning. Refrigeration is unavailable for most. Electricity is normally reserved for communication, lighting, and tools. However, in some of the more established colonies there are communal kitchens with working appliances to preserve food. Cellars and underground food storage pits are essential for most survivors who have settled outside of a colony. Traveling survivors must live more “hand to mouth” and rely on dried food as a primary source of nutrition.
Water is also very important. Most colonies are located directly adjacent to a water source. There are lots of ways to obtain and store water, but purification is probably the most important. If you are not near a water source, you may need to travel somewhere to refill your supply. Keep in mind that standing water will grow bacteria and parasites. Even if a stored supply has been purified and boiled, it should be treated after a few days as if it has not been cleaned. It is best to keep a good stockpile of water at all times as well as creating rainwater collection devices to use for things like washing, cleaning, and other important uses.
Unfortunately, not everyone is versed in first aid, so many have had to teach themselves how to deal with various injuries. It is important to try and have at least a few first aid supplies at all times. It is precarious to try and breach hospitals, since they were the starting points of infection and may be filled with zombies. However, raiding pharmacies and drug stores will yield the best results. It is also best to have a first aid guide (available in those stores) to reference when dealing with these issues. Don’t forget pain killers and cold medication when evaluating your supply.
Nomad trading posts have a medical team that holds a clinic for one week once a month. These days tend to be busy, attracting survivors for miles. If you would like to attend a Nomad Medical Day, it is best to arrive early and be prepared to camp out for a few days before being seen.
SCION colonies house at least one doctor and nurse and even have more advanced medical equipment.
Gasoline is very rare and precious. All gasoline filling stations are barren and any supply must come from other sources. The UDF, SCION, SFA and a few other groups have access to the oil needed to make fuel. Only a handful of refineries are operated and the gasoline is reserved for peacekeeping and emergency services. There are talks of offering fuel for generators and other items from NOMAD stations.
Alternative fuel sources are more widely used. Many modified engines can be found on motorcycles and small cars that will take vegetable oil as fuel. Solar powered electric vehicles are also becoming prominent, however they do not move fast and charges do not hold long. It is dangerous to travel any long distance with one of these vehicles and they are usually reserved for short trips.
Other transportation options include bicycles, horses (with or without wagons), mules and donkeys, sleds drawn by dogs, or even roller skates. Most people will opt to travel by foot since roadblocks, collapsed streets, and other obstacles can quickly halt the progress of larger vehicles. The NOMAD network uses a fleet of motorcycles and horse drawn wagons.