If you have the time, start reading something other than “graphic novels.” Get some useful information under your belt. Not just about field stripping an AK-47, but about what makes people tick, because once the apocalypse is upon us, Google will not save your butt.

That’s right, sucker, no more Internet. If it’s not gone already it will be before long.

Hopefully, you’re ahead of the game because you have this book in your hands. Take some training courses ASAP — first aid, CPR, basic weapons, wilderness survival – or start working your way through the recommended reading list at the back.

Also, and you may not be expecting this one, you better get yourself something to believe in or at least to think about during those long, dark nights of the soul. I’m not talking religion necessarily, but if that’s your thing, cool.

I like this old Roman dude named Seneca. He said it’s easy to be a stand up, moral guy if you don’t ever leave the house. Walk out the front door? Somebody will screw up your day. I stuffed a collection of Seneca’s letters in my bug-out bag. Figured he’d be some company when I’m holed up somewhere.

Think about it. The day is gonna come when a book is your best friend even if you haven’t picked one up in 20 years — and I don’t mean just a survival manual like this one.

Sooner or later, you will need something to remind you that you are still human and to give you a reason to keep surviving.

We’re talking post apocalypse now. Maybe you haven’t willingly walked into one since study hall, but libraries are good things. People have been teaching other people how to do stuff in print for generations and there are a lot of good stories out there. A book can be a lot of company, man. Don’t dismiss the idea just because you hated school.

You already know you have a lot to learn. Find the educational materials you need – and the entertainment — cause guess what?

If there’s a Zombie Pride parade going by on the street outside your house, you have paid your last electric bill. Your favorite search engine is no longer an option for anything.