Regardless of the type of zombie outbreak, what you do with the first hours will be of chief importance in determining your chances of survival. Preparing for disaster before it strikes lends a strong advantage to survivors, giving you and your loved ones a necessary advantage over the neighbors and countrymen with whom you are now competing for vital resources and opportunities. Making quick plans and standing by them is also paramount. Establishing early shelters, gathering supplies, and surviving contact with looters must also be considered. Forethought, however, is the key here to enduring the early days of the zombie outbreak, and may make the difference between becoming a statistic and living to tell the tale.