Zombie Cliche Lookout: Side Effects
When healthy people lose power in non-zombie outbreak conditions, it’s usually an inconvenience. They might lose things in their refrigerator and freezer, and have to call into work, but they’re able to get by without too much trouble. That’s not so true for people with health problems, many of whom require electricity in order to survive. If they don’t have someone who can get them somewhere with power quickly, they’re in a lot of trouble.
People like this will be additional, tragic losses in a long-term emergency situation. Even if they never even see a zombie, they’re in jeopardy every second they don’t have access to electricity and other services.
About this Episode:
Okay, full disclosure here: I have no idea how many modern medicines need to be refrigerated, nor whether those medicines would be applicable to someone like Tara’s dad, who seems to have dementia. I was inspired on this story line by one of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels: Alas Babylon, in which one character dies because her insulin requires refrigeration and there is no power.
It’s nice that Sam has found Cheryl and looks to be reunited with the rest of the group (sans Shannon, of course), but not everyone is so lucky. Such is the life they live.
Discussion Question: Consequences of Power Outages?
Again, we have a pretty diverse group of readers here from a variety of backgrounds. I believe we even have a couple people here who care for family members with health issues, so I’m curious to know what sort of problems a prolonged power outage would cause you. Also, what can you do to mitigate those peoples? I know a lot of people have emergency backup generators, but how much fuel do they keep on hand for them?