Everyone knows that to survive the apocalypse, it’s going to require a plethora of skills. Your group will not survive long if you have nothing but snipers on the team right? So we discussed last month a little about the sniper position, this month I would like discuss the scavenger position.
A scavenger is one of the most important jobs in an apocalypse. They will be your main point of contact for the conditions that are ahead of you, almost like a scout. Good communication skills will be required so they can inform the rest of the group about their finds or the danger that lies ahead without confusion.
The scavenger must also have a good eye for things. They must always be on the lookout for items that would make life easier, or even just livable. For instance I may walk by an abandoned stroller without batting an eye. A scavenger may see that same stroller and look into repurposing it to carry groceries, firewood, weapons, you name it. That stroller would work as a basket to carry all kinds of things until you were able to find a wheel barrel or a pull along wagon, or maybe even a silent grocery cart.
The next skill a scavenger must possess is the skill of being silent. Scavengers will often find theselves in situations were being quiet will save their lives. Weather she is trying to escape a group of zombies that have her pinned, or the scavenger has come across another group of survivors who don’t seem so friendly, being silent will help her to conceal her location and save her life.
Scavengers should also possess great climbing skills. In many situations, the scavenger will want to tackle the problem from in the air. The height would prevent zombies from grabbing them, as well as help conceal themselves if they come across another group of survivors. Who looks to the sky in the an apocalypse where death will come from ground level or below? So it can be a tree, a fire escape, rooftop, ext., just approach all situations from the sky.
A great sense of direction will be needed by any scavenger. It does you no good to be able to find a sweet ammo stash, if you don’t know how to get it back to the rest of the group. Many scavengers’ lives will be in danger just for getting lost in the woods or the concrete jungle. A scavenger should always carry a map and a compass just in case.
The last piece of advice I have for any would be scavengers out there would be that patience is key. If your find is swarmed with zombies, just wait. They will move eventually. You may be tempted to trick the zeds into moving along by distracting them but don’t try it. There’s always the smart one that will see past the distraction and locate you. Instead just wait, and you will find your opportunity.
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