1. Please introduce yourself.
Hey there! I’m Jake Sepulveda – founder of Zombease.com
2. What was the trigger for starting zombease.com?
I was tired of seeing inaccurate or wholly incorrect information about Zombies floating around the internet.
So much of it seemed to be “winging it” based off of pure assumption.
I try to put a logical scientific mind behind everything involving the undead (though I also realize there’s no way of really knowing what zombies “will” be like).
I started moving into more real-world survival and preparedness techniques and guides after a few months.
I delved into survival because I saw a real need for well-written pieces that more simply, but clearly explained techniques and ideas.
I also noticed that a lot of “survival” blogs and websites weren’t actually creating information of their own, so much as sharing the information others had created… that’s not something we do at Zombease.
3. What gear do you usually review on your site?
My gear reviews are entirely up to circumstance.
It depends on which companies I am able to contact or those that contact me, and what gear is made available for review.
I have done a number of pieces from both Gerber and BUDK, but have also worked with companies like Petzl, Thrive, Dorcy, Olight, and so on.
But I don’t just stick to the “big guys”, I like to support small businesses as much as I can too.
I really enjoy working with folks like Zombie Tactical Cord, Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp, and Ignoble Bags.
These are just three of the more independent groups that I’ve worked with.
As of now, I’ve have a big focus on knives and tools, though I would like to branch more deeply into backpacks, lighting, foods, and general equipment.
I hope to start into wearables as well.
4. What is the gear that you would like to have close in a survival situation?
There are a few basics that I ALWAYS like to have on hand: Fire, first-aid, multi-tool, and lighting.
I’ve put together a great little EDC that goes just about everywhere I do.
It’s got all of the basics, without being over-loaded with junk that wont really come in handy, but looks cool.
Other than that, and depending on the type of disaster or survival situation, I love a good hatchet or crowbar… or even The Trucker’s Friend.
5. What is the best multi tool you’ve ever used?
As far as small handheld multi-tools go, it has to be the Leatherman Wave.
I’ve had mine for roughly 7 years and it’s never let me down.
It’s not over-loaded with stuff I don’t need, but covers all the basics with a few extra bells and whistles.
Secondly, though not secondary, would be the Trucker’s Friend. This is a medium sized multi-tool hatchet that combines a hatchet, hammer, crowbar, and wire puller.
It’s durable, highly effective, and easy to use.
I’ve got a full review for it over at Zombease, if you’re interested.
6. How can we prepare ourselves for a survival situation?
This is a hard one because it’s so generalized, however I do have an answer for you.
Preparing for a survival situation or serious disaster takes time, effort, and lots of patience.
It means stocking up on critical supplies like food and water, making you sure you have a safe place to stay, and learning a host of skills that vary from self-defense to medical care and home repairs.
But, more than all of that, preparing for survival means opening up your mind, believing in yourself, and making the active choice to never give up.
7. Can you give us 5 tips on how to prepare a special survival backpack and what are the most useful tools to have there?
Tip 1. Carry water and a way to filter more.
It’s insane to load a gallon of water into a bag then try to haul it and your other gear around. Take what you need for a day or two, and make sure you have a way to find, collect, and clean for refills.
Tip 2. Organize your gear.
Keep everything clean and organized in color coded easy-to-identify water-proof bags. Color coding gear bags can mean the difference between life and death when it comes down to grabbing the right bag at the right time.
Tip 3. Lighten your load.
This is something I tell a lot of people. When it comes to real survival, simply making it from day to day alive, you don’t need a bunch of fancy stuff or creature comforts. Carry only what you know you need and nothing that you wont.
Tip 4. Sharing is key.
No one group member should be responsible for 100% of the food or medical or lighting or fire. Spread supplies out, making sure that each individual has everything they might need if they were to be separated from the group.
Tip 5. Carry that weight.
Practice isn’t restricted to techniques and ideas for survival. Load your pack, strap it on, and go for a hike in the woods, or walk through your city. Find out what your body can really handle and how the bag actually fits. Make adjustments as you need, and try again. Train train train. As far as useful tools, I go back to the basics: three ways to make fire, two ways to purify water, food, medical kit, two forms of lighting with backup power sources, two knives, a waterproof layer for you and your pack, and a larger melee tool/weapon.
8. How would one create a simple survival shelter?
There are literally thousands of ways to create shelter during a survival situation.
But good shelters all share a few things in common: a roof over your head, walls to cut the wind, insulation from the ground, a place to keep your gear, and a sturdy build so it doesn’t collapse on you.
There are lean-tos, tarp tents, pop-up tents, caves, debris huts, abandoned buildings, and so on. Just look for somewhere safe that will keep the elements off of you, help keep you warm, and not collapse onto you while you sleep.
9. What is your favorite survival blog?
Hmm… I’m not sure that I have one.
I bounce around to a lot of different places, researching, exploring, meeting new people, but I seldom stay in one spot for long.
One of my favorite survival related places is Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp (ZASC).
Don’t let the name fool you though, these guys take survival very seriously.
The moniker is more of a fun way to explore real-world survival, without the gut-wrenching fear that comes along with deep talks about the next big disaster.
ZASC does hands-on training and camp outings for individuals and families.
They teach everything from starting fires without a striker or lighter, to building shelters and self-defense.
I have a lot of respect for them and what they do for the people that come to work with them, and the communities they support
10. A message to your readers.
If I had one message for everyone reading, it would be this: Never give up.
No matter the pain, struggle, emotional eruption, or difficulty may be in life, never give up.
Continue striving, trying, and working towards your goal, but never do it at the expense of others.