The zombies have taken over the world and everyone is either dead, undead, or hiding some place. Now what? The fall of civilization as we know it is likely to leave a certain level of inconvenience in its wake. Eventually, things start breaking down. Electrical power plants fall into disrepair, gas and water stops flowing through pipes, and the local 7-11 is definitely not going to get its TWINKIES restocked. Plus, the people society depends upon to keep things running are going to be few and far-between— the mechanics, phone repair guys, and garbage men are either dead or more likely to try to gnaw a personâ€™s throat out than to do their jobs. People are on their own and probably in serious need of a clean pair of underwear to boot.
The key to survival is to avoid falling back into the Stone Age as the wheels of technological society grind to a halt. This can be more important than actually killing zombies. You make what youâ€™ve got do what you need—even if it was never designed to do. Thatâ€™s what jury-rigging is all about. But before you can do that, you have to find the parts you need—or
something reasonably close. Thatâ€™s what scavenging is for.