Yep, they’re back. Those darn zombies returned this month for the Season 6 premier of The Walking Dead—and just in time for Halloween might we add. With a super-herd now making its way straight for Alexandria, and All Hallows’ Eve just around the gravestone, it’s only natural to start thinking about your hypothetical plan should the dearly departed begin to rise from the dead and terrorize the living. Unless you’ve already broken ground on a secret underground safety bunker, you’d better follow our guide to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Here’s how to zombie proof your home against hordes of “walkers.” Don’t be caught dead without a plan…
Dead-Proof Doors & Windows
One of the simplest ways to combat these gruesome corpses is to install stainless-steel doors. Affordable and impenetrable these doors will prove to be their worst nightmare, especially if you add a deadbolt or bar lock for extra protection. However, just strengthening the doors would be an amateur mistake.
We’ve all seen countless horror film stars bite the dust after forgetting to reinforce a window or two. Trust us, when hundreds of zombies are headed towards you, you’re going to be thankful you purchased those tempered-glass windows and wrought iron security bars. For maximum protection against our undead friends, it’s always a good idea to seal the windows with plywood. Or, if you have a deep emergency slush fund, invest in some sturdy steel hurricane shutters to keep unruly zombies from clawing their way in. Blackout curtains are also a must so you can stay out of sight from not only the living dead, but also any raiders who have targeted your supplies.
Stock Up on Supplies
Since your neighborhood pizza guy has probably already been zombiefied, it’s best you fend for yourself on this one. Treat a zombie invasion as you would a natural disaster and stock up on bottled water (a gallon of water for every person per day), non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, candles and batteries (at least a month’s supply). To keep a well balanced diet, stockpile items like peanut butter (high in protein), whole grain crackers (high in fiber), dried fruit, canned soups, multivitamins…and, of course, pudding.
While you may be able to weather the zombie storm, it’s reasonable to assume that your power supply won’t be as lucky. Invest now in a gas-fueled or pedal-powered generator as an energy alternative, as well as paper maps, a compass and battery-operated sources of light.
And don’t forget about food and resources for your pets and service animals.
Fences: The Modern Day Moat
Your HOA may hate the giant electric fence you installed, but who cares about zoning and community aesthetics when there’s a zombie invasion. If you think an electric fence is a little overkill, consider building a chain-link, wrought iron, or cinderblock version (at least 8-12 feet high) around your property and pray it’s tall enough that those nasty nightwalkers can’t climb it. And just in case they find a way over your fence, an inexpensive security-camera, such as the Nest Cam (with night vision and facial recognition streaming wirelessly to your generator-powered computer), can help you keep tabs on your home.
The Escape Plan
If we know anything from Hollywood it’s that ultimately we will end up rushing to the roof where the cavalry will swoop in with an air rescue saving all the survivors. So if all else fails, make sure you have easy access to your roof (bonus: zombies are known for being terrible climbers). If you have stairs or a ladder leading to your roof or attic, be sure to dismantle them once you, your family and your supplies are safely in place. If your home doesn’t have easy access to the roof or attic, consider installing pull-down attic stairs or purchasing an emergency escape ladder.
While the chances of the undead attacking your home are slim (more like nonexistent), the CDC makes a very good point, “If you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for any emergency.”