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7 Ways to Fortify Your Home for the Zombie Apocalypse

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7 Ways to Fortify Your Home for the Zombie Apocalypse

It’s your worst nightmare come true – the night of the undead finally descends after months of viewing graphic depictions of these events in movies and on the Internet. When zombie survival becomes your highest priority, it’s going to take every ounce of ingenuity and effort to keep the monsters out of your house.


Let’s face it – it’s coming. Even the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thinks so or they wouldn’t have released “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” to help the public at large protect themselves from the walking dead. In the scale of emergencies you need to think about, a zombie apocalypse has to top the list of the freakiest and most harrowing. Shouldn’t you be thinking seriously about this?


Browse through 7 ways to fortify your home for the zombie apocalypse and then get busy stockpiling the materials you’ll need to protect your family.

  1. 1.Learn the Zombie Threats

    Zombies at Window

    Many experts liken the force of a horde of zombies battering your doors and windows to a full-force hurricane. Zombies don’t get tired and they won’t stop trying to get in once they find you alive in your house. As you’re researching and learning about how to secure your house, spend time reading everything you can find about preparing for hurricanes, because your house will need to withstand this kind of force.

  2. 2.Protecting Windows and Doors

    Boarded Windows

    Your windows and doors are the vulnerable spots on your house. An alarm system that sounds whenever windows or doors are broken would be an invaluable system to have installed prior to things getting out of hand. If you’re feeling particularly proactive, you could even install bars on the windows and doorways to secure your house – just make sure you don’t skimp here. These bars need to be able to withstand the brute, supernatural strength of a horde of zombies.


    Thick and solid boards nailed from the inside – yes, from the inside – over doors and windows would be another option. Just don’t board over the windows and doors from the outside, okay? Any zombie worth his salt will be ripping off your boards in a matter of seconds.


    If you’ve got deep pockets, you might consider steel shutters that move into place to secure windows and doors.

  3. 3.Securing the Perimeter

    Fence and Helicopter

    You’ll need a heads-up that zombies are prowling, so this involves securing the perimeter around your house. Installing trip wires in the yard will alert you to activity outside. Ditches might be advantageous as well to slow down the clumsy undead. A dog would also be a valuable asset to alert you to sounds and movement. Just don’t send Fido off to defend the property because he probably won’t come back.


    When thinking about different types of perimeters, think of the materials. Which fence would be strongest? A metal fence would work best, while a wooden fence will probably just hold them off for a moment. The layout of your perimeter is also crucial. When the horde is forced to appear in one spot, it'll be like shooting fish in a barrel.

  4. 4.Observation Deck

    Observation Deck

    It’s crucial that you know what’s out there and what’s coming. This means an observation deck or point that’s high. Yes – this probably means the roof, so get over your fear of heights. From your vantage point, you can keep a lookout for coming hordes, signal to others in your group and try to defend from your position of height. It's best to send someone up who is handy with a long range weapon. There's no point of taking a bat up with you since you can't throw it at the incoming horde.


    5.Emergency Kit

    Medical Kit

    A well-stocked emergency kit will help your group stay alive and comfortable for at least a while. You’ll need a gallon of water for every person per day. You’ll also need a stock of nonperishable food to keep you going – think cans and cans of beans and soup. If anyone in your household needs medications, make sure you have an adequate supply in stock. Have a good supply of clothing, bedding, towels and warm outerwear, too.


    Add tools and supplies to your emergency kit – a battery-powered radio, a utility knife and the all-versatile duct tape. Last but not least, throw in some first aid supplies so you’re prepared for injuries. Don’t forget maps, a compass and battery-operated sources of light. If you think you may be coming into close and personal contact with zombies, protective clothing may be advantageous. This means chain mail or Kevlar – anything that will withstand a deadly zombie bite.

  6. 6.Weapons

    Bloody Axe

    Assuming you plan to defend yourself against zombie attacks, you’re going to need weapons. You’ve got several options, from firearms to blades to bludgeons. Choose an assortment of weapons, for the most versatility. When securing firearms, go through the proper process to get your permits.


    Once you have the weapons, it’s time to practice with them until you feel completely comfortable and invincible. This will probably involve significant time to make sure you’re wielding your weapons like an expert.


    And finally, you’ll need to stow your weapons throughout your house so that you’re never more than 10 feet away from a weapon. Some good household weapons include baseball bats, frying pans, and golf clubs. Maybe even try turning on your treadmill and placing it in front of a weak area. The zombie would just continue to walk on it in place!

  7. 7.If It All Fails

    Creepy Forest

    Plan to stay in your house for as long as possible, but you need to realize that you probably won’t be able to hole up there forever. This is especially true if you live in a highly populated area – more people equal more zombies on the prowl. Eventually, you’re going to have to ditch your house and head for the hills – literally.


    Life after zombies will take some getting used to. This “new normal” will feel anything but comfy and secure. You’ll need a way to grow food and get clean water. This survival mode will eventually become more routine, but you’ll never be able to let your guard down. Congratulations for making it this far, though! As you prepare for this uncertain future, you’ll need all the information and tips you can get.

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