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BRAAAIIIIINNNNSSSS. Zombies are everywhere these days: appearing in the media in games like Plants vs Zombies, movies like Zombieland, and TV shows like The Walking Dead. They even show up in classical book rewrites, a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Of course, the chances that you will meet one zombie, let alone a horde of apocalyptic proportions, are incredibly tiny, but the emergency preparedness principles here are sound for any type of disaster. Would YOU know how to survive a zombie apocalypse if it really happened?

Food Storage, Water, and Other Basic Supplies

Fortunately, zombies are only on the hunt for brains, not food, so your supplies will be safe. You need to keep your strength up, so you can get away from the undead quickly when they show up. Stock up on a variety of grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins for optimal health. In addition to a generous stock in your pantry of several months’ worth of food storage, water, and seeds to grow your own food, you will want a portable supply like eFoods’ 2-Week Individual or Family Grab and Go packs that includes food, a water purifier, cooking supplies, and emergency masks in a handy duffel bag. The CDC also suggests having clothing and your important documents on hand for an emergency, so you could add these to your pack. At the first hint of a zombie moan, you can grab your bag and escape to a safer location.

Fitness and Wellness Plan

Two tips given in the movie Zombieland to survive a zombie apocalypse were “Cardio” and “Limber Up.” If you are in your best physical shape, it will be easier to outrun shambling corpses…or have a better possible outcome in disasters like fires, floods, and earthquakes. Exercise regularly and make sure you are up to date on your preventive medical needs.

First Aid Kit

As the CDC warns, you’re headed for zombiehood yourself if one manages to bite you. However, you might sustain injuries as you try to escape or have other medical issues crop up, so keep a well-stocked first aid kit around to ensure that your ill health won’t turn you into zombie bait. You should also include any needed prescription and over-the-counter medicines that your family uses.

Know Your Escape Routes

Carefully consider the layout of your home and neighborhood. Look for all of the escape routes and secure them against intruders. The CDC suggests that you create an emergency plan so that all family members are educated on what to do. It should include meeting points in case of separation, emergency contacts, and possible routes to take as you flee from the undead. Whenever you visit a new location, do a rapid assessment, so you are not caught unaware.


Traditional weapons used to battle zombies include baseball bats, chainsaws, and shotguns, though as points out, those usually shown would actually lead to your demise. As much as we might not relish the thought, protecting your emergency preparedness storage with a weapon may become necessary. You may choose to have items like mace, pepper spray, thorny bushes, or guard dogs to fend off marauders. You could possibly decide that a firearm or other weapon will be the best solution for your situation. Consider all of your options very carefully. Make sure you know what is legal to own and the proper procedures for buying them. Take training classes for any firearms, and keep them securely stored.

You will almost certainly never have to actually worry about how to survive a zombie apocalypse, but by preparing yourself for one, you will be ready for other emergency situations.

Ali S. Khan, Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse, CDC, May 16, 2011
Luke McKinney, 7 Famous Zombie Movie Weapons (That Would Get You Killed),, October 30, 2011

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