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The zombie apocalypse is quite literally the stuff of nightmares. Imagining any kind of scenario in which hordes of rotting corpses are roaming around should fill any right-thinking person with dread. And it matters little what kind of zombies they are or how they got infected.

Whether you personally believe that the zombie apocalypse is long overdue or that it’s never going to happen, doesn’t it pay to be prepared? You know, just in case? We’re here to help, and while helping our readers prepare for the zombie apocalypse Survive An Apocalypse: Setting Up A Complete Emergency Survival Kit Survive An Apocalypse: Setting Up A Complete Emergency Survival Kit The apocalypse will need to be documented with Facebook updates and Twitter hashtags for future generations to fully enjoy - so how are you planning to do that with no power or Internet connectivity? Read More is a little out of our remit, it’s surely better to be safe than sorry.

Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse

It’s entirely possible that no one will survive the zombie apocalypse if and when it ever strikes. Countless movies and television shows have shown us that no one is immune from the effects such a devastating event would have on humanity. That includes you. And me, sadly.

However, there are ways to increase your chances of survival. Which is where we come in. After asking our readers for their tips on surviving the zombie apocalypse How Would You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? [We Ask You] How Would You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? [We Ask You] Are you prepared? Or are you, like so many other ignoramuses, completely blanking the impending danger from your mind? Wake up and smell the corpses, dear boys and girls. Read More , we have been able to devise four diverse strategies designed to maximize your chances of riding out the storm.

1. Run For The Hills

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You could use the same tactics that have been used in warfare for countless generations. Namely, head for high ground to seize the advantage over your enemy. However, while zombies are likely to be predictable, this won’t be a short fight, so you would have to properly take control of your hilltop home.

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Whether that means finding an unoccupied house or building some kind of fortress, creating some sort of territory would be essential. It would then be a case of defending that territory potentially for the rest of your life. And not just from zombies, but from other survivors coveting your fortuitous position.

2. Into The Woods

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You could head into the woods in order to hide away from most of the trouble. The deeper and darker the woods, the better, as you’re less likely to be found in the midst of the thick stuff. At least by zombies and other survivors. Unfortunately, you will likely be sharing your home with bears or other meat-eating creatures.

The big problem with hiding away in the woods would be keeping stocked up with supplies. You would either have to make regular sorties into the nearest town and risk being followed back to your hideaway, or learn to survive on nothing but that which nature provides. That Bear Grylls boxset may come in handy after all.

3. Go Medieval

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You could go the medieval route by residing in some kind of fortress . There’s a reason that during medieval times the richest and most powerful people built castles. And it wasn’t just to show off to their neighbors. They needed a building that was easily defensible in order to keep out the riff-raff and invading armies.

While building a castle may be out of the question, you could take those principles to heart either by building something similar on a smaller scale, or moving into an existing building. Thick, high walls would be essential, as would rooftops suitable for sniping, and an underground escape route should the worst case scenario play out.

4. On The Offensive

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You could reject all notions of staying safe by staying stationary, and instead go on the offensive. After all, the zombies are never going to give up looking for more victims and never going to simply die out. So why not have some fun while trying to outlive everybody else in the same predicament as yourself.

Being constantly on the move would require a vehicle that is both fast and able to withstand wave after wave of attacks from both the undead and the living. A tank would be exceptionally good, but as tanks aren’t readily available, a Range Rover, Hummer, or any old SUV would do a job. Oh, and you’ll need guns. Lots and lots of guns. And gas. And luck.

Continue The Conversation

With the chances of a zombie apocalypse increasing all the time (at least according to TV) we hope this guide to surviving such an event 3 Sites To Fully Prepare You For The Coming Apocalypse 3 Sites To Fully Prepare You For The Coming Apocalypse Whatever your flavor of apocalypse may be, it's always a good idea to remind yourself that it might happen, so you really should ask yourself, "What am I going to do?" Get ready to grab... Read More will prove invaluable. Read it over several times, print out a copy, and share it with your friends and family on social networking sites. It’s the only way you’ll be able to save yourself and the people you care about come judgement day.

Please continue the conversation in the comments section below, either by giving your verdicts on the strategies outlined above or by offering your own alternative strategy for surviving the zombie apocalypse Apps And Smartphone Equipment To Take With You Into The Zombie Apocalypse Apps And Smartphone Equipment To Take With You Into The Zombie Apocalypse Technology failing to work remains the most ridiculous genre trope of the zombie apocalypse. We've seen many disgusted protagonists sneeringly discard ominously "dead" phones: That's because people in movies do not know much about technology.... Read More . Let’s keep this discussion going in the hopes that everybody who regularly reads MakeUseOf might survive the undead onslaught.

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of strategies for surviving the zombie apocalypse, we received help from the MakeUseOf community. As always, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

The readers we need to thank took the time to answer the question, How Would You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from likefunbutnot, Ken Houdek, bben, and Boter2099.

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  1. jayden
    January 27, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Yeah but movies and TV are not realistic what's the chance that zombies or somebody will go for your house instead of the other thousands my plan is stay safe until all the people who tried to play hero die off then go scavenge their camp/fort/etc until i can find a place good enough for protection and growing food like a football stadium

  2. jayden
    January 23, 2015 at 6:52 am

    On everything I read or watch about surviving the zombie apocalypse is either wrong or missing something(mostly common sense) like at first when it hits not many people would of spent hundreds of dollars in advance also if you look at it the scientific way there will be people who are immune and not every zombie will have missing limbs and blood all over them so spotting one will be hard and people are gonna survive.humans have lived millions of years with sticks and rocks not because were good at surviving but because were so good at killing almost every zombie will be dead but the on the other hand if the deseise is spread airborne almost everyone will be dead.my idea of surviving a zombie apocalypse is not to go out for a while get the most common weapon in your house a hammer knife baseball bat but no guns a book bag water no canned food get like peanut butter or cereal and look for other survivors and barricade a house near a food store if you want to talk about this further tell me

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Barricading yourself into your home is obviously one possible solution. But there will always be someone out to get you, whether it's zombies or fellow survivors. The one thing we have learned from movies and television shows is that there is never really a safe place to hide.

  3. R A Myers
    January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Mr. Parrack,

    Please forgive my disjointedness. I'll try again. I can't do much about the single space after a period. That is an MUO thing.

    We've seen mini Zombie Apocalypses already, Katrina, etc. There were destroyed and overloaded medical facilities, leaving homeless and infectious people in the streets, desperate and scared.

    Isolation is the solution. Self isolation in that situation. How that is accomplished depends on each person's/family's/group's situation.

    Be a good Boy Scout (BSA), i.e. Be Prepared. Boy Scout doesn't have the same disconcerting connotation that survivalist or prepper do, but it's the same philosophy, only the BSA have been at it for longer.

    The Church of Later Day Saints, i.e. Mormons, and the Southern Baptist Convention are both good at being prepared and are organized to do so.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Be prepared is definitely a good piece of advice. But you surely cannot prepare for every eventuality, and those who do end up living a rather lonely, unfulfilling life on the outskirts of society.

    • R A Myers
      January 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Dear Mr. Parrack,

      First, your reply:

      Be prepared is definitely a good piece of advice.

      Thank you. How ever, part of being prepared is being versatile, i.e. being able to re-purpose your knowledge, tools and equipment for different situations, e.g.use eye glasses or your knife and shoe lace for fire-by-friction to start a fire, or, use the bottom hemed piece of t-shirt to filter water by using a piece of the t-shirt to wick dirty water from a higher container to a lower container to remove sediment before boiling, or, use crazy glue to close a wound.

      The next bit of your statement is both incorrect and oxymoronic:

      But you surely cannot prepare for every eventuality,

      Preparing for every eventually can be done, though it's very expensive.

      Q.E.D. "those who do" makes the statement an oxymoron.

      and those who do end up living a rather lonely, unfulfilling life on
      the outskirts of society.

      There are individuals and families who are very well prepared who are not lonely nor unfulfilled nor on the outskirts of society. Not all prepared people are openly fanatic about their preparations and live normal lives.

      Do you consider Scouts (boy and girl), Mormons or Southern Baptists lonely, unfulfilled or on the outskirts of society?

  4. R A Myers
    January 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Mr. Parrack,

    We've seen mini Zombie Apocalypses already, Katrina, etc. already There were destroyed and overloaded medical facilities leaving and homeless and infectious people in the streets, desperate and scared.

    Isolation is the solution, self isolation in this situation. How that is accomplished depends on each person/family situation. Be a good Boy Scout, i.e. Be Prepared. Boy Scout doesn't have the same disconcerting connotation that survivalist or prepper do, but it's the same thing, only for longer. The Church of Later Day Saints, i.e. Mormons, and the Southern Baptist Convention are both good at being prepared and are organized to do so.

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