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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 is going to happen. It’s an inevitability we all know in our heart of hearts. I don’t have the foresight needed to know when, where, or how it will happen, just that it will happen, eventually.

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. And when you have finished, take part in this week’s We Ask You.

Survival At All Costs

We want to know, How Would You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse?

We are especially interested in hearing about what technology you would use to survive the zombie apocalypse, what with MakeUseOf being a technology blog and all. However, we also value honesty above all else, so if your first instinct is to run then so be it.

However, at some point you have to stop running. Or hiding. Or doing anything else passive and therefore extremely dull. Which is the point at which our ears prick up and we actually start paying attention to what you have to say for yourself.


Guns are pretty much a prerequisite for any successful fight against an undead horde. But how would you improve your chances of shooting some zombie scum dead? Think outside the box and let us know what pieces of technology you would use to aid your survival.

Perhaps your humble smartphone 7 Household Items Our Smartphones Replaced That Maybe They Shouldn't Have 7 Household Items Our Smartphones Replaced That Maybe They Shouldn't Have Our smartphones have replaced a lot of commons items, but is that really for the best? Read More would come in handy (assuming the infrastructure survived the outbreak)? Or perhaps an army of drones MakeUseOf Readers Would Shoot Drones Out Of The Sky [We Ask You Results] MakeUseOf Readers Would Shoot Drones Out Of The Sky [We Ask You Results] It turns out most MakeUseOf readers are geeks with a penchant for guns and a distaste for drones. Which is something of a surprise. Read More fitted with weaponry is more your style? Or some wearable technology 6 Upcoming Wearable Devices Compared: What's Hot and What's Not 6 Upcoming Wearable Devices Compared: What's Hot and What's Not I present to you six of the more interesting and useful wearable tech devices either on the market, or soon to enter it. Read More programmed to notify you when you’re in danger?

Perhaps you’re more practical 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 than simply out for blood. In which case you may want to consider using solar panels, a water purification system, plenty of torches, or a longwave radio. They may be a little boring, but they could mean the difference between life and death.

No suggestion is too big or too small, too remarkable or too ridiculous. We’ll take them all.

We Need You!

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before the responses are turned into a full article. Those readers providing the best comments will thanked by name, receiving our extreme and everlasting gratitude for their efforts.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to crowdsourcing the wisdom of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

NB: And if you haven’t already guessed by now, this paranoid rant about the end of the world being nigh 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 is meant to be taken with a pinch of salt. The author doesn’t really believe a zombie apocalypse is just around the corner. That would be madness. However, he does still want you to answer the question. In fact, he demands you comply or he’ll eat your brains at his earliest convenience.

  1. Doomion
    March 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    best idea is to get a metal bucket, fire wood, a tent, food, a couple of packs of water, and a flat rooftop. metal bucket for gathering rain water (Which is safe to drink as long as you boil it) the water if you run of of rain water, and fire wood for boil the water (Or cooking beans{Or warming yourself up}).

  2. jenna marbles
    February 5, 2015 at 1:49 am

    when the zombie apocalypse happens all i have to is get my kit im all prepared :3

  3. Sam
    January 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    How about some firearm preferences? I guess availability of ammunition would have to be the primary deciding factor, and of course that will depend a lot on where you are (so something chambered for 9x21mm IMI is out for most people but could be good in Italy maybe?).

    Rifles for range or handguns / submachineguns for close quarters mobility? Or maybe a bullpup rifle for best-of-both-worlds? Or the classic 12-gauge (but why?).

    In lieu of firearms (and bows / crossbows), what would your weapon of choice be?

  4. likefunbutnot
    January 16, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I live within five miles of two major east-west arteries and one major north-south artery. Chicago is less than an hour away on a normal day. The only real point in my favor is that I don't have to have very much contact with people during most of my daily life and I work someplace that's very secure, so it's possible that I could miss out on some frenzy of violence. Population density being what it is and the migratory reaction to an event like that, I would probably just be a zombie.

    Any other answer would depend on the nature and behavior of the zombies. If we accept the Max Brooks scenario from the book, there was NOT an overnight global zombie infestation but rather a months-long process of outbreaks during which drugs were tried and the media reported prior to the pandemic tipping point. Some people are nutty enough that they would have actively prepared.

    A 28 Days Later/Black Gas/Crossed scenario (instant infection, zombies still technically alive and possess biological impulses) would probably burn itself out in relatively short order. This might or might not be apparent to survivors, but I suspect a good number of people have lives solitary enough that they can manage two week on the canned food in their homes or some other safe place. Assuming that zombies need to eat is not entirely unreasonable; eventually they'll run out of food and that's probably a good time to start thinking about how to deal with a bunch of extremely sick, starving people.

    A Romero situation (The dead rise from their graves) doesn't seem like it would be that hard to deal with since actual dead bodies don't have a great deal of structural integrity and there's probably not a dense enough population of dead bodies in very many places to create a real apocalypse scenario. Huge chunks of the USA, Canada and Russia might barely notice something like that.

    Going someplace cold where there aren't very many people is probably the best idea for the long term, though there are almost certainly places in the USA where there won't be a soul for miles and even less reason for a zombie horde to be. Heading for someplace like Manitoba or Saskatchewan probably makes more sense than heading directly north of most of the largest population centers in the USA as Ontario or Ottawa would be.

    I also think that travel along rail lines might be more feasible than trying to follow automobile roads or highways. There will be a cleared area around the tracks and fewer obstacles to deal with. Rail depots are also logistics centers that people won't think about looting in the same way they'd think of the nearest Walmart.

  5. Ken Houdek
    January 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Get to a safe spot in the woods and dig in with a makeshift shelter and start thinking..

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2015 at 4:48 am

      A store of any kind is just a feeding ground dude. You think you're the only one who would say, "oh, let's go to the shopping center!".

  6. bben
    January 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    There is a strip shopping center just a half mile away from my rural home. A back road makes access easy even if the main roads are blocked. The walls are concrete. All doors on the various stores are steel except the glass front of several. Once inside one of the smaller stores, barricade the glass door. There are roof hatches in all stores also - based on most zombie apocalypse scenarios, zombies cannot climb ladders. One store is a grocery, (food)one is a sporting goods (Guns, ammo & outdoors gear) one is a big box electronics ( useless after the first few days) one sells fire places , mostly gas, but some still burn wood (Heat when it gets cold) A mattress place - (beds) and a linen place - (sheets blankets). The last is a Target store - (lots of stuff.) Out buildings include 4 fast food & one full service restaurant, a bank, a dentist, & a chain pharmacy. One thing that is often overlooked - the stench from rotting bodies will be awful. There is a contractor right across the road with earth moving equipment so we could bury lots of dead zombies fairly quickly. ( is dead zombie a redundancy?)
    The place could be converted into a fort and support well over 100 people for quite a while.

  7. dragonmouth
    January 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

    No need to worry. The world ended on Dec. 21, 2012. Everything since then has been, and will continue to be, a figment of some alien's imagination.

  8. Eivydas
    January 15, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Really a no brainer, grab a Range Rover discovery sport, mount a turret on top of it, get a shitload of ammo and add extra shielding to the whole rig.

  9. Boter2099
    January 15, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I'll grab my bugout bag, my sidearm, my tactical tomahawk (I'm well trained in its use) and guide the family to a house a few blocks away. I've already scouted it out, and this is my plan ALPHA.

    I live in Metro Boston so there's no hope of escape on public roads. There is a stream deep enough to canoe down and they have 3, unsecured and in good shape, hanging on the side of their garage. I'll cover the wife and kids with a tarp, as there's 3 overpasses that could be a hazard, but I can take this stream down to the Merrimack river. Once there try to upgrade to cabin cruiser and head for the Ocean. Boston has a plethora of tiny islands in it's bay. I'll hope from island to island and gather up supplies. Once well stocked I'll head for the Cape Cod Canal. Once through - As long as it's not summer, I'll head for the island of Nantucket. Only 10,200 people in the off season, mostly hardy new englanders. So I think the ratio of living to undead would be pretty high. Since they are a summer destination there'd be about 58,000 people at peak so I'd rethink my options after some calculated sorties.

    Plan BAKER - has a lot less potential for success. Assuming fast hitting and wide spread infection I would take the family in our mini-van and head Northwest on back roads. Movement would be slow, we'd be susceptible to swarming. But South West New Hampshire and in into Vermont is woody and rural. I'd literally head for the hills and hope that the cold of winter had some sort of effect on them. I'd hope that I and others would be able to use this to our advantage and develop a fortified land based encampment. Ideally something like a "Woodbury" or the town from the end of "I am legend" the movie.

    Plan CHARLIE - well, that starts off we me asking... Have you seen the movie version of Steven King's great short story "The Mist" ?

    • Aibek
      January 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

      I see you're well prepared :)

  10. The Geek Boss
    January 15, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Toilet paper.... lots and lots of toilet paper!
    And Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide.

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