A group of developers have built a prototype disaster survival house and are testing it in a New Orleans neighborhood still trying to rebuild years after being devistated by Hurricane Katrina.

The new home is designed to provide a speedy, self contained housing solution in the aftermath of extreme disasters. With a roof that slants inward to catch rainwater, and over 20 solar panels to provide power when the utility grid goes down, this boxy steel reinforced shelter is strong enough to withstand future disasters like hurricanes, floods and even zombie attacks.

Best of all the entire prefab structure can be delivered in pieces to any location in a single shipping container and assembled on-site. Joseph Basilice is president of OceanSafe LLC, the company that designed and built the home:

“This building can be put in a disaster area without infrastructure, but it is permanent and can be expanded.”

At 1,100 square feet, the “aftermath house” has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen.

If the coming zombie plague leads to widespread damage to our housing infrastructure, with entire cities burning to he ground in the mas panic, then a prefab, self sustaining house like this might play an integral part in rebuilding society.

So what if it looks like a tiny Ikea? Here are some more pics:


  1. I think, save the french doors, the structure actually has some merit, especially as said if this is POST apocalyptic rebuilding. Say, like WWZ, the zacks are still a problem, though a small one, the windows are small, high off the ground in most cases, and the building is pretty solid. Since they advertise it as being hurricane resistant, I’d suspect that it would also be relatively strong for resistance to, well, not shambling hordes, but one or two Zs.

  2. *look at my house*
    Well I think my house is good
    *look at this house*
    Oh………. crap

  3. I’m wondering just how well it’ll hold up in cold weather. I live all the way up here in Alberta. I mean, we had a pretty mild winter this year, but it still managed to get below -10oC easily. A metal box won’t keep heat all too well, and I’m a little worried that the glass could hold up to winds, but once it gets cold, a couple taps could shatter it to pieces. It would be really sweet to see this built for a colder climate!

  4. Not sure if trolling, or just dumb… but this is possibly the weakest safe house ever. Sliding glass doors?!?? REALLY?! and windows?!? I could get drunk and FALL through one of those, then there goes your ‘safety’ unless this house has some kind of underground tunnel system that leads to any other house than this, or at least to a underground shelter or panic room, I’d say whoever lives here is totally fucked, lol.

  5. This looks like home beautiful and entirely indefensible against zombies–and worse yet, human bad guys. Who in the heck during a Z-poc or TEOTWAWKI is going to be building these for the general population in either scenario? Bug out–get the he hell out of dodge (cities, the burbs, neighborhoods and the like) the less populated the better. Find or already have a house, hunting camp, whatever. Secure the perimeter. Supplies, Water. Ammo. Survival heritage seeds, MREs, first aid, medical, ABXs and any meds and medical supplies you can get your hands on….you know, starting over kinds of preparations, for a world as we know it that has either come to a full stop for a time or the end, altogether…sheesh…

  6. The cover/roof over the porch that has the solar panels will catch wind probably suffer structural failure in hurricane force winds.

    It could be argued that solar panels are a poor choose of renewable power considering the amount of rainfall NO receives. There may also be a design failure based on the location of the house, the angle of the roof, and the premanufactured concept of the house as the angle may limit the amount of sunlight the panels receive. For those reasons micro to small wind turbines would probably be a better and more economical choice as they work in most of the weather conditions found in coastal areas.

    Inward sloping roofs are used with vegetated green roofs so the exclusion of that may create issues in terms of the amount of rainfall, and the structural capacity of the house. The other concern would be the roof becoming a breeding ground mosquitoes, and other vermin as well as attracting birds and other pests. For catching rainfall in NO a traditional roof and gutter system with a cistern/tank hidden under the house (its raised up 2-3 feet) would probably be a better system.

    As for zombie defense I dont like the sliding glass doors, the window types and placement.

  7. Looks ok, I mean nothing special it’s got solar power which is great, what about insulation if it’s steel then it’s going to get damn hot…. What about water storage? After katrina water was bad for WEEKS…. If it doesn’t have water storage does it have water filtration system? Power when there’s no water does very little sure you can play your Xbox, but when you’re dead of dehydration not so fun. Also how is it built? Do you wield it together? Or is it a snap together because if we are talking about a snap together house then well zombies will rip that apart or at least the survivors looking for some supplies. Personally I’d take the shipping container that it got sent in and use the panals from that house as insulation and live in the 40′ shipping container. Much more secure and harder to crack open. But that’s me…. Full disclosure I’m building a shipping container house that I call my zombie house. Because it will be completely self sustained, with water, power, rainwater catch, gray water system, living roofs, raised gardens, and other things. So….. I’m partial to shipping containers.

  8. I would add Master Chiefs Suite. You know, just in case.

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