An often overlooked aspect in any good zombie shelter is the need for a reliable means of escape. It’s not enough to be locked inside a secured bunker with only one exit. Eventually your supplies will run out, and without a secondary escape route all it will take is a patient, lethal threat waiting outside your door to turn your impenetrable fortress into a deadly tomb.
ZRS Research Toby Wheatley recently conducted a study of best practices for building a solid escape for you and your loved ones. Because most people will not have the advantages of a specially created zombie structure, he focused on several variations of the average house. Turns out, it all starts with the closet.
“Closets are excellent pass-throughs to secured rooms, or other levels entirely. In a two story home with a basement, closets can be a safe connection between the second floor and the basement, bypassing the dangers of the ground floor altogether.”
For a single story house without a basement, Whealtey suggests using an internal closet to access the roof, and any crawl space below the sub floor. You can then develop your escape strategy using these access points.
He concludes by recommending that these “domestic tunnels” be built with a specific purpose in mind, and not be asked to do too much. A pass-through from the basement to the roof should be sealed at all other levels, blocking up closet doors for safety. If access is required to the first floor, create another point in a different closet by punching out the ceiling there.
When the zombies come, the days of your home being judged on style and appearance are over. Form and function will be the rules of the day. I’ve already got my survival house all planned out, and it looks more like a living game of shoots and ladders than anything.
What about yours?