#4. Preparing for the onslaught
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to defend against a zombie attack, don’t panic. You are going to need a clear head to survive. Zombies may be terrifying, but they are slow, and they don’t have any real tactical ability to overcome even the simplest of obstacles that you may have put in their way. Some people may sit idle while waiting for the hordes to eventually make their way to your local buffet, but there are all sorts of things you can do to prepare should you find yourself under attack.
Keep a low profile. Don’t do anything that will draw unnecessary attention to your location, such as building open fires, or making too much noise. If you have a radio, keep the volume down or use a headset preferably. Keep your curtains pulled at all times, especially at night when you might be using a light to read or do any cooking.
Keep a constant patrol. If you have a group, you’ll want to make sure that someone is constantly on watch. That means that there should be a 24-hour round-the-clock lookout keeping an eye out for any signs of trouble. There is no excuse for slacking on this duty.
Exercise regularly. Staying healthy and in good shape is going to keep you alive. Maintain a strict regimen for maintaining your physical fitness. It will help not only your body, but your mind. If you ever have to run from the living dead, you’ll be glad you did.
Create a designated area for the toilet. The lime that you’ve kept should be used after each time you go to the bathroom.
Dig a vegetable garden if possible and make sure to keep it away from the toilet area.
Plan your escape route. What will you do if a solid wall of the living dead manage to pile themselves up so high that they can finally reach your staircase? And what if they manage to breach the apartment building and get inside? You’ll want to have an evacuation plan ready to go in case the dead manage to get past your defenses. Keep a gear bag and your weapons ready to go in case you have to flee at a moment’s notice.
Find ways to have fun. Yes, even if you are in a building that is under constant assault from the undead, you must take time to relax and try and distract yourself from the hordes of moaning, rotting corpses outside your door. If you do not, you can go crazy, and that’s a sure way to get yourself and the people in your compound killed. Play board games, or read books. Find fun activities to engage in with your party, and don’t let yourself get too bored. Boredom is one step away from cabin fever.