Have you ever seen a zombie movie and wondered what you would do if it were real? It might be a little silly, but it can be fun to think about. Scientists studying a
theoretical zombie outbreak even made this interactive model for you check out for yourself.
Our recent advances in communication might work in our favor as far as warnings, assuming we could keep them charged. But our reliance on our gadgets and unlimited access to information mean few of us spoiled 21st century humans have any real survival skills.
All of this could turn us into a 24-hour brain buffet.
If our best bet is to run and hide, where should we go? Here are a few ideas I’m sure all of you Walking Dead fans will tear apart like juicy grey matter, but at least we’re brainstorming.
1. Florida Citrus Tower
It's probably not a good thing if you're stuck in Central Florida when the outbreak happens, because our best hope is most likely going to be to escape by water. But if you have no choice, it's better not to be in a big city. The Florida Citrus Tower stands in Clermont, about 22 miles west of Orlando, with a population of about 30,000.
Pros: 226 feet tall. Less likely zombies can reach you, and you can see for miles.
Cons: Not sure how much food you're going to find inside.
2. The Kennedy Bunker
Did you know a fallout shelter was built for President John F. Kennedy in Florida during the Cold War hysteria? This bunker was designed to keep the president safe underground on Peanut Island near the Kennedy family home in Palm Beach. It wouldn't be a long-term solution, but it would be pretty cool, right?
Pros: It's located on an island, and as far as we know, zombies would not be good swimmers. It would be pretty safe, and you get to pretend you're the president.
Cons: No air conditioning or plumbing. The rations are probably a little outside their expiration date.
I'm sure lots of people will try the same thing, but it's got to be worth a shot to take over a Costco or other big box store. You could probably live for years off of the supplies, and just start new life there until a hurricane or other natural disaster wiped out the undead. Ok, so maybe it's not a great long-term solution, but at least Costco City would be comfortable.
Pros: Lots of food, entertainment, tools, and alcohol. Lots of space. The pharmacy would come in handy.
Cons: You would have to take over a Wal-Mart if you're looking for guns to protect your new colony, because Costco doesn't sell them.
A zombie outbreak would spread much more quickly through densely populated areas, but very slowly through an area like the Everglades or Big Cypress. All of the water would also prove challenging to the undead.
Pros: Would take a really long time for outbreak to reach you.
Cons: You may survive the zombie apocalypse, but you still have to survive the Everglades. Hopefully you find a boat, lots of insect repellent, and you're not afraid of a few gators.
5. A Houseboat
Just look at this mobile paradise. How would zombies ever get to you?
Pros: You're unreachable, and you can change locations whenever you want.
Cons: You would need a lot of fuel and a well-stocked kitchen. Hopefully you're with someone who is handy enough to make repairs when necessary.
6. Disney's Underground Tunnel System
Did you know the Magic Kingdom is so huge it has its own network of underground tunnels referred to as the utilidor system? Sure, a highly populated area like Disney World wouldn't be the happiest place on earth in a zombie apocalypse, but if you could lock yourself into a huge underground city, it might not be so bad. There are two cafeterias for the employees, plus lots of kitchens, because this is where the park's food is prepped. Even better, the place should be well stocked, because this is where deliveries are received and stored. This is also where the park keeps its two medical carts for emergencies. Not bad, right?
Pros: Food, basic amenities, medical care available.
Cons: Bigger cities will be the first to go, so if you ever decide you want to leave the tunnel, we're not sure where you would go or how you'd get out.
Because we don't have mountains, getting to the water is probably our best bet in Florida. If you've always wanted a yacht, a zombie apocalypse is probably the time to "acquire" one. It's possible the outbreak would take a long time to reach other countries, so this would be a great time take that European vacation you always dreamed of.
Pros: It's a yacht.
Cons: Just hope it's well stocked with fuel and food and someone knows how to navigate.
8. Florida Caverns
This is hardly ideal, but if nightmarish scenarios of brain-eating dead people make you want to retreat into the Earth, there are actually caves in Florida. The Florida Caverns in Marianna would provide shelter and an escape from summer heat, but you'd have to figure out a way to restrict entry.
Pros: Safe(ish) and cool, in a small city.
Cons: Too close to Tallahassee and other populated areas to stay safe for long. Short-term solution at best.
9. Dry Tortugas
This is my personal favorite. First of all, you're on an island (70 miles from Key West), so it would be pretty hard for zombies to reach you. Secondly, you have the huge unfinished Fort Jefferson to make your home, which provides relative safety and lots of look-out positions. Last, it's absolutely stunning.
Pros: All of the above.
Cons: The island is set up for camping already, but things could get tricky long-term.
Where would you hide during a zombie apocalypse? Let us know in the comments below.