Initially, this was going to be a post about where to hide in case of general apocalyptic conditions: fire raining from the sky, etc. However, there are so many different types of disasters, that the best place to hide for each varies considerably. If you’re worried about Noah-scale flooding, then you’re not going to want to hide in a cave, while if you’re worried about fireballs raining down… You get the point.
1. First things first: get out of Scranton.
Cornell University researchers created a model
to determine how a zombie invasion would spread throughout the country
. The results were shocking for any PA resident: northeastern Pennsylvania would be the worst location to hide in such a circumstance. Its proximity to larger cities, such as New York and Philadelphia, means that zombies would converge at just around the Scranton area. So if you're in the area, run.
2. The Raven Rock Mountain Complex near Blue Ridge Summit
Also known as Site R, The Raven Rock Mountain Complex was constructed during the Cold War to serve as a "Second Pentagon" in case of nuclear attack on the United States. (And extensive Soviet research during the early 1960s went towards trying to find out its location which is now, as you may have guessed, public info.) Located on the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, Site R is remote from nuclear facilites and as secure as the president himself would be during a nuclear attack.
Pros: Extremely safe, most-likely well stocked with supplies and snacks. Cons: Good luck getting inside.
If you know the
story of Centralia
, you might not be surprised that some conspiracy theorists
that the coal fire was started as a way to quell a previous zombie outbreak. Centralia might be a good place to take refuge because it is fairly remote and desolate and has some abandoned houses that you could use for shelter. The ground is literally on fire, so if any zombies come staggering your way, you might be able to push them into a fiery pit of doom.
Pros: Isolated, so there's no existing population that you'd have to worry about.
Cons: No higher ground or good places to hide.
4. The Alvira Bunkers near Allenwood
Over 100 igloo-like bunkers sit empty in the abandoned village of Alvira, Pennsylvania, which was built by the U.S. government in 1942, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Pros: You could definitely keep the zombies out if you were locked inside one of the bunkers. Cons: You might not be able to get into the bunkers because most are locked, or the doors are broken. Also, the space inside is pretty small, so you'd run the risk of running out of supplies or getting really sick of your co-refugees.
5. Washington's Landing in Pittsburgh
It is general lore that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, you should head out of the city... But what if you simply can't get away fast enough? Washington's Landing is a pretty good alternative if you happen to be in Pittsburgh. As you can see, there's only a few bridges which you'd need to block off/ annihilate.
Pros: Islands are a pretty good bet, and it would be well-stocked because the island has residents. Cons: There are people living there, so chances are one of them would be infected and threaten your security.
6. The top of the U.S. Steel Tower in Pittsburgh
Here's another option in case you're stuck inside the city of Pittsburgh. The U.S. Steel building is the tallest building in Pittsburgh and the fourth tallest building in Pennsylvania... What's even better, is that the skyscraper doesn't taper off like most. Its roof is the tallest acre of land in the world.
Pros: If you bring enough supplies with you, you could sustain yourself on the roof for a pretty long time. Cons: It might be hard to prevent entry to the roof of the building... And you're still in the city, so being overtaken seems inevitable.
7. The top of Mount Davis in Confluence
Mount Davis has the highest elevation in the entire state, at over 3,000 feet. What's more, at the top is this handy observation tower.
Pros: It's an excellent vantage point and it's in a pretty remote area, so it would take the zombies a long time to arrive... And you could see them coming. Cons: There might not be many places to take cover.
8. The Comcast Center in Philadelphia
Let's say you can't get out of Philadelphia... This is the tallest building in the state, and taking refuge towards the top floors might be an effective way to escape an invasion. Maybe if you set up enough obstacles throughout the entire building, zombies wouldn't be able to reach you... Even if they managed to get inside.
Pros: Amazing vantage point. Slippery, non-grip glass windows wouldn't allow for any zombies to climb the outside of the building. Cons: You're in the biggest city in Pennsylvania.
9. Penn's Cave in Centre County
Penn's Cave is 1,300 feet long and would offer you plenty of space to live if you had enough rations with you. Retreating underground isn't really my cup of tea, but you may feel more secure there.
Pros: If the zombies didn't find you, you'd be able to simply wait out the attack. The cave is also located in a pretty remote part of central Pennsylvania, so it would take awhile before the zombies converged there. Con: You wouldn't be able to see what was going on, or to know when it was over. You'd have to find an incredibly effective way of blocking off the entrance to the cave... And even then, if the zombies found you, you'd have nowhere to escape.
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