It’s important to be prepared, even if the crisis seems a bit far-fetched. Hoosiers know a thing or two about survival, but in case you haven’t laid out a fool proof plan for escaping the horrors of an impending zombie apocalypse, we’ve got you covered:
1. NOT Fort Wayne
Kiss Fort Wayne goodbye. According to a study done by Cornell University, cities would be the first to fall during a zombie apocalypse. While getting out of Indy might be your first thought (and still not a bad idea), Fort Wayne is considered the worst Indiana city for the zombie outbreak. So the best place to hide? NOT HERE.
2. Catacombs under the City Market – Indianapolis
I know, we just said to get out of the city, right? But in case you can’t, don’t give up! Try to hightail it to the catacombs under the City Market and bring all the supplies you can (skip the crepes upstairs; they’re perishable!). There would be plenty of room to sleep and move about underground, but this is more of a hiding spot than a sustainable place to live.
3. The Indiana Medical History Museum & Buildings – Indianapolis
A slightly larger city option would be the underground tunnels at the former Indiana Asylum. Though many claim it’s haunted, you’ll likely prefer ghosts over zombies. If you get enough people and play your cards right, you may be able to clear out a few buildings to live in above ground (but be careful, the city will be overrun, remember). Yes, I know, not everyone lives in central Indy (and trust me, you’re in better shape for that). We’re getting there!
4. Vivos Indiana
Want to wait out the zombie apocalypse in comfort and style? Vivos is the place for you. You’ll have to pay to reserve your spot, but the accommodations certainly seem worth it. Built during the Cold War, this nuclear hardened shelter can hold 80 people for up to one year. If you don’t want to rough it viva The Walking Dead, look into booking your stay with Vivos Indiana. Think of it as a vacation.
5. Michigan City Lighthouse - Michigan City
The Michigan City Lighthouse is in a perfect, fairly remote location along the Michigan Lake, which will keep you tremendously safe. Any lighthouse will do for a small group. You’ll have a high base and water surrounding you, preventing zombies from locking you in. Have some boats and fishing rods ready and you’ve really got everything you need. The only problem? Keeping the lighthouse to yourself. Luckily, they can’t house large groups of people, so you should find your stay fairly uninterrupted.
6. Mid to Southeastern Indiana
Look, Indiana is fairly landlocked and flat, making it difficult to run without potentially running into a new set of zombies. So, Hoosiers who have the best chance of survival are those who find less populated areas. Mid to southeastern Indiana has the highest number of towns with under 1,000 residents, making them perfect places to disappear. Where to hide once there? Clearing out a factory, bank, or water tower could be helpful.
7. Military Bases
If I have my pick between Grissom Air Reserve Base, Camp Atterbury, and NSWC Crane Division, I’m going with the air base, but any will have the means to keep you safe. Of course, these bases can hold large numbers of people, so you have to remain alert, just in case someone gets infected. If you’re on an air base, befriend a pilot. It could save your life.
8. The Usual Suspects
No, we’re not talking about the delicious Broad Ripple based restaurant. Factories, prisons (if they can be emptied), underground bunkers, and elevated buildings are all great choices. If you can’t get out of a city, find less populated areas and think about places to hide that can keep you safe, without locking you into harm’s way. For instance, many factories and warehouses have rooms that can easily be sealed, if needed, and can provide fantastic protection.
The key takeaways here? Get away from the city (if you can; if not, hide safely!). Go to less populated areas and look for a building with a good line of defense, above or below ground. Then just hope you find someone great at wielding a sword and bow and arrow to protect you. Got it? Great!