Picture of The Citizens Guide To A Zombie Apocalypse
He comes from the grave, his body a home of worms and filth. No life in his eyes, no warmth of his skin, no beating of his breast. His soul, as empty and dark as the night sky. He laughs at the blade, spits at the arrow, for they will not harm his flesh. For eternity, he will walk the earth, smelling the sweet blood of the living, feasting upon the bones of the damned. Beware, for he is the living dead.
—OBSCUREHINDU TEXT, CIRCA1000B.C.E via Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

The undead, a living nightmare for some but only a challenge to those prepared. In this instructable i will show you the most effective materials to bring, proper techniques of survival in one/two story homes (plus other alternate buildings), and places not to go to during a zombie apocalypse. Only you have the power to survive and as long as you make wise decisions during this time you should come out not being a rotting member of the undead army.

“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.”

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trevor131 year ago
Your so screwed up zombies cannot happen! Rotting flesh can't live
aross151 year ago
I have a big pry bar with a spiked end, it wold be perfect, still wana get the curved crow-bar for..Half-Lifenes.. lol
Kris T.1 year ago
Well thought-out guide. Even though it's about surviving zombies, many of the tips I think would work with most other emergencies.

One thing I've always noticed in these "zombie guides" is there's no mention about how to deal with the living. How do you tell they're on your side? When do you help and when do you leave them behind? Do you join a group or do you go solo? I would like to think that not all of us would become crazy and savage like the movies and video games enjoy portraying.
am i the only one who has most of this stuff?
black hole2 years ago
From what I hear, the Heckler and Koch HK45 is a good handgun.
Aluminum baseball bat is a waste of time. They are too light and are intended to have bounce when they strike an object. One of the guys I worked with had a friend hit him in the leg with an aluminum softball bat to try and break his leg(he didn't want to leave the country without his wife on deployment). The aluminum bat severely damaged the tissue in his leg but after 3 strikes no broken leg. A nice wood bat will be much more likely to deliver a crushing blow instead of a *ping* bouncing blow.
think about this decayed easy to tear flesh it wouldnt be hard to break the skull
ajay8422 years ago
You wouldn't want earmuffs. If they block out the moans then what are you gonna do if a zombie lunges at you when you cant hear him/her? Or if your sleeping you want to hear if there is zombies, then you can run.
Yeah that's what I was thinking, you always want to be prepared for anything. Adapt to survive is my motto in these situations.
gfs99682 years ago
Cool list here, definitely some things I haven't seen before, but that's a lot of baggage to be mulling around with quickly... Not sure if a trench knife is how I want to engage a zombie... ever, but maybe you're right.  

It'd be cool if more cities had zombie survival station like this one, I know it's a joke or whatever in a cemetery from my home town, but wouldn't that be a cool concept.
AriedeB2 years ago
Step1: Get water.

I think its one of the more important steps indeed, but whats more important to create or get will be a good and longterm filtration device.
Although rainwater can be drunk reasonably safe, other sources will most likely be or get contaminated with parasites and bacteria.
In case of the Zombie's, they wil most definatly be carying bacteria, and if one, or a piece of it gets into contact with water...
Who's to say the outbreak isnt transmitable trough this medium?
ilpug2 years ago
Remember that one time when a dog got bitten and got rabies, and then three days later, every dog on earth had rabies?

^my only statement to the validity of zombie apocalypses.

Anyhoo, this is a very well thought out guide. I like the suggestion of the .22 rifle due to it's versatility. Yes, a .22 can kill easily with a headshot. They can easily be sighted in to medium range, it is the most common ammo, can easily be silenced, and have so little recoil that they can be used in all conditions.

I also like the discussion of vehicles.

My advice would be this: go to a very hot or cold climate. The zombies would either rot or freeze.

Guides like this are interesting. It floods a huge wealth of survival and violence oriented knowledge, a good amount of it pretty legitimate, out onto the internet where anyone can get it. Now, zombies are fictional, but revolutions, war, and economic collapse are very real things which will probably increase in prevalence in the next few decades. Now suppose that all this zombie info is used by people in these situations. That could either result in A)everyone survives pretty well. or B) Everyone kills everyone.

It will be interesting to see.
AriedeB3 years ago
Ok, check this out "Toxoplasma gondii" it the name of a parasite that takes over the brain of its hosts!

If it gets into a rat, it infiltratets its brain.
After a period of time it instructs the rat to find a cat!
The cat eats the more than willing rat, and thus the Toxoplasma gondii can start its second lifecicle inside the cats gut where it mate's!

O yeah! this is the SH*T!
Scientists all over the world are bending there heads on this parasite.
When ever those guys find out how these Toxoplasma gondii parasites work...
Well... lets just say that 28 days later, the world is gone...
Better read this instructable out load for the next couple of days guys!
AriedeB3 years ago
Being a really cool instructable, i still have one tiny question.
Can you really "kill" an allready "dead" person...???
yes-_-. the zombies are zombies from a virus that controls their movements. it requires the brain. as soon as you destroy the brain... its officially dead and will not walk again.
in a certain way that is correct, only the term dead is a bit double.
Because the zombie brain is a not so dead brain in the essence of being dead... the brain is alive, or atleast, the organism thats inhabitting the brain is alive and keeps the brain in workable order to do its zombie thing.
So... your not really killing the man, but the zombie.
Plo Koon3 years ago
zombies arnt real just so you know but this in an entertaining instructable
are you telling me im not real! ill remember that when im eating your brains.
im 9 and i beleive it will happen im with ya i hope we meet on the battlefeild :)
hardy har.
wheres the shotguns!?!? every zombie slayer needs a shotgun.
coveboy3 years ago
Nice guide! Bike is something clever I definitely didn't think about...and ear muffs were genius!
Although, I would pick a .223 over a 22. Maybe a Mini 14. Very accurate weapon, and the ammunition is extremely common. Also, they are relatively simple to field strip, and accessorizing them is not difficult. But, if you were to get a 22, I'd go with a Ruger 10/22.Common weapon so parts are plentiful, and larger clips are easy to acquire. I have both a Glock 30 and 1911, and here's the run down: Glock=more ammunition, and less jams. But, less safeties, and personally I'm a better shot with my 1911. Either would not be a bad choice. And also, I would get something larger than a Honda any day. Something along the lines of a Diesel truck or 4x4/AWD SUV. Maybe a Dodge 2500 (with the Cummings of course) or a Toyota Land Cruiser (80 or 100 series, not the newer ones).
Sgt Niesen3 years ago
.22 can hardly kill a human much less kill a zobie and zombies have a virus and are not undead just inffected
treesneedtobehugged (author)  Sgt Niesen3 years ago
when i made this i basically followed the typical slow moving zombie, not infected "superhuman" zombie (28 weeks later) and a .22lr can kill a zombie with a good headshot. While it does not have good stopping power, its versitility is great with its light ammo, no recoil, etc. I would however carry a sidearm such as a compact glock pistol
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treesneedtobehugged (author)  Sgt Niesen3 years ago
well carrying already a rifle i thought that a pistol would be most ideal for a sidearm. the glock is known to be a tough, rough, and reliable pistol used by military and police agency's for defense, the rest of what you said i can't really understand.........
Sorry i did not think about that i was saying stuff about accually I dont know what i was talking about but i still would get a 1911 not a glock. glocks dont have safety mechinisms and can jam 1911s will not jam if you buy a military version of them
Ok, I can't stand by and read this without commenting. Glocks are specifically known worldwide by millions of people and thousands of police departments and hundreds of militaries, to be extremely reliable and difficult to jam. Glocks have THREE safeties and as long as you keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to shoot (which is normal safe-gun-handling protocol in every police department and modern military in the world as well as common knowledge in all reputable civilian training including the NRA) they are fantastically and astronomically safe. I've seen and heard about countless 1911 issues including jamming. The 1911 is a venerable design and worthy of a nod, but it is simply clueless to write what was written about the Glock design. And while we are on the subject of holy wars, Ford beats Chevy hands down. Especially since Chevy/GM went on corporate welfare while Ford carried on business as usual and doing quite well, thank you very much. :^D
Dodge beats Chevy all the way
LMAO. agreed! (owner of 2 dodge trucks! well, wife "owns" one of them to be accurate :^)
id use a desert eagle
you wouldnt be able to the Desert Eagle is a .50 caliber handgun and it weighs 10 lbs loaded it is a waste of space and it will attract every zombie for miles
Oh man I can't let that go by as others will read that and be grossly misinformed...

Glocks jam? Very seldom. They're extremely reliable and although I do love the M1911, the Glock is a better pistol, being exceptionally reliable and high capacity.

' the military version of them' many 'military versions' of them are out there that aren't old used firearms? As for the retro, replica M1911A1's, the old style military ones had terrible, tiny sights with the exception of the M1991A1 version which has nice sights and was actually sold to some foreign countries as military pistols.

Firstly, (I agree) the M1911 is one of the 'best' military hand guns ever made, with of 75 years of in-service use, and still carried by many service men, but their are many revised versions and the because earlier ones had some problems. Recent civilian models are mechanically good, but not as good as a Glock.

Secondly, the use of a side-arm is to put down an advancing enemy when your primary firearm is indisposed, jammed or out of ammo. This was the case in the Philippine-American War where stopping power was the deciding factor on the battle-field: Charging tribes men would not yield to small calibre fire, thus the use of the heavy .45 round was instated as the standard side-arm and the M1911 was developed use WW1. Thus stopping power is the deciding factor in my opinion, calibre .40+ would be a good option, FMJ or hand-loaded hollow point ammo would destroy unarmoured targets especially at short range.

Thirdly, subdueing your enemyat short range (but not melee!) is what you are after in such a situation, similar to street warfare/riot conditions, Armsel Striker is a revolver 12-gauge shotgun designed for riot control and combat, perfectly suited to the job. In RSA it is common to see this weapon in safes for use in household self defence situations, many large drum modifications are available, and 12 gauge slug and deer shot round can level the playing field between you and a horde of the zombies... happy hunting!
This isn't a matter of 'stopping power' as the living dead aren't portrayed as being affected by much other than a penetrating or crushing hit to the brain stem or in many cases, the brain as a whole. Unlike dealing with drugged Moros in religious zeal attacks, this is an advance by animated corpses that can be put down by what is very precise shooting, often at several of them in one encounter. Therefore, high capacity matters more than 'stopping power' and to further my side of this argument, it's ball ammunition, with it's superior penetration that is needed rather than hollow points which 'dump the energy' into the target.

Funny how we can argue with certainty on something that remains fiction!

JV3 Sgt Niesen3 years ago
i think a 9X19mm glock with 33 round mag and extended slide is one of the best apocolapse firearms you can get. i love 1911's but the reload is what kills in every situation. also, in the apocolapse, a USP .45ACP with a noise surpressor would prove invaluable if you wanted to pick off a zombie that was in your way without attracting every other zombie for miles. also, why are zombies always portrayed as violent? don't they have hippie zombies aswell?
treesneedtobehugged (author)  Sgt Niesen3 years ago
yes the 1911 is a very great design to, reliable and powerful, will add that thanks
1911 has been battle tested, proven and ask any vet they will take there ol 45 over anything
FBI's 10 most frequently traced guns in 1994 By NCIC
Rank Manufacturer Model Caliber Type Number traced
1 Lorcin P25 .25 Pistol 3,223
2 Davis Industries P380 .38 Pistol 2,454
3 Raven Arms MP25 .25 Pistol 2,107
4 Lorcin L25 .25 Pistol 1,258
5 Mossburg 500 12G Shotgun 1,015
6 Phoenix Arms Raven .25 Pistol 959
7 Jennings J22 .22 Pistol 929
8 Ruger P89 9 mm Pistol 895
9 Glock 17 9 mm Pistol 843
10 Bryco 38 .38 Pistol 820
Source: ATF 1995

Most frequently reported handguns
in the NCIC stolen gun file
Percent of stolen handguns/ Number/ Caliber/ Type
20.5% 259,184 .38 Revolver
11.7 147,681 .22 Revolver
11.6 146,474 .357 Revolver
8.8 111,558 9 mm Semiautomatic
7.0 87,714 .25 Semiautomatic
6.7 84,474 .22 Semiautomatic
5.4 68,112 .380 Semiautomatic
3.7 46,503 .45 Semiautomatic
3.3 41,318 .32 Revolver
3.1 39,254 .44 Revolver
1.5 18,377 .32 Semiautomatic
1.3 16,214 .45 Revolver
Source: ATF

The use of the .22 caliber round in homicides has declined since the mid 80's, but at one time the .22 was the preferred caliber of choice due to its affordability as well as its reduced noise as compared to a mid caliber centerfire cartridge. Today the .22 is responsible for roughly 16% of all homicides involving guns. Second only to the .38 caliber.
.22 has almost no stopping power and not much penetration but when it impacts the skull it ricochets inside...thus death. Plus, it's quiet, even more so with sub-sonic ammunition therefore no need for a silencer. I would rather have my SKS for survival but if i need silent, it's a .22 or a blade
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