NB: Sorry this is so damn late, after GCSEs and 3 weeks holiday in France I forgot about the Z-Apoc Guide, hopefully I’ll get back on track with the rest of the Guide soon.
Ok, the next essential in the Zombie Apocalypse is shelter. Somewhere to live, somewhere to sleep, somewhere to fall back to if things get harsh.
In my opinion there are five really important things to think about when choosing your shelter:
- Defences: Can zombies attack your shelter easily? Is it strategically easy to fend them off? Is your shelter a small wooden shack that can be torn apart by zombie claws, or a huge impenetrable brick stronghold? Consider defence over nearly anything else, it ought to be highest on your list of priorities.
- Escape: Can you escape from your base if in the worst case scenario you are over-whelmed by zombies? Is your escape route a quick one? Does your escape route allow multiple people to escape at once? Is there more than one escape route? Considering your worst case scenario and trying to find the best way of overcoming it is a very useful step in choosing a shelter.
- Space: Is there sufficient living space in your shelter? How many people can fit in it? Will there be room for each member of your group to carry out their allocated responsibility (eg. does the medic have enough room to create a clean and sterile environment around patients?)? Also, do you have room for stockpiling resources such as food, water, petrol etc.? You’re going to need space for back-up supplies should you be besieged and thus become stuck in your base.
- Strategic Location: Have you made a shelter that is tactically sound? Bearing in mind you will have to fight zombies, have you made it easy or hard to do so? For example, build on a hill with steep slopes so that zombies have to climb slowly to reach it, by which time you can pick them off with ranged weapons; or build on an island on a lake or river, as it will be isolated from attacks until your assailants find a means of crossing to the island, and you may have space to deploy various traps as well.
- Stationary or Moving?: This is a very important question, as it will determine many of your decisions in the rest of your survival. Both options have pros and cons. Stationary gives you the certainty of having somewhere to fall back to; it can hold large amounts of supplies and will use very little up in its maintenance; you can hold multiple people with little effort, useful if you see someone in trouble (although ruthlessness for your own survival must also be applied)