Are You Keeping the Zombie Apocalypse in Mind when Remodeling Your Home?

by Scott Crompton

For most people, home security is a secondary thought after you already have the home. That’s because chances are you are buying a home and you don’t plan to ever make changes to it, so you are just adding on security after. However, it also is a secondary thought when it comes to remodeling that home. You might not realize it, but keeping that home secure can actually be incorporated into changes you make to foundations, or even just design. And all you have to do to remember this is to think of how effective your home will be as a safe house in a zombie apocalypse.

You might have heard of this before, since the CDC has been launching a campaign around it for a few years. But most of their emergency preparation methods focus specifically on creating a plan and supplying yourself. It hasn’t covered the area of how your home would hold up to terrorist attacks, tornadoes, hurricanes, pandemics, and more. But it is true; these are a lot of things to keep on mind when preparing your family and home. So even in the case of remodeling your home for the best security, keep the zombie apocalypse in mind because the things that will make your home safe against zombie attacks, will do the same for most other disasters, or even just something as simple, and terrifying as a burglary.

Your Access Points

Windows and Doors in your house are the first lines of defense, whether for zombies, a storm, or a burglar. Walls can be just as important, but you are less likely to be handling people specifically that will use a wall before using a window or door.

Visibility: If you end up remodeling areas that handle your windows or doors, consider obtaining different glass than you would normally expect. Tinted window glass or film and one-way mirror film is a great option that can completely cut off people being able to see in during the day time, but it will usually make you visible at night with lights on in the house. That isn’t a bad thing though, since lights on are likely to deter burglars (though there is no guarantee with zombies).

Enforcement: A staggering amount of homes get forced into through doors, especially the front ones. But it takes a bit more than just adding on another lock to the door, the weakest area of your door is where the door connects with the wall, at the hinges and the doorjamb. In most cases, reinforcing, adding, or replacing the deadbolt is more likely to solve most of your concerns. A good rule of thumb is that your deadbolt should extend far more than 1 inch out from the door and you shouldn’t be able to jiggle it. If either of those are the case, replace it with a longer and sturdier one, and it is something you can learn to do yourself too.

Sheltered Area

Not everyone can afford to add in a whole extra room that is solely devoted to being a panic room, or a bomb shelter. But you can make some improvements to current rooms in your house that will add more protection, and possibly in some cases turn a living room or office into a temporary panic room. It won’t ever be as great as a room devoted to a panic shelter, but it gives your family a place to go to be safer if needed.

  • Eliminate windows in that room. It doesn’t matter how sturdy your windows are, if you have some they are an easier entry point. Offices or libraries can be a great room choice for this since they mostly rely on artificial lighting anyway.
  • Reinforce the walls and floor that makes up the room. You can’t always get steel in place, since it’s expensive and probably not something you can install, but sturdy wood is still a great option, as most houses will only have wood studs that leave a large section in between studs made of easily damaged material.
  • Obtain a reinforced door for the entry door to the room. It doesn’t matter how bulky or frustrating the door might be, since you don’t have to have it closed except when using it as a sheltered area, so getting multiple locks with a door that’s not going to be easily kicked off hinges will go a long way.

Remember there are a number of other things you can work on to protect yourself. These are just a few improvements that can be made. You should still always keep your security in mind when improving your home. And there is more to protecting your home and preparing for disasters than just improvements to your home. Alarms, lights, animals, supplies and most of all a plan for when something goes wrong will keep you that much more in control of any situation, especially the dangerous or bad ones like a zombie apocalypse.

References:

Home Security – http://www.topconsumerreviews.com/home-security/

CDC Campaign – http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

Mirror Films – http://solarfilmco.com/mirror-window-film-html