Best places to survive a (zombie) apocalypse?

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If you search on the internet for ‘best place to survive a (zombie) apocalypse you get tons of results. When I was reading through some of the posts it got to me that a lot of these posts are just contain some pretty pictures of cool places.. most of them are in fact the opposite of a safe place to survive a zombie apocalypse or any other apocalypse.. For example on location you almost see in every article are the Maunsell Army Sea Forts (see picture below).
best place to survive a apocalypse - Maunsell Army Sea Forts
You probably think ‘hey that looks safe as hell’? Sure its safe as hell from raiders and zombies but if you don’t die of of boredom or because of tetanus with all that rust around you and your fellow survivors will probably die of thirst or hunger.. There is water enough around you but as we all know salt water is useless, also growing any crops with only salt water around you aint a option.. When these forts were used in the second world war as anti aircraft defense the inhabitants were frequently supplied by the mainland… But in a Apocalypse setting you probably can forget about that 😀

So isolation alone is not the key, but then what are good places to survive a apocalypse? Well just look into history and you have your answer.. You would think they would have learned something of building castles and forts for over hundred of years. Still over here in Europe we might still might have some castles and old forts, people are probably going to fight about them… So lets have a look at some of these places

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco, USA

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Alcatraz is on of those places you see on almost every list, mainly because its famous around the world, let alone in America. Its located in the San Francisco Bay, only 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco. A perfect home base for scavenging the mainland for resources. Of course a place this popular and well know is likely to attract other survivors. But if you manage to get a hold of the island it should be defensible, the total area of the island is reported to be 22 acres (8.9 ha) so you could defend it with a small population. Also the 1846 lighthouse still stands, providing a perfect elevated viewpoint of the entire island and its surrounding. Altough the island is not to big, it’s large enough for growing crops. With no natural drinking water availible Alcatraz relied for a long time on supplies from the mainland. luckily for us the old water tower on the island that was build in 1940 was restored in 2012, it has a volume of 250,000 US gallons (950,000 liters) of fresh water. Oh and lets not forget it has a prison on the island, a own power house, a boat dock and much more.. It looks like this might not even be a bad choice.

Fort Jefferson, Florida – USA

best place to survive a apocalypse - Fort Jefferson - Key West, VS
Next is a combination of a old fort and a island. Fort Jefferson is a massive coastal fortress and is located on Garden Key in the lower Florida Keys within the Dry Tortugas National Park. . Just like the Maunsell Army Sea Forts its located in the sea and with a distance of about 70 miles (110 km) of Key West its isolated but also far away from the main land and resources. Zombies and other hostile survivors are not going to be a problem. There is room to grow crops but the area lacks fresh water, although there is a system to filter rainwater it was never used and because of cracks in the cisterns sea water contaminates the fresh water supply. So if you have enough food and water and you think a tan is important when the apocalypse comes this might be the place for you.. Still, with no restocking of supplies you can only survive here with a small group of people.

Safe House Design – KWK Promes

I’m not sure how many houses where build but Robert Konieczny design a great apocalypse proof house! The only problem is finding one since it looks so much like a normal house… but isnt that what we want? The house has movable walls and only one entrance, which is located on the second floor after….(wait for it) crossing a drawbridge!!! How freaking cool is that!! Ofcourse you can tweek it by adding a flamethrower or some bowling hot oil trap.

The building has large Floor-to-ceiling windows that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, also this way you can store a lot of heat during the winter, when at night you close the building down the heat stays inside. Ofcourse it depends on where you build this house, but it can offer you some room for gardening, still next to food you are going to need fresh water.. If your building this house it would be smart thing to add a natural deep well that can be reached from inside the house. Altough this Tranfsformer type of Safe Hous has got a lot of nice gadgets I do wonder how self self sufficient it is when the main power is gone.. Otherwise you might end up with a house with half open walls and doors… Not something you want. Anyway check out this video!

Xuankong Temple, China

Xuankong Temple, China
The Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery is a temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Shanxi province, China. The closest city is Datong, 64.23 kilometers to the northwest. Just like the Maunsell Army Sea Forts its quite isolated, its small, you can’t grow crops, you have no access to fresh water (probably only some rain water from the rocks)… the only good thing about it is zombies and other survivors probably won’t come visiting. NEXT!

ATLAS F Silohome, USA

During the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. government built hundreds of Atlas-F missile silos in preparation for a nuclear attack that never came. Most of these silos were abandoned, but Bruce Francisco and Gregory Gibbons acquired one in New York’s Adirondack State Park and transformed it into an underground haven.

Silohome sits atop a 1,350-foot mountain overlooking the Saranac River Valley and is surrounded by acres of untouched wilderness, which means it’s ideal for many of your post-apocalyptic duties: farming, hunting and fishing. In what was once the 2,300-square-foot launch control center there are now three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a living area and a kitchen. Don’t feel safe enough? Well, there’s always the 20,000-square-foot silo that’s connected to the underground living quarters via a tunnel. Of course it depends on what kind of apocalypse is going to happen, but in all cases a underground bunker has the same flaws, if you are below and enemies are on the ground surface, they might be not getting in, but you’re also not getting out.

Fort Bourtange – Groningen, Netherlands

best place to survive a apocalypse - Fort bourtange
Okay so lets end with a place I personally would fancy going to, Fort Bourtange in the north part of the Netherlands 😀 It was initially built during the Eighty Years’ War (circa 1568–1648) when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen which was controlled by the Spaniards. This road followed a sandy ridge (tange) through the marshes (the Bourtange Swamp).

Although the surrounding marshes are long gone it still is a pretty isolated location, and with the surrounding water around the fort zombies probably ain’t going to be a problem, even if we get swiming zombies (Romero zombies) there still is a steep wall to cross. There is enough room to grow crops and drinking water is everywhere around you. And if you have a tec guy in the crew you probably can get the windmill to generate electricity. Seems perfect right? And thats the main problem, if its too perfect, and too wel well known other people are going to want it to. Also if your with a small group its a big place to defend, if no one is on watch a group of people can easily swim across the water and get over the sand wall. This probably will count for a lot of other forts.


No place is 100% safe and no place is 100% perfect. Some are to isolated, some are to close to cities, some are just to well know and you might end up fighting other survivors and some place are just plain stupid.

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  1. Matt Wollam

    This might be the best article I’ve found, finally someone address the major draw backs to places like the Maunsell Army Sea Forts where there is just the major smack in the face of all the rusty metal just waiting to give you tetanus or the Xuankong Temple were your on a mountain with no way of growing anything or getting water and your a massive way from any place with supplies. Thank you i finally don’t have to get upset by some arrogant dumb “apocalypse planners” who don’t know what the fuck their talking about.

    Posted on 20/06/2014
  2. Sycz

    Romero’s dead(DEAD, not ZOMBIEs… Romero himself has stated that the term “zombie” is a voodoo term for a spectral puppet. SMH) DO NOT SWIM. Smh. The uneducated people they get to write these articles… (Just remember at the end of the day, stay away from writing on topics you have 0 education about)

    Posted on 03/11/2014
  3. Rick

    It’s a little sad that your author an article on the internet for the entire planet to read, and you don’t know the difference between “to” and “too” or “you’re” and “your”. That immediately dumbs down the entire read, makes you appear uneducated, and in truth somewhat stupid.

    Posted on 15/11/2014
    • Bakkie-Pleur

      Right.. because English is not my first language and these are just a few (minor) mistakes I am uneducated and stupid :) Lol..

      Oh and You and your…. right accidental key strike… You hit the U and accidently your finger went 3 keys to the left and hit the R key…

      Dude you are making my day 😀

      Posted on 17/11/2014
  4. Rick

    I of course meant to write “you” instead of “your”, but that was just a matter of an accidental key strike instead of a lack of knowledge.

    Posted on 15/11/2014
  5. Lynda

    I think a major airport would be a good place to secure and live. Lots of secure areas and supplies, room for a lot of survivors and maybe a chance to learn how to fly and get to a safer place, like an island.

    Posted on 30/11/2015
  6. Ddr

    Water is less of a problem than may people think when it comes to being surrounded by sea water. Simply build a still..all you need is a big metal drum, some piping, a container, and some fire. As to food, well, it’s the ocean and if you can fish, you can eat. The Maunsell forts may not be that bad. In any case, knowing how to fish and build a still will improve your chances on an island of any kind.

    Posted on 07/11/2016
  7. Skullblade

    Excellent grammar… Regardless, good choices other than one thing. You published this on the internet. Billions of people use it daily. People are going to take your advice: much too many. They will become zombie breeding grounds. Even the great MatPat realized this and kept #2 on his list for himself.

    Posted on 20/07/2017
  8. PC Anderson

    RICK. It’s bad enough that you’re the type of DICK that attempts to humiliate someone for making an insignificant grammatical error in an online fantasy article about ZOMBIES……BUT……It takes a special kind of mentally challenged DICK to make the very same error while trying to sound intelligent and slamming someone for their grammatical error. Talk about dumbing down a post. ~~~~~> PRICELESS!!

    Posted on 03/05/2019

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