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Will you survive the zombie apocalypse?

Although the concept of post-mortem cadavers has always been a highly acclaimed genre for science fiction and horror movies, recent incidents covered by the news suggest that man-eating people are out there. These are not cannibals who exist in far-off jungles isolated from humankind, they are people who have been accepted by society and choose to eat others. Why? Who knows, maybe their zombie brains tell their body it has a high metabolism and constantly needs to indulge in soft, chewy snacks.

Whatever the case may be, this is no time to call mom and crawl under the bed. Preparation is the key to survival. The first step, as seen in any zombie-related flick, has always been to arm yourself. This is definitely the case here, even if the undead require several bullets to take down for good.

In addition to strapping a machete to your back and slugging around a loaded Desert Eagle, you should take precaution and establish a command base. After all, you'll need a place to sleep after carving your way through hordes of monsters. By implementing the right physical security tools, you can make sure your home is armed to withstand wave after wave of zombie onslaught without dripping a single sweat from your brow.

1. High-definition surveillance cameras
Video surveillance cameras are the most basic and necessary piece of your home base's defense against the zombie apocalypse. These will be the eyes outside your base of communications, allowing you to visualize every nook and cranny of your home to keep the walking dead at bay.

By installing high definition surveillance cameras outside your home, you will have 24-hour monitoring capabilities to detect when long-dead friends and acquaintances wander onto your property looking for a midnight snack.

2. Motion-activated laser perimeter system
If you consider yourself to be like Robert Neville, the last man on Earth, it is damn-near impossible to monitor your home's perimeter at all hours of the day, every day. Since money is no longer an issue, you should consider implementing a laser system that can be triggered by even the slightest movement. As a result, you can rest assured, knowing you can sleep safe behind your three-inch thick steel doors.

Unfortunately, this installation requires you to be at least somewhat technologically savvy. If you're not, you'd better cuddle with your assault rifle and sleep with one eye open.

3. Intuitive access control system
Although locking your door with a traditional lock may have been prudent in the past, this is no longer the case after the dead have risen. You should consider upgrading your existing lock mechanisms with an access control system. Even today there are technologies out there that enable technologies to identify an individual based on behavioral or physical characteristics. In other words, your locks will know when a living human, compared to a wandering cadaver, is knocking at your door.

This is often a last line of defense that, if breached, means you had better have a backup plan in place, such as an alternate escape route or a bomb that can be activated when you leave the premises.

Of course, there are skeptics who say the zombie apocalypse is nothing but a myth. But how do you explain the people eating one another? Some say drugs, others look over their shoulder and hint that the Mayan calendar is nearing its end. Either way, it's better to be safe than sorry. After all, you can always use your cool new security gadgets to keep out other things, such as your neighbor's pesky dog.

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