In The Event of a Zombie Apocalypse…

I live 3.2 miles from a Wal-Mart Supercenter.  If there is a Zombie Apocalypse, I’m taking my family and making a bee-line for this location.  Here’s the Wal-Mart:

Why This Wal-Mart?

  1. Guns.  There’s a huntin’ and fishin’ section, so there’s plenty of guns and ammo to keep zombies at bay.
  2. Food.  This Wal-Mart has a food section the size of a small Oklahoma county.  The produce would spoil quickly, so we’d ration that out first.  Then I’d assume the power would go out in the near future, so we’d have to ration the frozen food/milk/eggs.  All in all, there’s enough food to last for quite a while.
  3. Pharmacy.  There’s two reasons I like this.  The obvious is there are meds available.  The not so obvious is the bastion I could create out of the pharmacy walls.  A fort within a fort.  Fortifying the actual pharmacy would create a safe, elevated position with a clear view of the whole store.
  4. Open space around the building.  No sneak attacks.  You can see for a quarter mile to the south and several hundred yards to the east and west.  There’s a small neighborhood to the north which poses the only immediate threat.
  5. Quick access to a major interstate.  The Creek Turnpike is only 1,000 feet away, giving us access to Interstate 44.

What’s the Plan?

You don’t know how fast this is going to spread.  You don’t know who’s already infected.  Time is of the essence.  Here’s a layout of the building:

At this location there are three entrances (the Lawn and Garden entrance isn’t noted on this floor plan).

The very first thing I would do is secure the entrances and exits to the building.

  • I’d do that by parking my car by the Lawn and Garden entrance and get inside to the toy section.  On my way in, I’d bring as many bags of charcoal as I could carry (for fires and cooking later).  The actual Lawn and Garden section isn’t secure.  It’s enclosed by retractable walls, chain link fencing, it’s just a mess tactically.  But there is a single sliding door into the main building.  It’s here I would make my first blockade.  Toys are some of the least important items in this scenario so I would take all of the heavy racks they are on and engineer a fortified pile in front of the sliding door.  This will block the entrance and clear some floor space.  (We want to be able to have good lines of sight after all.)
  • Next I’d run to the Home & Living entrance and blockade it with all the shopping carts in the bay as well as all the racks in the Seasonal department.
  • Finally I’d get to the Market & Pharmacy entrance and blockade it with the other shopping carts in that bay as well as all the racks in the Health & Beauty section.  I would assume by this time (and with the news on every TV in the electronics section) I’d have other people helping me create this fort.

Things we’d preserve:

  • All food
  • clothing (rationed out over time)
  • medicine
  • cleaning supplies (for sterilization)
  • Guns and ammo
  • Batteries from the automotive department
  • Pillows and blankets from the Home section
  • All pots, pans, cups, and coolers to collect rain on the roof (for drinking and cleaning)

Things we’d sacrifice to fortify our position:

  • Toys and their racks
  • Bikes and their racks
  • Weightlifting equipment
  • Furniture and their racks
  • All but one TV
  • Cosmetics and their racks
  • Chairs from Subway
  • All shopping carts
  • Redbox Kiosks
  • The clothing racks (not the clothes themselves)

Entrances and exits are secure.  Now what?

  • Go get a gun.  I’d load up with ammo to defend any weak spots while I and the people who have remained start to fortify the original blockades with racks and supplies from other sections.
  • While entrances and exits are being guarded and re-fortified, other survivors would be disabling the automatic sliding doors at the fuse box.  No one in.  No one out.  If you want to go outside, go on the roof.

We’re fortified.  Now turn the pharmacy into a fort.

  • There’s a walled in pharmacy within this Wal-Mart.  Here I would use the surrounding/remaining display racks to fortify this position as a place to make a last stand.  In the event of a breach, we would be able to safely get on top of this (with our guns) and fend off zombies for a while.  During our first few days in our Wal-Mart Supercenter fort we will have made a ladder from the roof to the Pharmacy for emergency escapes.
  • It’s very important to have a good line of sight from anywhere in the store.  There will be nothing impeding our view of the entrances and exits and from the vantage point of the Pharmacy Fort we can not only see anything coming but protect anyone on the ground that may be in the process of escape.

I estimate that at any given time there would be about 50 to 100 people in the store when this all started to go down.  Employees would be of great help for their knowledge of the back rooms and security cameras.  If there are any babies or toddlers we’d have easy access to throwing away soiled diapers from the roof off the back of the building.


No one in.  No one out.  Period.

Save your ammo.  Don’t just shoot zombies in the parking lot because you see them.  Shoot them to save yourself or others in the building.

Not everyone sleeps at the same time.

Ration the food.

Be clean.

Everyone has a job.  Everyone earns their stay.


Ultimately we’d want to clear space on the roof for helicopters to land but if that fails we do have access to a Turnpike.  Obviously getting on the roads immediately surrounding the building would be a great risk, but once on the Turnpike (everyone in the store should have a car in the parking lot) speed and distance are our friend.