"The Walking Dead" is back -- Season 4 starts this Sunday, Oct. 13. So it's a good time for CostHelper readers to get ready for the coming zombie apocalypse.
Even the Center for Disease Control is on board, providing a list of helpful tips for all types of emergencies including the undead. "If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack," CDC Director Ali Kahn notes.
1. Underground House
Built out of a fear of an inevitable nuclear war in the 1970s, this 6,000-square-foot home is built underground -- including the trees and the pool. The unique home is "bomb proof, quake proof, and even bug proof, a constant 78 degrees, even if it's a million or so degrees and radioactive up top," according to a CBS news affiliate in Las Vegas, where the home is located.
Price tag: $1,600,000
2. Luxury Survival Condos
Built in reclaimed missile silos, these condos are 900-1,820 square-feet each and contain living space, bedrooms, bathrooms, and luxury amenities for families. The silos themselves are at an "undisclosed location" in Kansas. The walls of the silo are 2.5 to 9 feet thick, keeping out any outside predators.
Price tag: $1,500,000-$3,000,000
3. Massive Water Supply
Water in a can is sold in bulk. I don't mean Costco bulk, I mean massive quantities that last decades, not merely months or years. Alka Power sells cans of drinking water with a 25-year shelf-life. One gallon of water per day is roughly what a single person needs in a post-apocalyptic survival scenario. Alka Power will sell you 10,000 gallons for a little over $115,000 -- enough for the next quarter century or so.
Price tag: $115,000
4. Armored Vehicles
Military-grade armored vehicles are not restricted to the military. There are plenty of sites like ArmyJeeps.net and Mortar Investments selling used tanks, carriers and armored vehicles to offer the safest way to travel from point A to point B. Even eBay sells used military vehicles. While the military grade vehicles do offer a secure ride, be ready to spend a bundle on gas. Most tanks average less than 5 mpg.
Price tag: $5,000-$30,000
5. Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit
This is the survival kit to end all other survival kits: It's packed with nearly 50 separate items to deal with a zombie attack. The kit includes laser sights for attaching to weaponry, night vision optics and battle gear. It also comes with an assortment of lab equipment to help would-be scientists find "a cure."
Price tag: $24,000
6. Big Guns
While no research studies have been done yet as to which weaponry prevails in actual zombie attacks, there is plenty to glean from Hollywood. Clearly, you can't fight a zombie hoard without guns. In "The Walking Dead," Rick Grimes carries a trusty Colt Python .357 Magnum ($2,000-$5,000). "World War Z" survivors rely on a lot of Glock 17s ($300-$400) for protection.
Price tag: $300-$5,000
7. Apocalypse Kit
Preparing for any coming threat means there's a need for protection. Gerber, a maker of survival gear, sells a kit filled with an assortment of machetes and knives. It comes in a canvas carrying kit.
8. Titanium Crowbar
This might be the most-useful weapon you can find -- even over the big guns -- and a common sight in the "Walking Dead." For one, it never needs to be reloaded. Just swing. Steel crowbars might cost less, but they are hefty. Titanium is remarkably light. The crowbar can also help open tight spaces.
9. Target practice
If you are going to have guns, you better know how to use them, so target practice is in order and there are companies ready to help, complete with targets that actually "bleed." One company, Zombie Industries, sells bleeding targets ($50-$90) to really get a crew ready for battle.
Price tag: $50-$100
10. Everclear, Bacardi 151 or Other High-Proof Alcohols
This is not just for drinking, really. Think sterilization of wounds. Or Molotov cocktails for self-defense. A 750 ml bottle of potent booze sells for about $20-$30, but plan to stock up. And if all else fails, knock back a shot to boost your spirits.
Price tag: $20-$30 per bottle
The herd is coming: Don't be left unprepared.