Baseball, apple pie, and zombies? The success of hit TVs shows and movies exposes America’s fascination with all things “zombie.” And what is it about this time of year that piques our curiosity and interest in the subject? Between the Halloween Spirit and the holiday’s unofficial theme song, “Thriller,” complete with its well-choreographed and rhythm-filled undead dancers, you can expect to run into quite a few zombies on October 31st. If you have discussed the subject of zombies with a friend, you‘ve probably debated with them over which of you would be better suited to survive a hypothetical “zombie apocalypse.” Well, living in Florida might give you the edge – here are three reasons why:

• Florida is a peninsula and has the most coastline of any continental U.S state (1,350 miles): Jump in the water and float to safety. Basic biology suggests that zombies can’t swim. 
• Florida has the second most Walmart stores in the country. Supplies will be needed. 
• Florida is home to eight military bases. We can bring in the professionals.

If the reasons above aren’t enough to convince your friend that Floridians have the edge to survive a zombie apocalypse, here are a few more reasons:

Hurricane Survival Kits

Chances are you don’t have a zombie survival kit packed and ready to go on a moment’s notice, but that’s okay. If you’re a Floridian, you might have something just as good: a hurricane survival kit. Whether it’s a zombie invasion or a hurricane, you will need the basics to survive and assist others. Some of the items you will value most in any disaster situation are bottled water, flashlights, emergency contact numbers, a radio, and a first aid kit. For a complete list of disaster kit items that can help you survive a zombie apocalypse or natural disaster, check out this downloadable hurricane checklist.

Hurricane Evacuation Routes

According to researchers in Canada who conducted a mathematical study of a potential zombie plague, if an infection breaks out in a city of 500,000 people, zombies will outnumber the living in about three days. (Tweet This). This means evacuations of large cities are necessary for survival and, thanks to Florida’s well-established evacuation routes, Floridians have another edge. The evacuation routes located throughout the state are designed to help large numbers of people quickly travel to and from designated areas. So the next time you’re driving and see a blue and white evacuation route sign, keep in mind it could also save you during the zombie apocalypse.

By the way, if a hurricane gets here before the zombies download, Security First Mobile, to track hurricane activity and map evacuation routes right on your phone.

Home Insurance

Florida’s unique storm history has taught the residents of the state how to rebuild after intense natural disasters. Surviving the zombie apocalypse would be a moot point if you had no house to return to. An unlikely hero of the zombification outbreak could be your Florida homeowner’s insurance company. This is why it’s so important to know the financial stability of the company you choose. If your insurance company isn’t prepared to handle a large volume of claims after an event, you could be all washed up after a hurricane or living in a tent post-zombie apocalypse. And, although property insurance covers a wide range of perils, you probably won’t find “zombie attack” in your policy, so you’ll probably want to invest in zombie insurance to protect yourself in case of a zombie apocalypse.

Zombies have “walked” their way into American culture and left many of us asking, “Who would survive the zombie apocalypse?" If you live in Florida, sleep easy this Halloween knowing you’re well-protected from the zombie apocalypse...and tell your out-of-state friends to sleep with one eye open this holiday.