The zombie apocalypse is coming and all those hours you spent preparing will finally be worth it. If you aren’t as well-versed in zombie survival strategies and aren’t ready, don’t fret. We’re here to help.

There are 3 basic components you should build your survival plan around: preparing, self defense, and long-term survival.

Your immediate courses of action should be to get together a survival kit (check out this comprehensive list of things you might need) and to familiarize yourself with some possible scenarios (we highly suggest taking notes on The Walking Dead or spending some time with movies like Dawn of the Dead and Zombieland).

Next, zombie-proof your house and have an escape plan ready. Take the following as a general outline and tweak as necessary to fit your home:

Then, get fit. Zombie enthusiasts argue about whether zombies will limp around sluggishly or run at you like a lion after a gazelle. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to expect the worst. Check out some athletics classes on Vimbly and build up your stamina. When those zombies are hungry and you are the main course, being fit is going to be crucial in your escape.

Don’t know how? We’ve got you covered. Take a combat or martial arts class – all of which can be booked on Vimbly – and be prepared. If all else fails and the zombies get through every layer of defense you’ve set up, you’re going to need to know how to protect yourself. Learn how to wield a samurai sword, practice some archery, or handle a firearm. Keep in mind that while knowing how to cock and shoot a gun is important, that gunshot is going to be like ringing the dinner bell. Having a variety of fighting techniques in your arsenal will allow you to have options and will only be beneficial to you.

Team up with other survivors that you come across and create a meeting point now with your friends and family in the event you are separated when the zombie invasion occurs. Make sure you can flee if necessary. Never go somewhere if there is no way out (don’t go into a basement! This isn’t a tornado). Also, know how to get food. Use your archery skills to hunt for game or scavenge. If you don’t know how to cook, we suggest taking an intro cooking class (or three…) so you’re not completely lost if nobody else knows how to whip up a meal. It doesn’t need to be gourmet, but sometimes having a real meal will help boost morale. You can’t eat mysterious berries forever!

And most importantly, good luck. While this may be the best zombie survival plan of all time (as voted by me), for other comprehensive strategies check out: Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide, the Zombie Survival & Defense Wiki, and Bud Hanzel & John Olson’s The Do-it-Yourself Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Remember, no one plan is going to be flawless so make sure you see what suits you best! And when the time does come, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tricks up your sleeve.  And by “tricks” I mean “extra weapons.”