Zombies are on the rise in pop culture, and not just here in America. Straight outta Spain comes REC 3: Genesis, featuring Leticia Dolera as one hot chainsaw-wielding bride and dropping on DVD November 6th. But are we prepared if the undead are on the rise for real? We asked a couple of experts for tips on how to stay safe and human in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Or as we like to call it, a zomb-ocalypse.

1. Organize your essentials
“A water purification system is number one. Humans need a ton of clean drinking water or we’re dead meat before we even see a zombie. Proper clothing is two, because the clothes on your back are your first and most important line of defense against both zombies and Mother Nature. I would also carry a hunting rifle with plenty of ammunition. The goal would be to never use the rifle on zombies, only for hunting food and as a tool of intimidation to keep safe against other hostile and desperate humans.” —Matt Mogk, head of the Zombie Research Society and guest star on Talking Dead

2. Choose your weapons
“Guns draw too much attention. I’d want something with a big blade, but an axe requires too much precision. A machete still brings me within arms’ reach of the zombie. Do I even have the upper body strength to wield a sword? I should’ve worked on my core…” —Brian Ralph, graphic novelist and author of first-person zombie thriller Daybreak

Nothing ruins a wedding day—or brings a couple together—like a zombie attack.

3. Beat the crowds
“Avoid large groups of people, so heading to a refugee camp or evacuation center is a horrible idea. Steer clear of places like Costco and Wal-Mart, because they are sure to attract a crowd. Humans are social animals, so there are real advantages to sticking with a small group and helping each other ride out the storm.” —Mogk

4. Don’t fake it
“There’s the thought that if you rub zombie gore on yourself the zombies will think you’re one of them, or if you simply act like a zombie they’ll ignore you. In my opinion it’s like trying to act cool. If you aren’t cool, you can’t simply put on a pair of Kanye West glasses and try to blend in. If you are one of the living, the zombies will know.” —Ralph

5. Hide like a (hu)man
“Always hide it out. Never plan to ‘take on’ anybody or anything if you don’t absolutely have to. This is not a video game. You don’t get points for kill count. Staying alive is the only goal. And if you’ve made so many survival mistakes that you find yourself cornered by a horde of zombies, well, you know what they say: if you can’t beat ’em, join ‘em…” —Mogk

“Is there something in my teeth? Besides, you know, blood?”