destroy the stairs on the second floor before you do make sure you have a ladder or rope to get down. this is not ment to be a permanent solution just to give you a place you can catch a little rest with minimal watch. the difference between us and these animals is the ability to use tools use your head
A sturdy weapon, anything you can use to bash the crud out of it, a pack of food and water, atleast a weeks-worth. Good sneakers that won't fall off when your running. And it's more preferable to move in a group, and don't split up. Brainstorm together and figure out where you think is the best place to camp out.