Shortly before publishing this lighthearted blog post about disaster preparation relative to a fictional Zombie Apocalypse, we learned of a real life active-shooter incident at ZombiCon in Fort Meyers, Florida. As a result of the event, one person was killed and five were injured. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the shooting. For helpful information about how to prepare for, and survive an active shooter incident, see our Active Shooter blog posts.
With The Walking Dead back on television, it’s time to consider your Zombie Apocalypse plan. While the chances of encountering such an attack might be rare, prepping for walkers is a good way to get serious about disaster planning.
To capitalize on the zombie craze, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released a series of blog posts and posters that emphasize preparedness for any disaster. The agency also used the posts to describe quarantine and medical procedures which would be implemented in the case of any disaster…including a zombie attack. The point of the CDC’s campaign is that disasters can happen out of the blue. So plan for the worst-case scenario (which, in this case, would be hungry zombies).
Build Your Zombie Kit
Planning in advance is the best way to survive any disaster. Zombie attacks happen quickly and without warning, so create a zombie defense kit to avoid becoming part of the brain-sucking horde.
Key pieces of the zombie kit should include:
- A First Aid Kit. If a zombie takes a nibble instead of a huge bite, you might be able to ward off infection with antibiotic ointment and a bandage.
- Emergency Flares. Use these to either draw or repel zombies (depending on which type you encounter) and to signal first responders.
- Fresh water. Quickly moving from place to place makes you thirsty. And when adrenaline is pumping, hydration is vital. People can only survive a few days without water. So store enough to allow one gallon per person per day, and make sure you have a three-day supply.
- A multi-function tool, with a knife, screwdriver, can opener, and other handy accessories. A knife is useful for dispatching zombies as well as cutting rope, and a can opener is helpful if you need to open a can of tuna.
- Sturdy work gloves, which will come in handy in potentially sticky situations. Zombie guts will slip out of your hands unless you have a secure grasp on them.
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio for important alerts. You will want to make sure to stay up on where “the walkers” are headed. In the event that the zombie invasion leads to an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), the only way to stay connected will be with a hand-cranked or battery-operated radio.
- Copies of personal documents such as passports, birth certificates and contact information. The zombies will have to pass through customs. So have your ID on hand in case you need to cross international borders.
Pick a safe place to meet in the event of the Zombie Apocalypse–preferably someplace where you won’t have to climb over lots of obstacles, which would make escape more difficult.
- Practice your high-rise building’s evacuation plan, setting alternate meeting places (in case the zombies decide to host a party in your first location).
- Discuss communication methods beforehand, so you know how to contact people who fail to show up on time. Walkie-talkies with fresh batteries are essential.
If you’ve seen The Walking Dead or any of the dozens of zombie movies, then you can glean some advice, which is prudent during any disaster:
- Stick together. Work with a group to best manage a disaster. Going solo is typically not a good idea.
- Don’t make rash decisions. Think about various options before rashly choosing the one that would put you in danger.
- Use resources wisely. Ration water and food and keep track of necessary equipment in case the disaster continues for an extended period of time.
While this post is meant to be “tongue-in-cheek,” it is serious in that we want to remind our subscribers and friends of the need for proactive disaster planning. If you are prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse, you will also be ready to face the unexpected, which is the right mindset to adopt during any type of disaster.
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