Monday, October 31, 2011

Zombie Attack Helps Ohio Authorities Practice Response

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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You may remember earlier this year when the CDC posted a tongue-in-cheek piece explaining how to be prepared for a zombie attack. Yes, funny. They slipped in some practical advice about preparedness for more realistic disaster scenarios among the zombie lines. A spoonful of sugar situation, if you will. For example:


Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.

Of course, they forgot the most practical zombie advice, including: Cardio, the double tap, beware of bathrooms, travel light, get a kick-ass partner, limber up, always carry a change of underwear, double-knot your shoes, and check the back seat.

Anyway, to add to the zombie takeover of America (take a spin through Atlanta, or the New York Times, or the Cleveland zombie walks, or a million other zombie-oriented events and coverage), the CDC is actually using fake zombie attacks to practice readiness.

In Columbus today, NewsNet5 reports, zombies will abound in Delaware County as authorities practice response for actual disasters.

More than 200 volunteers in Delaware County north of Columbus will dress as zombies Monday to help train officials who would deal with real-life situations involving hazardous materials and disaster response.

The exercise was inspired by a blog message and tongue-in-cheek posters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that urged people to be prepared for a "zombie apocalypse" in hopes that it would prepare them for other potential emergencies.

The CDC says dozens of agencies have embraced the idea in efforts to spread that message. Among them are Kansas officials who dubbed October "Zombie Preparedness Month" and planned a "zombie walk."

Just remember, don't forget the double tap.

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