The unthinkable…the unimaginable…decaying monsters of the undead with a craving for brains. Zombies! Are you prepared for the unexpected?
That is the question the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is posing to the public this October during "Zombie Preparedness Month," an emergency preparedness campaign with the theme "If you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything."
To that end, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Friday, Sept. 28, designating October as "Zombie Preparedness Month in Kansas."
"One of our primary missions is to encourage the public to take action and be prepared for whatever disasters may come our way," said Angee Morgan, KDEM deputy director. "Admittedly, talking about emergency preparedness may not be the most exciting thing in the world to some people. However, Halloween is coming and there have been a number of films and television programs about zombies in recent years, so they’re already in the public’s mind. Zombie Preparedness Month is a fun and engaging way to get people on board with emergency preparedness."
"How do you prepare for a zombie apocalypse?" said Morgan. "You assemble a home emergency kit with all the supplies you need to survive on your own for a minimum of three days, you make an emergency plan and you practice it with your family so everyone knows what to do. And those are the same preparations you make to be ready for tornadoes, severe storms, floods, fire and any of the other disasters we usually face in Kansas. So, if you’re ready for zombies, you’re ready for anything."
KDEM sponsored a number of events in 2011 with the same theme that drew a good response from the public. This year’s campaign will culminate in a Zombie Preparedness Day and Spooktacular Safety Fair in Gage Park Oct. 20. The event will feature a number of state and local emergency preparedness and first response agencies in addition to volunteer organizations that will provide information on how to be prepared for disasters and emergencies.