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Ohio county holds mock zombie outbreak to train emergency responders

This Halloween afternoon, Delaware County, Ohio will be running a “zombie hazardous materials exercise” to test the abilities of its emergency first responders.  The mock zombocalypse is being organized by the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and will include 250 “zombie victim” volunteers.  First responders will have approximately 2 hours to effectively deal with the hazardous chemical spill that is creating the zombies as well as assist zombie victims through the decontamination process that will bring them back to normal.  Any responder who is not wearing proper personal protection and comes into contact with either the chemical or a zombie will turn into a zombie themselves.  The trial outbreak was inspired by the CDC’s recent zombie preparedness campaign.

Learn more about Delaware County’s zombie exercise on its official website.

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CDC Releases Zombie Preparedness Comic Book

Last May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a zombie apocalypse preparedness plan on its public health blog.  This month, the CDC continued their zombie emergency education by publishing an informative comic book.  Check out the free novella on the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness website.  The comic book, titled Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic, includes a survival kit checklist and tips for hazard preparedness.  The CDC continues to prove that at least one government organization will be prepared for an undead uprising.

Jud vs. The Living VI: Summer Vacation

Summer is here, and it’s time to take a break from the daily grind and get out of town!  No one loves to travel more than a zombie.  We love congregating in new places, taking walking tours, and discovering new and exotic cuisine.  I’ve got a specific vacation recommendation for all of you traveling zombies: the UK.  More specifically, you should visit the city of Leicester in England.  Leicester is a large city (pop. 300,000) with plenty to see and do, including the largest covered outdoor market in Europe–a great place to grab a bite!  Leicester also has relatively mild weather, so the living dead don’t need to worry about their parts freezing solid or melting off.  Most importantly, the Leicester city council recently admitted that the city is absolutely unprepared for a zombie uprising.  One of the city’s citizens wrote to the council asking what preparations were in place in the event of an undead invasion.  The council was forced to admit that there are no provisions in the city’s emergency plan for such an event.  Sounds like a GREAT place for any zombie to visit (or stay)!  With the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already preparing for zombie apocalypse, it is important that the living dead find safe and friendly places to vacation this summer.

– Jud

UPDATE:  A place zombies should NOT visit.

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CDC Zombie Survival Video Contest

In response to the massive popularity of their zombie apocalypse survival post, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Preparedness and Response blog is holding a video contest for disaster preparedness.  The blog instructs contestants to create a 60-second video showing how they are prepared for any emergency e.g. hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, zombies, etc.  Winners will be chosen by the “CDC Zombie Task Force.”  Stay tuned to the CDC’s zombie blog page and CDC EPR on Facebook for more upcoming details.

CDC Preparing for Zombie Apocalypse

The United States government may be more prepared for a zombie-related emergency than is generally assumed.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s latest post on its Public Health Matters Blog is about zombie apocalypse preparedness.  The blog entry describes how to make an emergency survival kit, encourages families to plan evacuation routes, and outlines the CDC’s response plan in the event of a zombie outbreak.  Be sure to read the CDC’s “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” for yourself, and visit the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness website.