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Are You Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Zombies are the latest popular theme in television programming and theme parks. Now it’s also a popular theme for emergency planning. Kansas state declared October to be “Zombie Preparedness Month” and the CDC conducted the same type of campaign in 2011, in which more than 65,000 people signed up for an online course that would cover stopping the spread of infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, and managing stress during disaster situations.
There are even apps in disaster preparedness, like the Apocalypse Survival Guide. Zombies are just one possibility to the end of the world scenarios, and this plan allows friends or family members to make emergency plans together.
Seriously, if you are ready for zombies, then you are really ready for anything, are you not? Did you know that even the Pentagon has considered zombie survival scenarios? Now that’s some serious business!
Well, OK, maybe not……
A spring survey of almost 6,000 adults done by Tada.com found that 20 percent of those surveyed worried about tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes were tied at 14 percent, blizzards and floods at 12 percent but other people did mention in this survey that they were concerned about Obamacare, alien invasions, and, yep, zombie attacks.
The thing about zombies is that they capture the imagination the way natural disasters don’t. You can even laugh it off should a friend ask why you bought that water storage tank. “Oh, I got it to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, dude!” Your friends will laugh along with you, rather than think you are a survivalist nut.
Since a recent survey shows that only 34 percent of Americans have disaster supplies at home, and only 27 percent say that they have a family plan for emergencies, whatever works to get people motived to prepare is a good thing.
Although no one likes to think about a disaster happening, and still others maintain that “it won’t happen here” mindset, so if it takes planning for a zombie apocalypse to make things happen then it’s better than having no plan at all.
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