Prepare now for zombies and other disasters; October is Zombie Preparedness Month

100114-zombieWith zombies still the topic of many hit television shows and movies, preparing for the zombie apocalypse remains a concern for some. The Kansas of Division of Emergency Management is utilizing the popularity of zombies to encourage all Kansans to prepare for an emergency.

“If you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything,” is the theme of Zombie Preparedness.

“If you’re equipped to handle the zombie apocalypse then you’re prepared for tornadoes, severe storms, fire and any other natural disaster Kansas usually faces,” said Devan Tucking, a KDEM human services officer. “This is a fun and low-stress way to get families involved, and past turnouts have proven it to be effective.”

“We came up with the idea of Zombie Preparedness Month because it is an engaging way to get people on board with emergency preparedness,” said Angee Morgan, KDEM deputy director.

The two obviously go hand in hand. You prepare for a zombie apocalypse just as you would a natural disaster; home emergency kits with survival supplies to last at least three days and an emergency plan.

The public can learn more about disaster and zombie preparedness 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Crestview Shelter House, 4901 SW Shunga Drive, Topeka. A disaster-on-the-go pack is free to the first 300 people. A zombie fun run/lurch begins at 1 p.m.

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