(This is a light-hearted take on a fictional event. There is actually no such thing as a Zombie Apocalypse. (Yet!)
The threat of a zombie apocalypse could be closer than you think. If zombies attack, would you be ready? As the CDC explains, if you are ready for a zombie apocalypse, you are ready for anything.
First, consider how easily a zombie apocalypse could begin:
- A genetically altered, infected flea from a mad scientist’s flea circus lab hyper-jumps out of its jar onto a mad scientist’s pet vampire werewolf.
- Doing his best coyote imitation, the werewolf comes into your neighborhood in search of food, stray cats, etc. (Not that I’m saying this is a bad thing, mind you.)
- Your cat narrowly escapes the life or death encounter but picks up the now fast multiplying mutant vampire fleas. Leave it to a cat to spread disease.
- Scared to death, your cat screams into your house, over the kitchen counter, across the couch, up the stairs into your bedroom and under your covers–leaving a trail of hungry mutant vampire fleas everywhere.
- While you’re sleeping, the hungry mutant fleas spread out and find you and your family and dig in.
- By morning, your whole family is infected but don’t notice in your excited rush to get to the airport to go to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
- What you don’t realize is that these mutant fleas don’t just bite. They eat their way under your skin and infect your bloodstream with mind-eating parasites that turn you and your whole family into Zombies while simultaneously germinating the geometrically growing millions of new mutant vampire Zombie fleas that are hungry for new hosts. I hate fleas…even if they aren’t mutants.
- To save money, you have booked connecting flights from Hawaii to California to Atlanta, to New York to London with layovers at each stop. So you are spreading fleas everywhere you go and infecting hundreds and hundreds of people in every airport who are now taking the mutant vampire Zombie flea parasites all over the world.
- By the time to get to London, you realize that something is not right when you can’t stop yourself from dancing like you’re an extra in the Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video or listening to Warren Zevon’s song “Werewolves of London.” But it’s too late now– ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!!!!
Since a zombie apocalypse is obviously inevitable, we thought it worthwhile to take this week’s RJWestmore Training System blog post help you prepare. After all, planning for a zombie apocalypse isn’t much different from planning for a disaster of any kind. Just remember to Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed:
Get a Kit
As with any emergency, the first step in preparation is to put together an emergency preparedness kit or “go bag.” Although you might want to include a few extra items to ward off zombies, most disaster kits include the same basic items, each of which should be placed into an easy-to-carry kit for use at home or to take with you if you need to evacuate:
- Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for use at home.) If you are bitten by a zombie, you will probably become very thirsty and be glad you have plenty of water on hand. Don’t forget to include a dog bowl if you’ve got a pet.
- Food—nonperishable items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for use at home) Don’t forget the dog bowl and dog food.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (The best choice would be a NOAA Weather Radio.)
- First aid kit and medications (including OTC and prescriptions)
- Multipurpose tool which you could use to cut off any zombie-bite infected limbs
- Personal hygiene items
- Hand sanitizer in case the zombie gets blood on you when he attacks
- Copies of personal documents (medication requirements, pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies, family and emergency contact information)
- Cell phone with chargers so you can text your friends about zombie movement
- Map(s) of the immediate area so you know where to flee from zombies
- Medical supplies to help in the treatment of zombie bites
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) This category is super important!
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Can opener so you can try to bribe the zombie with food
- Whistle to alert others in your area about zombie threats
- N95 or surgical masks in case of environmental pathogens
- Matches so you can light zombies on fire or start a fire to keep yourself warm
- Rain gear and plastic sheeting to keep dry and hide from wandering zombies
- Towels, which can be used for bedding, to wipe up messes and as bandages or tourniquets which will be needed if zombies bite
- Work gloves so you can remove dead zombies from the area
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Duct tape (which you can try to use to bind the zombies’ hands, feet and mouth). You could also use it to restrain unruly cats. Just a suggestion…
- Scissors (which will double as a helpful tool and anti-zombie weapon)
- Household bleach (possibly good for pouring onto zombies so they melt, if they behave like the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz)
- Blankets or sleeping bags to hide from the zombies
- Extra cash to pay off the head zombie, so he and his cohorts will leave you alone
Make a Plan
- Make sure you have a plan for contacting family and friends in the event of a zombie attack.
- Develop an evacuation plan and practice it so you will be able to move quickly in the event of an actual zombie attack.
- Decide before an actual zombie attack how you and loved ones will connect in case communication and transportation is compromised.
Zombie-related emergencies could range from severe headaches, dry eye, the heartbreak of psoriasis. Not to mention major clothing malfunctions and dirty mouth health issues. And remember Zombies can’t get affordable medical and dental care so you will be on your own. Even Obamacare won’t be able to help you.
To make sure you are updated about disasters, tune into radio stations, and sign up for mobile-phone updates. If your television is working, watch the news as well as reruns of The Walking Dead, where you will undoubtedly learn more about zombie activity than you ever cared to ask.
So what exactly is the point of the CDC’s “Zombie Apocalypse” campaign? For any type of disaster, preparation is the key. If you over-prepare for the worst case scenario (And, let’s face it; it doesn’t get worse than flesh-eating zombies), then you will be able to handle an emergency of any kind. The good news is that the CDC assures us that there is actually no basis for a real zombie apocalypse. We have provided these tips as a light-hearted way to remind you to prepare for disasters of any kind.
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