According to the website for the Adjutant General of Kansas, Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the state is doing its best to get out in front of any upcoming zombie invasions by declaring October “Zombie Preparedness Month.” Governor Sam Brownback will sign the declaration, making it official, on Friday, September 26th.
Sound a little psychotic? Yes, it does. However, digging a bit deeper into the story, we find there is actually a wise motive behind this move. Using the popularity of “The Walking Dead” and other zombie-themed entertainment, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management decided to use the enthusiasm for the undead to help citizens prepare for more likely emergencies.
“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 of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “This is a fun and low-stress way to get families involved, and past turnouts have proven it to be effective.”
Angee Morgan, also of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, added, “We came up with the idea of Zombie Preparedness Month because it is an engaging way to get people on board with emergency preparedness.”
Hey, they might be on to something here. If you can batten down the hatches for a shuffling, shambling undead horde about to swarm your borders, then you can certainly do the same for twisters or whatever else may be threatening. Of course, you would think just saying, “Hey, we want to teach you how to protect yourself in case of an emergency” would be enough to motivate people to show up, but maybe not. Throw in some zombies, though, and you’re sure to have a full house! Way to think outside the box, Kansas! Nicely done.
The public can learn more about disaster and zombie preparedness on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Crestview Shelter House at 4901 SW Shunga Drive in Topeka. A disaster-on-the-go pack is free to the first 300 people! The zombie fun run/lurch begins at 1:00 pm