National Disaster Preparedness Month: Zombie Apocalypse Edition

Anna Vetters

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, as deemed by the US government. It is intended to raise awareness and prepare families for catastrophe that could hit at any moment. As some promotional commercials depict, disaster can occur when you least expect it.  So, in honor of this being National Disaster Preparedness Month, here is a 3 step guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse as stated in www.ready.gov(with helpful commentary).

Step #1: Be Informed

You need to find answers to your questions to be fully prepared. Questions such as, “What is the origin of this zombie outbreak?”, “What is it that turns other people into zombies?”, or even “Could it happen to me?” Good luck with knowing answers to such essential questions while your mother-in-law is sucking your brains out.

Step #2: Make a Plan

There’s nothing worse than being caught in a zombie apocalypse without a plan!

Step #3: Build a kit

A basic emergency supply kit should include the following items: water, food, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, dust mask, duct tape, moist towelettes, garbage bags, wrench, manual can opener, local maps and a cell phone with chargers.

What’s more helpful than a flashlight and moist towelettes when a zombie is advancing on you? Make sure you have a kit of household items assembled in your home before disaster hits.

So, do you feel prepared now? While a zombie apocalypse is unlikely to happen, national disaster is a reality. The true solution is simply to use common sense.As the popular saying goes, “keep calm and carry on”. This phrase was coined by the British government in preparation for the second World War, urging its citizens to think on their feet and be courageous. In FDR’s inaugural address during the devastating economic times of the Great Depression, he famously states “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.  Both of these ideas capture the true essence of how we should be prepared for disaster.

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