Delaware County has enlisted hundreds of people for the first zombie hazardous materials emergency exercise.
The exercise was reportedly inspired by a posting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in May. It urged people to be prepared for a “Zombie Apocalypse” and became so popular it garnered over 30,000 hits in one day.
“The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?,” reads the blog posting, “Zombie Apocalypse” from the CDC.
The posting also lists steps to take to stay safe in the event of such an emergency. One step is to plan your evacuation route,”When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.”
According to the Associated Press, over 200 volunteers have signed up and will dress up as zombies Monday, in a drill for officials who would deal with real-life situations involving disaster response— AP reported that emergency responders will test their capabilities as they use standard decontamination procedures to “treat” the zombies and make them “human” again during the exercise at Ohio Wesleyan University.