According to an article in the Huffington Post the Department of Homeland Security in the US warned its Citizen Corps organisation that the Zombies are coming (and they were not speaking about the new TV series of The Walking Dead). This Thursday the Federal Emergency Management agency held on online seminar on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
They detailed 33 rules on how to survive a Zombie uprising including Zombieland inspired advice such as: "always carry a change of underwear" and "when in doubt, know your way out."
Of course the US Government is not actually acknowledging that Zombies exist but used the potential threat as a fun way for volunteers to learn how to deal with a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.
The Department of Homeland Security isn't the only US Government agency who have been using zombies and The Walking Dead as inspiration.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention picked out some key learnings from the show:
Rule #1 – Make a pit stop, fill up before it’s too late
Siphoning gas…with your mouth? Gross. If you remember to always keep your tank at least half full, you can avoid having the lingering taste of petrol linger in your mouth and have enough fuel to get outta Dodge before impending disaster strikes.
Rule #2 – First aid kit, never leave home without it
We felt T-Dog’s pain when he ripped open his arm on a rusty car door while trolling the wreckage and siphoning gas. We’re assuming that you’re not scavenging for supplies on the freeway or hiding under abandoned cars to avoid walkers, but the key take away here is to always have a first kit on hand. By doing so, you could avoid having to stop the bleeding with a grimy towel and some duct tape like T-Dog did…not exactly sterile supplies. T-Dog’s luck improves when Daryl offers his brother’s stash of antibiotics (not something the CDC recommends!) and the group stumbles upon a farm conveniently inhabited by folks versed in the medical arts. Herschel’s wife is able to stitch up T-Dogs arm (now oozing puss) and prevent further infection. Always have a first aid kit on hand. If you’re really smart you’ll keep one at home, in your car, and at work. T-Dog could have avoided a lot of pain and suffering if he’d followed this simple rule.
Rule #3 – Clean water is zombie-free water
Zombie down the well? You might want to find a new water source. One of the most gruesome scenes of the season was when the group found a water-logged zombie in Herschel’s well, nasty right? Contaminated water is a common concern after a disaster, zombie-related or other. After an emergency, especially flooding, run-off containing livestock waste, human sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants can taint water used for drinking, cooking, or cleaning. Our suggestion to Rick and his crew – don’t drink the water! If you’re ever concerned about the quality of your water after a flood or other emergency check with local authorities about water safety, you can also make water safe by boiling, adding disinfectants, or filtering.
If you can think of other 'teachable moments' from Season 1 or 2 leave us a comment we’d love to hear from you!
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The new Walking Dead book from Tor The Road to Woodbury will be out the 16th of Oct 2012.