Governor proclaims October is Zombie Preparedness Month

Zombies. Seems like they’re everywhere these days –movies, books, television (including commercials). So, the best thing to do is be prepared for them. And if you are, you’ll be better prepared for any other emergency that life sends your way.

During October, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management places a special emphasis on reminding the public, with tongue firmly in cheek, to be prepared for zombies. That’s why Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a proclamation Oct. 22 designating October as Zombie Preparedness Month.

“Kansans are at risk to be impacted by many hazards-floods, tornadoes, fires, and other events” said Devan Tucking, section chief, KDEM Response and Recovery Services. “Although zombies aren’t one of those hazards in reality, by preparing to face a zombie apocalypse, you will be ready for any of the others, and have fun while doing it.”

Tucking said preparedness includes making a disaster go-kit for your home and car that has enough food, water, and other essentials to allow you to survive on your own for a minimum of three days with a goal of preparing for seven days. She also advised people to make a home emergency plan and to practice it.

“Having a plan is good,” said Tucking, “but practicing it is essential to keeping everyone safe.”

Tucking said a plan should also include household pets.

“They’ll need food, water and shelter just like every other member of the family,” said Tucking. “Make a go-kit for them and be sure it’s somebody’s job to account for them during an emergency.”