The Walking Dead helps inspire Zombie Preparedness Month in Kansas


The Walking Dead has helped bring zombies to the mainstream.  Because of that, more people than ever are becoming interested in everything undead.  Recently, the state of Kansas decided that they’d do something fun to both help out their residents and have some fun at the same time.

zombies, The Walking Dead - AMC
zombies, The Walking Dead – AMC /

According to an article on the Kansas City Star website, Governor Sam Brownback has declared October “Zombie Preparedness Month”.  There is no coincidence that October was the month chosen, as AMC’s hit zombie survival drama The Walking Dead returns for season 6 on October 11, 2015.

Here is the statement that Brownback gave to the media:

"“If you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything. Although an actual zombie apocalypse will never happen, the preparation for such an event is the same as for any disaster: make a disaster kit, have a plan and practice it.”"

As absurd as being a zombie prepper sounds, there are some huge merits of preparing for the hordes of undead.  Devan Tucking, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management human services officer, feels that those who attend the October events and meetings can actually get a big leg up on everyone else in the event that a disaster occurs.

"“This is a fun way to highlight the need to be prepared for whatever comes our way. By coming to our events or going online to participate in our preparedness challenges, people can work toward preparing their families for disasters and emergencies.”"

I think this is an exciting way to get families and individuals interested in preparing for situations where they will need to have a plan moving forward.  Many of the same strategies for survival in other disaster situations are similar to those that would need to be done in order to survive a zombie attack, so having this event coincide with The Walking Dead’s premiere of season 6 could make it a huge success.

Hats of to Kansas on finding a fun way to turn a popular pop-culture phenomenon into a learning experience that could actually save the lives of human beings.  Bravo!

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