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Halloween zombie apocalypse happening in Ohio; students in New Mexico prepare

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This Halloween a town in Ohio is using the CDC’s message for emergency preparedness. They are planning on staging a “zombie apocalypse” in Delaware County north of Columbus, Ohio.

Volunteers will pretend to be zombies, but the message about emergency preparedness is real.

The ‘zombie apocalypse’, which is planned for Monday, October 31, includes real-life hazardous materials exercises in addition to messages about having an emergency preparedness kit for any type of natural, man-made …or zombie disaster.

The challenge is to make zombies human again by using standard decontamination procedures.

According to MSNBC, the zombie apocalypse will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jesse Carter, a spokesman for the local health district said, "People got zombie fever here in Delaware.”

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The idea originated with the CDC who, in May, delivered the tongue-in-cheek message that if you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything.

The Ohio town is even offering prizes for the best zombie costume. A pretend “zombie apocalypse” is also a great way to get kids involved in understanding disaster preparedness.

"I think it's very creative," said Cindi Blair, a Delaware County human resources employee, who plans to dress up with her boys for the drill. "I think it puts a little bit of fun in with a serious drill." Blair said the idea allowed her to talk to her sons about preparing for emergencies – a timely message given the recent snow storm blanketing the Northeast portion of the U.S.

New Mexico State University students are also preparing for zombie attacks this Halloween.

The school is offering zombie preparedness handouts, treats and a chance for students to win a zombie apocalypse survival kit, reported by Las Cruces Sun News.

This Halloween, people in Ohio are going to see if they can thwart a “zombie apocalypse”, turn zombies back into humans and keep their town safe, while students in New Mexico are also learning to be prepared for zombies and other disasters.

Halloween is good for delivering messages about emergency preparedness. Though there are no reports of a real zombie attack this Halloween, you may want to review Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse….just in case.

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