Monday, October 31, 2011

An Appropriate Article for Halloween

As it combines two organizations I really love. (Well one of them gets a mention anyway.) But the whole thing is devoted to Zombie Squad. Zombie Squad combines fascination for the undead with philanthropic mission |

It is all about disaster preparedness.
If you're ready for zombies, you can handle anything.
Or so says Gabriel Martin, Zombologist, and president of Oregon's chapter of Zombie Squad.
Martin and his partners, Kate Schwartz and Nate Warren, both 25, launch into a list of tactics to avoid joining the ranks of decayed, drooling, foot-shuffling monsters.

Among them: Keep a survival kit stocked with bottled water, nonperishable food, and first aid supplies. It will come in handy when you're on the run from the undead, or trapped at home waiting out the epidemic.

The kit also happens to match Red Cross guidelines for creating natural disaster emergency kits.

"Engaging with an audience and disseminating information in a lighthearted, fun and engaging way while at the same time raising critical awareness is what they're all about," says Francisco Ianni, disaster preparedness director for the Red Cross in Oregon, "whether that vehicle is zombies that move people to action, or a major earthquake."
Having lived in both tornado alley (missed a visit by an F5 tornado by 5 blocks) and hurricane central, I am always surprised that so few people seem prepared. You can't gauge much from tornadoes, but the scream "HURRICANE" for days before a storm could ever hit, and people rush out to buy bottled water. People, while it is true that you often can't trust the water AFTER a disaster. BEFORE a disaster most Americans live somewhere that has perfectly (or at least reasonably) good tap water. Store some of it. I think my 5 gallon storage cost less than 10 bucks. Go buy 1 or 2, fill with water and put on a shelf. It won't go "bad." It won't be aerated, so it might taste funny. (Pour it back and forth between 2 glasses and it will taste fine.) I much prefer the Jerrycan-style of container, but the price is higher. Plan for 3 days. At least. And a way to catch rainwater is helpful too. (A clean tarp and some ropes can work wonders in a downpour.) For larger groups, more storage is recommended.

Clean water put into clean containers and kept in the dark will last a long time. (DON'T use washed out milk jugs. They have a shelf-life, which while it is much longer than the milk, isn't as long as you think.) The 55 gallon drum (link above) claims 5 years if you use their purification tablets when you store it.

The government says be prepared for 3 days. (That is how long it took supplies of water to reach the Super Dome after Katrina flood NOLA.) It isn't hard. It doesn't have to cost much if you plan for it. (Buy some extra canned goods, some rice and beans, and figure out how you are going to cook things if the power goes out. And yes, even some gas ovens and cooktops need electric power today.) Hint - a camp stove, or a wood-fired barbeque work wonders.

Oh, and the honorable mention? It goes to Pink Pistols - which I wasn't sure was still in existence - which hosted one of Zombie Squads lectures.

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