Friday, October 31, 2014

The weekly read

Zombie Preparedness
Office of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control

Today is Halloween. In addition to carved jack o'lanterns, trick-or-treaters and stomach aches from too much candy, the holiday is also known for scary stories about haunted houses, ghosts, monsters and zombies.

Playing off this theme, someone very creative at the Office of Public Health for the Centers for Disease Control came up with a clever and popular training tool - an exercise to prepare for a fictitious zombie apocalypse.

The site is chock full of resources to use the training materials, including posters, preparedness checklists, a zombie themed blog and even a novella to introduce people to the exercise.

I have seen some local first-responder teachers use this resource while training their students, giving disaster preparedness the appropriate twist for today's ghoulish celebration.

Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist
Pinellas County, Florida

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