Have you ever thought about preparing for a zombie apocalypse? It sounds strange but several disaster organizations are asking that question in hopes that it gets everyone thinking about how to prepare for a disaster.
“It's just exploded in popularity, the zombie culture is huge right now,” said Eric Hahn. “The whole end for the world concept has kind of brought the zombie culture into popularity.”
That’s how he describes Omaha’s Zombie Walk. This year more than 3000 people dressed like the walking dead and took to Benson’s streets.
“You can't really trick or treat as a grown adult so this is a fun way to dress up,” said Zachary King.
The goal of the event was to raise money for charity but it also started a conversation about being prepared for emergencies.
“If you're prepared for a zombie attack you're prepared for a lot other things,” said Hahn.
Organizations like the CDC and the American Red Cross are embracing the zombie culture, hoping to breathe new life into some old ideas.
“It's important that people take these things seriously but it also gets their attention and will get people thinking about what do they have in their own home that they could assemble together should an event, flood, fire tornado occur,” said Alyson Roach.
The American Red Cross recently created a website called savingzombies.com to raise awareness about disaster preparedness. The information on the site provides information that mirrors what someone might need if disaster strikes their area.
“In addition to a three day supply of food, one gallon of water per person, per day. You will need a flash light, radios, batteries, storied separately,” said Roach.
It also recommends written down phone numbers, cash, prescription drugs, pet supplies and hygiene items.
Though we all know zombies aren't real the conversation about how to be prepared, certainly translates well in any situation.
“So much of disaster preparedness is having a conversation with your family and just thinking ahead about anything you might need to get you through a few days. To take care of you and your family,” said Roach.
If you think you need to go spend a lot of money on a disaster kit, think again. Take 20 minutes to walk around your house and you’ll likely find you already have most of the items you need. Gather them into one box and place that box in a place that you can access quickly.