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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion 219

destinyland writes "An Ohio Emergency Management Agency staged a mock zombie attack using more than 225 volunteers dressed as zombies at an Ohio college. 'Organizers hoped the theme would attract more volunteers than previous simulations of industrial accidents or train crashes,' the AP reports, quoting a spokesman for the agency as saying that 'People got zombie fever here in Delaware.' The exercise included decontamination procedures for hazardous materials, and was inspired by an 'emergency preparedness' post on the CDC web site citing the popular fascination with zombies. Now, 'Dozens of agencies have embraced the idea,' the AP reports, 'spreading the message that if you're prepared for a zombie attack, you're prepared for just about anything.'"
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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion

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  • Based on what I see in the news, is it safe to assume that all Zombies from Ohio are orange instead of the usual green?
    • by RoFLKOPTr ( 1294290 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:08PM (#37886504)

      They do that as a safety precaution. If an actual zombie uprising happens to occur during the exercise, they need to be able to discern real zombies from fake ones, so they make the fake ones orange. It's standard emergency preparedness exercise protocol.

      • They do that as a safety precaution. If an actual zombie uprising happens to occur during the exercise, they need to be able to discern real zombies from fake ones, so they make the fake ones orange. It's standard emergency preparedness exercise protocol.

        Can we still decapitate the orange ones, as an additional safety precaution? After all we could have a real zombie masquerading as a fake one...

  • by destinyland ( 578448 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @11:20AM (#37886240)
    Another interesting random statistic: The number of zombie ebooks in Amazon's Kindle store has increased by 13.9% since September. (Which is now four times as many zombie books as are in the library of Congress.) []
    • Ugh, tell me about it. I was helping a friend sell his books at a comic convention in Chicago. His booth was across a booth that had famous superheroes redone as zombies. My guess is that no less than 1/4 of artist's alley was linked to zombies in one way or another.

      The unfortunate part is that his book, The Golden Kingdom: Z [], makes people assume it shares something with this book about zombies, World War Z []

      The Z in "The Golden Kingdom" has *nothing* to do with zombies, but from what I saw, two unfortunate t

  • by Ukab the Great ( 87152 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @11:22AM (#37886250)

    Suggesting that every household have a machete and a shotgun.

    • by JustOK ( 667959 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:44PM (#37886680) Journal

      Never happen. For many families in these tough economic times, it's usually a choice between the two. The CDC knows this.

      • And they're the lucky ones. In the rest of the country they've run out of machete's and they have to chose between a shotgun and ammo!
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Umm, that should be a machete and a semi-automatic carbine (or rifle), not a shotgun. According to Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide [] the semi-automatic carbine is far preferable to a shotgun. Taking down a zombie requires destroying the brain, which means a carefully aimed shot to the upper head. While a shotgun might do the job, especially at point blank range, a semi-auto carbine (or rifle, if you can handle the additional weight and bulk) is the better choice. The semi-auto carbine allows more ammo t
  • Damn - we're too late - it's already started.

    How far is this zombie fever outbreak from the Monroeville Mall [] in Pennsylvania where George Romero filmed "Dawn Of The Dead"?

    If someone has 'zombie fever', go for the double-tap.

  • Here is a list of proposals for their next training exercises (all are scary):

    * an alien invasion
    * earth core cooling, stopping and disrupting the magnetic field
    * a tear in time continuum
    * the Sun exploding
    * ghosts
    * Richard Nixon
    * Obama winning the second term
    * One of (Bachmann, Perry, Romney, Jizzbucke.... Santorum, Gingrich, Cain) becoming POTUS

    • One of (Bachmann, Perry, Romney, Jizzbucke.... Santorum, Gingrich, Cain) becoming POTUS

      You forgot to mention the possibility* of Ron Paul becoming president, which is even more terrifying for the emergency responders. After all, Ron Paul would pretty well gut the civil emergency response systems, which would leave the responders - if any remained at that point - to then have to figure out which properties and people were properly covered for emergency assistance. They would spend more time trying to figure out whether or not to put out a fire than they would likely spend actually fighting

      • by AnonGCB ( 1398517 ) <> on Sunday October 30, 2011 @11:42AM (#37886356)

        Pretty sure he'd just remove the federal level CERS, though as a more low priority objective. And even then, states would do a better job.

        • except for multi state disasters(states don't talk to each other) and the simply fact that most states don't have the money for it and are gutting police and firemen budgets almost as badly as teachers right now to make ends meet.

      • by witherstaff ( 713820 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @01:20PM (#37886912) Homepage

        I wouldn't say /. is right wing at all (As currently defined). Libertarian on the philosophy charts is dead center which is where most /. stories show. In general /.ers dislike being tracked by corporations and feds, don't care for government mandated monopolies, actually like science (and understand it), have critical thinking skills (Which politicians of all callings dislike), and want an equal playing field for everyone. They're against corporatism, That means /. does correspond to the personal freedoms of the right wing, maybe the classical libertarian sense. But the being able to think for ourselves, are for more science across all things, believe in peer reviewed things like global warming, openly mock creationism, embrace open source free as in beer, would shred patent laws to something more logical, and has probably shared at least one title on a P2P network in their lifetime is definitely not right wing.

        Oh and federal level responders aren't all they're cracked up to be. Forget the utter failure in New Orleans, even the recent wildfires in Texas had FEMA turning away help from the local firefighters. Since 71% of all firefighters in this country are volunteers it shows people are willing to put their lives on the line to help their fellow person without the gov't stepping in.

        • I wouldn't say /. is right wing at all

          You must not read many comments - or stories - here. The most frequently posted opinions on slashdot are far to the right of 99% of the world.

          Libertarian on the philosophy charts is dead center

          Not in the way that "libertarian" is applied in the US. Most libertarians in the US are just more conservatives who don't like the label conservative.

          Since 71% of all firefighters in this country are volunteers it shows people are willing to put their lives on the line to help their fellow person without the gov't stepping in.

          It is one thing to be willing to fight a fire, that isn't that difficult. What is really difficult is to fight a fire with no equipment. Try fighting a fire with no axe, oxygen tank, fire truck, fire hydrant, or w

          • If that's your take on the stories and comments I'm surprised. The EU handling of MS and the pirate party are far more libertarian and anti-corporatism than most US news. But well, if that's your take.

            You're wrong about the fire departments. Most don't have Fed money. Also libertarians are against the Fed being the nanny of every single decision. Most fire departments are city funded, or township, or county funded. I know in my township we have a millage for fire protection, which is then doled out directl

      • slashdot and other right-wing sites on the web

        While I agree with you about Ron Paul, I have to say that identifying Slashdot as a "right-wing site" is ridiculous. If there's any identifiable political bent here, it's libertarian, which is neither left nor right (despite the depressingly successful attempts of the right wing, at least in the US, to co-opt libertarian sentiment) but even that's by no means consistent. Name just about any political position you can think of, and you'll find a good number of people here who hold to it, and who will be vo

      • Ron Paul would pretty well gut the civil emergency response systems...
        Too late. President Carter did that years ago when he replaced local Civil Defence organizations with FEMA.
    • by rumith ( 983060 )
      I fail to appreciate your sense of humor. Didn't it strike anyone in the government yet that zombie exercises would be a great way to disguise preparations for countering massive civil unrest? Or does that "dozens of agencies have embraced the idea" exactly mean that it did?
      • I am sorry, but your sensibilities would be better served not with an outrage over a /. comment but instead at a ballot box, where you should register and vote [] for somebody who clearly understand this issue and is vocal against it. []

      • Actually, if you bothered to RTFA (I know, I know), or even for that matter, RTFS, you'd have seen that this is actually an exercise in hazmat response.

        Emergency responders will test their capabilities as they use standard decontamination procedures to "treat" the zombies and make them "human" again during the exercise at Ohio Wesleyan University.

        To be sure, the vast majority of the value in mock disasters is in the people working it (EMS, Police, Fire etc), but there are two reasons why you want to get a large number of "victims" involved. First, the larger the "victim" to responder ratio, the more it stresses the system, the better you can see where you need to improve (Though there's usually a cap

        • by rumith ( 983060 )
          As unbelievable as it may seem, it didn't slip my attention that this particular exercise was about hazmat disaster management. I don't even deny that it might be a clever way to attract and educate the general populace. My comment is solely about the fact that the same terminology could be used as a cover for crowd management exercises, and since those "dozens of other agencies" remain unnamed, I suggested that some of those are actually law enforcement agencies and have possibly already gone zombie-style
          • Sorry, I thought just after I posted the above that I should have addressed that particular concern. While I wouldn't care to generalize, I will say that every state and county I have ever lived or worked in has had it's own disaster agency, more over, three of the municipalities have had their own disaster agency. Even with an extraordinarily conservative extrapolation, I would assume there to be hundreds, if not thousands of such disaster response agencies (Though they may not all refer to themselves by t
  • ... until I started factoring in the potential for volunteer head wounds (to put it mildly).

  • So, it an emergency. You want to prep your team of responders so they do well - but unlikely things always happens. Always the weird, unexpected thing. I would assume that a zombie attack would be a bit like the bird flue - (except a bit faster - the zombie virus vs flue virus - not the zombies themselves?) Is this a valid idea?

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @11:33AM (#37886310)

    This could have been a hoot and a half, if people actually believed that it was happening, like with Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds"- Folks driving around in pickups, blasting away at anything that moves with shotguns.

    It would certainly get the voters' minds off economic problems.

  • Oh Bother! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Mikkeles ( 698461 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:02PM (#37886466)

    And people think Trekkers need to get alife!

  • A "mock" zombie invasion?

    That's what they want you to think ...

  • by sco08y ( 615665 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:14PM (#37886552)

    In case you're wondering when the zombie thing is going to end, here's the lifecycle of stupid trends.

    Black people start doing it.
    Black people stop doing it because it's not cool any more.
    White kids start doing it.
    It becomes an Internet meme.
    White kids stop doing it.
    The media picks it up and doesn't get it.
    White kids' parents start doing it.
    People write books about it.
    Parents stop doing it after their kids tell them how embarrassing it is.
    The government and corporate PR start doing it... <=== we are here
    And then stop when someone sues them.
    It's filed away in a historical record of memes.
    People who don't realize they're 20 years late to the party are still trying to do it.

    • Bling bliiing! []

    • Zombies have been around a lot longer than your stupid memes, and they'll still be here long after you're dead. Respect them.

  • I would hate to see some slack jawed yokel with a gun out shooting the zombies... (aside form potential loss of life, it would be pretty funny though)
  • by RNLockwood ( 224353 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:29PM (#37886618) Homepage

    "'spreading the message that if you're prepared for a zombie attack, you're prepared for just about anything.'"

    "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

    Graham Chapman
    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    • by Splab ( 574204 )

      Actually they notified you thirty days in advance, so basically everyone expected the Spanish Inquisition.

  • From TFA:

    First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house

    • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
    • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
    • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
    • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
    • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
    • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
    • Important documents (copies of your driverâ(TM)s lice
  • Does this mean that emergency kits will now come with shotguns and shells?

    • Just and old Winchester that may or may not work. Oh, and also, dogs can't look up.
      • by rts008 ( 812749 )

        Oh, and also, dogs can't look up.

        What? Where did this gem come from?
        How do you explain coon dogs, and other dogs that habitually 'tree' their game?

        Inquiring minds want to know.

  • ... between a zombie attack and Occupy Wall Street?

    • What's the difference between a zombie attack and Occupy Wall Street?

      Zombies will "survive" the freezing cold of winter.

    • Zombies have a goal....

    • by CAIMLAS ( 41445 )

      Zombies have bathed somewhat recently.

      The odor from zombies is somewhat lower.

      Overall general appearance is somewhat better for zombies.

      You may mistake an OWSer for a zombie, but never vice versa.

      Unlike zombies, destroying OWSer brains has no perceivable effect.

      Unlike zombies, there is no actual way to placate them.

      Zombies clean up after themselves when they're done making a mess.

      There are fewer festering sores on zombies.

      Zombies have a higher likelihood of being able to reproduce.

      Zombies are capable of pea

    • by ErikZ ( 55491 ) *

      Zombies don't get paid to be there.

  • Either a) this is just emergent pop culture following its natural life-cycle or

    b) There is a subconscious agreement that the breakdown of civilization is a real possibility in the near future. With this in mind (out of mind, whatever), people can prepare for such a horrific event by lightening it up in a more sci-fi manner, when in reality surviving a zombie apocalypse would in all honesty not be that different from a complete breakdown of modern society (minus the brain eating, but in a shortage of food
  • I did see the link to the original CDC article concerning 'zombie preparedness' in the summary but didn't see one to the follow up article where they actually prepared a novella concerning the topic:Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic [], it's not World War Z, but it's fairly entertaining never the less.

  • What I want to know is how thorough are they going to be in this simulation? Are they just going to have regular zombies, or are some of them going to wear traffic cones or buckets on their heads as armour? Are some of them going to pole vault or use pogo sticks? If so, I hope they're going to provide us with Crazy Dave [] to sell us the rakes and other things we'll need to fight them off!

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.