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Monday, June 13, 2011

Ready for a Zombie Attack? by Stacy

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control released information on its blog about how to prepare for zombies.  Interestingly, preparation for a zombie attack is very similar to how you prepare for other disasters.  That’s good to know, because in my mind, the efficacy of hand to hand combat versus a ranged assault against an influx of the undead just hasn’t been sufficiently established yet.  So, at the very least, I know that I can grab the same kit in a zombie attack as I would after a tornado.  If you need to bone up on the key points of general disaster preparedness, then I’d recommend checking out these books:

Simply Essential Disaster Preparation Kit” by Catherine Stuart (613.6) is short, sweet and to the point.  It provides lists for creating disaster kits and what to do during each stage of several different disasters.  An accompanying cd let’s you modify and print out check-lists for your own home.  Preparedness Now!” by Aton Edwards (613.6) is a lengthier version of Stuart’s book but covers way more long-term and complex issues like building latrines, chemical warfare, and infectious diseases (this section could be handy during a zombie disaster since I’m pretty sure that’s zombies are pretty germy).

Getting prepared for even the most obscure disasters can be super fun with books like “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook” by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht (613.69).  A meatier and more realistic version is National Geographic’s “Complete Survival Manual” (613.69 SWEENEY).

Items for special groups are also available.  If you have a group of folks to educate, consider checking out the DVD, “Emergency Preparedness” (DVD 613.6).  People with businesses might want to consider making plans with the help of “Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best” by Donna Childs (658.4) which covers many approaches to preventing and minimizing damage to your business during and after a disaster.  Prepare little ones for the fear they may feel during disasters like storms with some children’s books, including “Walter was Worried” by Laura Seeger and “Molly and the Storm” by Christine Leeson.

Walter was Worried
Whatever the disaster may be--tornadoes, floods, or even zombies---get prepared.  Your preparation starts at the library!


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