Families prepare for disaster, zombie apocalypse

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How prepared are you for a zombie apocalypse? The answer is probably the same as how prepared you are for emergency disasters.

The Cabell Huntington Health Department hosted a Zombie Apocalypse Threat Preparedness Fair Saturday to help families get ready for any kind of disaster.

“Today is just simply an opportunity to come out and learn about all the different ways to get prepared for an emergency-type situation,” said Elizabeth Adkins, public information officer for the Cabell Huntington Health Department. “If you can be prepared for zombies, then you’ll be prepared for anything.” 

Families were able to get resources and supplies from a variety of community groups at New Baptist Church.

“I think it’s really cool and I love that they did the zombie theme, because that made it easier to convince my oldest to come with me,” said Madison Griffis, a mother who attended the fair.  

FEMA recommends making an emergency plan with your family or household ahead of time that includes four important questions.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route? 
  4. What is my family/household communication plan? 

The first 72 hours, or three days, are critical when an emergency strikes, because electricity, gas, water and communication may not be working. It’s important for families to be self-sufficient by having an emergency disaster kit on hand. 

“It’s the most important, because at that point you’re trying to assess your situation,” said Adkins. “How much food do you have? How many people are in your home? Is it hot out? Is it cold out? How are you going to keep everything cold in your fridge? There’s just so many things to think about.” 

The fair also had free flu shots from the health department. Additionally, the Huntington Police Department offered finger printing for children, in case families get separated during emergencies. 

“It’s really helpful to have everything in one location, because obviously it’s not easy to take kids to multiple places, so to get one-stop shopping is really great,” said Griffis.

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