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Zombie Nation: Move over Dorothy, Zombies are Taking Over

Categories: General, Zombie Nation, Zombies

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By Devan Tucking-Strickler, Kansas Division of Emergency Management

When people hear “Kansas,” many think of a yellow brick road, ruby slippers, and a cute little dog named Toto. I’ve never met anyone that heard “Kansas” and thought of zombies… until a year ago. That’s when we started the “Prepare for the Unexpected” campaign. Who would have thought that zombies could bring so much attention to disaster preparedness?! Throughout October 2011 the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and other county Emergency Management offices used brain-eating, decaying sci-fi monsters to get Kansas citizens thinking about disaster preparedness, and it worked!

Zombie Nation: Teaching Preparedness through a Zombie Outbreak

Categories: General, Zombie Nation, Zombies

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By Carol Okupniak, RN, MSN, BC, Drexel University College of Nursing & Health Professions

CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Campaign was the catalyst that inspired Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions, Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice, to prepare medical professionals for ANY disaster by creating a Zombie Apocalypse in our own lab.

Zombie Nation: Required Reading…“World War Z”

Categories: General, Zombie Nation, Zombies

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Yesterday we heard about a Michigan State Professor using zombies to make course work compelling. So who else is incorporating zombies into the curriculum? The University of Rhode Island has also realized students can learn a thing or two from the undead.

Zombie Nation: A Degree in…Zombies?

Categories: General, Zombie Nation, Zombies

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By Glenn R. Stutzky

Glenn Stutzky is a clinical instructor of social work at Michigan State University. He recently made headlines for his unusual course syllabus, which, you guessed it, included Zombies! We asked Glenn to share his story and are looking forward to hearing his students feedback at the end of the semester. 

Zombie Nation: Making Zombies a Halloween Tradition

Categories: General, Zombie Nation, Zombies

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By Sandy Mackey, Zombie Expert, Delaware County EMA

I have never in my life come face to face with a real live zombie, or would that be a real dead zombie? Either way, last Halloween I got my chance when the Delaware County, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management hosted a “Zombie Exercise” to test how we’d respond during a disaster.

WARNING: zombies included!

Categories: General, Zombie Nation, Zombies

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This time last year we posted Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. The blog post that took CDC from nerdy scientists to hip pop culture icons (at least that’s how we like to think of it). We’ve been amazed at all the zombie fans out there and thrilled with all the opportunities we’ve had this year to engage with folks like Max Brooks, the cast and producers of The Walking Dead, and enthusiastic fans at Dragon*Con and ComiCon. Most of all we’ve had a blast hearing from state and local organizations that have joined the zombie movement. This week we’re featuring stories from people across the country who’ve been inspired to use zombies in their campaigns or curriculums. We hope you enjoy reading our series ”Zombie Nation”… 

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