Zombie Awareness: Effective Practices in Promoting Disaster Preparedness
Thursday, September 6th
3:00 p.m. EDT
Are you ready for a “Zombie Apocalypse?” Join FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and Ready.gov on September 6 as they present a FREE Webinar about zombie preparedness. While the walking dead may not be first on your list of local hazards, zombie preparedness messages and activities have proven to be an effective way of engaging new audiences who may not be familiar with what to do before, during, or after a disaster, and to inject a little levity into preparedness while still informing and educating people. As director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Ali Khan, notes, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.”
Listen as speakers introduce fun and innovative emergency preparedness activities for communities to spark some attention and get people involved before it’s too late. These activities can be planned in September, during National Preparedness Month and executed just in time for Halloween.
Featured Speakers Include:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC), which launched its Zombie Apocalypse Social Media Campaign
- Kansas Department of Emergency Management will discuss their Zombie Awareness Month, which is held each October and ideas for activities and events that you can host in your communities this fall!
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Share Your Real Life Emergency Communications Stories
As part of its efforts to share the progress made by the nation’s emergency response community in enhancing interoperable communications, the DHS Office of Emergency Communications is developing a series of case studies, using real-world examples, on how training and planning have made a difference in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. This is a great opportunity for Citizen Corps Councils to share their stories of how training on and preparing proper communications channels and protocols helped address emergency events. If you have a real-world example that you would like to share for use in a case study, please contact OEC External Affairs at: OECExternalAffairs@hq.dhs.gov.
Speaking of sharing your stories, the discussion forums on the National Preparedness Coalition Website are perfect venues for collaboration! Thousands of individuals and organizations have already signed up for this FREE online portal. With National Preparedness Month only two weeks away, now is a great time to begin exploring the many resources and interesting features of the Coalition. Pledge to Prepare today!