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The Map of the Dead, the CDC, and the Zombie-Proof House: Get Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse

It’s only a matter of time until the dead rise and consume the living, and zombie costumes are no longer fun. Maybe an evil biomedical corporation will be to blame, or a mosquito-borne pathogen that breeds inside human brains. Whatever the reason, a zombie apocalypse requires a plan and an appropriate amount of emergency supplies.

map of the dead

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their recommendations for how a family can prepare for a zombie apocalypse. These recommendations include 1) picking a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home, 2) keeping an emergency kit in your house, and 3) preparing an emergency plan, which includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step.

Sure, those are all nice and dandy, but staying alive during a zombie apocalypse is harder said than done, which is why Polish architectural design company KWK Promes created the worlds first zombie-proof home, equipped with moving walls, a shifting security perimeter, and a retractable drawbridge entrance. Combine this beast of a house with the CDCs recommendations and you’ll be sitting well during the zombie apocalypse.

map of the dead

But, according to films and books, too many people panic during a zombie apocalypse, for they did not prepare ahead of time nor do they own a zombie-proof home. These individuals either cannot find food stores, or they wander into heavily residential areas and become lunch for the local zombies.

With the Map of the Dead, however, you never again have to worry about last-minute zombie apocalypse planning. This web-based piece of software uses the Google Places API to feature specific organizations and retailers that may be useful prior to or during a zombie apocalypse.

map of the dead

The Map of the Dead showcases the following places of interest: gun store, grocery store, convenience store, hardware, liquor store, shopping mall, outdoor store, military, police, radio tower, gas station, harbor, airport, hospital, doctor, pharmacy, dentist, cemetery, and campground.

Since it is likely that the Internet will crash during a zombie apocalypse, Map of the Dead even features a print option, so you can stick that trusty information right inside your emergency kit.

Will the zombie apocalypse happen? Probably not, but it’s better to not take any risks.

Okeechobee County Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Plan

Its one thing to love zombie Halloween costumes, but its a completely different thing when a county has an official zombie apocalypse emergency management plan (Warning: PDF File). The county in question is Okeechobee, Florida. According to their zombie apocalypse management plan, which is seventy-five pages long, they have thoroughly designed a plan to help ensure that their citizenry is safe from all roaming hordes of living undead. Those tax dollars went to good use, I guess.

First, this plan starts out like any normal zombie apocalypse conversation one may have with a drunken friend or an excited zombie nerd. It covers the goals and objectives a government would have during a zombie apocalypse. Here is a brief overview of those objectives:


  • Mass evacuation
  • Shelter
  • Security / Public use of weapons policy
  • Suspension of local laws, rules, regulations, taxes, fees
  • Power, communication, water, waste service
  • Corpse removal and sanitation
  • Redevelopment of high hazard areas
  • Building and safety code adequacy

I’m going to end there, but you can see more on the first page of the document. Before we continue, I want to discuss that last one building and safety code adequacy. This is a clear sign of just how serious Okeechobee County takes their zombie apocalypse. I mean, building and safety codes? That’s one topic of discussion I have yet to hear in a zombie apocalypse debate.

But wait, it gets even more governmental.

If you look on page 42, there is a short section titled Payroll Processing. Because, you know, even during the zombie apocalypse payroll needs to be processed. To be quite honest, Okeechobee would have loved to read about the statistical analysis of a zombie apocalypse.

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A flowchart detailing the govermental hierarchy of Okeechobee during the zombie apocalypse.

 

About halfway down page 31 is an interesting little paragraph on Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC):

The two governing factors in establishing a DRC following the Zombie Apocalypse will be 1.) can appropriate security be provided at the location? and 2.) is it safe enough to permit citizens to attempt to navigate to the location? This further assumes that supplies are available to provide to the general public. The most likely scenario will be to use the local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Publix, CVS, and Wal-Greens as DRC sites. They are already established, and can be further fortified and resupplied by air drop.

While this sounds all nice and tidy on paper, these places will be kill-zones during an actual zombie apocalypse. The doors are designed to channel people in and out, with very few secondary access routes. Sure, there will be a ton of supplies, but everyone is going to be caught in a zombie-ridden insanity. Do you really want to take that kind of risk? Not me, I’ll keep my distance and make it on my own.

Somewhere around page 43, the document goes into an extremely detailed overview of natural and unnatural disasters occurring during a zombie apocalypse. Hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, thunderstorms, mass immigrations, coastal oil spills, brush fires, freezes, terrorism, sinkholes, drought, tornadoes, nuclear power plant malfunctions, its all detailed there for everyone to see.

Now, while this document may seem extensive and slightly excessive, it does raise a rather interesting idea: what would actually happen if the zombie apocalypse broke out? Would Okeechobee be consumed, or would they actually survive to see the light at the end of the zombie-ridden tunnel? Or are they just wasting tax payers dollars by spending so much effort at creating an official zombie apocalypse emergency management plan?

Statistical Analysis of a Zombie Apocalypse

In 2009, led by Philip Munz, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa created an epidemiological analysis of an outbreak of undead zombies. The zombies in the study were based off the Living Deads slow-moving zombies, yet the findings of the study do not bode well for the human race. In fact, the study concluded that – unless dealt with quickly – all of human civilization would collapse. Every single home, business, city, and country would be consumed in a mass of thriving, swarming undead cadavers.

The Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead, by George A. Romero.

The authors of the study also concluded that offensive military strategies would be much more effective than attempting to quarantine the infection, as this would only serve to risk more human-to-zombie contact. However, the study did not definitively determine that a military strategy would work, or even save the human population. It would merely help to deter the constant consumption of the zombie horde.

Now, most zombie apocalypse stories often mention a cure, or a vaccine, for the zombie infection, so the study delved into this idea, too. The study discovered that a cure would do very little to slow the infection rate because the vaccinated individuals can still be consumed they simple cannot be turned. If anything, a vaccination would most likely assist with leaving some humans alive during the initial outbreak, yet their odds of surviving the whole zombie apocalypse would be extremely close to zero.

Viewing the zombie apocalypse as a whole, the researchers determined that every single human would be dead or turned by the end of it. Zombies simply have one thing that humans cannot combat: a population that grows with the death of every human. Where one human dies, a zombie most likely arises; regardless, that is one less player on our team. Neutralizing every zombie would be about as difficult as neutralizing a whole virus strain, like Measles, except it walks around and consumes your friends and family.

In addition, the survival of a generation of humans would only lead to a larger food source for the undead predators. By reproducing and attempting to continue our species, we would be fulfilling their basic need of hunger. If there ever was an example of Catch-22, this would be it.

Remember, this statistical data is all based off the zombies from the Living Dead. If someone reran this study with a different breed of zombies, we may see a whole new outcome for the zombie apocalypse. For now, though, I am happy right where I am zombie-free and not suffering from the fear of being eaten alive.

If you wish to read more about on the zombie apocalypse study, you can find it here: When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection. (Warning: PDF file.)

The Zombie Walk – An Event Massive Enough for Any Zombie Enthusiast

Whether you have ever wished to own a zombie costume, or simply love zombie lore, let’s be honest for a moment, zombies are one of the largest fads currently lurching its way through mainstream media. From books (WWZ, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and movies (Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombie Strippers, 28 Weeks Later) to comics (Marvel Zombies, Black Gas) and television shows (The Walking Dead), zombies are here to stay. With that said, have you ever felt envious at the sight of a massive zombie horde shuffling its way through the downtown cluster of cities? Have you ever wanted to cover yourself in the gore of human flesh and walk amongst your undead brethren? Fear not, my fellow cadaver, you are in luck, because you can live out this experience during a Zombie Walk, a massive gathering of blood-thirsty zombies.

Zombie Apocalypse

These zombies come from all around the globe in hopes of sending massive ripples of fright and shock throughout the media. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

As you can see, a Zombie Walk is a huge deal. People put on zombie makeup, they shred up their clothes, they get a bunch of zombie props, and they spend hours practicing their zombie shuffle. The best part? Besides the individuals participating in the Zombie Walk, no one even knows it is going to happen. Imagine walking down the street, or driving your car, and you suddenly find yourself swarmed by hundreds of lifelike zombies! Once the immediate panic has gone away, the sheer entertainment of it all is simply astonishing.

Becoming an actual zombie would be a terrible, terrible thing. The bite, the pain, the fever, the headaches, and then the death, it’s all a little too much to romanticize about. Instead, you can live out your fantasies with your friends, or even your family – (I actually have a friend whose parents dressed him up in a zombie child costume when he was younger). It is an event so massive, so horrifically insane that you simply have to experience it. And getting dressed up in a zombie costume is always a recipe for fun. Take, for example, this photo:

Zombie Kids

Regardless of age, dressing up like a zombie is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s thrashed, torn face.

If you feel that Halloween is still too far away, a Zombie Walk may be just the thing to cure your undead anxieties. I mean, why should you only be allowed to look horrific one night of the year? Life is too short for that kind of logic. So, gather up your friends, tell them all about the oncoming zombie apocalypse, and then find a Zombie Walk in your area of the world. You may be surprised to learn that one is happening pretty soon. Or, maybe you will take the initiative and start planning one out. Whatever you decide, have fun out there and be safe.

This Weekend: Elvira’s Movie Macabre Returns

Elvira Deluxe Halloween Costume

Check your local listings for Elvira’s Movie Macabre, hosted by the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! The episode will feature the classic “Night of the Living Dead” and airs during the darkest hours on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday, depending on your market (most markets will air it twice). Here in the Philly area, it’s on WPHL 17 –

It really is time to bring back Midnight Movies, don’t you think?

You Too Can Be a Star Trek Zombie

If you haven’t seen the book trailer for Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall’s “Night of the Living Trekkies,” it’s a blast (and yes, it’s a trailer for the recently released book, not a movie):

Click to view trailer on io9

Costumed Star Trek fans in the zombie apocalypse — what’s not to love? It’s inspirational, too. A Zombie Trekkie Halloween costume is twice the fun. Take your basic zombie makeup (liquid latex, pale/grey and black cream makeup, fake blood, maybe some scar putty), but instead of wearing your dad’s old shirt that’s been stomped on in dirt and ripped up, put on one of these:

Star Trek Next Generation Gold Shirt Deluxe Adult Costume

Star Trek Secret Wishes Red Dress

Spock Wig, with Spock ears and Star Trek 2009 Blue Shirt

Halloween Night Event: The Walking Dead

AMC wants to be on your Halloween night schedule, hoping folks will follow the evening’s celebration in front of the TV, for the premiere of the long-awaited “Walking Dead” series at 10:00 PM.

Click to Watch the Official HQ Walking Dead Trailer!

My initial reaction, honestly, was that October 31st seems kind of late. I was hoping the show would launch earlier in the month, though I’m not sure where I got the idea that it would. Then the question: is the target demo going to be home in front the TV on Halloween night? The show is anticipated enough that a lot of people will make sure to be now, but it’s not on everyone’s radar yet. Of course, I say that before they’ve blitzed the trailer during “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”

In any event, it’s a Sunday night; the biggest parties will be going on Friday and Saturday. Actually, the more I think about it, the timing sounds just about right: prepare the feast, do trick-or-treats, visit the neighborhood haunted house, and cap off the night with “The Walking Dead” premiere. Not bad!

Of course, this is all the more reason to have a zombie theme this year–and naturally Fright Catalog has all sorts of props, costumes, and zombie accessories for the big day!

UK Reports “SuperBug” Infections — Is the end nigh?

BBC News reports that a new “superbug” infection has been identified in UK hospitals, potentially fulfilling the prophecies of “28 Days Later,” without the monkeys. Although they didn’t specifically say there weren’t monkeys.

Zombie Infection (Dramatization)

UK doctors reportedly fear that “Ultimately, [the NDM-1 virus] could produce dangerous infections that would spread rapidly from person to person and be almost impossible to treat” and that “it will go global.”

How to stop it? Quarantine, or “to rapidly identify and isolate any hospital patients who are affected.”

Hello. We can quarantine an entire island nation. We’ve done it before in the movies.

In other news, the H1N1 pandemic is officially over, and no one even talks about SARS anymore, so… will NDM-1 be the one? Who knows.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Deliver Me to Hell

When I used to drive pizza, I would sometimes play this game in my head where all of the shadowy figures wandering the neighborhoods for whatever reason where the undead. I would mentally log the places with the most severe zombie infestations, usually while blasting Diemonsterdie on the car stereo. Sometimes this game freaked me out so bad I could hardly stand it–yet I still played it. You need to be aware of your surroundings when you’re a pizza driver, just like you’ll have to be when the zombie apocalypse hits. Plus, I figured that when it did hit, that job would be one of the most important jobs out there, next to renegade biker and mercenary. Survivors have to eat, after all.

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So, it was with great interest that I viewed “Deliver Me to Hell,” an interactive short film from New Zealand’s Hell Pizza, about a pizza driver who valiantly sets out to make his delivery in the middle of the zombie uprising. It’s sort of a “choose your own adventure” game (click on the still to watch, and make sure annotations are turned on), where players who make it to the delivery in one piece are eligible to win a year of free Hell Pizza. The downside, for most of our FrightCatalog.com readers, is that you have to be a resident of New Zealand to win all that free pizza; the upside is that you can still watch from wherever you are and play along, and maybe order yourself a pizza locally. Don’t forget to tip your driver!

Via Dread Central

Fathers of the Apocalypse

Kenneth Welsh as Patrick O’Flynn in “Survival of the Dead.”

When the zombie apocalypse hits, one thing most survivors can really use is a dad — someone to protect them, make sure they have food and shelter, and who always, in theory, knows what to do. Zombie movie dads do what they have to do, sometimes, like moms, even if it means their own doom. In honor of Father’s Day, here are five notable zombie movie dads (spoilers ahead):

Harry Cooper, Night of the Living Dead: Antagonist, bully, devoted dad. And, not for nothing, right about staying in the basement, no matter how much more appealing Ben is. Of course, the basement isn’t quite so safe if your sweet daughter has you for dinner.

Frank, 28 Days Later: Frank is the dad you’d want to have when the shit goes down: smart, nurturing and badass. Daughter Hannah had a sense of security and reason to live that few movie survivors have, at least until Frank’s infection. In an alternate ending, Frank is actually cured and reunited with Hannah — it didn’t really work, but part of me wished it could have.

Patrick O’Flynn, Survival of the Dead: O’Flynn is one of two hard-headed feuding patriarchs on a tiny island, and the father of a couple of its inhabitants, including Judy. Judy wasn’t dealt the best hand in the dad department, but she’s one of the few adult zombie movie characters to have one. She doesn’t take it for granted: it’s Judy who acts as protector of her dad from the rival patriarch and suggests his banishment when things get ugly. Well, one of the many times it gets ugly.

Andre, Dawn of the Dead (2004 Remake): A newborn baby introduces the concept of instant, unconditional love to a lot of new dads. How unconditional? Andre didn’t seem to even consider being anything but a proud new daddy when his zombified wife, Luda, gave birth to his beautiful undead daughter. Kind of shocking, but pretty sweet.

Tallahassee, Zombieland: Tallahasse is not quite right, more than a little bit as a result of the fact that he’s a father who lost his son. Who he talks about as if he could be a dog. But a dog he really, really loves.

Now go give dad his annual tie, and make sure your emergency plans in case of zombie apocalypse are synchronized. You wouldn’t want to have to navigate it without him.