Just in time for Halloween (and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy) comes a zombie-themed emergency preparedness video from the Red Cross.
A survival expert with Katniss Everdeen-moxie shows us how to make water drinkable and start a fire. She's also on hand to remind us (gulp!) that dog food is safe for humans and pools and toilets are good sources of water. And it's all done while dodging the undead.
Of course, this video assumes that you've already run out of your three-day emergency supply kit. If you don't have that squared away yet, the Red Cross site has tips on what to keep in the kit and how to prepare your family's disaster plan.
The video doesn't give advice on how to handle ravenous zombies (they're just a ruse to keep us entertained), but the idea isn't so far-fetched. Wednesday, hundreds of military and medical personnel are hosting a training demonstration in San Diego that simulates a zombie apocalypse.
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According to the <a href="http://www.hornady.com/ammunition/zombiemax">Hornady</a> website , its Zombie Max ammunition and Z-Max bullets are “proven”—“Have you seen a zombie?” the text says, by way of backing up this claim. The site also has a disclaimer asserting that these live ammunition bullets are only for zombie use—never on human beings, plants, vegetables or minerals. The idea came from Hornady President Steve Hornady, who is a fan of zombie movies and TV shows. Earlier this year, firearms salesman John Murray <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/47737718/Bullet_Maker_Sets_Sights_on_Zombie_Killers">explained</a> to CNBC who these bullets are for. “Everybody. They work just like any other bullet, but the tip is green.”
Price: $14.40 per 8 pack paper targets - $99.99 per archery target Zombie targets are available in the cheaper format of paper as well as in the costlier three-dimensional forms for use with bullets or in the case of the one pictured here, with arrows. <a href="http://dmtargets.com/archery-targets/undead-fred-a-zombie-3d-target">Undead Fred</a> is made from self-healing foam to endure numerous arrow wounds from a practicing archer. As with any good horde of TV or movie zombies, the costumes of these ex-living individuals indicate that they come from all walks, with one paper target line featuring a butcher, a socialite and a pizza delivery guy. But across the different brands brands of shooting targets, there is a preponderance of undead clowns, Nazis and terrorist zombies.
Zombie Rifle Axe
The online marketplace Etsy conjures images of precious knitted, felted, and/or quilted products handmade by independent crafters. But the site’s handmade merchandise often runs into the dark, geeky, and gothic end of the spectrum. So it makes perfect sense there’s a corner of Etsy selling handmade zombie-themed items—of course there is. A subsection of the zombie category includes zombie-fighting weapons. What is a rifle axe, you ask? Well, zombies don’t stop coming just because you ran out of bullets, and there isn’t always a Cabela’s nearby. This 3-by-14- inch steel <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/101466619/zombie-rifle-axe-standard-version-zombie?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=zombie&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=100&ga_search_type=handmade">blade</a> from seller Plan B Armory is a backup plan. Or, as the description suggests, “you may forget about your ammo altogether and channel your inner berserker.” Another <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/101466619/zombie-rifle-axe-standard-version-zombie?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=zombie&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=100&ga_search_type=handmade">seller</a> on Etsy offers a $200 “Post Apocalyptic Zombie Bat” in a coffin case and a $136 “Zombie Battle Axe.”
It’s little help to have a weapon in an outbreak of the undead if you don’t know how to use or maintain it, or if you can’t keep nourished when takeout food is no longer an option. If disaster strikes, will you be prepared? The <a href="http://www.zombiesurvivalcourse.com/">Zombie Survival Course</a> in South Jersey teaches post-apocalypse skills such as finding and building shelter and collecting supplies, shooting firearms and a crossbow and how to hotwire a car. Day classes are $179 and weekend classes are $450 per person. In addition, nationwide sporting goods retailer REI is offering survival classes throughout the country (it’s actually its normal free emergency preparedness class with a seasonal zombie theme). The social work department at Michigan State University even offers a zombie survival class called “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Catastrophes & Human Behavior.”
Live Action Obstacle Course
Price: runner fees were $77 - $87 at time of publish You’ve thought about the coming zombie troubles and trained for it long enough. Now it’s time to test your mettle in a real-life zombie-infested environment. <a href="http://www.runforyourlives.com/">Run for Your Lives</a> is a live-action 5K obstacle course taking place over the next few weeks in four rural areas around the country. Runners are given flags that are their “lives,” and if all lives are snatched by zombies, they become undead. Anyone who finishes the course, alive or undead, is admitted to the Apocalypse Party afterward. The Run for Your Lives events are nearing full or sold out, and 18 additional locations have already been added for 2013. Many other independently organized zombie runs, pub crawls, conventions, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts are scheduled throughout the Halloween season.