This Saturday, the people of Long Beach will have to face the invasion of zombies at the annual Zombie Walk. “October 27 may be traumatic for some, so I am urging residents to following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and get prepared,” said 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who has been working over the past six years to encourage residents to get ready for an earthquake. Schipske said she thinks the CDC is clever in getting people’s attention by using the popular zombie theme as a way to remind folks how to get ready to face any emergency.
Through a website, blog and comic book, the CDC is urging residents to get ready for any type of emergency by posting such messages as: “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.” The site, cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm, also includes resources for teachers who want to teach preparedness in the classroom.
“Getting prepared for a major emergency, no matter what type, involves the same process,” said Schipske, who is also a registered nurse practitioner. “You need to assemble an emergency kit with things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days. It will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored. Then you need to sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. Decide where you will meet, how you will let people know you are okay, and an evacuation route.”
Schipske has launched Ready Long Beach– a blog and Facebook page which posts weekly tips on how to get ready for an emergency.
“I just held a community workshop [called] ‘Let’s Get Ready, Long Beach,’ and it was clear from the questions of the participants that we need to educate residents on how to get ready in case of an earthquake,” Schipske said. She will sponsor another community workshop on the weekend of March 10, 2013, which marks the 80th anniversary of the Long Beach earthquake.