With the abundance of zombie attacks happening lately, it doesn’t hurt to prepare for the impending apocalypse. People in Bangor, Maine (Stephen King’s hometown) have stepped things up a notch and decided to have a zombie training exercise which allowed residents and medical officials to experience and learn how to react once a zombie outbreak happens.
The Bangor Daily News reported of the event, which occurred this past Summer, detailing a daylong pandemic exercise created by Bangor city officials. The drill existed of 100 emergency responders from 8 different area counties who were reacting to a zombie virus that originated from a bite in Jamaica, eventually making its way to their town.
Victims exposed to the virus were given stickers to wear on their legs, marking them as bite victims, and were either given a “zombie vaccine” to stop the infection, or they became zombies. Along with the zombies, other participants were training on how to deal with mass casualties.
Director of the Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center, Kathy Knight, told The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, “This gives us the opportunity to do something a little bit different, but it still has the same principles that would apply in a real situation.”
She continued, “[Emergency workers] need to figure out what they need, how they’re going to respond and how they are going to share their resources to respond to the disaster. They need to know who to go to outside their community to find the resources they don’t have, so it’s a different twist.”
Well, people in Maine may have bad teeth, but they are damn well prepared for a zombie apocalypse. I know where I’m headed once shit hits the fan.