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Gov. Sam Brownback encourages Kansans to prepare for ‘apocalypse’

Members of a wedding party strike a scary pose after a zombie-themed ceremony at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in 2012. (Oct. 27, 2012)
Members of a wedding party strike a scary pose after a zombie-themed ceremony at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in 2012. (Oct. 27, 2012) Wichita Eagle file photo

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback wants Kansans to be ready for the zombie apocalypse.

The governor will officially declare October “Zombie Preparedness Month” on Wednesday – a fun way to encourage Kansans to prepare for actual disasters, such as tornadoes and floods, that are slightly more likely to happen than walking corpses roving the prairie looking for brains to eat.

“If you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything,” Brownback said in a news release. “Although an actual zombie apocalypse will never happen, the preparation for such an event is the same as for any disaster: make a disaster kit, have a plan and practice it.”

During October the Kansas Department of Emergency Management will be holding events around the state to promote disaster preparedness and will be encouraging Kansans to take place in a zombie preparedness challenge. The agency held a similar challenge last year.

“This is a fun way to highlight the need to be prepared for whatever comes our way,” said Devan Tucking, KDEM Human Services Officer. “By coming to our events or going online to participate in our preparedness challenges, people can work toward preparing their families for disasters and emergencies.”

More information about disaster preparation and the agency’s challenges can be found at the agency’s website (ksready.gov) and on its Facebook page.

Reach Bryan Lowry at 785-296-3006 or blowry@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BryanLowry3.

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