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2012-06-22 04:39:22 PM

stevarooni: "But I used the simulated ammunition!"
"Chuck, we don't have any simulated ammunition. She's really dead!"
"..."


too bad chuck didnt know about THIS
 
2012-06-22 04:44:02 PM
Things like this are only written about in Bangor. They actually occur in Derry.
 
2012-06-22 07:13:13 PM

namegoeshere: ladyfortuna: Really? They're actually training for this now?

I mean, I'm grateful, if it ever happens, but... come on.

It's a great way to get people to pay attention to disaster preparedness. The real stuff is scary so people hide their heads in the sand about it until it really happens and then it's too late. Zombies are fictional (bath salts excluded) and therefore fun. And really, who doesn't want to spend an afternoon preparing for the zombie apocalypse?


THIS. ESTE. (INSERT AFFIRMATION IN YOUR CHOSEN MAIDEN TONGUE HERE.)

Compared to how people of my generation and older learned about disaster preparedness/civil defense, "what would you do in the event of Zombiegeddon?" civil defense exercises and prep are downright FUN and--dare I say it--actually kind of non-threatening yet get the point across. :D

You see, most folks 30+ years old got their civil defense prep training from the Cold War, where there WAS a non-negligible risk of getting nuked--I'm convinced to this day that the US government persisted with this past the Bomber Era not because there was any realistic chance that civil defense prep of the era would save us from The Wrath Of The H-Bomb (if anything, unless you were VERY FAR from Ground Zero AND not upwind of a major target area it'd just prolong the radiation sickness) but to teach folks disaster preparedness against the comparatively little, non-nuclear stuff...things like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, accidental gas releases from the train tracks or the chemical plant next door, THAT sort of thing where what was once known as Civil Defense and later DES and after that (INSERT YOUR STATE HERE) Department of Homeland Security DOES get called out on a routine basis.

Fortunately, a lot of the prep against zombies now is very similar to the sort of thing to prepare for in cases of things where you need to shelter in place (hurricanes outside of evac zones, gas releases outside of evac zones, public unrest, pandemics) and a lot of it is useful in a general civil-defense construct (make sure you have emergency supplies in case TSHTF). AND most folks are aware that the Living Dead and Plague Ghouls don't generally exist in meatspace, so it's much more fun than "Oh god the Russians might nuke us" (which COULD have happened, and almost did more than once by accident).

/then again, I would have also approved of "Alien Invasion" stuff as emergency preparedness exercises :D
//all for getting folks into disaster preparedness in a fun manner
 
2012-06-22 07:24:54 PM

KiplingKat872: Researcher:

Sorry you're a stuffy idiot. It won't get any better unless you see to that.

I'd hotlink a welcome to Fark pic but whatever. Go be butthurt in another thread.

Is there like a "projection fairy" floating around here or something? The one expressing butthurt is you, over something utterly idiotic since you seem incapable of realizing that they are practicing the SAME FARKING PROCEDURES they would use if they were facing an epidemic of a real disease. They just used to word "Zombie" rather than "SARS" to make it fun.

/At this point I am actually hoping that I have been trolled.


This, seriously, again.

You know when the LAST time cities were literally shut down due to disease was, Researcher? Pre-vaccination era, for polio. (Yes, there were instances just before the introduction of the polio vaccine where school was cancelled and people were ordered to essentially shelter in place because of friggin polio--a disease that, if we can get around the goddamned religionationalists in Nigeria and Afghanistan shiatting on eradication efforts, might well be the second disease made extinct in human history.)

There are potentially diseases where this could happen again (H5N1 air-transmissible flu is the Big One, but it could also be SARS, or smallpox (if, Gods forbid, it got out of the two labs where it still exists in BS4 containment) or some emerging new disease we haven't even HEARD of yet)--but honestly, unless you are under 60...your main experience with this even in STORIES is going to be either in novels and movies about airborne filoviruses, or (wait for it...) movies about plague zombies.

So, why not do the "pandemic disaster drill" with the relatively non-scary-because-it's-fictional scenario that 99 44/100% of people born in the post-polio-pandemic, post-smallpox era are going to be actually familiar with and actually more so than historical pandemics requiring sheltering in place in the US?

(I'd argue zombie prep would be even better, because...well...the pandemic that triggers the Pandemic Plan may not be something we're familiar with. SARS was a new emerging infectious disease--H5N1 flu is actually a bit unusual because we do have at least some experience on what a horrid novel type A flu epidemic is like (the last one in 1918, which may well have ended World War I earlier than it would have otherwise). The odds are good that if the next pandemic isn't H5N1 it's going to be some completely novel emerging infectious disease...not unlike how the causes of fictional plague-zombie outbreaks are generally novel infectious diseases :D)
 
2012-06-22 09:32:23 PM

Great Porn Dragon: Compared to how people of my generation and older learned about disaster preparedness/civil defense, "what would you do in the event of Zombiegeddon?" civil defense exercises and prep are downright FUN and--dare I say it--actually kind of non-threatening yet get the point across. :D

You see, most folks 30+ years old got their civil defense prep training from the Cold War, where there WAS a non-negligible risk of getting nuked--I'm convinced to this day that the US government persisted with this past the Bomber Era not because there was any realistic chance that civil defense prep of the era would save us from The Wrath Of The H-Bomb (if anything, unless you were VERY FAR from Ground Zero AND not upwind of a major target area it'd just prolong the radiation sickness) but to teach folks disaster preparedness against the comparatively little, non-nuclear stuff...things like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, accidental gas releases from the train tracks or the chemical plant next door, THAT sort of thing where what was once known as Civil Defense and later DES and after that (INSERT YOUR STATE HERE) Department of Homeland Security DOES get called out on a routine basis.

Fortunately, a lot of the prep against zombies now is very similar to the sort of thing to prepare for in cases of things where you need to shelter in place (hurricanes outside of evac zones, gas releases outside of evac zones, public unrest, pandemics) and a lot of it is useful in a general civil-defense construct (make sure you have emergency supplies in case TSHTF). AND most folks are aware that the Living Dead and Plague Ghouls don't generally exist in meatspace, so it's much more fun than "Oh god the Russians might nuke us" (which COULD have happened, and almost did more than once by accident).


Yep. I am also old enough to have had recurring nightmares as a child about them dropping the bomb on us. I still can tell you where each and every fallout shelter is in my hometown, and which one we would head for when they dropped it.

Trust me. Zombies are way better.
 
2012-06-23 09:59:22 AM
Bangor is a shiathole of a city, but we all get wrinkled when people mispronounce it. It's "Bang-gore", not "Bang-er"
 
2012-06-23 11:24:48 AM

Macular Degenerate: Bangor is a shiathole of a city, but we all get wrinkled when people mispronounce it. It's "Bang-gore", not "Bang-er"


upload.wikimedia.org

Bang Gore? I hardly know him!

/There, does that make you happier?
 
2012-06-23 11:54:18 AM

Macular Degenerate: Bangor is a shiathole of a city, but we all get wrinkled when people mispronounce it. It's "Bang-gore", not "Bang-er"


Yeah, but no one wants to do that...
 
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