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Residents Urged to Prepare for Zombies

Schipske Joins CDC in Urging Residents to Get Prepared for Zombies


Schipske Joins Federal CDC In Calling For Long Beach Residents to Prepare for 
A "Zombie Apocalypse" -
"If You Can Prepare for a Zombie Attack - You Can Prepare for an Earthquake"

 
In just a few short days, the good people of Long Beach will have to face the invasion of zombies at the annual "Zombie Walk," reminds Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. "October 27th may be traumatic for some, so I am urging residents to following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and get prepared."
 
Schipske, who has been working over the past 6 years to encourage residents to get ready for an earthquake, thinks the CDC is clever in getting people's attention by using the popular "zombie" as a way to remind how to get ready to face any emergency. 
 
Through a website, blog and "novella" 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 (http://www.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," says 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 ok, and an evacuation route."

Schipske has launched "Ready Long Beach" - a blog (www.readylongbeach.blogspot.com) and Facebook page which posts weekly tips on how to get ready for an emergency. "I just held a community workshop '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 will sponsor another community workshop on the weekend of March 10, 2013 which marks the 80th anniversary of the Long Beach earthquake.

Information on the Long Beach Zombie Walk can be found at: http://zombiewalklb.com/tickets/ .




It could happen again in Long Beach just as it did on March 10, 1933. That is why Long Beach needs to get prepared. Each week Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske will post a tip on how to get ready to survive this natural disaster. She will also include links to news stories about earthquakes and how residents are preparing in other cities.

  

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is a Long Beach native, Registered Nurse Practitioner and former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), so she understands the impact a major earthquake can have on our neighborhoods.

Over the course of the coming months, Councilwoman Schipske will provide weekly tips for getting prepared as well as information on earthquakes and how other communities are getting prepared.

Additionally, Councilwoman Schipske will be helping neighborhoods prepare and drill so that they can be ready.

Make sure to sign up with your email to get alerts on the weekly tips.

If you have any questions, please email Councilwoman Schipske at district5@longbeach.gov
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