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Local author to host preparedness workshop with zombie theme

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A local author's recent trip to the television set of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' spawned the idea to host a disaster preparedness workshop at the Linton Public Library.

Ruby Moon-Houldson, of Linton, will be hosting a Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic at the Linton Public Library this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and next Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event will be based off information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Moon-Houldson explained while in the small town of Senoia, Ga. where 'The Walking Dead' television series is filmed to do research for a book she is writing, she began asking questions of the residents and actors.

She asked what they had learned from the show, and the most frequent answer was they realized they were not prepared for a disaster or an epidemic.

She also began asking friends and acquaintances through email and social media.

"It was a very common theme that people are not ready," Moon-Houldson said.

Moon-Houldson said she will be referencing CDC and FEMA information which was created to get information to families in youth in a creative way.

She noted before the zombie apocalypse themed information was released, the CDC website was only getting hundreds of hits a day, and now it is in the thousands.

"If you're prepared for zombies, you're prepared for anything," Moon-Houldson noted.

The program Saturday will incorporate information about floods, earthquakes and pandemics. She added the information provided can also be helpful in situations where it is not a natural disaster, but in a dangerous situation.

Moon-Houldson will be discussing putting together what has been termed a "Bug Out Bag".

"You can grab the bag that is all ready and bug out," she explained.

She noted there needs to be a meeting place for family members because, like in the Walking Dead series, there are no means of communication. A plan needs to be put in place if phones and Internet become compromised.

Moon-Houldson stressed it is important to keep children involved in the process, and she encourages families to attend the workshop.

"The kids can help with keeping track on a calendar when to rotate food and water and change out batteries," Moon-Houldson explained.

In addition to the serious discussion of preparing for a disaster, there will be fun information and activities.

Moon-Houldson said she will be discussing the history of zombies and voodoo.

There will also be a drawing for some survival kits, as well as Max Brook's book "The Zombie Survival Guide".

She will also be sharing information from her trop to the set of The Walking Dead, and share what she learned from the cast in research from her book.

She wrote the first chapter of the book she was researching in the middle of the area set aside on 'The Walking Dead' known as Woodbury where The governor reigned.

She said she plans to return to the same bench, featured in at least one scene of the series, to finish the last chapter.

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