Are You Prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse?

By Michael Marino

Staff Reporter

If a zombie outbreak were to occur, would you know exactly what to do? Is there even the need to have a plan at all?

According to, the Illinois House declared that October will be “Zombie Preparedness Month.”

“I am told that if you are prepared for zombies, then you would be prepared to deal with a natural disaster like tornadoes, blizzards, natural disasters of any kind. You would have proper food storage, you would’ve identified a place where you would go for shelter and you’d be prepared for a natural disaster,” Democratic State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch told in February.

Despite the attempt to raise awareness, students at Sacred Heart University have mixed opinions about whether or not a plan is truly necessary.

“Personally, I feel like we need to have a plan if an outbreak were to actually happen,” said freshman Cole Doherty. “There have been a lot of TV shows about zombies so I have often thought of how I would handle the situation.”

Some students have even thought about their plans if a zombie outbreak ever did occur.

“The first thing I would do is try to get to my family,” said Doherty. “I would then head up to my lake house in New Hampshire because it is positioned in an isolated spot.”

Many of these ideas included finding a safe place with minimal occupancy.

“We would definitely need a plan of action just to stock up on food and weapons to defend ourselves,” said freshman Dominic Danzi. “I would get to a secluded area and maybe even try to set some sort of trap to warn me if any zombies were close.”

Some students think that people need training in order to know what to do.

“Panic in these kinds of situations only makes things worse,” said sophomore Peter Lewis. “It’s hard to prepare for something that no one has experienced, therefore, I think that we would need some kind of training about basic principles of survival.”

However, not everyone is in support of this bill.

Republician Jeanne Ives stated on that the state should not be focused on issues like this, rather they should concentrate on real disasters such as their budget.

“We should spend our time preparing for other disasters like a nuclear attack,” said junior Corey Plumb. “Something like a zombie outbreak just seems like something that is very unlikely to happen to us.”

Some students think that the idea of a zombie outbreak is completely unrealistic.

“It’s just not logical,” said sophomore Matthew Tierney. “I personally do not feel the need to have a set plan in the event of a zombie outbreak. This is primarily due to the fact that I don’t see anything like that happening any
time soon.”

Although Welch admitted that something like “Zombie Preparedness Month” may be slightly farfetched, he believes that it is necessary in order to communicate a message.

“If you can prepare for the worst, then you’ll always be in a good position to come out on top,” said Lewis.

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