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Lander To Respond To Zombie Horde Thursday

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The zombie apocalypse some have long dreaded is on its way.  The outbreak is expected to begin at Lander University this Thursday at approximately 10:30 a.m. The zombie apocalypse some have long dreaded is on its way. The outbreak is expected to begin at Lander University this Thursday at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The zombie apocalypse some have long dreaded is on its way.  The outbreak is expected to begin at Lander University this Thursday at approximately 10:30 a.m.  

However, there is no need to panic as it will just be a drill.

The school will simulate a zombie invasion to test their emergency preparedness.  The drill is designed to see how the school can respond with little or no assistance from the state or federal health agencies.

During the drill, students, faculty and staff will be forced to escape the ravenous zombie horde.  Fortunately, the university's emergency team will be on hand to assist those who come in contact with the undead. 

Lander's nursing students, local police, the Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT), Wellness Center staff, the school's Medical Reserve Corps, and the Western Piedmont Medical Reserve Corps will all be participating.  They will attempt to rescue the ‘victims' and determine the nature and severity of their exposure.  The school's Multipurpose Room will serve as the simulated triage center for the two-hour drill.

The drill is being coordinated by the director of Lander's William Preston Turner School of Nursing, Dr. Robbie South and assistant professor of nursing Dr. Leslie Myers. 

When the simulation is completed, Dr. South and others will meet and determine the strengths and weaknesses of their response.

The idea originated with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Conceived as a tongue-in-cheek method to raise awareness among those not typically enthused by or interested in your typical CDC report, "Zombie Apocalypse 2013" quickly blossomed into an innovative and effective platform.

While a real zombie apocalypse is far-fetched, it is a useful simulation for two reasons.  First, according to Dr. South "It's a fun way to get people's attention."   The CDC agrees saying that the Zombie Apocalypse program is an innovative way to reach a broad spectrum of participants, from your average college student to law enforcement.  Second, it encourages first responders to be prepared for any emergency.  After all, as CDC Director Ali Khan said, ""If you're well-equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you'll be prepared for any disaster." 

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