Zombie Squad returns to library for food prep program

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 5, 2014

 Members of the Zombie Squad give a presentation on emergency preparedness at a local library. The disaster-readiness group has a program scheduled at the Eastpointe Memorial Library March 7, where they will talk about food storage and preparation.

Members of the Zombie Squad give a presentation on emergency preparedness at a local library. The disaster-readiness group has a program scheduled at the Eastpointe Memorial Library March 7, where they will talk about food storage and preparation.

Photo courtesy of Tim McMacken

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EASTPOINTE — Disaster preparation is on the agenda at the Eastpointe Memorial Library March 7, when the Zombie Squad returns with a program on preparing food for emergencies.

While the zombies in the group’s namesake exist only in fiction, the group focuses on helping people get ready for all kinds of emergencies, according to Assistant Librarian Sue Todd.

She said the group would be talking about the sort of foods people should store in case of emergency, and how much food and water to have on hand. Todd said the program is something of a natural follow-up to the group’s previous program at the library in the fall about making a “bug-out bag” — a 72-hour survival kit.

“People had questions about how much food and water — and what kinds — they should have on hand, how often should it be switched out, and making sure it’s fresh,” Todd said. “They’ll help you if you have to walk on foot, what to do if you do have a car — basically just preparing oneself and your family for an emergency.”

Tim McMacken, president of the Zombie Squad’s local “023” chapter, said the group would go over the importance of food and water storage for “acute or a long-term” need. They will also go over ways to gather water and the basics of storing it, as well as food canning, dehydrating and vacuum sealing.

“FEMA has a lot of great information that is unfortunately rather dry,” McMacken said. “What we like to do is ask people about their zombie survival plan and then give suggestions based on (real-world) scenarios as to how they could more effectively prep for the zombie apocalypse. The main focus is on education, and we accomplish that by getting people enthused about preparedness in the form of zombies as a worst-case scenario, and thinking about how they would handle that situation and what would they need to prepare.”

Todd said the previous program was “very well attended” with upwards of 40 people in the audience, making the notion of getting the organization back for a second time a natural one.

“I thought once they found out it wasn’t actually about zombies, people would walk out, but that wasn’t the case,” she said. “In fact, we could have run another hour.”

McMacken said this will be the fourth small, library-based program the group has done anywhere in the past year. He said they are appealing, in terms of the range of questions the presenters hear and the size of the crowds.

He said that people during the fall program at Eastpointe asked about how to keep insulin cool in a power outage and how to filter river water, and he said it is important to get people to make emergency plans.

“It is so important to be ready to take care of yourself and your family in the event of a major disaster,” McMacken said. “So we enjoy teaching what we know about prepping so that more people require less emergency assistance and are prepared to help rebuild a community after a disaster.”

The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and should run for around 90 minutes. Registration is not required, but Todd said it is appreciated for setup purposes. People interested in attending, or wanting more information, can call the library at (586) 445-5096.

For more information on the organization, check out the national website at www.zombiehunters.org. The local chapter is on Facebook under ZSC:023. They can also be reached at the email zsc023@gmail.com.

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