Zombies Invade Ohio

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 8:40am

More than 200 volunteer zombies take part in emergency preparedness drill.

The dead walked among the living in Delaware, Ohio Monday.

Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Stadium turned into zombieland for a mock drill by the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security.

More than 200 volunteers in costumes participated in what's dubbed the "zombie exercise."

The concept was a ball game that turned into a stadium full of zombies by a hazardous chemical spill.

Firefighters and emergency personnel responded to the stadium and practiced a major catastrophe that's hard work, but fun for the zombies.

Some of the zombies contaminated by the chemical cloud grew impatient with the slow response.

The Delaware County EMA director said it's hard to find volunteers for a mock hazardous materials incident, but not so with a mock zombie incident.

"This is a glorified hazardous materials incident. The same thing you would do for a zombie incident is the same thing we would do for a hazardous materials incident," said Brian Gallagher, of the Delaware County EMA.

Zombie volunteers came from near and far in very realistic costumes so that more than ten different emergency departments could practice what to do in the event of a real mass decontamination.

"If anything ever happens, it's good we are prepared and we are actually thinking about it. I think a lot of people came out here because it's awesome," said Nicole Bond.

Fifteen of the zombies wandered onto the university's campus and some made it as far as the emergency room to test Grady Memorial Hospital's response.

Once the decontamination process began, things moved quickly along.

Participants received free T-shirts, and judges awarded plaques to zombies with the best costumes, best makeup, and best zombie shuffle.

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