Thursday, October 25, 2018

Anna and the Apocalypse ... and how to prepare yourself for the zombies.

Book Summary
School’s out for the end of the world.
Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a teenager who faces down a zombie apocalypse with a little help from her friends.
Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she’s struggling with her mom’s death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation—but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be veryhard to graduate high school without a brain.
To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain…high school.
This novel is inspired by the musical feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse.
Prepare thyself!
Okay, if you're like me, you're reading this book description and thinking two things. First: Oh, that sounds like fun! and Second: But what will I dooo when the zombie apocalypse finally hits?! Well, for the first, you can buy Anna and the Apocalypse from Macmillan here. For the second, don't worry -- I got you. ;-)
I did some research on the CDC website and found out that I would need the following items to survive: bottled water, emergency contacts, cell phone, non-perishable food, flashlight, first aid kit, blanket, sleeping bag, radio, batteries, candle with matches, cash, and a map. Apparently once I gather all those, I'm set. Consider this scenario they present:

Emergency scenario:

You and a friend are in the middle of a zombie invasion. There is no time to head to the store, so you are going to have to make do with what you have already put in your emergency kit.
  1. The zombies are starting to shuffle. They have overrun the facilities management outpost and the city water has been compromised. It’s time to make use of your bottled water supply.
  2. After hearing that the zombies are coming in from the west, you want to check on your other friends and family Pull out your emergency contacts and your cell phone.
  3. The zombies have been attempting to tear down the power lines. The lights have flickered a few times before finally shutting Now you are without electricity. This means the refrigerator and microwave are out. Do you have non-perishable food on hand to make dinner?
  4. It’s starting to get dark and you stumble over furniture looking for a flashlight. Do you have one?
  5. All of that stumbling caused you to scrape your knee on the coffee table. Pull out your first aid kit to bandage that
  6. It’s dark out and you’ve camped out in the basement, the most secure part of the Do you have a blanket or sleeping bag to keep you warm?
  7. While trying to sleep, you hear loud noises and start to You try to turn on your radio for the latest updates.
  8. Why is the radio not working? That’s right, it needs batteries. If you don’t have any, you can use the ones from your flashlight… but ONLY if you have a candle with matches. You still need a light
  9. According to the radio report, the mayor has ordered an You quickly gather your supplies and make your way to the car. Don’t forget that the electricity is out and you need cash on hand to make any purchases.
  10. Wait, did the mayor say that Main Street is closed and to head east towards Franklin? Which road should you use? Pull out your map to navigate to safety.

For now, make a plan 

Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters. 

  1. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area.
  2. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home, or your town evacuates because of a hurricane or wildfire.One place right outside the home for sudden emergencies, and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are not able to return home right away.
  3. Identify your emergency contacts. This includes the phone numbers of all of the members of your family, the local police and fire department, your local zombie response team, and an out-of-state contact that all family members can use to touch base with in an emergency.
  4. Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food, which means you need to get out of town fast. Plan where you would go and think of multiple routes you could take so that the undead don’t have a chance. This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter quickly.

Thanks to for these good tips. Visit their website for more information on preparing for zombies and any other type of disasters.

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