Robyn Vinter: We won’t be laughing at US apocalypse planning when we’re all zombies


Brains… we need brains…

One of the most delightful stories to float across the Atlantic during the night is that the US state of Kansas has declared October “zombie preparedness month”.

(But as we all know, for any self-respecting doomsday prepper, every month is zombie preparedness month. The undead never rest – literally.)

It’s a month of apocalypse readying, involving handing out free disaster packs, teaching life-saving skills, emergency planning and, y’know, a zombie run.

The governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, told residents if they were prepared for zombies, they were prepared for anything.

Let’s all point and laugh. Ha ha ha ha ha Americans! They’re so silly.

But if I was going to make a serious point, and I probably should, it’s that the old boy scouting rule about being prepared is right.

Is it any coincidence it’s always Americans to the rescue at the end of disaster films? It’s because they’re prepared. Or because they make the films. But mostly the preparedness thing.

Planning is a boring subject, which is why most people don’t do enough of it (and also why I’m not going to go on much longer about it), but it’s also very important.

They say zombies are definitely not going to happen but weirder things have happened, people.

Well, maybe not weirder things, but unprecedented and unexpected things regularly do happen, hence the irritating phase “there’s a first time for everything”.

Come to think about it, Enron was definitely not going to fail, the Titanic was never going to sink and Amy Winehouse wasn’t going to drop dead at the age of 27 (OK that was slightly less unlikely).

So by all means make jokes about apocalypse preppers like there’s no tomorrow (sorry) but I’m telling you, we’ll be laughing off the other side of our pale, bloody, mottled faces when we’re all zombies.

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