Proven to be an effective platform, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) uses Zombie Preparedness as a campaign to engage a wide variety of audiences and promote awareness of the necessity of emergency preparedness.
“We never know what’s going to happen,” said Sarah Cooke, public relations coordinator and web master for the Pre-Med Club. “We don’t know if there is going to be a natural disaster or some kind of epidemic.”
The emergency preparedness event will be held in the Student Center until 3:30 p.m., after which location will switch to the Science and Industry building from 4 to 6 p.m. in room 360 where a suture clinic will be held.
All activities during the event are free, except for the CPR certification class
CPR certification will be held in the Student Center, and occur during the first two hours of the event. Participants are asked to pay a $45 fee, and CPR certificates will be handed out at the end of the class.
A half-hour basic self-defense class, taught by Earl Halemba, will also be included, and a free lunch will be served.
John Flynt, who is the emergency preparedness coordinator for Salt Lake City Office of Emergency Management, will speak at the event.
“[Flynt] is the go-to-guy for Salt Lake City on knowing how to prepare,” said Cooke. “He’s going to be giving a lecture about how much water, food and other supplies people should have on hand in order to survive in any emergency situation.”
Concluding the event, there will be a suture clinic taught by SLCC professor and Pre-Med Club advisor Kathy Bell
Those attending this portion of the event will learn suture technique and have a chance to put what they learn into practice.
Those wishing to participate in the CPR certification class or suture clinic are asked to contact Cooke to make reservation as space is limited. A waiting list for the CPR course will also be available.
Being prepared for any emergency situation and knowing how to survive with whatever materials you may have on hand is something Cooke believes everyone can benefit from.
“The more prepared you are,” said Cooke, “the better a chance you have of surviving in the event that something did happen.”