Zombies Invade Dillon during Drill of the Dead Exercise
Preparedness can be fun! Just ask the approximately 250 Dillon students and community members that got into the Halloween spirit by adorning gory make-up and transforming into zombies to help Beaverhead County and Barrett Hospital test their emergency response plans.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) embrace the concept of a “Zombie Apocalypse” as a way to engage citizens, specifically youth and young adults, in public health and disaster preparedness activities.
During the exercise, all zombies filed through the National Guard Armory, becoming inoculated from by consuming Dixie cups full of chocolate and gummy brains. The event allowed the County to test the Point of Distribution (POD) procedures and plans in case of an infectious disease outbreak and educate the public on the importance of emergency preparedness.
Dillon High School students covered in paint and faux blood with newly printed driver’s licenses listened to a preparedness presentation from the American Red Cross of Montana and received resources to create an emergency supply kit for their cars in preparation for hazardous Montana winter road conditions.
- Beaverhead County Public Health Department
- Barrett Hospital
- American Red Cross of Montana
- State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
- University of Montana Western
- Spartan Consulting
- Governor’s Office of Community Service
- Local Law Enforcement, Disaster Emergency Services (DES), Search and Rescue, and Fire Departments