Are you prepared for the Zombie apocalypse?

This silly video (aside from ArhArhArh meme that has taken over our classroom) reminds us of the three rules of emergency planning:

  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Create an emergency kit

Here in coastal British Columbia we don’t prepare for tornadoes (or zombies, for that matter), but we do anticipate earthquakes. We do regular drills where we drop-cover-hold-on-20mmacg

then evacuate the building. At our school we have first aid kits, a large emergency preparedness container, and organized plans for students to stay safe and be reunited with their families. Our staff train often to be prepared for a variety of emergency situations. Doing drills means we will stay safe, feel calmer, and be able to help each other through a difficult time.

Our Canadian neighbours in Fort McMurray, Alberta know that preparedness saves lives. Last year a devastating wildfire destroyed buildings and property in and around their community. Yet 88,000 people were safely evacuated in a very short time thanks to government organizations, local businesses (from gas stations to airlines), emergency responders, and individuals stepping up and helping.

Readers from the Student Blogging Challenge, here are your possible choices this week:

Activity #1
Readers, what natural disasters or emergencies are factors where you live? How have you prepared? If you have faced a large-scale emergency, how did you deal with it? Do you have any advice for us? Please let us know in a comment (and please leave your blog URL!).

Activity #2
Write a list post of items that a student can put in an emergency bedside kit. If you had to leave in a hurry, what could you have ready to grab-and-go? (Come back when you are done and leave your URL so we can read your post).

Activity #3
Write a post describing a natural or human-caused emergency that has happened in your community. What were the consequences? How did you, your family, or emergency responders deal with it? (Come back when you are done and leave your URL so we can read your post).

Activity #4
Please take our Emergency Preparedness Survey. We will share the results and our conclusions by mid-November. Thanks!

Stay safe, fellow bloggers!






  1. Hi Mrs.Smith,
    I love how you teach kids the emergency situation in zombie apocolyps.
    Even though it doesn’t happen (earthquakes not zombie apocolyps) very often.
    My school is prepared for fire’s, wind, and intruders or lock downs.
    I think that it very important that kids know what to do in these situation.
    I would love it if you checked out my blog!
    Lily 😀

  2. Hi,
    That video was really funny and it taught me to be ready when there is a emergency and it also taught me that you need to have a plan for a emergency and it told me to have a survival kit so when there is a emergency we can grab it and run outside.

    Here is a link to my blog- http://techkiddanny.edublogs.org/

  3. Thank you for the awesome post, funny video, and quiz. I´m going to make a post on how to prepare for an emergency. I loved this post!

  4. Where I live we have tornadoes and floods mostly and the last time I was in a tornado we stayed in a windowless room and got flashlights and soup and a radio and a phone and chargers and water and cups and blankets and my advice for you is to stay calm and be brave Just go with the flow.

  5. Hi! Mrs.Smith, this was honestly a very appealing blog post. It is a great way to aware people of the things that could happen. I really loved how you, explained ways to stay safe. Your online ”Emergency Prepared Survey” will help people know when to be aware of certain things that could happen. This article was really helpful for me as well, I learned ways on how to prepare before time. It gave me a brief detailed explanation of the topic. It was a very good idea to provide people with the survey, because this way more people would be aware of how to get ready properly before time. Take a look at my blog, posts I hope they help you in some other way! https://shumaiemshabir.wordpress.com/ Thank you! For sharing such an interesting post.

  6. Dear Mrs. Smith
    In Saskatchewan the only natural disasters we need to watch out for are blizzards, extreme cold and tornadoes. Although the last tornado to hit my city was more than a century ago, we still do drills in the rare case that it does occur. We get in an area of the school where there are no windows and stay in a crouched position for a while, and that’s the drill we use. For the extreme cold and blizzards, if it gets too cold one day we have an indoor recess and the walls of the school keep us safe from it.
    Take a look at my blog at:

  7. I really really love your zombie video it is funny 😄 . I also liked your emergency suggestions like for an earthquake duck and cover. And then again I love your video.

    Sincerely, Tyson

  8. Dear Ms Smith,
    I really liked the video about the zombie apocalypse although almost certain it won’t happen. I found that the survey was a very good and if you could please tell me what the data may be for because I would find that very interesting. The part where you told us the activity’s we could do to help I thought it was a very good thing to do.

    kind regards
    This is my blog URL if you would like to have a look at my post

  9. Nice I love the video it was really good and informational, only if I would of knew that during a tornadoes is was close to. hope you check out my page.

  10. Hi Mrs Smith,

    My name is Mia and I am from Australia, I liked the video you posted and the idea of the emergency kit. In Australia we get a lot of bush fires so the kit would be a useful thing to have ready.

    From Mia This is a link to my blog

  11. Hi Mrs Smith,
    Your post about emergencies is really interesting to read about. One of the major emergencies that happen near I live is mainly bushfires. When I was in year two there was a bush fire near my school and there was a massive helicopter flying around my school. Luckily it didn’t reach my school though. Your post has gotten me to make sure that we have a emergency plan when a natural disaster may happen.
    Check out my blog at http://miam23.edublogs.org/

    Mia M

  12. Hi Mrs Smith,
    My name is Grace and I’m from a very small, remote town in Western Australia. In our state we see frequent Bush Fires breaking out, especially throughout the summer as the temperature can stay above 35degrees celsius for more than a week at a time. I know our school has an evacuation plan since we have a drill every summer at least. However, because of our location, we do not have plans for earthquakes or lockdowns, etc, because we never experience them.

    I’m going to do a post on my emergency bedside kit soon. I’d love if you came and visited my blog: http://9grace.edublogs.org


  13. Hi, my name is Harvey and I’m from Mrs. Kriese’s class in Austin, Texas. We have drills at our school such as lock-down drill where there is a bad guy in our school and we have to hide, or a fire drill so we can pretend that there is a fire just in case, so we just walk outside.We also have a weather drill, where we pretend there is a tornado near our school. We don’t do that drop, cover, and hide. We could do it will there is probably a earthquake. I really liked your post and I look forward to reading more! Visit my blog at: http://edublogs.eanesisd.net/harvey8492022/

  14. Mrs Smith and Class
    We had a major Earthquake just this week on Monday morning at 12am – it was the biggest earthquake that I have been involved in (and I have lived in New Zealand for forty years so I have felt a few!) We had significant shaking for thirty seconds (when you thought that the roof might cave in) before everything settled and the part of New Zealand where we had the earthquake have had another 1200 since then! (Its in the South Island, we are in the North Island but we still really felt this one!) Its caused a small amount of damage here in New Zealand, like at Mr Webbs house, the water tank in the house split, and had to be replaced, but otherwise not a lot. What is has done is make everyone nervous and make sure they are prepared in the event of another earthquake, which hopefully wont happen. At our school we have regular drills (we also have a volcano which is active about fifty kilometres away!) to make sure that we are ready.
    Mr Webb and Room Three, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand

  15. Hello! Im Jordan and I love how you wrote about how to stay safe, and what to do in an emergancy such as an earthquake. I think that it’s important to know what to do in these kinds of situations due to the fact that you never know when they might occur. Some things that my school has drills for are fire drills and lockdown drills. For a fire drill, we are all brought outside in a calm manner to stand outside of the building. We are all told to look away from the building because if something were to explode, if anything were to make it all the way to us it would hit our backs which is safer. For a lockdown though, most likely everyone would stay inside. So if there was an unwanted visitor or someone walking around with a weapon, we would all be in class with the windows covered. If we had to barricade, it would be up to us if we wanted to help the teacher or not, but we would pile up desks or bookshelves maybe up against the door. I think I wrote a little bit to much so I’ll end my comment here! Again I really enjoyed your writing and I’m glad I came across this post. http://jordan07pm.edublogs.org/

  16. Dear Mrs. Smith,

    I did the survey! I like how the survey was about how we would prepare ourselves during an emergence. In my family we don’t really talk about what we would do if an emergency happens, but your survey made me realize that it is important to prepare for any emergencies, so i will be talking to my family soon about this.

    Fern, http://hmsfern.edublogs.org

  17. Dear student blogging challenge,

    I have completed activity 1 for week 4 student blogging challenge. Here is my link below so you can see it!

    Link to blog:

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