There’s little doubt a zombie apocalypse would bite.
But a group of Calgarians aren’t sitting back and waiting for mindless, flesh-eating corpses to come knocking. Instead, they are embarking on a real training regimen to prepare for an event many still believe to be more fantasy than reality.
“There has been a lot of talk about a zombie apocalypse over the past couple of years,” explained Jayme Nelson, 27, founder of the local Zombie Survivalist Group.
“There is this strange conversation where people are wondering if it’s legitimate to be prepared.”
Out of respect for victims, Nelson didn’t link the group’s creation to grisly events that have captured headlines of late — including a Florida incident last month that saw one man chew off the majority of another man’s face.
But thousands of others have publicly made such a link to the point that it spurred the U.S. Center for Disease Control to state it “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead.”
Tim Haney, a sociologist at Mount Royal University who has done work in the area of disasters, said the survivalist group’s plans — which include professional parkour training Saturday and future trips to archery ranges and emergency preparedness seminars — could help prepare members for a variety of emergencies.
“Many of the disasters and catastrophes that end up happening were the ones that at one point people thought were the least likely to happen,” he said, pointing to the 9-11 attacks as an example.
Haney did say, however, that resources should be devoted to preparing for emergencies more likely than a ravenous zombie horde.
Nelson, meanwhile, said she is “banking” on such an incident, but added her group is “for anyone who wants to improve their self-resiliency.”
The Zombie Survivalist Group charges a $5 annual membership fee. More information can be found at meetup.com/findtheexits.