Zombie Preparedness

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The Art of Response:

Zombie Preparedness Artwalk


Join us on October 12, 2017 from 5pm to 10pm on Cypress Street in Downtown Abilene to see if you are prepared for a Zombie outbreak...

The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District and Center for Contemporary Arts has coordinated with local, regional and state agencies to bring the citizens of Abilene and the West Texas community “The Art of Response: Zombie Preparedness.” This event will focus on emergency preparedness and feature a response scenario to a fictional outbreak to a fictional pathogen known as “Abithraxis”. Come dressed as a zombie and see what capabilities your emergency community has in place to battle against an outbreak firsthand. Attendees will be able to participate in this exercise and receive the lifesaving medicine that will cure or keep you from becoming a Zombie!  

Preparedness info can be found at TexasPrepares.org


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  • This event is designed to bring awareness to emergency preparedness and the measures taken to plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other public health emergencies. Featured will be emergency preparedness demonstrations, activity booths, giveaways and health emergency keynote speakers.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides infrastructure on Zombie preparedness that first began as a tongue-in-cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages. This campaign has proven to be a very effective platform and continues to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via “zombie preparedness”.

    • Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM)
    • Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
    • Hendrick Hospital
    • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
    • United Way
    • Dyess AFB
    • Big Country Medical Reserve Corps
    • Greater Abilene Medical Reserve Corps
    • American Red Cross
    • City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management
    • City of Abilene Police
    • City of Abilene Fire
    • Center for Contemporary Arts
    • West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG)
    • Dallas County Health and Human Services
    • Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Vendors are invited to share preparedness/emergency related information at this event and are encouraged to set up tables and or tents to showcase capabilities. Please contact vincent.cantu@abilenetx.com or call 325.676.6356 for more information. Approval will be based on activity description.


Activities Agenda


POD & Vendor Set-Up
Big Country MRC, Greater Abilene MRC, ATCPHD, volunteers, event participants

Cypress St.


The Art of Response: Zombie Preparedness begins
Public Information Officer announces beginning of Point of Distribution operation

Minter Park
Public Access System


Thriller Flash Mob

Center for Contemporary Arts
On the Street


Fire Extinguisher Know How
Abilene Fire Department

North 2nd St.


Thriller Flash Mob


Center for Contemporary Arts
On the Street


Thriller Flash Mob

Center for Contemporary Arts
On the Street


Speaker: Clint Taylor
Emergency Manager- Hendrick Medical Center

Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.


Speaker: Greg Goettsch
District Coordinator- Texas Department of Public Safety

Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.


Showing of “Contagion” movie

Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.