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Bangor, Maine Prepares Emergency Response Teams For Potential Zombie Outbreak

Updated on October 23, 2012

The Government's Advanced Warning - CDC Zombie Survival Guide

Over the past several years the zombie has been the major star in horror movies and frightful public events. The cause of this ancient monsters sudden leap back into the limelight is thought to be guided by societies fear of an apocalypse carried out by an unknown zombie or rage virus. According to news officials, it's not just horror fans and survivalists that have expectations of a zombie take over, but several government offices as well.

A few years ago the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued a notice or guide of sorts on surviving a zombie apocalypse. Though the CDC quickly stated that the release was meant to be funny, they were also firm in their statement that the tips contained within the notice were still very important and should be taken into careful consideration.

It was most likely at this point that people, on a large scale level, started to take the threat seriously, Prior to this, it had been nothing more than the ramblings of a few crazy sign bearers, claiming "the end was near", and low budget horror films, warning us of the impending zombie plague.

Cannibalism Outbreak

The act of cannibalism is nothing new to the world, though rarely practiced in today's society, for obvious reasons. According to several different media sources this gruesome act has made a major comeback over the last few years taking the crime spotlight over the last several weeks.

Though most of the cannibalistic acts, such as Rudy Eugene's attack on a homeless man in Miami, or Otty Sanchez' violent murder of her child before feasting on his brain, do not fit the description of the typical zombie, they match up quite well to the rage type viruses found in movies like The Crazies only on a smaller more contained level.

Local police departments and the local media were immediately making drug related excuses for these violent acts, claiming the attackers were using a street drug called Bath Salts. Though I do agree that drugs such as this and synthetic marijuana can't possibly be good for you, I could never bring myself to believe they were causing people to crave human flesh.

Several weeks after the grizzly murders toxicology reports cams back on Rudy Eugene, no bath salts or other synthetic drugs were found in his system, only a small trace of marijuana. | Source

So we can obviously rule out drug use, as none of the other attackers were found to have been using the synthetic drug either. Leaving us to believe it is either a hard hitting form of mental illness that takes over the brain at a very fast rate, or perhaps some sort of slow moving virus or disease that hasn't yet started spreading at the alarming rates found in movies and television programs.

Do you believe there may be a new rage virus on the loose?

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The Government Prepares For The Worst

Up until recently, it was still pretty easy to deny any thought of mankind's demise or an impending doom actually happening in our lifetime, but it seems now that State officials aren't as sure as they've always claimed to be.

It was only 3 weeks ago that the U.S. Government denied the existence of zombies or a zombie virus, but now the state of Maine has began preparing emergency teams, for just such an event. Eight separate counties were involved in the training exercise that took place in Bangor, Maine.

There were over one hundred emergency responders being trained to handle a zombie or rage virus outbreak, in the event of an actual emergency. Each responder was given two vaccines to use, one preventing the infection from reaching the brain, and the other to bring the cannibalistic attackers out their zombified state.

Officials taking part in the exercise stated "We have identified in several states, particularly Texas,New York and Illinois outbreaks of these civil disturbances and biting". Though the event was completely staged with local residents playing the zombies, it shows that the Government is now willing to spend both time and money to prepare for an epidemic that they, only weeks ago, denied being a possibility.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I honestly don't have a strong opinion either for the same reasons the police blame drugs then come back and say it wasn't drugs, some claim mental illness yet most of the cannibal attackers had no history of mental issues. None of it really makes much sense to me so I just play it safe and keep plenty of lumber on hand, food supplies in my home, my truck gassed up and my guns loaded. Lol if something crazy happens in my neck of the woods at least I'll stand a fighting chance. Thanks for reading and commenting

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      Emer420 5 years ago

      This is very interesting. I'm at kind of a 50/50 here though. Both sides of this hub make sense. Of course, being a fan of zombie culture, I am prepared for something like a zombie apocalypse just in-case it actually happens, but I don't know if I believe that there is a rage virus on the loose or not. The news can't seem to get the story right; every time I hear something else about all of this the story changes. So all I can say is that everyone should be prepared just in case.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thanks b. Malin

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Leave it to Main...It must be all those Woods, and Stephen King lurking about...You do realize DS, that here in Jersey, we have "The JERSEY DEVIL". Living on a Barrier Island, I'm not afraid...or I wasn't, but now, I'm not so sure!

      Fun Hub read. My Votes UP for your Creativity, this really was an Awesome, and Funny? read.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thanks OldWitchcraft, Maine seems to thrive on their tales of horror much like Louisiana does on voodoo it's just in their blood I suppose.

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      OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

      I guess this should be no surprise from the state that gave us Stephen King!

      Great job bringing us this news. This is the first I've heard of this anywhere.

      Vote up and accolades!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Lol, I'm starting to believe the state of Maine is one big horror story, like a Stephen King book.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So you are saying that Maine will be ready for a zombie attack and we Canadians will have our flesh eaten - ack! I may not sleep tonight... Oh DS Duby :)

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      LOL thanks Dominique, though I must admit the zombie life sounds easy, I'm thinking I better build me a safe room now, so after I do "turn" some nutcase with a gun won't be able to sneak up and shoot me while I'm eating my breakfast.

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      Dominique L 5 years ago from Oregon

      Running? I keep telling you guys, just let yourselves get bit and everything is cool... ;)

      Good job, DS Duby, as always.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thanks CloudExplorer, I actually thought the news headlines were a hoax when I first heard of zombie response training. I'm with you though I think I'll be doing some running myself if something crazy like that really happened.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Cool Zombie hub here DS, it is very interesting to see that the US Government is going to take preventative measure's to fight this potential menace to society, if that time comes I will be ready with guns blazing, LOL.

      Nah I think I might just start crying, and run for dare life if some real zombie action gets to come to life though, because fighting 10,s of 1000's or potentially 1,000,000's of zombies isn't going to work. My legs are built to run like a mad man, and lets hope the outbreak never touches down on our beautiful planet.

      Voted up for being super creative, and showing some cool humor as well.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thanks Terrye, I almost didn't believe it when I first heard it, but there are so many places talking about it.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Awesomeness, DS! :) Glad to see at least one state is taking it seriously! :) VUMS!