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Z Day: Why Zombie Enthusiasts Observe January 1 as Z Day

Updated on November 28, 2009

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The Z Day Phenomenon

Whether you believe a coming zombie outbreak is science or science fiction, enough attention to the subject has warranted January 1 to be declared Z Day each year.

Z Day serves not only as a day of awareness about the imminent zombie outbreak that is to occur, zombie enthusiasts claim, but as a day for families, companies and government agencies to prepare for the outbreak and to learn how to survive a zombie outbreak.

Where Did Z Day Come From?

While the creation of Z Day is uncertain, many zombie survivalists point to Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead as the probably source for Z Day.  Even the term Z Day is alleged to have been coined by Brooks.

Regardless of whoever launched the observance of Z Day, the purpose remains clear: to prepare and create awareness of the zombie outbreak science.

If Today Was Z Day...

While Z Day is observed on New Years Day around the world by zombie groups around the globe, any day could be Z Day.  Derived from the word D-Day, the British term for a day in which a pivotal attack commences, Z Day will be marked with a day of real terror as an infectious biological mutation will spread throughout the world animating the undead.

Zombie survivalist groups, mostly organized in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, would become activated practicing guerilla warfare as they worked to contain cities and establish safe houses, gather rations and rescue those who have not been bitten by the undead.

Shopping malls, high schools, sports facilities (including stadiums), and other large centers in metropolitan areas would prove vital staging areas for Z Day survivalists.  In the country, any facility with adequate supplies, such as food, clothing and shelter, would provide vital for rural survivalists.

How to Observe Z Day

Unlike other holidays, Z Day is less about celebration and more focused on education and preparation. A few suggestions for observing Z Day include:

  • Researching modern zombie statistics
  • Learning more about possible government response to a zombie outbreak
  • Reading 5 Potential Causes of Real Zombies
  • Stockading weapons, gasoline and other resources necessary for travel, including enough food to last one person at least two weeks.
  • Creating a Z Day Family Response Plan, including where to go in case of a zombie outbreak during the school or work day; planning a phone tree or other communications strategy; and end-of-life plans (leaving undead body behind vs. shooting, decapitation to prevent family contribution to the spread of the zombie outbreak).

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      8 years ago from PA

      Here we are in trying times when people are out of jobs and still losing homes; families are falling apart, and some waste time on frivolous things like Zombies and vampires. May be they are the zombies wondering around braindead.


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