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Are YOU Prepared For The Zombie Uprising?

Zombies of BroadwayA few days ago, Dr. Dan alerted me to the work of a very important organization – The Zombie Research Society. The ZRS does the critical work of raising awareness and preparedness for the coming zombie apocalypse. In their words:

The Zombie Research Society (ZRS) is dedicated to raising the level of zombie scholarship in the Arts and Sciences. ZRS Members represent diverse backgrounds, interests, and theories, but are unified in their support of the Society’s three foundational principles:

1) A zombie is a biologically definable, animated being occupying a human corpse.

2) The zombie pandemic is coming. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

3) Enthusiastic debate about zombies is essential to the survival of the human race.

Naturally, given my work in zombie scholarship (see hereherehere, here, and here), I needed to know more about their work. Upon perusal of their website, I was shocked and horrified to discover that Vancouver does not have a chapter of the ZRS! In fact, Canada is woefully unprepared for the zombageddon, with only two chapters – one in my former home, the city of Hamilton, and the other in Calgary1. I guess I’d assumed that since there is a zombie walk in Vancouver every year, our officials were taking care of this. Clearly, I was gravely mistaken.

Thus, I’ve been in contact with the ZRS executive to determine what needs to be done to establish a Vancouver chapter. The requirements for a chapter of the ZRS include:

  1. Each local chapter has to have at least 3 lifetime ZRS members to act as the core leadership of the chapter. This includes a President, Vice President, and Sergeant At Arms.
  2. The chapter must complete at least 2 “research” projects per year.
  3. You must have at least 5 meetings a year and at least 2 of these meetings need to be open to the public.
  4. Each new chapter is on a probationary period until it completes two projects and has three meetings.

And this is where you come in, dear readers. Assuming that you are in Vancouver2. Obviously, I can’t do this alone. So this blog posting is a call for expressions of interest. Are you interested in joining me in creating a Vancouver chapter of the ZRS? Dr. Dan is currently on a parallel mission to protect his hometown of Guelph, ON and I think that together, along with the other chapters in the great white north, we can come up with a made-in-Canada solution for the coming zombie scourge. But we need your help. Drop me a comment or send me an email if you’d like to be involved. Because, as they say at the ZRS: The life you save may be your own.

Don’t let this happen to you:

Zombie Walk 2010

Image Credit: First one posted by Eric Brochu on Flickr. Second one posted by rodolpho.reis on Flickr.

  1. And you know how I feel about Calgary, so I’m rather suspicious of that one. It is probably staffed by actual zombies who are trying to infiltrate the ZRS to take it down from within []
  2. If you aren’t, I suggest you check the list of ZRS chapters to see if your city is covered or if it is woefully unprepared as mine is. []

14 Responses to Are YOU Prepared For The Zombie Uprising?

  1. Rick says:

    There’s a chapter in Calgary?!? Clearly I must join tihs!…… or not.

  2. Beth says:

    Oh hells yeah, you must! Or, you know, move to Vancouver and join my chapter. I vote for the latter.

  3. Kalev says:

    I would offer to join the Vancouver chapter (because my sojourn in Hell is temporary [and indeed my official address is still in Vancouver]) but I’d rather freeload off the work of the ZRS and join you in your already nearly totally zombie-proof Surrey Anti-Zombie Bunker when the apocalypse hits. 😀

  4. Beth says:

    Are you kidding? My Surrey Bunker is going to be a death trap when the zombie apocalypse happens (as discussed here)!

  5. Krista Lee says:

    me!me! ooo! over here! pick me! pick me!
    but I should mention I am only interested in a Vancouver chapter, NOT a Surrey chapter 😛

  6. Michael Griffin says:

    my buddy and i have already bought a Zombie Apocalypse phone (from Motorola) and plenty of armaments…. we are ready…. more weapon training this summer….

  7. Beth says:

    @Krista – That’s perfect, because I have no interest in a Surrey chapter either!

    Now we just need one more person and our executive team is complete!

    @Uncle Michael – Thinking of starting a Montreal chapter?

  8. Dan says:

    I have two people willing to join. I am thinking of setting up a meeting next week. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

  9. I’m in!

    I actually had a dream about trying to survive a zombie apocalypse last night, based on The Walking Dead. (Can one of our research projects be to re-watch the entire awesome first series?)

  10. Beth says:

    You’re in, Cath – sweet! And hells yeah one of our research projects can be to re-watch the entire awesome first series!

  11. So… what do I have to do?

  12. Beth says:

    Well, we all have to join the ZRS and then I think we just have to call a meeting. I’ll forward both of you the email from them.

  13. OK, I’ve joined, and am looking forward to my t-shirt arriving.

  14. Krista Lee says:

    I’ve joined.

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