Welcome to Maine,
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While perusing my Facebook wall this morning, I noticed this intriguing article from RT News, “Drills of the dead: Maine prepares for zombie attack”.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve encountered a major media outlet sharing a story about zombies – but the last time I read something like this, it turned out to be a hoax. Naturally, I assumed this article, which informed me that my state had held a zombie apocalypse preparedness drill, was a fake as well, and thus I began searching for some supplemental information.
BUT IT’S NOT A HOAX!
MPBN’s article, “‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Drill Prepares Emergency Workers in Bangor,” confirmed it: Last Thursday, June 21st in the town of Bangor, Maine, emergency response personnel acted out a zombie apocalypse scenario. Moulage experts were on hand to transform actors into zombies of varying stages. Participants considered how to respond to mass casualties, distribute vaccinations, and evacuate residents. Those involved in the event noted that they don’t expect any zombies to actually crop up in our fair state, but rather that the training provides practical skills for dealing with any pandemic virus.
Apparently, the news has already reached a variety of popular media sources, including The Huffington Post and Perez Hilton. The nation is abuzz with how bold, awesome, and strange the state of Maine is!
I know that Maine is unlike other places in the nation. I feel like we’re the crazy uncle of states – y’know, the one who’s been slipping you booze at family functions since you were 13, has a bandana-wearing dog named Scotch, and lives in his camper. No one knows quite what to make of us, but we’re strangely amusing and always up for a good time.
I think I’ll go drink some Moxie and feel good about living in Maine.