By Dana Dean
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - A St. Louis-based charity will be taking the Mayan Apocalypse theory and putting it towards a good cause. Dana Dean tells us about an "end of the world party" happening here in St. Louis.
The charity that's throwing this party certainly has a name designed to draw attention: Zombie Squad. It started when a group of friends saw the zombie movie '28 Days Later' almost 10 years ago.
Those friends formed the Zombie Squad, a tongue-in-cheek way of educating people about disaster preparedness. They don't really think the world is going to end or that there's going to be a zombie outbreak. The goal is getting people prepared for real disasters, everything from a house fire to a tornado. One tip is to have something they call a "bug out bag," a backpack with items in it you can live off of in case you needed to evacuate.
The charity is headquartered in south St. Louis, but there are now Zombie Squad chapters all over the world. Kristan Nickels from Zombie Squad explains why they use zombies as a metaphor.
"Zombies are fun, zombies are exciting. We make our events exciting. And that way we are able to attract those individuals from 18-30 that normally aren't driven to do community service," said Nickels, International Board of Directors.
The Zombie Squad gets 1.5 million hits a day on its website, www.zombiehunters.org.
The squad's Mayan Apocalypse Party is Friday at 8 p.m. at the Atomic Cowboy. Entry is $10 and all proceeds from this event are going to Operation Homefront, a charity providing emergency financial assistance to families of wounded service members.