Find shelter from zombies in Dome District

  • UNDEAD. Fact meets fiction at the Zombie Preparedness Expo later this month when attendees will learn all about how to prepare for a zombie attack from FEMA and CDC experst. (Photo By Steve Dunkelberger)

If you are reading this, you are not a zombie. Find a way to the safety zone in Tacoma’s Dome District on Sept. 29 if you hope to survive. 

The surviving government has set up a quarantine zone around the Tacoma Dome Best Western, where people can learn all about how to survive the zombie invasion with seminars, group discussions and displays of preparedness equipment for a full day of survival training on Sept 29.

About half of the displays at the Tacoma Zombie Festerval and Preparedness Expo 2012 will be specifically targeting the current zombie infestation, while general preparedness information from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and survival equipment from retailers will flesh out the roster. The day will include child and adult zombie walks, a scavenger hunt, a zombie film festival, zombie and zombie hunter costume contests as well as performances by the Hot Roddin' Romeos and the Toy Box Pole Dance Studio dancers.

Presentations include walking tours of a refugee center that you would call home as well as tips on what to include in your emergency preparedness kit – zombie or no zombie. 

“If you are prepared for a zombie attack, you are prepared for anything,” organizer Mike Shaudis said, noting that the idea behind the event is to mix the popularity of all things zombie with the need-to-know information about preparedness in this tongue-in-cheek event that mixes fantasy and reality. “It is all genuine information.”

A survival kit is generally the same whether the disaster is an earthquake, flood, terrorist attack or zombie apocalypse. People should keep a kit of everything they would need to live for at least three days without power, transportation or shelter. While few people, mostly survivalist nuts, would actually attend a full-day conference on emergency preparedness, the theme of a zombie attack makes the topics a fun time for all.

“We tried to bring it to the mainstream by including the zombies,” Shaudis said. “It will be great to see the cross over.”

There are not many chances when people gather for a “festerval” to talk about how to properly store emergency food items while in zombie costumes before heading down to Bull's Eye to take their turn at shooting at zombie heads with some 120 rentable firearms.

Better Safe than Sorry

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). 

     * Water (one gallon per person per day)

     * Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)

     * Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)

     * Tools and supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)

     * Sanitation and hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)

     * Clothing and bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)

     * Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport and birth certificate to name a few)

     * First aid supplies (although you are a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

Once you have made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake or other emergency. 

-- courtesy of the CDC

Tacoma Zombie Festerval and Preparedness Expo 2012:

All day photo scavenger hunt – Get out of the hotel and see Tacoma by public transportation to avoid the zombies.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tactical, preparedness, and practical classes 

9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Bull’s Eye Indoor Range will be having an all-day Zombie Shoot at their location with no clean-up fee for Zombpocalypse participants.

10 a.m. Kids zombie hunter contest at expo event space

11 a.m. Kids zombie walk at expo event space

12 p.m. Kids zombie costume contest at expo event space

6 p.m. Adult zombie and zombie hunter costume contests at expo event space

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. 18 and over concert featuring The Hot Roddin’ Romeos, with special performance by The Toy Box Pole Dance Studio.

7 p.m. -10 p.m. Pop Culture Zombie Fest room and public service announcement contest sponsored by Justin Giallo’s Tacoma Grind House Theater and Seattle’s Crypticon. 

Tickets available in advance at Meier’s House of Clocks – 3730 S. ‘M’ St. or at the door. Admission is free for children under 9 before 11 a.m. Children 5 and under are free all day. Children 6 to 12 are $5. Public service and military personnel get in for $8. Everyone else can find sanctuary for $12 or $55 for a full zombie survival kit if supplies last. Profits from to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project. The "2012 Tacoma Zombpocalypse" will take over the Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 E. ‘E’ St. More information is available at

Dawn of the Dead Dash

The Tacoma Zombie Festerval and Preparedness Expo 2012 will be a training ground of sorts for an event later this fall. A "Dawn of the Dead Dash" is set to take over downtown Tacoma on Oct. 26. This scavenger hunt turned survival race is an exciting “life-changing” adventure run through the streets of Tacoma, with humans running for safety as zombies set to pounce. There will be blood, lots and lots of blood.

Participants will be asked to challenge themselves to see if they can escape death and remain human as a rapidly growing zombie population infects the city. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female human finishers as well as the zombie who infects the most human participants, as well as honors going to top costumes in human and non-human categories. 

The race is simple, get to from point A to point B before being tagged by a zombie. If a human runner is infected with the virus, he or she then becomes a zombie and their hunt for humans begins.

Tickets are $35. Information is available at


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