A gun store is in the process of getting licensed to open in the City of Ellisville, and one of the store's products just might turn some heads—or possibly make them explode so long as they contain infectious disease.
Ruby's Guns appeared on the Ellisville City Council's agenda this week, with owners Steve and Ruby Walsh seeking a conditional use permit in order to operate a store at the Ellisville Square Shopping Center near Kmart.
According to the business's website, the store would buy, sell and trade a variety of guns and gun accessories, including some that may be the envy of Bruce Campbell fans everywhere: Hornady Zombie Max ammunition is carried by Ruby's Guns, and could provide that extra bit of security sought when Ballwin and Ellisville go the way of The Walking Dead.
The manufacturer says these bullets "have been specifically designed for delivering devastating expansion and explosive results specifically for zombie elimination."
In case you think bullet manufacturers are the only ones prepared for the real Dawn of the Dead, check out these tips created by American Red Cross in anticipation of a zombie apocalypse:
Step One: Get a kit to keep in your home until the zombies go away…or you make it to the zombie free zone of Cheyenne (they’re zombies. They would never make the trek and they’re too brain dead to operate a motor vehicle!). Here are the basics you’ll need – it’s a good idea to have a kit for your car and/or workplace, too:
- 1 gallon of water per person per day. And don’t forget about your pets
- Food that is easy to prepare and store. And make sure have a manual can opener
- Medications that you normally take. Make sure you have prescription and non-prescription type
- Alternative lighting. Flashlights and oil lamps are easy to have on hand. Don’t rely on candles since they can become a fire hazard if not monitored.
- Alternative communications devices. Make sure you have a hand-crank radio or lots of batteries to run your radio
- Tools and other supplies. Make sure everyone knows how to turn the utilities off at your house. Have small hand tools available in your kit such as a hammer, screwdriver and nails.
- Sanitation needs. If the power and water are out, find a way to dispose of waste. The easiest thing to make is a 5 gallon bucket with a trash can liner. You can place a layer of kitty litter in the bottom to help with disposal.
- Essential supplies for family members who may need extra help, such as infants and children or the elderly
- Copies of important documents such as drivers license, insurance papers, birth certificates
- First Aid kit – you don’t have to have something that will allow you do to surgery but make sure it’s comprehensive and can handle basic cuts and lacerations.
Step Two: Make a Plan. If you are ordered to evacuate your home because the zombies are on their way, make sure you have a communications plan set up ahead of time with your family.
- Determine how you’ll contact each other and where you’ll meet up – pick two locations, one near your home and one outside your neighborhood.
- Know alternate routes for evacuating from your home, in case the zombie horde is gathered at the end of your block (or a bridge has washed out, or a fire is blocking the way)
- Don’t keep this plan a secret! Make sure everyone know what your emergency evacuation plan is (except Mrs. Griffin, your creepy fifth grade teacher that you were sure was already a zombie.)
Step Three: Be Informed. Know the best way to get emergency information in your community and be familiar with the types of disasters that could strike. Ever notice that the zombie apocalypse survivors pay attention to the news, have access to radios and always try to stay one step ahead of what’s developing?
You don’t have to wait until masses of drooling, stumbling zombies show up at your door to use the skills the Red Cross is sharing today. You can use these skills for an emergency situation that might actually hit the Front Range, like a power outage, a blizzard, a wildfire or a flood.
For more information on how you can prepare for real life scenarios, visit www.ColoradoRedCross.org/prepare.