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Ellisville Preparing for Zombie Apocalypse?

Ammunition that may end up being sold within the Ellisville Square Shopping Center may give some residents extra piece of mind.

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 , with owners Steve and Ruby Walsh seeking a conditional use permit in order to operate a store at the Ellisville Square Shopping Center near .

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

Michael Rhodes May 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Find it funny that the Red Cross has zombie guidelines. I guess it would be similar to a biological emergency. Now, y just need to enter the Zombie runs to get in cardio shape and you will be fully prepared. Any resistance to a gun store locating by Lucas Liqours, Kmart and Chuckie Cheese?
E. Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
>>>Any resistance to a gun store locating by Lucas Liqours, Kmart and Chuckie Cheese?<<< I'm good with it. No TIF involved and I like the 2nd Amendment. ...and oddly, I feel safer now.
E. Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Michael Rhodes-- A Prepatory Zombie Apocalypse Run through Ellisville would be a great small business promotion...but to make it realistic and fully address the issue, you would have to include a Zombie Lurch following behind. Of course a case could be made that the Zombies need a head start.
Michael Hoff May 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Don't we just love this City Of Ellisville, lol. Great comments to all.
Michael Rhodes May 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
One is already being planned by Ballwin: Zombie Chase Trail Run Saturday, October 20, 2012 This is race is new for 2012. Just like all other series races, it is open to all ability levels. This race will take place on the ever popular trails of Castlewood State Park. http://www.ballwin.mo.us/index.php?PageID=41&SubID=832
E. Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Interesting... >>>Zombie Chase Trail Run Saturday, October 20, 2012...More information coming soon.<<< It sounds like the Zombies are going to be chased??? Hmmm...Apparently there is no set protocol for this kind of thing and they are still working out the details.
Michael Rhodes May 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Not sure how this one is going to run. Others have had volunteers that are vombies that chase the runners and in some cases try to pull flags from their belts (flag football style) and if you finish with a flag left you "survived". Interesting twist on the standard 5k run.
E. Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thanks for explaining. I have only seen Zombie Lurches. I saw Zombies glom onto a city bus and stop it. The riders were alternately aghast and amused. The most hysterical thing I saw was a small group of protesters (3) who were protesting the same Zombie Lurch on religious grounds as making fun of resurrection (?) I think. They had Bibles, scripture posters, etc...A Zombie with a mouthful of stage blood barfed right at the main protester's feet and the guy started to cry. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen...best guerilla street theater anywhere. Campus police intervened at the end of the Lurch and fought the Zombies from entering the Student Center. By this time I could hardly stand, I was laughing so hard. Then it got worse. The campus police got rough and little kids started crying when the police got involved because the police involvement made it seem real and not just a pre-Halloween event. About an hour after the Lurch I found out the religious group was for real and the campus police really were fighting the Zombies back from the Student Center. They were not in on the joke.
Michael Rhodes May 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Wow. The only lurch I saw was a few years ago at Festival of Little Hills. Four or five zombies came lurching by on a path. They didn't bother anyone or even approach any others. Took me a second to figure it out. The new "thing" in 5k runs is to have them be zombie runs. I haven't seen or taken part in one, just saw news articles about them. I will admit they do look like fun for the runners and the zombies.
E. Schmidt May 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Michael Rhodes Do a youtube search on Zombie Lurch. They are HUGE in some places. The one I related above was in it's second or third year at that point and had a couple of hundred people.

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