The FEMA emergency preparedness post on their blog site was priceless. If you have not already done so, you really should check it out:
A link from the blog brought me into more zombie goodness, including a cute little comic book created by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), which contains an emergency checklist at the end: http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies_novella.htm
After reading lots of comments, it was surprising to see many unfavorable comments left on the page. Some people saw the post as a waste of time. I thought it was pretty genius.
I found the FEMA blog through an old friend on Facebook. He and I have share an interest in the band Tool and zombie or horror references. He a zombie running app, which is a gamification tool that motivates his runs. He posted the FEMA blog with some funny comment. I had to check it out and read the entire article about emergency preparedness. It was great information, but I assure you, I would have never read it if not for the zombie connection. When I showed my husband, he’d already seen it (a lot) – it’s been going crazy online.
In my opinion, this was a great example of training. I read an article that I would not have ever sought out on my own, and it provided good emergency information to me that I may not have gotten otherwise. Of course, I’m blogging about the style, not the content, but what’s important is that I’ve read and shared it. FEMA didn’t even make a viral video – using pop culture, FEMA made a viral blog post… FEMA! Think about it:
- How many emergency preparedness articles have you read?
- How many emergency articles have you shared with family?
- How many emergency articles have you shared on Facebook?
- Of those articles, how many friends decided to share your post?
- Of those articles, how many people commented or “liked” them?
- Of those articles, how many people wrote a blog post about the article?
It makes me wonder if I can add zombies to my training programs… maybe not 😀