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IL lawmakers declare October 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

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WSIL -- Illinois lawmakers took steps Thursday to pass a new resolution declaring October as Zombie Preparedness Month.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Representative Chris Welch of Westchester, says the purpose of House Resolution 0030 is to urge people to prepare for any natural disaster by creating a stockpile of food, water and supplies that can last up to 72 hours.

This bill comes as the state finds itself in a financial disaster involving the following issues:

  • No budget for 19 months.
  • $11 billion dollars in unpaid bills, an amount that's predicted to climb to more than $27 billion by the end of 2019.
  • The worst pension crisis in the nation.
  • The highest property taxes in the nation.
  • A credit rating that continues to fall and a declining population.

Add to that a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that could stop pay for state workers until a budget is reached.  

A hearing for that lawsuit is set for next Thursday.

A full text of the bill is listed below:

WHEREAS, Tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters are real and all Illinois citizens should be aware of the potential danger; while prevention of natural disasters is not viable, citizens can be prepared with emergency supplies and plans; and WHEREAS, If the citizens of Illinois are prepared for zombies, than they are prepared for any natural disaster; while a Zombie Apocalypse may never happen, the preparation for such an event is the same as for any natural disaster; and WHEREAS, Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year and can have lasting effects, both to people and property; and WHEREAS, Over 60% of Americans are not practicing or preparing for natural disasters, and only 39% have developed an emergency plan; and WHEREAS, Practicing for preparedness makes perfect, and staying safe is important for the citizens of Illinois; and WHEREAS, Citizens should have supplies on hand, which may include, water, food, medications, tools, electronics sanitation and hygiene, clothing and bedding, important documents, and first aid; and WHEREAS, Having an emergency plan and supplies can reduce the negative impacts of natural disasters or help avoid them completely; and WHEREAS, Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters; and WHEREAS, Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime; citizens of Illinois should prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse.

Therefore, be it RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that all Illinois residents are encouraged to participate in preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse, and have a plan that includes, signing up for local texts and weather alerts, developing emergency communications for the household, collecting significant documents and storing them in a safe place, and gathering emergency supplies; and be it further RESOLVED, That all Illinois citizens are urged to follow and act on disaster preparedness guidelines of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency; and be it further RESOLVED, That we designate October 2017 as "Zombie Preparedness Month" in the State of Illinois, and urge all Illinoisans to educate themselves about natural disasters and take steps to create a stockpile of food, water, and other emergency supplies that can last up to 72 hours.

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