Zombie's were loose on the Lander University campus Thursday morning, as part of the university's disaster drill.
According to Dr. Robbie South, director of Lander's William Preston Turner School of Nursing, the drill served as a closed POD, or point of dispensing exercise, designed to test the university's preparedness.
"This was a way for students to participate in how we would really set up a POD, in case there was a need for us to dispense medication to all of Lander campus," South said. "If there was an event where we needed to mass immunize and protect the people on campus, then we would set up a clinic and bring patients through, and dispense some type of medication, depending upon the need. We are setting it up this way so that students can see how that would work, and what roles they might play. This was just a fun way for the students to learn."
Participants of the event included 22 Lander students and one faculty member playing the role of zombies. The preparedness response team consisted of members of the Lander Police Department, the Campuse Emergency Response Team (CERT), nursing students, staff from the Wellness Center, and the university's Medical Reserve Corps activity group. According to South, she anticipates that drills will be continue to be conducted in the future, as long as students continue to enjoy the unique learning experience.
"I think that we will do a drill every year," South said. "I don't know that we will do a zombie apocalypse every year. We will do some type of drill every year. This year was just really fun because the students really got involved in it."