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The Zombie Research Society Is Real, and There Is a Chapter In New Jersey

In case you live in the New York tri-state area and you are concerned about the region’s preparedness in case of a zombie apocalypse, worry no more — the Hackettstown chapter of the Zombie Research Society is on it like vomit. But also, they actually exist, and are available to answer your questions. There are currently only three members of this chapter, but at least their newfound existence has given us a good reason to tell you about other chapters across the country. So, zombie buffs and tinfoil-hat-wearers alike now have something fun to talk about — if you know it’s fake, because, as we all know, zombies are not real. (I’m talking to you, tinfoil-hat-wearers.)

As something like this is wont to do, this all began while three friends — Colleen O’Neill, Bella Rosen, and Matt Mitchell — were watching a TV show. No, that show was not The Walking Dead (but they do count themselves as fans). But the show in question did feature author and creator of the Zombie Research Society Matt Mogk, and when the trio learned that such a society existed, they immediately started setting up a local chapter. Why? Because Hackettstown was lacking a chapter of the Zombie Research Society, duh.

The mission of the ZRS is the dedication to “the serious study of zombie science, survival, and pop culture.” That last item shows you that this whole thing really is more tongue-in-cheek than a group of people who really believe in an impending zombie apocalypse. On the site, you will find posts about the Center for Disease Control and what they’re doing about the zombie threat, zombie snails, symptoms, methods of escaping as well as killing zombies, and new books about zombies. On the illustrious advisory board? George Romero, Dr. Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), and infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Tara Smith, among several other authors and academics.

And it’s all for pure, good fun. However, O’Neill, the president of the Hackettstown chapter, says that while this is all for kicks, it still might serve them and others well in the face of different kinds of danger:

“If you can be prepared for the zombie apocalypse, you can be prepared for almost any emergency situation. The skills are transferable.”

The Hackettstown chapter was formed in November, and at their first open meeting, which took place earlier this month, 20 people showed up. The topic at hand? The movie Zombieland. No, they aren’t going to be forming a band of survivors or building a bunker (just in case). They just like to hang out with “like-minded people.” But the ZRS doesn’t mess around:

As part of the group’s initiation, the chapter must complete research projects that have a zombie theme but are meant to promote the common good.

The group will visit the gun range to learn how to safely handle common fire arms. Another idea is to host a nurse to lecture on blood-borne pathogens.

And this is part of the real-life preparedness element of the ZRS. Sure, they’ll hold a debate on sprinting zombies vs. slow zombies. But they really are aiming to help people in case of an actual emergency, like a disease outbreak.

So, I’m going to see if there’s a chapter in my area.

(via Lehigh Valley Live)

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  • Ryan ‘Quavey’ Havers

     ”Hello? I’d like to invest all my money in the Zombie Research Society.”

    “Sorry sir I don’t think thats a part of the NHS-”


  • Bear Philippe

    Hi, there. Zombie Squad is a charity organization that’s been doing volunteer work, holding seminars, and helping in our communities for years. Every year, ZS chapters raise 10′s of thousands of dollars, thousands of
    lbs of food, dozens of gallons of blood and hundreds of volunteer hours in
    their local communities.
    We have dozens of chapters and are growing internationally. I’m one of the founding members of our Southern Michigan chapter, and we hold regular events for new members to learn about what we do. Last year, we collectively raised $15,000 for the Japanese tsunami relief, 100% of which went directly to the relief effort in Japan thanks to our partnership with Direct Relief International and JACL’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.

    For more information come give us a look at or at our Facebook page:

  • Lisa Moss

    May I ask where in Southern Michigan? I live in SW Michigan and would be interested in more information please

  • Bear Philippe

    We’re based in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. The Facebook link at the bottom of my last comment has information about meet-ups. We also sometimes have unofficial range day gatherings in Livonia and had a bug-out last year in a state park in Rochester, so we get around the south east quite a bit. If you have a chance to come join us for a meeting, we’d be happy to see you. We have a lot of fun. Hell, I moved to central Illinois, but I still get back for meetings every once in a while.

    You can also look us up on the Zombie Squad forums at