The Yukon will be “undead ready” by 2012, according to a new $6-million Walking Dead Action Plan announced last week by the Yukon government.
“This plan provides key opportunities for Yukoners to remain safe from the threat of re-animated corpses,” said Health and Social Services Minister Glenn Hart in an official release this week.
The centrepiece of the plan is a $2.3-million package to promote “zombie-proof” housing in Whitehorse communities.
Home builders will receive subsidies of up to 50 per cent for the installation of acid sprinkler systems, fortified window shutters and roof-mounted flamethrowers.
Opposition members hailed the new legislation as an “important step forward” in making the Yukon an important commercial and industrial centre for the post-zombie-apocalypse.
“The North is uniquely positioned to become a world leader in undead management,” said Hart.
The Yukon is the first region in Canada to institute zombie legislation.
“We’re finding more and more that provincial and territorial governments are woefully unprepared for even the most minor living-dead apocalypse,” said Tim Korman, a living-dead specialist at the University of Victoria.
The plan also sets aside $630,000 for law enforcement training in zombie control.
In 2002, a zombie epidemic struck Alaska’s Kiska Island. Police, unaware that the walking dead can only be felled by a shot to the head, uselessly aimed their pistols at the torsos of the undead attackers.