A slew of slack-shouldered, lumbering zombies will infest an area high school on Saturday.
As part of the Boone County Health Department's zombie apocalypse training, Scott High School will welcome hundreds dressed in zombie garb to test the county's emergency preparedness planning.
"All health departments in the state and all states in the country are having some sort of emergency preparedness planning to medicate the county effectively and efficiently in the event of a disaster or outbreak," said Lisa Holstein, an office assistant at the Boone County Health Department.
The drill is to help prepare the health department, community partners and the public in the event of a bioterrorism attack.
The health department opted to incorporate zombies in the mix this year to gain public attention.
"We've done normal drills in the past, and we haven't seen much community support," Holstein said.
"We'll get about 20 or so volunteers, and it's hard to measure accurately how you're doing if you have to keep recycling folks."
Holstein hopes to see at least 100 volunteers.
The health department is recruiting volunteers to come through a POD - a point of dispensing - where the zombies will become "de-zombied," Holstein said. Usually, a POD is for prevention to keep people well, but in this situation, it turns them normal with the "medicine": M&Ms or Skittles.
Prizes for best zombie - male and female, best walk, best groan and best overall - will be awarded.