Dozens of people have signed up to play zombies in the Delaware County emergency services exercise coming up on Monday, Oct. 31, but more zombies are needed.

Dozens of people have signed up to play zombies in the Delaware County emergency services exercise coming up on Monday, Oct. 31, but more zombies are needed.

The Delaware County Emergency Management Agency is seeking up to 350 volunteers for the Halloween "Zombie Exercise" at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St.

To sign up or get more information, log on to www.co.delaware.oh.us/ema/zombie/.

Volunteers must be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31 and provide their own costumes. They can apply their own zombie makeup or get makeup applied by exercise participants at the scene that morning, a press release said.

Participants will get free T-shirts, and local celebrity judges will award plaques to zombies with the best costumes, best makeup and best shuffle.

Delaware County Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Galligher said, "We would like to have a lot more volunteers, because we need real people to realistically assess how fast and how well our mass decontamination and medication procedures would work in an actual emergency," Galligher said.

All participants are asked to pre-register online, and will need to print and sign release forms and bring them to the event. Volunteers as young as 8 are welcome, although everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The exercise was inspired by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Zombie Preparedness suggestions (www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm). While admittedly tongue-in-cheek, the CDC's Zombie Preparedness suggestions put forth the valid point that if people are prepared for a zombie apocalypse, they will be prepared for more likely disasters such as floods or blizzards.