In the midst of a zombie apocalypse Sunday, several community agencies worked together at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office to inform residents about how to prepare for emergencies, and how to survive the mayhem.

The Jan. 19 event was funded by a grant from Volunteer Maine, a community service organization, and Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, as a way to help students better understand Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, impact and vision of the “Beloved Community.” The term refers to King’s global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth.

The Maine Youth Act Selection Committee authorized each grant of up to $750 to support planning and carrying out a student-driven service project.

The Game Loft received the grant and members of its “I Know ME” program, along with two AmeriCorps volunteers who are currently serving at the Game Loft, organized the project.

The I Know ME program works with students in the Mount View school system to raise the aspirations of rural students by allowing them to explore and learn more about the state. They visit all of the state parks, attend food festivals and have met with representatives at the State House, according to the Game Loft website.

Patricia Estabrook, co-founder of the Game Loft, said the reason they chose to do a zombie apocalypse preparedness program was “If you are prepared for zombies, you are prepared for anything.” Educating kids in this way, she said, will help them retain the practical information at a much higher rate.

Dale Rowley, director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, spoke about the importance of having an emergency escape route, to know how to exit your house, and also how to exit your neighborhood.

A pre-stocked emergency kit with items such as matches and candles stored in a plastic bag is a good idea, he said, along with bleach to disinfect water. Having contact information written down is important he said, because, for many emergencies, there are power outages.

Rowley said in emergencies, cell towers can become overloaded with too much traffic, “but it usually is local communications.” Agreeing on a contact out of state, an aunt or a grandparent, to call in an emergency can help in this situation.

Libby Fairfield-Phelps, a nurse at Waldo County General Hospital, said the best preventive medicine in an emergency is to stay fed and hydrated. To remedy a cut or abrasion, clean rags for bandages in boiling water, clean the wound, wrap the area and keep in place with duct tape.

For someone with broken bones, splint the affected area with anything hard available, such as a metal wrench, then wrap and secure with duct tape. For burns, she said, “keep it moist, keep it clean and keep it cool.” For wounds, keep pressure on the area, close it up and bind it tightly, she said. Rinse it out using clean, sterile water and bandage with clean bandages.

Author Ron Tufo of Searsport read excerpts from his zombie apocalypse novel “Stronghold” while members of the audience ate a “bucket of brains” (spaghetti with sauce), salad and dessert. Approximately 25 kids and parents attended the event.