Prepare for the worst with new 'Walking Dead' survival kit

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 01/22/2014, 11:38am

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Here’s a product sure to please paranoid fans of “The Walking Dead.”

The AMC drama has teamed up with the emergency preparedness company First My Family to create The Walking Dead Survival Kit, “a fully-functioning survival kit based on the mega-hit series.”

The kit, priced at $129.99, includes Daytrex Emergency Water and Food (both certified to last for 5 years by the U.S. Coast Guard), Mylar space blankets, 24-hour body heat blankets, ponchos, glow sticks, a Lifeline first aid kit, procedural medical mask, leather palm work gloves, waterproof matches (where permitted), and a Life Gear LED flashlight, all wrapped up in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” branded military-style messenger bag.

Guess you’re on your own when it comes to finding a gun, sword or blunt instrument to squash walkers’ skulls.

“The characters on AMC’s zombie apocalypse hit series have more in common with their fans than they may think,” according to press materials about the new survival kit. “Whether it’s earthquakes on the West Coast, severe weather across the East Coast, or tornadoes throughout the Midwest, danger is present on a daily basis. The survival and emergency preparedness kit is available for pre-order beginning January 22nd as part of the lead-up to AMC’s The Walking Dead mid-season premiere on Sunday, February 9th.”

“Emergencies happen every day, and it’s more important than ever to be prepared,” said Andrew Torres, CEO and Founder of First My Family. “We designed this kit to help two people stay alive for three days with not much else,” added registered nurse Angie Torres, co-founder of the company.

The husband and wife team got the idea for the kit while watching “TWD’s” post-show chatfest, “Talking Dead.” They reached out through social media to AMC to pitch their idea about a year ago.

The Walking Dead Survival Kit can be pre-ordered online at According to press materials, the first 10,000 pre-orders will receive an exclusive AMC The Walking Dead – We’re Survivors Patch.

— Lori Rackl, TV Critic