You're Safe From Zombies in Eugene, Oregon! Or Are You?

Zombie Outbreak Sign and Gate in Eugene, Oregon

Climb the stairs to the second floor of a downtown parking garage in Eugene, Oregon and you're greeted with a sign you won't see in most communities: Close Gate in Case of Zombie Outbreak.

No one can say that Eugene isn't at the forefront of emergency preparedness.  The local newspaper, The Register-Guard, hasn't reported any zombie sightings.  Could city government know something, but not want to panic the local citizens?

The CDC's Office of Preparedness and Response even has a web page devoted to Zombie Preparedness.  Are zombies one more thing that we have to worry about?

Anyone who has lived in or visited Eugene knows that the city is a unique place that still maintains a 1960's vibe.  It's not unusual to see someone or something around town, shake your head, and say to yourself "Only in Eugene!"

The truth behind the sign is that preparing for natural disasters or terrorist attacks is pretty boring and it's hard to get people's attention, but preparing for a zombie apocalypse is kind of fun and exciting. People pay more attention and communicate about it.  A Zombie Emergency Kit has a lot of the same things that a standard kit would.

Closing and locking the gate wouldn't buy you buy you much time in case of a true zombie attack.  They could just walk up the garage's on ramp to attack you.  Besides, there really aren't such things as zombies, are there?

Eugene Oregon Zombies


Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsRick Obst • October 26 2014 10:37AM


Great sense of humor you folks have down there in Eugene -- and let me know if you have any Zombies moving up to Portland!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 5 years ago

Carla: "Keep Eugene Weird" and "Keep Portland Weird" aren't just meaningless sayings in my city and yours!

Posted by Rick Obst about 5 years ago

HI Rick Obst - love this post and be sure to let us know if you have Zombies moving to Newport Beach or Orange County.

My daughter is a student at U of O, so I have been to Eugene quite a few times and coming up again next month. It is so beautiful there!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Sharon: Eugene's zombies come out every October to dance to Michael Jackson's song Thriller.  Then they hibernate before it's time to practice their dance moves for performances the following year.

Western Oregon is a very beautiful place to live.  I hope that your daughter is enjoying her time in Eugene and doing well at the University.  Go Ducks! 

Posted by Rick Obst almost 5 years ago