News about the CDC's Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness 101 guide is getting a lot of attention.
Is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention really telling people to prepare for a zombie apocalypse? It wouldn't be news to people who watch The Walking Dead show on AMC, as the season finale last year ended at a CDC facility in Atlanta.
And this isn't about getting more kids to play Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Kids who do are likely more than ready for zombies.
Instead, it is a way to get more people interested in getting prepared for real disasters, including earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, or a pandemic that turns everyone into zombies.
Things you need in your Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Kit include:
- one gallon of water per person per day
- non-perishable food
- prescription and non-prescription medications
- tools and supplies, such as a battery powered radio, utility knife, and duct tape, etc.
- sanitation and hygiene products
- a change of clothes for each family member and bedding supplies
- important documents, such as your birth certificate, passport, driver's license, shot records, etc.
- first aid supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations
It is also a good idea to make up an emergency plan, including identifying the types of emergencies that are a threat in your area, where your family might meet if you are separated, an emergency contact list, and an evacuation route.
If zombies do start roaming the streets, hopefully the CDC does a better job figuring things out than they did in The Walking Dead. If they don't, following the CDC's Zombie Apocalypse survival guide will at least get you ready for any real emergency you do face.