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CDC Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness 101 - Really?

By May 19, 2011

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Zombie Apocalypse - Photo courtesy of the CDCNews 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.

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May 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm
(1) Linda says:

How do you expect anyone to take this seriously? It is time to get down to business. Put the information out for the people and encourage them to use it. I know, as you do, that nothing you do will make people act until the disaster is upon them. Zombies, really.

May 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

“How do you expect anyone to take this seriously? ”

It isn’t supposed to be taken seriously.

It is supposed to raise awareness. The CDC is getting tons of media attention and traffic because of the zombie spin to this story. Few people paid attention to preparing for a disaster before.

You couldn’t even view the page yesterday, as their computer servers crashed from all of the traffic. You can put up all of the information in the world, but unless people read it, they won’t be able to use it.

Again, the zombie plan is to get you ready for any real emergency you do face.

May 20, 2011 at 10:27 am
(3) Hank Miller says:

You guys are both ******. ZOMBIES ARE REAL. get your facts straight. I’ll be laughing my butt off when I find out you guys are dead because you didn’t listen to these people ^. hahahahahaha.

May 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm
(4) Chris says:

Yes, Linda, because putting information out there always works. You do realize these are recommendations made EVERY YEAR by the CDC’s emergency folk yet Americans remain as unprepared as ever.

This is a perfect example of finding new, innovative ways to engage your audience so they get the message. If the CDC were to just issue another set of guidelines, no one would notice, let alone bother to read them. While this latest campaign my be minimally effective in convincing Americans to actively maintain emergency supplies/kits, it may at least result in people reading the recommendations and picking something up along the way they could use if faced with an emergency. Given the dramatic jump in CDC website readership this week, that is likely to happen.

But, yeah, let’s stick with your way – just putting info out there – because, as your penultimate sentence states, that method has been so wonderfully effective.

Bravo to the CDC for trying something new and making a very relevant topic more accessible to the Average Joe.

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