Monday, May 23, 2011

CDC on preparing for zombie apocalypse

This blog post at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tried to answer every American's main concern: "How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?" It was so popular the traffic took down the entire blog.

There are also less likely disasters like a flood, tornado or earthquake when zombie-preparedness measures could serve you well, I guess.

According to the CDC, these are your Key Supplies:

> Water;
> Food (Twinkies?);
> Medications;
> Tools and Supplies;
> Clothing and Bedding;
> Important documents (you might need your passport to flee the zombie hoard; or, your original birth certificate to be authorized to become the 1st President of the new zombie-free state "Birtherstan"); and
> First Aid supplies (useless if you are bitten).

But the CDC totally forgot:

> "Guns. Lots of guns."
> LOADS of ammunition;
> Various hand-held weapons;
> Seeds for a garden in your home fortress;
> Lime and other materials for a latrine in your home fortress;
> Gasoline, batteries, generator;
> Signal flares to attract the Army, if they're not dead yet;
> Construction materials for fortifying and repairing your home fortress;
> Books and board games to fight deadly boredom during the weeks and months barricaded in your home fortress;
> etc.

Actually, the list of survival needs is so long that, if you haven't started preparing yet, chances are it's already too late for you....

The CDC also says you should have an Emergency Plan, including:

> The types of emergencies possible in your area. (Zombies, duh);
> A designated meeting place for your family to regroup;
> Your emergency contacts... or just a list of people to call and say goodbye to as zombies are breaking down your doors and windows;
> Your evacuation route. (See "Birtherstan" above. Located one valley over from Galt's Gulch).

BTW, if you watch the series "The Walking Dead" then you know the CDC, headquartered in Atlanta, wasn't any good at stopping the zombie apocalypse. Let's hope they do a better job in real life!

By Ali S. Khan.
May 16, 2011 | CDC Public Health Matters Blog

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