CDC Zombie Apocalypse Article

Zombie Apocalypse, Emergency Preparedness, CDC


Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a sense of humor. On Monday, May 16, 2011, advice for dealing with a Zombie Apocalypse was posted on the CDC emergency preparedness blog by Dr. Ali Khan, director of emergency preparedness.

The idea for a Zombie Apocalypse themed post was conceived by veteran communication specialist Dave Daigle. Dr Kahn immediately approved the concept and wrote the blog article himself. The plan was to increase public interest in disaster preparedness.

Dr Khan's postings usually receive 1000 to 3000 views per WEEK. The Zombie article was so popular, that it received 30,000 views the day it was posted, and by Friday, May 20, 2011, it had received 963,000 page views, and is the single most viewed page on the site. At one point, the CDC servers were unavailable because of the huge traffic spike.

Not surprisingly, the preparations for a Zombie Apocalypse are much the same as preparations for a hurricane or pandemic.

Here are some excerpts from the article and a link to the complete article:

Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

"You have a 'Resident Evil' movie coming out, 'Shaun of the Dead,' 'World War Z.' It's a good metaphor for where you have complete disruption," he said.

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

Read the complete article at the CDC:
http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

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