Once again, the Centers for Disease Control has stepped into the Zombie Apocalypse arena and created a free, 40 page color graphic novel: "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic". It's a comic style graphic novel that chronicles the beginning of a Zombie Apocalypse, and what steps could be taken to prepare, and what items to prepare with.
It's educational and entertaining, but best of all.... it's free!
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control published a wildly popular (and successful) blog post about preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse. It was so popular, their servers were overwhelmed with the traffic. CDC blog posts typically get traffic between 1,000 and 3,000 hits per WEEK. On the evening of May 18, 2011, a few days after it was published, the post received more than 30,000 hits. (See sidebar at bottom of this story) See that original blog post here.
Link to CDC page: http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies_novella.htm
Link to PDF page: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/phpr.aspx
A direct link to the CDC graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic":
Below are two random pages from the graphic novel. Click image to see larger version.
The blog entry appeared a few days before May 21, 2011, the date predicted by Harold Camping as the beginning of the end-times, though there was no mention of this speculation in the post itself. The blog generated internet traffic that eventually crashed the CDC website. Usually, CDC blog posts get traffic between 1,000 and 3,000 hits per week. 30,000 hits were reported by the evening of May 18. The post, oriented at "a young, media-savvy demographic", was read by so many that "by Thursday, it was a trending topic on Twitter". Initially the tweet with the tagline If you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for any emergency got 12,000 followers; overnight the number of followers increased to 1.2 million, or 100 times the initial number. Mr. Daigle said that the number of the followers of the CDC's zombie apocalypse tweets was comparable to the number of followers of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton: "We were trending yesterday! Things like the Royal Wedding trend. Not the CDC."
Robert Pestronk, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials agreed that "The 'Zombie Apocalypse' scenario was a great way of getting information out so people can understand the need for preparedness."
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