CDC issues zombie apocalypse preparedness tips

7:42 PM, May 19, 2011   |    comments
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  • A zombie-based disaster preparedness badge the CDC is making available for blogs and websites
  • 'The Walking Dead', depicts life in Atlanta after a zombie apocalypse (Courtesy AMC)

ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control has released a disaster preparedness memo in their Public Health Matters Blog geared toward a zombie apocalypse.

The blog entry is tongue-in-cheek, but is geared toward raising community awareness about disaster preparedness. With heightened awareness being given toward disasters, both natural and man-made over the past few years, the notion of preparing for emergencies is not out the realm of reality.

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The CDC suggests an emergency kit that can be taken with you should be part of your household supplies. The CDC suggests one gallon of water per person per day, along with supplies of non-perishable food, prescription and non-prescription medications, tools and supplies, sanitation and hygiene, clothing and bedding. It also talks about gathering important documents and First Aid supplies, although if a zombie bites you, you're pretty much a goner.

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Further preparedness steps in the memo include making a list of emergency contacts, including your local police, fire department and zombie response team. The memo also points out that planning your evacuation route is important when fleeing a hurricane or zombies.

"When zombies are hungry, they won't stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast," the memo says.

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The memo says the CDC would certainly investigate any suspected zombie outbreak and help local governments out where necessary.

"If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation," the memo said. "Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work)."

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