Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Guide
Ok, we're all still here after the weekend, but what would happen if a "Zombie Apocolypse" actually did occur? The CDC has a plan in place. Read on...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a preparedness guide for a "zombie apocalypse" in an effort to be "better safe than sorry." While CDC traditionally deals with real world threats such as the avian flu (H5N1), the swine flu (H1N1), and SARS, its newest blog tackles the scary possibility of zombies.
"The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen," CDC explains, adding that real people do ask how they can prepare for such a situation; and that's where the experts step in.
CDC says that similar to any other emergency (hurricane, earthquake, outbreak, etc.) Americans should prepare an emergency kit with the basics such as water, food, medicine, tools, hygiene products, clothing, important documents and first aid supplies. "Although you're a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use [first aid] supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane," the agency adds.
The next step is to prepare an emergency plan with your family, friends and co-workers: "Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home." If your house isn't safe, "Plan your evacuation route. 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!"
Nationwide, the government has plans for major disasters. Groups such as CDC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spring into action during a national emergency.
"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. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine)," the agency said.