May 19, 2011

Here’s a simple public health message: If you’ve prepared for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for just about anything.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seized on the idea as a way to get Americans to prepare for more likely natural disasters, ranging from floods to earthquakes.  Whether zombies are on the march or tornadoes are on the horizon, you’d do well to have emergency supplies of drinking water, nonperishable food and medicines. the CDC says. And you and your family should have contingency plans that include sheltering in place, evacuation and predetermined spots for meeting up in case you get separated.

And what would the CDC do in case of a zombie attack? A blog post that described zombie preparations said:
It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. 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….

If that didn’t get your attention I don’t know what will! LOL  I personally have prepped for Zombies! Ok, not really but it’s about the only thing left to prep for (if you believe in that kinda of thing.) When I read the headline for the first time, my thought was “Zombies? Really?” Watching all these living dead movies will have paid off! Favorite zombie movie? Shawn of the Dead! 🙂

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