“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.”
Who knew the Center For Disease Control had a sense of humor?
In a rather out of character, but incredibly hilarious move the C.D.C. posted a how-to-guide on surviving a Zombie Apocalypse. The motive? To make their usual hum-drum press releases a little more entertaining.
While the tongue and cheek set-up seems a little out of character, it gives way to a serious analysis of what to do during an actual zombie apocalypse.
- Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away
- Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
- Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
- 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! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.
The guide garnered a little more attention than typical C.D.C. blog posts. The amount of traffic actually crashed the server. Perhaps this will be an incentive for a newer, and more media friendly C.D.C.
I wouldn’t count on it though.