CDC Urges Preparation for Zombie Apocalypse


Zombies. Again. (Rodolpho Reis/Creative Commons)

Well, sort of. Centers for Disease Control Assistant Surgeon General Ali S. Khan published a rather amusing blog entry titled "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse" earlier this week and while tongue was planted firmly in cheek, the message was pretty solid.

In his excellent New York Times editorial piece, Chuck Klostermlan described zombies as a collective fear projection of the boring, unstoppable forces that will consume us in our humdrum lives. That being said, the undead still continue to fascinate teaming masses of fans, forcing a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't to consider survival strategies for the end of civilization.

So why not capitalize on zombie fandom and encourage even more serious thought and discussion on the topic, right? That's exactly where Khan's post comes in, encouraging them to assemble exactly the sort of emergency preparedness kit and family emergency plan (evacuation plans, rendezvous points) that can make a difference in the event of a natural disaster, mass infection or chemical/radiological attack.

Khan provides a checklist of water, food, medications, tools, hygiene products, clothing, first aid and important documents. Somehow chainsaw gauntlets and cricket bats didn't make the cut.

It's an entertaining read, so be sure to check it out. And if zombies ever do become a reality, you'll have a leg up.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.