CDC Warns Public to Prepare for “Zombie Apocalypse”

I imagine that lots of warnings from the CDC about being prepared for disasters winds up being ignored. They are hoping more people will pay attention with a tongue-in-cheek campaign to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse (via Fox):

That’s the question posed by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in a Monday blog posting gruesomely titled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” And while it’s no joke, CDC officials say it’s all about emergency preparation.

“There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for,” the posting reads. “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. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”

The post, written by Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan, instructs readers how to prepare for “flesh-eating zombies” much like how they appeared in Hollywood hits like “Night of the Living Dead” and video games like Resident Evil. Perhaps surprisingly, the same steps you’d take in preparation for an onslaught of ravenous monsters are similar to those suggested in advance of a hurricane or pandemic.

The article includes advice which might apply to more conventional emergencies in the hopes it will receive more attention:

The idea behind the campaign stemmed from concerns of radiation fears following the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan in March. CDC spokesman Dave Daigle told FoxNews.com that someone had asked CDC officials if zombies would be a concern due to radiation fears in Japan and traffic spiked following that mention.

“It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek campaign,” Daigle said Wednesday. “We were talking about hurricane preparedness and someone bemoaned that we kept putting out the same messages.”

While metrics for the post are not yet available, Daigle said it has become the most popular CDC blog entry in just two days.

It might be working too well. At the moment I cannot even connect to the original blog post here. Is this because of traffic being too heavy, or are they under attack by zombies?

 

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    julie sigwart says:

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    JM Rooker says:

    RT @RonChusid: CDC Warns Public to Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse http://t.co/RCpDrkw

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