If zombies start roaming the streets – yes, we said zombies – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you to be prepared.
As it provided guidance on an unprecedented pandemic, the Center for Disease Control updated its advice on preparing for another extreme event: a zombie apocalypse.
While the CDC says it started out as an “ironic campaign,” it’s actually a practical guide for any emergency, like hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods.
“You can laugh now, but when it does, you’ll be happy to read this,” the CDC wrote on its website. “And hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”
So what if zombies started roaming the streets?
The CDC says it would conduct an investigation, as it would any outbreak, and provide assistance to states. Until it can determine the cause of the outbreak and how it could be treated and stopped, the CDC has listed the guidelines to be followed to be “safe than sorry.”
The first step is to prepare for zombies – or any disaster: create an emergency kit with the essentials to last a few days.
The kit should include one gallon of water per day for each person; non-perishable food products; medication; tools and supplies; sanitation and hygiene products; clothing and bedding; important documents and first aid supplies, according to the CDC.
Next, you need to create a contingency plan when a zombie or hurricane is outside your door.
This includes identifying the types of possible emergencies in your area – such as a tornado or earthquake – to prepare for that situation and making a list of your emergency contacts. You should also choose a location to evacuate and develop an evacuation plan, which includes a designated meeting place for you and the people you live with to regroup.
This blog is especially relevant given last month’s pandemic and extreme winter weather in Texas, which left 4 million people without power for days. The Texans – and its power grid – were unprepared for freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, leaving many stranded and helpless without power and water.
Related:Weeks after winter storms in Mississippi, some residents still have no water
CDC’s blog, originally published in 2011, received 1,450 comments, most of which praised the agency for its creative approach to disaster preparedness.
“This presents a disaster in a way that I can actually get my family to discuss; and it will also provide assistance in a potential disaster,” commentator Shelabella wrote.
“Although I haven’t encountered a zombie yet, I’ve been through a few power outages,” another comment read.
Disaster experts seem to agree on the effectiveness of this campaign.
“I think it’s great,” John Sellick, professor at the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, told Yahoo Life. “As we have seen with the coronavirus, disaster preparedness is crucial.”