With all this talk about the end of the world coming on May 21st, I figured I’d better post this just in case. You never know.
Centers for Disease Control issue official guidelines to prepare for the world being taken over by… zombiesLast updated at 5:42 AM, 20 May 2011
The next time a decaying corpse approaches you in the street, you’ll know what to do.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted guidance telling people what to do in a ‘zombie apocalypse’ – and they don’t advise shooting the walking dead.
A light-hearted blog post by the organisation said U.S. citizens should prepare an emergency kit and then look for a zombie-free refugee camp.
But the Zombie Apocalypse campaign has a serious side as it intends to familiarise Americans with disaster preparedness techniques for the hurricane season.
‘There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for,’ wrote infectious disease specialist Dr Ali Khan. ‘Take a zombie apocalypse for example.
‘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.’
^topThe blog post drove so much traffic that it crashed the website on Thursday, and it came just days before an evangelist’s prediction of the May 21 ‘Judgment Day’.
‘If you prepare for the zombie apocalypse, you’ll be prepared for all hazards,’ a CDC spokesman said.
The CDC said disaster preparedness involves putting together an emergency kit, coming up with an emergency plan and having two meet-up spots.
It recommends an emergency kit should include water, food, medication, battery-powered radio, a utility knife and vital documents.
‘Numerous studies have shown that uptake of preparedness messages has been minimal,’ Columbia University disaster preparedness expert Dr Irwin Redlener said.
‘We haven’t gotten much above 10 of 15 per cent of the public being aware of the need for preparedness,’ he told ABC.
The word ‘zombie’ comes from the voodoo practice of spirit possession where zombies are stripped of consciousness.
Zombies became popular culture references after the 1968 horror film ‘Night of the Living Dead’, where flesh-eating zombies roam after radioactive contamination.