When the zombies come, will you know what to do? What supplies should you have on hand? Where should you flee?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been giving the potential for a zombie apocalypse some thought. With a tongue-in-cheek blog post, the CDC, not necessarily known for a sense of humor, has managed to tie a zombie theme into an emergency preparedness theme.
From the CDC Public Health Matters blog:
“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. 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 blog goes on to give a brief history of zombies in popular culture as a segue into emergency preparedness:
“The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”
“Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!
“So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen?”
So that’s where the CDC gets into the nitty gritty of emergency preparedness, possibly losing some zombie fans in the process. As far as getting attention, the clever strategy apparently worked, because the original blog post generated so many clicks that the CDC blog experienced a crash, prompting the agency to create a copy of the page.
Whether or not folks who clicked on the CDC blog stay to get information on actual emergency preparedness is yet to be seen.
For information on actual emergency preparedness — emergency kits and what to include, evacuation plans, family meeting place, emergency contacts, etc, visit the CDC’s Emergency Preparedness and You.
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