May 19, 2011
CDC Gives Zombie Apocalypse Advice
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has always been there for us, from advice about pandemics to how to avoid health risks in natural disasters. Recently, however, the CDC has tackled on problem on the minds of at least some Americans: Zombie Apocalypse. The Social Media part of the CD site promotes preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. Sure, we've all seen the movies. Ali S. Khan, who published the entry favors Resident Evil. Myself, I kind of like the extremely wooden performance by Tor Johnson as the police inspector turned zombie in Plan 9 From Outer Space. No matter what your flavor of zombie, the CDC has advice:
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?”
Turns out preparing for a zombie attack is a lot like preparing for a hurricane or another disaster that has some predictive lead time. Keep enough food, water, and other supplies on hand to get through the days before relocating to a zombie-free camp. I haven't seen anything on FEMA's page suggesting how one of these camps would operate, but I trust them to come through for us as they always do.
On the part of the CDC, they would investigate the zombie infestation with the same dedication that they would with any epidemic. It's not unlike how those dedicated scientists depicted in those movies from the 1950s as working tirelessly to find a way to repel the alien invasion/giant bugs/nuclear mutations/time travelling threat/etc. It's nice to know that the government has our backs on this, even when the skin is dripping off should we be infected.
The CDC page with zombie details is here. For further research, try Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. As the tag line goes, this time the monsters are real. The CDC zombie page notes "When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains)." I remember seeing a cartoon years ago showing zombies in the classic slack-jawed with arms forward look. They were chanting "grains" and the caption was "vegetarian zombies." We can only hope that would be the case if the zombie apocalypse actually comes to be. [MG]