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Zombie preparedness

October 31, 2011

I was driving to a bridal shower this spring when I heard a strange story on the radio– the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) had just released a zombie preparedness plan. The whole thing was a joke wrapped around a real mission- to get Americans talking about emergency preparedness.

Well, the CDC campaign was so popular the public health agency is selling Zombie T-shirts. The CommonHealth blog has the details-

Now the CDC Foundation, whose motto is “Helping CDC do more, faster” is taking the clever zombie campaign to the next step: $12 T-shirts. They say “CDC” on the front and “Zombie Task Force” as well as “Don’t be a zombie, be prepared” on the back.

According to the Wall St Journal, the CDC’s original zombie blog post was so popular it crashed the website. You can see a version of the post here. Here’s a taste of the warning. Notice the sneaky references to actual emergency preparedness advice-

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored).

The CDC also has a zombie preparedness comic book, a code for embedding a zombie preparedness “button”, and down-loadable posters. The entire zombie page was updated today, presumably just in case the zombies come out for Halloween.

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