Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) provides Zombie Apocalypse 101 Survival Tips (really...) - And Zombie badges too!
"The following was originally posted on CDC Public Health Matters Blog May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.
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.
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If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).
To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit:
To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit:
To download a badge like the one above that you can add to your social networking profile, blog, website, or email signature visit:
Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse (Badges, widgets and more)
"Buttons and Badges
Buttons and badges share health messages and information about campaigns and causes online. These graphic elements can be posted to any web site, blog, social networking profile, or email signature and link users to more information.
Widgets are applications that anyone can display on their website or blog. These widgets are automatically updated to display featured content, so you always have up-to-date, credible health and safety content.
ZOMG, that's awesome. This is the kind of government I like to see, using a message that while humorous, gets the idea across. I have to applaud at their strength in doing this. Can you imagine the look YOUR boss would give you if you suggested something like this?
Humor aside, there's no better time than now in getting started preparing for emergencies. All it takes is a little at a time and before you know it you're... well you're ready for the Zombie Apocalypse or whatever else my impact you and your family. Don't be afraid, just do it...