The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a guide for how to survive a zombie apocalypse.
“Dawn of the Dead,” “Zombieland,” we’ve seen all the zombie classics on screen. But could it possibly happen in real life? The CDC seemingly thinks so. The 16th-century French astrologer Nostradamus predicted there would be a zombie apocalypse in 2021, and here we are in 2021, and the CDC is not going to slip up without letting you know how to be ready for it….if it does happen.
According to Yahoo! News, the CDC recently updated its Zombie Preparedness section on its website, which was initially created in 2011. While the CDC notes that it’s clearly a joke, it seems they aren’t taking any chances since we are still recovering from a sudden global pandemic that none of us knew how to prepare for.
“Wonder why zombies, zombie apocalypse, and zombie preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC web site?” the landing page reads. “As it turns out, what first began as a tongue-in-cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform. We continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via ‘zombie preparedness.'”
For those wanted to know what to do, the CDC provides lesson plans for teachers on zombie preparedness equipped with a downloadable poster that reads, “Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Prepared.” The guide also instructs people to be well-stocked with food, water, and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours. It also says to make sure to have power sources, medical records, and an emergency supply of prescription drugs. The page states that if you get bit by a zombie, you’re a “goner” but that “you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane.”
John Sellick, a professor in the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, says he thinks the guide isn’t a bad idea. “I think it’s great,” he said. “As we’ve seen with coronavirus, disaster preparedness is crucial.”