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CDC Updates Zombie Apocalypse Guidelines

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I have consumed enough zombie movies, television, games, and books over the years to know the importance of having an idiot-proof zombie plan. If and when an honest-to-goodness outbreak of zombification occurs, and if we’re talking like, 28 Days Later zombies, it ain’t outside the realm of possibility, then you need to be as prepared as humanly possible. For those of you who haven’t spent your entire lives glued to a TV, though, the Centers for Disease Control has updated their guidelines on what to do in the event the dead begin to rise. Yes, “updated,” because they already had them.

“Wonder why zombies, zombie apocalypse, and zombie preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC website? Well 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,” the CDC’s zombie apocalypse page reads. “We will continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all-hazards preparedness.”

As it turns out, many of the basic precepts of zombie preparedness also apply to general disaster preparedness, both of the biological and natural varieties. The CDC’s guidelines advise you to check what kinds of disasters are common in your area, such as earthquakes or tornados, designate meeting places, identify emergency contacts, plan evacuation routes, and keep track of essential supplies and tools like food, water, medicine, and First Aid.

Considering the past year we’ve all had to put up with, disaster preparedness, both immediate and long-lasting, has become a much more important topic, so the CDC has chosen the medium of zombies to make the preparation process a little more fun and relatable.

“2020 made something like that not seem so impossible anymore,” said Prepare with Cher founder and natural disaster preparedness instructor Cheryl Nelson, adding, “It creates the mindset, ‘Well, gosh. If a global pandemic happened, what’s next — zombies?! Maybe I should prepare.’”

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