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Storm Preparedness

Be Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse!

Be Prepared for the Next Storm!
 

Based on statements on www.CDC.gov there are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for—even a zombie apocalypse. The basic needs of preparations for the zombie apocalypse are the same necessary for a storm!

Of course the CDC releasing this guide doesn't exactly validate the existence of the undead (discounting Gusto), this preparedness kit is more of a "in case it does happen" type of situation.

A Brief History of Zombies

We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my current personal favorite is actually a Korean flick, Busan. Definitely check it out!), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.

Preparedness Tips

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). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.


 

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)

  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that are eaten regularly)

  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)

  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)

  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)

  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)

  • Important documents (copies of drivers license, passport, and birth certificate)

  • First Aid supplies (they won't help if a zombie bites you, however you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

 

  1. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away.

  2. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.

  3. Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.

  4. Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.

  5. And just in case there is an actual outbreak of the Walking Dead, the CDC promises to protect you and get to the root source of the infection. Which as we all know is crap because as you all saw from the First Season of The Walking Dead, the Zombies ate everybody at the center except for that one crazy dude who tried to kill the survivors.


Never Fear – CDC is Ready


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).

 
 
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Comic Book, Pamphlet, and Poster!
Ready Wrigley
CDC Zombie Poster
Zombie Pandemic Comic