U.S. government outlines zombie apocalypse plan
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2011 10:34PM EDT
Terrorism, massive debt, zombies -- there seems to be no end to the threats facing the United States government.
So while U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for his re-election campaign in… wait a second, zombies?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a lengthy blog post this week on how to survive a zombie apocalypse -- the normally serious scientists taking a new approach to educating the public on emergency awareness.
Dave Daigle, a longtime CDC spokesperson, told MSNBC he was looking at new ways to engage with people with an old message.
And zombies, as they should be, are on everyone's mind.
Zombies, which are the new vampires, which were the new aliens, which were the new-old zombies, have come back in vogue in entertainment, thanks to the "28 Days Later" movies and "The Walking Dead" comic and television series.
Indeed, the CDC actually played a major role in the season one finale of "The Walking Dead" and the organization promises "if zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease."
Tips from the CDC on how to survive the zombie apocalypse:
- Create an emergency kit consisting of: Water (four litres,) food (non-perishable items), medications, tools (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio), sanitation items (soap, etc,) extra clothes and bedding, documents (ID, passport) and a First Aid kit (for treating non-zombie bites.)
- Identify possible threats in your neighbourhood
- Pick a meeting place for family
- Plan an evacuation route
My own tips (as gathered from a lifetime of zombie preparation through pop culture):
- Run up the stairs. Zombies can't get you there.
- That cute girl in the office will try to eat you. Ignore her.
- Get out of the city! Farms rule!
- That roguish guy "out for himself" will try to save you in the end.
- Swords > guns.