Preparing for disasters has always been part of the mission of the
, from hurricanes to flu pandemics.
It was only a matter of time, then, before they decided to weigh in on another calamity of great concern to the public: the
"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," Dr. Ali S. Khan, an assistant surgeon general with the CDC and head of its office of Public Health Preparedness,
on the CDC's Public Health Matters blog.
Khan himself is a big fan of Resident Evil, but from shows like AMC's "Walking Dead" to spoofs like
zombies have been lurching into the spotlight in recent years. Could writing about zombies get people more involved in emergency preparedness?
As it turns out, it might, because the steps you'd take in the event of a total zombie takeover are remarkably akin to those you'd need to do to prepare for an epidemic or an earthquake.
For example, family members should set up an emergency plan, picking two meeting spots (one close to home and one farther away). They should make an emergency kit, including water, important documents, medication, clothing and
supplies — because, Khan writes, "although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane."
And if you're less of a zombie flick aficionado and more into radiation scares, chemical catastophes or high-octane explosions, the
has emergency information of all genres to suit your tastes.