CDC EPR | Social Media | Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Blog
What a riot.
The Centers for Disease Control’s public health blog crashed Wednesday, when 30,000 people checked out how to survive a zombie attack.
And the CDC’s Twitter numbers soared also, from 12,000 to 1.2 million followers.
But if you read the CDC’s blog post, it contains some useful tips on how to get through many kinds of emergencies.
The CDC recommends gathering the following supplies:
- Water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat 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 your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
- First Aid supplies
And then, the CDC asks you to sit down with your family and create a safety plan:
- Besides a zombie apocalypse, what other types of emergencies could occur? Flood, tornadoes, earthquakes?
- If you can’t stay in your home (because the zombies are at your door), pick one meeting place right outside of your home, and one other place outside of your neighborhood, for your family to meet if you can’t get back to your home right away.
- Post a list of emergency numbers–fire, police, the local zombie survival center.
- Plan an evacuation route!
Besides being a lot of fun, this is a clever use of social media to raise public awareness just before hurricane season starts.
And–this is rapture day, and for those of us who will NOT be whisked up to heaven (moi), we need reminders about how to survive the end of days.