Ready for a zombie apocalypse? CDC gives tips

By Kris Danielle Suarez,

Posted at May 20 2011 11:29 AM | Updated as of May 20 2011 07:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - What will you do during a zombie apocalypse?

That was the question that the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) -- yes, the CDC -- tried to answer on Wednesday, and used the topic to catch people's attention about disaster preparedness.

In their Public Health Matters blog, the CDC posted "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse," which outlined how people should prepare for a zombie apocalypse -- or for any other emergency.

"The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder 'How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?'" the CDC said.

Basic emergency response methods, like having an emergency kit inside one's house, or making a family emergency plan, were made in the context of "zombies knocking on [one's] door," but are actually about preparing for hurricanes, pandemics, and other natural or medical emergencies.

"Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!" the post said.

The CDC also assured they are "ready" to respond to any zombie invasion.

"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," the post said.

"'You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency," the post added.

Here's a link to the post, at the CDC Public Health Matters blog.