(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a government agency – hasn’t outright predicted a zombie apocalypse, but rest assured: it’s prepared.
In a post that caught the attention of geeks and politicos alike, the CDC this week posted a guide, called “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” to insure public safety in the event of a zombie uprising.
“The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen,” the CDC says in a blog post. “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?’”
Fact is, the post isn’t all that serious (Editor’s note: We are not denying the possibility of a zombie apocalypse); it’s merely intended to prepare the public for more practical emergencies, like hurricanes or wide-spread illness.
The CDC urges the public to assemble an emergency kit, including items like water, food, and both prescription and non-prescription medication. This, they say, will “get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp” or, more realistically, “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.”
The agency also suggests sitting down with family to coordinate an emergency plan. “This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step.” But of course, “You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.”