It's September Zombies time!!! YAY! One whole month to celebrate zombies in all their brain nomming goodness. They are the only creature that has prompted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to release information about how to prepare and react to them. Have vampires or unicorns or werewolves? No because they are simply not as awesome. Here are some helpful hints from the CDC in case you find yourself in the midst of an actual zombie apocalypse:
- Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
- Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
- Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
- Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast. *
It's always a good idea to keep an emergency kit around in case of disasters that may or may not include zombies. The CDC suggest that you should have the following in such an event:
- 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 (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)
I seriously know people who are extremely prepared for this event and have their own escape routes, plans, and important supply kits already in their cars. Also, the CDC assures us that they would investigate the zombie plague just like any other disease, but every good Team Zombie member knows that hospitals and quarantined areas are just about the worst place you can be during a zombie apocalypse.
Where would you go in the event of a zombie apocalypse? How would you get there? Who would you take with you?
I would go to northern California where the population in sparse and the area is more rural. I would take the riverbeds there because highways would be too congested. I would go with my family, my boyfriend, and my friends (whoever is not infected or bitten). I would love to hear what you guys would do!
* - These sections are from the CDC guide Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.
If you guys would like the above poster, you can order it for free from the CDC website here.