Zombie attack guidelines
By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
According to a blog post, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has put together tips on how to avoid becoming attacked by zombies. A "Zombie Task Force" acting for the US Government has released official advice on how to survive an undead apocalypse.
The CDC, normally responsible for preventing pandemics, decided to release advice to highlight its other campaigns on pandemics and hurricane warnings. Dave Daigle, a spokesman for the Zombie Task Force, said the idea stemmed from how to interest Americans in hurricane preparedness. He said, “I worry we try the same thing every year and I didn't know how many people we were actually engaging… Let's face it - preparedness and public health are not sexy topics.”
After the earthquake in Japan, the CDC saw a rise in queries of radiation emissions could set off a zombie attack, Mr Daigle said. He took the idea to the CDC's director of preparedness, Dr Ali Khan, who approved it. The post says, “In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.”
The advice says that in the event of the dead rising from the grave to eat the living, you should “sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan”. It asks families to have an emergency kit in your house. It includes water, food, and other supplies to get through the first couple of days before survivors can locate a zombie-free refugee camp - providing there are any out there. Other supplies include medication, tools and supplies like knife, duct tape, battery radio, hygiene supplies, clothing and bedding, documents and first aid. Other options are ammunition and a gun, weapons and armor.
The blog released today (Monday) is called, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse”. The post is written by Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan.
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