CDC guide to deal with zombies


The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) took the zombie apocalypse like a possible ocurrence!


Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

The following was originally posted on CDC Public Health Matters Blog on May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.
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There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. 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.

A Brief History of Zombies
We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite is Resident Evil), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.
Photo: A couple dressed as zombies - Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.
A couple dressed as zombies - Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.
 In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schoolman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival Guide identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASA Venus probe (as in Night of the Living Dead), as well as mutations of existing conditions such as prions, mad-cow disease, measles and rabies. 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?”
Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!

Better Safe than Sorry
Photo: Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or 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). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.
  • 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)
Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.
    Photo: Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away.
    Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Never Fear – CDC is Ready
Photo: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared
Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared
If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. 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 (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work). To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit:
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So, be ready guys and grab some pills...


  1. Jesse Crows said...

    very cool read. ive always wondered what to do

  2. bruno said...

    Zombie Apocalypse only happens in America, I won't worry about it

  3. please disregard Bruno's comment.. Many cases recorded in UK too...And those Zombies run fast as sht too. Loved this article...LOVED!

  4. Dave said...

    I just love Zombie movies.

  5. going NUCLEAR!

  6. nice tips, haha

  7. KuntaJay said...

    great guide.

  8. never understood the fascination with zombies - am i the only one?

  9. Haha great guide! I saw something about it on the news the other day and couldn't tell if it was a joke or not. Anyway, this just gave me the urge to slay some zombies, gonna play some Nazi zombies.

  10. bentyl said...

    I read a Cracked article that had a bunch of reasons why a zombie apocalypse would never really work....

  11. Kingmush said...

    Great post, loved it all!

  12. Ooooh man, I am so ready for a zombie apocalypse.

  13. King Corvid said...

    There are things out there that may NEVER happen in our lifetimes or in the next five hundred years, but you can be sure the government has a plan for it.

  14. fpotd said...

    Shit made me lol

  15. Silk said...

    Well, if zombies ever come to Australia our only weapon will be boomerangs cause they ban everything.

  16. YES!!!

  17. Kevin said...

    I wonder if the CDC really does have a contingency for zombies. If they do it'll be like all the movies though, a bunch of scientists will be attacked and become zombies in labcoats

  18. mindlessfrk said...

    Gonna buy that book. Better ready right?

  19. Jay Reid said...

    That's hilarious. Probably a publicity stunt!

  20. Marian said...

    cool and funny, i enjoyed reading this :D

  21. Marc D said...

    Amazing post! :P

  22. Net Critter said...

    Lol! Thanks for the guide, it's always nice to be prepared :P

  23. Damien said...

    Hey, the zombies will rise... eventually. :P

  24. If the zombies are ever like the ones in Left 4 Dead we are so screwed

  25. Alphalpha said...

    Ha, pretty sick that the CDC did this, they get props from me.

  26. Matthijsb said...

    I'll fight off all zombies who cross my path.

  27. Fortissimo said...

    Ha. Good info to know in the LIKELY event of a zombie apocalypse.

  28. Common said...

    As if I don't already have my zombie action plan printed on the back of my door. Next to an axe.

  29. LonelyNutter said...

    Don't forget about common sense!

  30. Maquina said...

    I would join the zombie armada

  31. Intraman said...

    thanks; with the apocalypse nearing; this guide will surely be helpful

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