The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a blog post titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse, ” and this is no joke. The author of the article, Director of the Agency and Assistant Surgeon General Rear Admiral Ali S. Khan, says in all seriousness: "We can prepare for all kinds of emergencies, even if you take, for example, a zombie invasion."
Here is the translation of the post in question:
There are no emergencies in the world that we cannot prepare for. Take the zombie apocalypse, for example. Yes, that's right, I'm talking about the zombie apocalypse. You can laugh, but when that happens, you will be happy that you have read this article. From it, many will be able to learn how best to protect themselves in the event of a real emergency.
A Brief History of the Zombies:
We've all seen at least one movie about carnivorous zombie invaders, but where do zombies come from and why do they like to eat human flesh? The word zombie comes from the Haitian Voodoo cult, which originated in the city of New Orleans. Its meaning has changed slightly over the years. It refers to human corpses, secretly reanimated to serve the undead. The ancient cult of Voodoo and associated folklore shows us how the living dead are born. In movies, shows and literature, zombies are often portrayed as infectious humans with a dangerous virus that is transmitted through bites and contact with body fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Stephen Sklochman wrote a medical dissertation on zombies called "Night of the Living Dead." It says that the condition in which the infected people are, refers to the ataxic neurodegenerative syndrome "Gluttony" caused by an infectious agent. The Survival Guide identifies the cause of the zombie as the spread of a virus called Solanum (Nightshade). Other origins of zombies are shown in films, where the result of infection is radiation, a destroyed NASA probe from Venus (as in the Night of the Living Dead) or as a result of mutation in existing conditions, such as prions of mad cow disease, measles or simply rabies.
The rise of zombies in pop culture suggests that a zombie apocalypse could happen any second. In this case, zombies will overwhelm entire countries. They will roam the streets of cities and eat all living things that get in their way. The spread of this idea has made many people wonder, "How can I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?"
We're here to answer this question for you, and we give some tips on how to prepare for real-life emergencies!
As the saying goes, God protects those who are saved:
So what needs to be done before zombies or hurricanes or, for example, a pandemic, fall on your heads? First of all, you should always have an emergency kit on hand. It includes things like water, food, medicine, weapons, and other items you need to make it through the first few days before you can be sent to a free refugee camp. (You will also need to have it with you in the event of a natural disaster, until your home and communications are restored, or until you are evacuated to a safer place.)
Below are a few items you should include in your kit (see the CDC Emergencies page for a complete list):
- Water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Nutrition (stock of non-perishable food that you eat regularly)
- Medications (including prescription and over-the-counter)
- Tools and supplies (knife, duct tape, battery-operated radio, etc.)
- Sanitation and hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
- Clothes and bedding (change of clothes for each family member and blanket)
- Important documents (copies of driver's license, passport, birth certificate)
- First Aid Kit (if zombies bite you, you can use it to heal major cuts and lacerations that can also be obtained during tornadoes or hurricanes)
Once you've assembled your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes the following questions: where to go, who to contact, in case zombies are already at your door. You can also implement this plan if there are floods, earthquakes or other emergencies:
- Identify the types of emergencies that are likely to occur in your area. Apart from the zombie apocalypse, this can include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure, contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
- Choose a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home or city. Or in the event of a hurricane evacuation. Choose one location right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, and one location outside your area in case you are unable to return home immediately.
- Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of the following contacts: local police stations, firefighters, and your local zombie response team. Also identify a contact you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know that you are okay.
- Plan an escape route. When zombies are hungry, they will not stop until they have food (that is, you and your brain), which means that you need to get out of the city as quickly as possible! If you plan your itinerary ahead of time, zombies won't have a chance to feast on your flesh. The same is true for natural disasters.
Never Fear - CDC Always Ready:
If zombies do start roaming the streets, the CDC will investigate just like any other outbreak. CDC will provide technical assistance to cities, states or international partners that will deal with the disposal of zombies. This assistance may include counseling, laboratory testing and analysis, patient management and care, contact tracing, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It is likely that the investigation under this scenario will seek to achieve several goals: determine the cause of the disease and what is its source (infection, virus, toxin), find out how it is transmitted and how easily it spreads, how to break the vicious circle of transmission, thereby preventing further cases of spread, and how the patient can be best treated. Not only that, scientists will work to determine the cause and cure people of the zombie infection. The CDC and other federal agencies will send medical and emergency response teams to help those in the affected areas.
To learn more about what the CDC is doing to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit: http://emergency.cdc.gov/cdc/orgs_progs.asp
To learn more about how you can prepare and stay safe in emergencies visit: http://emergency.cdc.gov/
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