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Would You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Would You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

If watching too many zombie movies has ever led you to wonder what you would do during an actual zombie apocalypse, the CDC has some helpful tips to keep you safe. In an attempt to reach out to a younger audience, the tongue-in-cheek campaign teaches all about emergency preparedness and how important it is to have a few things on hand in case the unexpected happens.

Danta Randazzo, of FEMA’s individual and community preparedness division, was recently quoted by ABC News explaining why the CDC’s zombie apocalypse campaign is a genius way to teach massive audiences about how to be prepared during an emergency. Randazzo says, “Zombie-preparedness messages and activities have proven to be an effective way of engaging new audiences, particularly young people who are not familiar with what to do before, during or after a disaster. It’s also a great way to grab attention and increase interest in general.”

"the zombie apocalypse tips work with a lot of different types of emergencies we hope to never face."
The CDC’s zombie apocalypse campaign offers tips to keep you prepared like always keep an emergency kit with food, water, medications, and an extra change of clothes. They also advise to have an evacuation route planned out in case you need to leave spontaneously and also choose a place to regroup after the chaos has settled. As it turns out, the zombie apocalypse tips work with a lot of different types of emergencies we hope to never face.

Since the CDC launched the campaign last year, a number of zombie apocalypse copycat campaigns have sprung up in health departments, universities, libraries, and Canada’s version of the CDC. One of the creators of the original CDC zombie campaign, Maggie Silver, explains why the idea has spread and been so successful. Silver says, “People were starting to realize they need to work outside the box a little bit and try some new ideas. They saw the CDC as an example of something that worked. We’re all trying to get our message out there.”

What do you think of the zombie apocalypse emergency preparedness campaign originally launched by the CDC?

Have you taken any steps to keep you and your family safe during an unforeseen emergency?
 

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  • SteffieJr By SteffieJr
    09.16.12  

    Well, if it's anything like the TV series "The Walking Dead" on AMC, I don't know if a Zombie Apocalypse preparedness kit would really work. You would have to board up all the windows on the outside of the house and in, make sure you don't have any lights showing through at night, and definitely have plenty of rations stocked up for a while because depending on where you live, you may not be able to run to town to get some extras in between. The only kits we usually make (realistically) are hurricane kits because we live in FL. We have a stocked first aid kit, end up filling up 2-liters and juice bottles with water to use for flushing and washing (we have a well - so no power, no running water), and we stock up on non-perishable foods, as well as gas for our gas grill. We always have tons of batteries on hand, emergency radio's that do not require electricity, and plenty of flash lights and lanterns. Thankfully we've never had to use it, but we freshen it up year after year.

  • cocoabella By cocoabella
    09.17.12  

    I think it is a good idea to be prepared. I have a kit semi-prepared and keep thinking to finish it up. You never know when a kit will be necessary. We have been watching all of the Doomsday Preppers shows and learning quite a bit. It is hard to know whether to prep to bug in or bug out. I think people who live out in the country have a great advantage in prepping for bugging in. They have the land to build multiple bug in shelters. We have an emergency radio wth a comminunications band on it , that winds up. And we have wind up flashlights so when we run out of batteries we can have some light.

  • krislovejmt By krislovejmt
    09.19.12  

    I would totally survive because I know to remove the head xD

  • tiffycullen By tiffycullen
    09.19.12  

    I havent really taken any precausions to prepare for anything like this. I'm just hoping its something that will never happen and will be left to the imagination. Maybe one day I will though cause who knows what all the government knows and with the CDC on board with preparing for a zombie outbreak, you can never tell.

  • Fawn77 By Fawn77
    09.22.12  

    well i hear they cant swim so i need a really big house boat stocked up with food and anything else i need lol

  • islegirl74 By islegirl74
    09.27.12  

    Being a Marine Veteran makes it easy as far as getting rid of the zombies,but being prepared as us girl scouts know is always better. Doesn't hurt to have a kit for emergencies not just in your home but in your car too! I think this campaign is a very smart way to engage an audience that would generally ignore such advice. Two thumbs ups for this campaign for awareness!

  • countrycass21 By countrycass21
    09.27.12  

    I think it was a good strategy though I do not believe zombies are coming like in the movies. We are somewhat prepared since we are in a hurricane area.

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