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Prepare for Zombies and Other Natural Disasters
But not really
The zombies are coming. The zombies are coming. As outrageous as it sounds, the federal government has made it official. Last week the Centers for Disease Control released an emergency evacuation plan for communities facing invasion by zombies.
While most folks looked for the hacker or punch line behind the revelation, the position paper was authentic. The CDC worked through the entire issue from the zombie attack (including brain eating), to traffic patterns during evacuation. The CDC reminded folks they needed to keep going since “zombies are always hungry” and don’t stop until they eat brains.
But looking deeper at this information release, it became clear the federal government found a way to wrap serious information into a comedic package to provide important information to Americans without scaring them.
In light of the recent disasters in the Midwest, including the tornado destruction in Joplin, Mo., and the earthquake and tidal waves in Japan, Hurricane Katrina striking New Orleans and the oil leaks in the Gulf States, it appears clear no one, no matter where they live, is safe from natural disasters.
And it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide not only disaster preparedness but also disaster preparedness.
However in the face of disasters, people panic. Even disaster preparedness programs cause folks to anticipate disaster and for some that is enough.
Attending a pandemic preparedness program last year, my colleagues and I suddenly saw a dark and dismal future in which health care workers could not keep up with the demands. The most vulnerable clients would be without help, food or medication. Gasoline would be rationed and medical personnel would be over worked and exhausted. Stories about health personnel attempting to travel into Hurricane-hit areas with police escorts, public workers with chain saws and lack of antibiotic were told.
And for days afterward, a dark cloud hung over us. And when you review the CDC plan, you realize when the word “zombie” is removed and replaced with “flood” “tornado” or “hurricane,” the advice is still valid.
Regardless of the cause, emergency preparedness is always good advice.
Remembering to keep an emergency bag packed, knowing where important documents are located, using knowing the safest place in your home or area to protect yourself from impending disaster can be a literal lifesaver.
According to researchers for the CDC, the idea first cropped up when it was determined in the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan and nuclear reactor melt down, there was a significant uptick in individuals researching the word “zombie” on the internet. Apparently those fearing radiation leaks thought the possibility of a zombie invasion was possible.
And taking the initiative, federal officials saw an opportunity to combine important information with a lighter note and created the zombie preparedness position paper.
So take a moment and prepare yourself. The zombies are coming. The zombies are coming.