Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Ready When Zombie Apocalypse Comes


In 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a guide to prepare citizens for a possible zombie apocalypse.

Generally, the CDC aims to get citizens ready for natural disasters, such as heat waves, snow or ice storms, flu viruses or bacteria, as well as to deal with casualties associated with terrorist attacks.

A few years ago, the CDC decided to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazard preparedness by creating a Zombie Preparedness website, which includes a zombie blog that provides advice on what essentials should be stocked up and how to get an emergency plan ready and implement it during a zombie apocalypse.

As the CDC’s director, Dr. Ali Khan, noted, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a Zombie Apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.”

The organization’s campaign, which their website refers to as being tongue in cheek, first began as an attempt to engage new audiences with preparedness messages by using the popularity of zombie related shows like “The Walking Dead” or the book to movie adaptation of “World War Z.”

Some key things that the CDC recommends doing when zombies attack include stocking up on water - one gallon per day - food, medications, First Aid supplies as well as an evacuation plan.

The CDC also launched an educational school program for children, as well as shareable inforgraphics and a graphic novella.

According to, the media took notice of the campaign and received nationwide attention, and inspired an award winning marketing campaign for a data center company.


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