CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Tips: Hogwash or Helpful

While a tongue-in-cheek take on emergency preparedness, the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness tips are a credible resource for those wondering how to prepare for any legitimate crises or threat — or even reanimated corpses. As the CDC proudly points out, it would be the first on the ground to find answers should a disease start turning citizens into the walking dead.

Though a marketing tool, the Zombie Preparedness guide is legitimate. It started after the rise of popular tv shows to reach more people and provide potentially life-saving advice. Only 17% of the American population takes disaster preparation seriously, meaning the majority — 83% — are ill-prepared for a natural or human-made disaster.

While you will not find details about zombie-killing weapons, the CDC guide does provide valuable tips for emergency preparation. The primary pieces of advice deal with building an emergency kit and developing a plan.

Emergency Kit

The CDC guide quickly describes the Zombie Emergency Kit supplies as useful in all disasters, from hurricanes to pandemics. It stresses the importance of having enough materials to get you through the first couple of days until you find a refugee camp or shelter.

When putting the emergency kits together, remember to make one kit per family member. It is also helpful to have multiple kits on-hand in different locations because you never know where you will be when disaster strikes. Every kit should include, at a minimum:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies

  • Tools

  • Medications

  • Important documents

  • Clothing and bedding

  • First aid kit

You will want to have a healthy selection of non-perishable items for food, and for the water, you’ll need at a minimum one gallon of water per person per day. Medications will be family-member specific, but you should also have some non-prescription medicines on-hand. Tools will include necessities, like a utility knife and duct tape, but you will also want to have a battery-powered radio for emergency broadcasts. Finally, essential documents include your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, and anything else of value.

Emergency Plan

The emergency plan is an essential four-step proposal that includes meetup locations and contacts discussed with all family members. If you are ever in a crisis, like a zombie apocalypse, knowing where to go and who to call is paramount to your survival. The four-steps include:

  1. Emergency identification: Compile a list of all possible and credible threats in your area — for example, tornados, wildfires, floods, earthquakes, etc. Along with the list, you should include disaster-specific necessities. If you need help identifying possible disasters in your area, contact your local Red Cross for more information.

  2. Pick a designated meeting place: Whether zombies invade your home or a hurricane causes an evacuation, you need to have a place where your family can regroup. You should have at least two meeting places, one directly outside your home for local disasters, like house fires, and just outside of your neighborhood for largescale disasters requiring evacuation, like wildfires.

  3. Identify emergency contacts: While many people make a list of family and friends, your list needs to include practical points of communication as well. You will want the details of the local police and fire departments at a minimum.

  4. Plan several escape routes: When disaster strikes, you will have little time to think. Before an emergency, practice emergency routes to your family meeting places. By having options, you are sure to find your way in any disaster, even the zombie kind.

While the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness tips are a marketing ploy, you can find helpful emergency preparedness information. What do you think of the guide? Leave a comment.