The CDC has just taken the unprecedented action of warning against an imminent zombie apocalypse. In a brand new blog post, Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan instructs readers to prepare for “flesh-eating zombies” much like how they appear in the soon-to-be-released video game Dead Island.
“First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house,” Khan writes. “This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored).”
Other items you should have on-hand include medicine, duct tape (of course), a battery-powered radio, clothes, copies of vital documents, and plenty of first aid supplies.
“Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan,” the posting continues. “This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your doorstep. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake or other emergency.”
Why is the CDC warning of a zombie apocalypse? Spokesman Dave Daigle says someone had asked if zombies would be a concern due to radiation fears in Japan.
“It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek campaign,” Daigle said. “We were talking about hurricane preparedness and someone bemoaned that we kept putting out the same messages.”
Daigle says the post has become one of the most popular CDC blog entries ever in just two days. In fact, the CDC blog had crashed at the time of this writing.
“People are so tuned into zombies,” he said. “People are really dialed in on zombies. The idea is we’re reaching an audience or a segment we’d never reach with typical messages.”
Repent! The zombie apocalypse is nigh!