Zombies take on... Everything
Zombies take on... Everything


Zombie Outbreak Dramatization

"There is an epidemic of mass murder being committed by a virtual army of unidentified assassins. The murders are taking place in villages, cities, rural homes, and suburbs, with no apparent pattern or reason for the slayings. It sems to be a sudden general explosion of mass homicide. We have some descriptions of the assassins. Eye witnesses say they are ordinary looking people. Some say they appear to be in a kind of trance. Others describe them as being..."

on the Radio in Night of the Living Dead     

"...so at this point there is no really authentic way for us to say who or what to look for and guard yourself against. Misshapen monsters. Reaction of law enforcement officials is one of complete bewilderment at this hour. So far we have been unable to determine if any kind of organized investigation is yet under way. Police, Sheriff's Deputies, and Emergency Ambulances are literally deadened with calls for help. Seemed to best be described as mayhem..."

from the Radio in Night of the Living Dead

"The only advice our reporters have been able to get from official sources is for private citizens to stay in their homes behind locked doors. Do not venture outside for any reason until the nature of this crisis has been determined and until we can advise what course of action to take...

... streets and highways are packed with frantic people trying to reach their families or apparently to flee just anywhere. We repeat the safest course of action at this time is simply to stay where you..."

on the Radio in Night of the Living Dead

When the Zombie Apocalypse happens how will you survive?

The CDC Has A Plan For The Zombie Apocalypse Really. For Real.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

*Excerpt Originally Poseted On May 16, 2011

by Ali S. Khan

For The CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Public Health Matters Blog


*There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That's right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e-a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you'll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.


The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in the way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder "How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?"


Well, we're here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!


Better Safe than Sorry


So What do you need to do before zombies... or huricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. 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 would buy you some time until you are able to make you way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit.


  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes presctiption and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools & Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation & Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing & Bedding (a change of clothes for each person & blankets)
  • Important Documents (copies of your driver's license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid Supplies (although you're a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado, hurricane flood or earthquake)


For a full list of what you need visit the CDC Emergency Page.


Once you've made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can implement this plan if there is a tornado, hurricane, flood, earthquake, or other emergency.


  • Identify the types of emergencies that are possible inyour area. Besides a zobmbie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, wildfires, landslides & mudslides, tsunamis, volcanoes or winter weather. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away
  • Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home... or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to reurn home right away
  • Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok
  • Plan your evacuation route. When Zombies are hungry they won't stop until they get food (i.e., brains, flesh, etc.) which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don't have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.


Never  Fear - CDC is Ready


If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine).


It's likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals:

  • Determine the cause of the illness
  • The source of the infection/virus/toxin
  • Learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread
  • How to break the cycle of transmission and prevent further cases
  • And how patients can best be treated


Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas

(I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).


To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit: http://emergency.cdc.gov/cdc/orgs progs.asp


To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit: