Zombie Apocalypse 101

Now that it’s Halloween, it’s only appropriate that we ask ourselves: What do we do if—or when—a zombie apocalypse occurs? In movies, books, and shows, zombies are depicted as reanimated corpses that feed on living humans (more often than not, on their brains). So in the spirit of the holiday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the fictional monster to outline everything there is to know about expecting the unexpected on their page, Preparedness 101.

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A zombie apocalypse is something we should feel equipped for (just in case, right?), but there are also plenty of other emergencies, such as hurricanes or pandemics, that are happening right now all over the world. Whether it’s a flesh-eating zombie or an infectious virus, the same rules can be applied. The CDC says:

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 will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)

  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)

  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)

  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)

  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)

  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and 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 or hurricane)

After your kit is squared away, the CDC recommends sitting down with your family to come up with an emergency plan. That is, where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing on your doorstep. (This plan could also work if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.) The site offers lesson plans and activities for teachers looking for new ways to teach preparedness in the classroom, as well as a graphic novel on zombies and posters to encourage others to get involved.

If you want to learn more about the neuroscience behind fear and why we seek out scary situations around this time of year, read our blog post from last October.

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– Seimi Rurup

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