The CDC has released a new zombie apocalypse preparedness campaign, and at one level, it almost begins to be useful. The “Preparedness 101 Zombie Apocalypse” novella is viewable online, connecting with the public through a pop culture theme – zombies – that has experienced a strong resurgence over the last few years.
The zombie novella even offers a small taste of some realistic, practical advice. Early in the novella, for example, a concerned citizen clicks on the CDC’s preparedness website and prints out a list of items needed to create an emergency preparedness kit. Those items include:
Water, food, flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, medications and medical items, multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, cell phone with chargers, family and emergency contact information, extra cash, emergency blanket, map(s) of the area, medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane), baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers), games and activities for children, pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl), extra set of car keys and house keys, manual can opener (http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/images/zombie/Alt…)
There’s only one problem with this list: There’s nothing in it for self defense against the zombies.