The season finale of The Walking Dead had our survivors locked inside the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA with a crazy nihilistic scientist. It was a really cool concept and totally divergent from the comics. The CDC is a real place, and really in Atlanta, where it serves as 1 of 2 storage facilities of living smallpox on the entire planet. But they also do a lot of outreach and their latest piece is a gem titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” How cool is that?!
The blog post admits that zombies aren’t real, but all the same, better safe than sorry, right? Plus the prevalence of zombies in popular culture has made some people legitimately worried about how to prepare. So why not give them some good advice?
The advice in the post is advice that’s actually useful to prepare for most types of natural disasters, and I like the idea that people would be better prepared in general based on the more fun pretense of a zombie outbreak. Ask yourself if you actually have the things recommended in your emergency kit and see if the idea of zombies doesn’t motivate you more than the next thunderstorm.
Yet, the coolest part of the post is explaining how the CDC would respond to a zombie outbreak. So many zombie stories focus on people in the absence of any organized governmental intervention, and maybe their plan wouldn’t work that well during the breakdown of society but it is reassuring that they at least have a plan in the first place.
Step 1: They'd invesitgate, which is what they do when any new disease shows up.
Step 2: Provide technical assistance. Odds are the outbreak isn't centered in Atlanta, so the CDC would coordinate with locals to help isolate and/or quarantine the infected, provide facilities to run test and help with the tracking and spread of the infection.
Step 3: Study the illness. They'd do all kinds of science to it attempting to find orgins, how quickly it spreads, modes of transmission, best possible treatment and maybe even a cure.
Having received an emergency preparedness merit badge while a Boy Scout, I can say with some authority that this list seems like a good course of action.
So go scope it out and then maybe rewatch some Walking Dead while you prepare your kit. The summer has already seen too many natural disasters; it’d suck to get caught by a brain-eater with your pants down.