So, the CDC is commenting on zombies. How…socially conscious of them. It seems that even the smartypants in the ridiculously expensive lab coats are taking notice of pop culture topics, like the undead who think that brains are a delectable meal choice. I appreciate the fact that the blogger is totally trying to justify the article by explaining the different ways we could end up with zombies, all of which sound frighteningly plausible.
My husband went camping with some friends, of questionable information resources, over the holiday weekend. He returned, and told me that the “true definition” of the word zombie is “hungry person”. I have thus far been unable to locate this definition in print, so I can’t speak to the validity of it; however he did have a good explanation. Imagine you haven’t eaten for days, due to some disaster or war. You’re very nearly starved to death, and some jackass decides to put a T-bone steak near you. In the early stages of hunger, you would probably dash to it, and wolf the thing down. However, when you’ve come to the point of near death, you would likely only be able to shamble over to it, groaning incoherently.
Creepy, right? And plausible. My favorite combo.
Most of the advice they offer for preparation is solid, though they leave out a few key pieces to remember. Firstly, if you have non-perishable foods that come in a tin can, don’t forget the can opener. Although points for including a towel on the list. Also, some form of protection would be smart, since you’ll need to keep yourself and your family safe from ravenous undead flesh-nommers. Shotguns and flame throwers are my personal preference, given their wide spray of destruction, and the fact that they’re ranged weapons. Distance is good in this case.
As far as their communications tips are concerned, I think they don’t focus enough on one particular piece. It says that you should contact someone out of state. Seriously, people, do this. If there is a large scale disaster, and communications aren’t completely destroyed, you won’t be able to call anyone inside the state. Everyone else will be trying the same thing, and overloading the phone lines. Instead, have an arranged person outside the state that you would call in case of an emergency. Let your family and friends know who that person is so that they can call them too, and keep everyone apprised of safety.
And as a personal plug, unless you’re bleeding, and you can’t stop it yourself, or you’re about to die, or something is on fire, don’t call 911. Everyone else is going to call and say “OMG, ZOMBIES ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!” or whatever the emergency is. You don’t need to tell them, too. They know. And the more people that call, the worse the wait times get, and if you or someone else has a real emergency, it could mean the difference between life or death. Plus, if you live in an area that doesn’t have the most stable emergency communications phone lines, the high volume of calls could crash the system, and no one will get help. In short, don’t call unless you’re dying.
Overall, the CDC blogger did a good job hitting all the high points, both zombie related, and survival related. While I’m pretty sure the article was written mostly to get people to get involved in their own survival kits, it’s fun, and deserves a thumbs-up.
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