That’s right you read it correctly… the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted recommendations on how to prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse on their Public Health Matters Blog. Dr. Ali S. Khan, the director of their Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, has authored the article which is entitled Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. In the article Dr. Khan explains the steps that are needed for you and your family to prepare for this upcoming disaster. Dr. Khan writes, “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…”. Dr. Khan then goes on to give a good history of the origins of the term Zombie. He writes that “The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead”. He states that the belief in Zombies was popularized by the 1968 movie entitled Night of the Living Dead. As a result of the rise in the belief of Zombies, Dr. Khan states that many people have asked “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?” To answer this question, the CDC has published recommendations that all Americans need to follow in order to appropriately prepare for such a serious catastrophe. These steps include having an emergency kit in your house that contains water, food, medications, tools, hygiene products, clothing, bedding, and first aid supplies. The next step is to come up with an emergency plan for your family. The emergency plan should include a meeting place “for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home”. The next step would be to identify emergency contacts such as police, fire department, and “your local zombie response team”. The final step would be to have an evacuation route prepared because “When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast”. Finally, Dr. Khan declared that we should not have fear because the CDC is ready, and their “scientists [would] be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak”. This comical and amusing blog post was intended to capture the attention of the America people and redirect that attention to information on how to prepare for actual emergencies such as hurricanes and flu pandemics. The blog post received so much traffic that it crashed the CDC servers after receiving over 60,000 hits. Incidentally, the timing of the Zombie Apocalypse blog post coincides with the May 21 Judgment Day prophecies of Harold Camping. If his predictions are correct, there will be millions of Zombies roaming the earth this weekend after the earthquakes start. In any event, we can refer to the CDC website if the world does come to an end and we need a Zombie Apocalypse preparedness kit.