The big buzz in the Amarillo zombie community today centered around a blog post from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about preparations to be taken in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Interest in the post rose to such a level that the CDC server crashed.
Is the CDC post a must-read for zombie watchers? No.
The CDC post gives a broad-stroke history of zombies that leaves out information actually related to medical science. For example, there is no mention of the research done on the chemical compounds purportedly used by zombie witch doctors. Disappointing that the CDC would leave out that information in favor of passing comments about a handful of zombie movies.
Is the CDC post helpful in terms of preparation for the zombie apocalypse? No.
The CDC’s list of items you should have in your home in the event of the zombie apocalypse doesn’t include weapons. It does include a list of important documents you should keep in your home, including your driver’s license. Apparently in the event of a zombie attack you are to defend yourself by showing the undead your id.
The post goes on to suggest that if there is an attack you put your faith in the CDC, an idea that flies in the face of logic. Every zombie watcher knows that the cause of a zombie apocalypse, be it virus, nuclear fallout, whatever, is ultimately the fault of the government. Trust the people who messed it all up in the first place? Not likely. And as zombie and horror movie fans know, those that trust the government to save them do so at their peril (see the end of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘The Crazies’).
Is the CDC post helpful in terms of proving general disaster preparedness information? No.
One Amarillo zombie fan has already engaged this Examiner in debate on the issue. She argues that the CDC zombie post has accomplished something by getting people to read, learn and think about disaster preparedness. But has it really? How many people did more than scan the article for the zombie bits? How many people that read the article can recall more than one thing on the preparedness list? The zombie fan taking the CDC’s side didn’t even read the article; she heard about it on NPR. The CDC’s publicity stunt hasn’t helped her disaster preparedness.
If you’re looking for some real information about disaster preparedness, check out the links below. Don’t waste your time with the CDC. They’re more interested in being cute and trendy than giving you information you can use.