The citizens of Whitehall, NY continue to struggle with the flooding of their town. Water levels have risen to unreasonable heights, creating many problems, most notably in transportation. Check out this article from the Post Star that speaks more on this topic.
For anyone encountering flooding problems, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has many useful tips on recovering from a flood, including how to prevent illness and injuries, how to return home safely, and how to clean up. Click here for those tips.
And while your over at the CDC website, check out their newest page in Emergency Preparedness and Response, entitled “Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” Yes, you read that correctly. The CDC has officially begun preparing people for zombies. The post does make a point to say that the tips suggested for surviving an invasion of the walking dead should also help people ready themselves for “real emergencies too.” Doesn’t it make you think, though, that if the CDC is writing about zombies, then maybe it could happen?
Sure, the origins of the zombie come out of voodoo, which is practiced in Haiti and New Orleans, but what we think of today when the topic is brought up is much different than a mysteriously reanimated corpse. Just as the title of the post says, a virus that creates zombies brings on an apocalypse. Unfortunately, the CDC webpage doesn’t go into detail about which kind of zombies we the public should start to look out for. Click here to read about generic emergency survival techniques, which only skim the basics (food, water, medicine, etc). Click here for Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide, real literature on what to do when there’s no more room in Hell.
All of this talk getting you nervous? Don’t fear, there are some movies you can watch right now to get a jump on your survival plan. Throughout the history of cinema, different zombie manifestations have arisen. Below you’ll find just a small handful of these, but it’s a start:
- The ‘good’ Romero zombies, as seen in Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead– George Romero is the godfather of zombie films, plain and simple. These three films are quitessential watching for any fan of zombies and good social commentary. These classic zombies are slow moving, but never stopping. They typically come in packs, so watch out if you see even one. These zombies can be fooled, but only a few times before they catch on.
- The ‘bad’ Romero zombies, as seen in Land of the Dead– On the flip side, Romero’s latest forays into his horror sub-genre are not good films, even for lovers of zombie cinema. The worst offense he made was amending his own mythology, when he allowed zombies to learn in Land. One zombie (who used to be a mechanic, no less) is able to rally all the other zombies in town to take on a human resort? Please.
- Fast zombies, as seen in Zombieland and Dawn of the Dead (remake)- Not the kind any of us want to run into after the apocalypse, but you might want to start doing more cardio just in case. Fast zombies can be seen in more recent films, most likely as a flare to spice and speed up the story. Although proposing that decaying corpses would have to ability to sprint for long periods of time doesn’t quite make sense, the films employing this technique use all of the good aspects from Romero’s original films to balance it out.
- Easily fooled zombies, as seen in Shaun of the Dead– Watching Shaun is a treat, so including it on this list is more to get people to enjoy it than anything else. However, the zombies in this film are able to be tricked more than the average walking dead. Misdirection and acting keep the characters alive and humorous.
- Zombies needing brains, as seen in Return of the Living Dead– Although it would seem by the title to be part of sequence of Romero’s films, Return was made completely separately from him and his mythos. This 1985 film first created the notion that zombies wanted to eat humans for our brains, something that has held up in pop culture ever since. Along with that “Braaaaaiiiiinnnnnnsssss” quote, the Return zombies could also talk, once again calling into question the intellectual capability of the undead. However, this film is more of a goofy take on zombies, so it all works pretty well.
So there are a few movies to get you started on your survival kit. Click here for a nice Top 25 list of zombie movies that Boston.com put together. Make sure to take note of the Italian ones, they’re very good.