The Center for Disease Control and Preparedness has had a tongue-in-cheek zombie outbreak section of its website for a while now, but with recent events renewing interest in the undead, the CDC is starting to take things a bit more seriously.
“Wonder why zombies, zombie apocalypse, and zombie preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC website?” the CDC asks. “We will continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all-hazards preparedness.”
Interestingly enough, the 16th century seer Nostradamus predicted some type of undead event in 2021. You may be aware that the reputed French astrologer had accurately predicted everything from the rise of Hitler to the September 11th attacks, so people are keeping a close eye on a year that’s already quite… unique.
“Few young people: half−dead to give a start,” Nostradamus wrote in his book Les Prophéties. “Dead through spite, he will cause the others to shine, And in an exalted place some great evils to occur: Sad concepts will come to harm each one, Temporal dignified, the Mass to succeed. Fathers and mothers dead of infinite sorrows, Women in mourning, the pestilent she−monster: The Great One to be no more, all the world to end.”
So what is the best defense against a zombie outbreak, according to the CDC? The Zombie Preparedness blog on the site advises that you should assemble a good emergency kit that includes enough water, food, medication, and First Aid supplies to hunker down for a few days.
“Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan,” the blog advises. “This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step.”
The CDC also reassures us that it will show up to investigate “if zombies did start roaming the streets,” so there’s that.