Why did the CDC make a zombie plan? Unusual 'zombie tips' explained

Max Seeley March 4, 2021
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The US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention have released a zombie Apocalypse plan, leaving many very confused and worried at the possible implications. Why did the CDC make a zombie plan?

As part of the campaign section on their website, the CDC have added a Zombie Preparedness section.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter has responded to the bizarre campaign, and people want answers.

So, what’s going on with the CDC’s new zombie plan?

Why did the CDC make a zombie plan?

One Twitter user wrote: “Why is World War Z trending? And why is the CDC giving tips on how to survive zombies…should I be concerned?”

It seems that the CDC is very much aware of how bizarre their zombie preparedness plan looks to most people, stating that:

“As it turns out what first began as a tongue-in-cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform. We continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via “zombie preparedness”’.

The CDC have used the campaign as a way to draw people’s attention, and hopefully teach them about how to prepare for more realistic emergencies than a zombie apocalypse.

While fans of the Walking Dead may be disappointed, the CDC’s zombie plan is meant as a metaphor for other emergencies, like hurricanes, earthquakes or pandemics.

The website includes a full list of emergency kit items that they claim can buy some time as you search for a shelter.

Some of the items mentioned include: a gallon of water for each person every day, non-perishable food, medication, first aid supplies and important documents like passports.

In the event of an actual zombie apocalypse, the CDC says that they would conduct an investigation like with any other disease outbreak and provide technical assistance to affected cities or states.

Much like the handling of the current pandemic, the crucial response to a zombie apocalypse would be to determine the cause of the virus or illness, learn about its transmission and break the spread.

With all the attention the zombie plan is getting, it looks like the CDC’s unusual technique to promote awareness of how to handle emergency situations is working.