CDC helps residents prepare for hurricanes, floods, and...zombies?

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POSTED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:56am

UPDATED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:57am

Federal public health officials want to make absolutely sure all Americans are prepared for the worst, whether the worst is a hurricane, a pandemic, or even a zombie apocalypse.

It could happen, according not only to Hollywood, but also The Center for Disease Control.

Not generally known for its sense of humor, the CDC is renowned more for its clinical observation, tracking things like swine flu.

But this week, the CDC quietly published a blog alerting Americans that they need to be prepared for any disaster, including a zombie apocalypse.

Dr. Ali Khan is the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health, Preparedness and Response, now dubbed the "zombie task force." His team was trying to think of a new way to tell people how to prepare for hurricane season, when they stumbled on the idea of a zombie invasion.

The blog has important and serious information about disaster preparedness, like creating an emergency kit, and planning evacuation routes for yourself and your neighbors.

It's advice heeded even as flood waters rose recently throughout the southeast.

The CDC blog uses humor to ease the anxiety that comes with thinking about potentially dangerous situations.

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