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CDC faces "zombie apocalypse"

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Federal public health officials want to make absolutely sure all Americans are prepared for the worst, whether "the worst" is a natural disaster, a pandemic, or even, believe it or not, a zombie apocalypse.

Have you ever given thought to what you would do if zombies invaded?

It could happen! according not only to Hollywood, but also the Centers for Disease Control, not generally known for its sense of humor.

The C-D-C is renowned more for its clinical observation, tracking things like Swine Flu. But this week, the C-D-C quietly published a blog alerting Americans that they need to be prepared for any disaster, including a zombie apocalypse!

"It was the top tweet yesterday, it crashed our server a number of times" said Dr. Ali Khan, Director of the C-D-C'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.

"Public health preparedness allows us to think about the unexpected and unpredictable events, and I guess you can include zombies" said Dr. Khan.

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 C-D-C blog uses humor to ease the anxiety that comes with thinking about potentially dangerous situations.

"There's a lot of real things in this world that can lead to social, political and economic disruption" added Dr. Khan. "And zombies serve as a good way for us to be able to talk about that."

Don't be scared, be prepared,even if all signs point to natural disaster; or zombies.

You can read the C-D-C's blog on the "zombie apocalypse" and get some helpful tips while you're at it through their website.

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