“Zombie Preparedness”: More of a Concern for the CDC Than Ebola
I can’t believe this headline, but it’s true. Just look here “253 results – Zombie Preparedness” , “178 results – Ebola Preparedness”. This just goes to show where the CDC’s priorities are and they are definitely NOT in Dallas, Texas with Ebola.
The TV show “The Walking Dead” inspired the CDC’s “zombie preparedness” campaign back in 2011. Although the campaign only cost a measly 87 dollars and was launched within one week, the campaign was considered a success.
The CDC also has a blog called “The Zombie Blog”; although it has not been updated since 2011. The blog even contains a link back to the CDC’s emergency preparedness kit.
The CDC has a Zombie Apocalypse supply list which I have noted here for your viewing pleasure. This information comes straight form their Zombie Preparedness campaign. Here is the list:
- First Aid Supplies – Bandages, antibacterial ointment, rubbing alcohol
- Important Documents – Driver’s License, birth certificate, medical and insurance cards, and passports
- Battery – Powered Radio
- Food – Non-perishable items, stick to food that you normally eat
- Water – Minimum of 1 gallon per person per day
- Clothing and Bedding – One change of close for each family member, blankets and sleeping bags all season would be best, and a sleeping pad
- Tools and Supplies – Can opener, pliers, duct tape, and a utility knife
- Medication – Be sure to grab your prescription and any over the counter meds you may have
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries – A good choice would be a hand crank unit, no batteries needed
- Sanitation and Hygiene – Disinfectant, towels, soap, tampons, dishwashing supplies, etc.
The CDC does seem to have an odd sense of humor quoting “Although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane.”
The director of the CDC Thomas Frieden was interviewed by NPR in 2012 and was quoted in saying ”It was actually a great way to get people to think about, you know if you’re prepared for a zombie, you’re really prepared for a hurricane, a tornado, an infectious disease, just about anything.”
Needless to say, the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness campaign did very little to help the U.S. health workers prepare for the latest Ebola pandemic. It is clearly obvious with the latest outbreak in Dallas, Texas. Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person diagnosed in the U.S. to have Ebola and now we have a second nurse who has contracted the disease after treating Mr. Duncan.
Thousands of dollars are being applied towards being prepared for extreme emergencies each year, but yet there seems to be no plan to deal with urgent matters such as a pandemic outbreak.
We have seen very recent failed attempts to control such dire situations by our own governmental entities. The Border Control and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) drastically failed in their attempt to shut down all unnecessary air travel during the still active West African epidemic. And it’s horrifying to know that our own governments Center of Disease Control (CDC) can’t successfully manage even one Ebola case. There seems to be no one with any power who has a plan, any plan, to deal with such large scale emergencies.
Luckily we have added a few items to the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness list to help you get through an Ebola Pandemic.
3M Particulate Respirator 8233, N100 (mask) – The N100 mask will help protect you from a persons saliva when they speak. Or at least get the N95 mask
- Medical Booties Shoe Covers Non Slip – Great for clean rooms or abound the house
- Lysol Disinfectant and Wipes – This will ad in the sterilization and decontamination process
- Toilet Paper and Paper Towels – Good for cleaning up spills and is better than leaves for wiping.
- Clean Room / Decontamination Shower – This is a must if pandemic breaks out
- Bio-Hazard Suit – To protect you from infected people
- Protective Goggles –
- Protective Gloves –
I am sure we have missed a few thing, so if you have any other thoughts please leave comments below.