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Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

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There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

A Brief History of Zombies
We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite is Resident Evil), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.

A couple dressed as zombies - Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.

A couple dressed as zombies - Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.

In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schlozman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival Guide identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASA Venus probe (as in Night of the Living Dead), as well as mutations of existing conditions such as prions, mad-cow disease, measles and rabies.

The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”

Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!

Disaster or Blackout Emergency Supplies

Some of the supplies for your emergency kit

Better Safe than Sorry

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (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)

Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.

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Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and farther away

  1. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
  2. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
  3. Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
  4. Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.

Never Fear – CDC is Ready

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared

If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).

To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit: http://emergency.cdc.gov/cdc/orgs_progs.asp

To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit: http://emergency.cdc.gov/

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  1. May 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm ET  -   Donovan Young

    I might suggest adding a baseball bat, preferably aluminum, to your emergency kit as well. It doesn’t require ammunition and can be highly effective at clearing a path through hordes of zombies whilst trying to make good your escape.

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  2. May 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm ET  -   Deadlines: News roundup 05/16/2011 | The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse

    [...] long last, the CDC gets serious about the impending zombie apocalypse. (CDC Public Health Matters [...]

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  3. May 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm ET  -   Don’t let the zombie apocalypse catch you unprepared : I See Invisible People

    [...] Have you begun preparing for a zombie apocalypse? Or maybe you have been preparing for a more realistic threat like hurricanes or the next flu season? The CDC can help. [...]

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  4. May 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm ET  -   Lisa

    That is soooooo awesome!!!! Thanks, CDC.

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  5. May 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm ET  -   Alice

    Dude! So totally awesome!

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  6. May 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm ET  -   Riggit

    I love this post! My friends and I were discussing the zombie apocalypse after watching Zombieland. The discussion revolved around what would we do and how would we do it. It then dawned on us that what we were discussing would be extremely practical in real-world scenarios as well. That’s when we began our journey into the world of prepping. I hope your article sparks many more discussions in many more homes across the country! Thanks!

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  7. May 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm ET  -   Deadlines: News roundup 05/16/11

    [...] long last, the CDC gets serious about the impending zombie apocalypse. (CDC Public Health Matters [...]

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  8. May 17, 2011 at 7:55 am ET  -   USA rustar för zombieapokalypsen | Beneath a Steel Sky

    [...] Läs mer hos CDC: »Preparedness 101: Zombie apocalypse«. [...]

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  9. May 17, 2011 at 8:24 am ET  -   Les zombies arrivent ? Pas d’inquiétude, le CDC s’occupe de tout - TuezLesTous.com - Le site de la culture zombie

    [...] [...]

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  10. May 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm ET  -   CDC- Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse! | Zombiethon

    [...] http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/ [...]

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  11. May 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm ET  -   Zap-tac of Zombie Apocalypse Preparations

    This is the stuff we preach on a daily basis. Our goal is to prepare the masses for impending doom, with a smile. Being prepared for zombies is exactly that, being prepared. No, this doesn’t mean we aren’t crazy, but at least we’ll have a fighting chance no matter what happens.

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  12. May 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm ET  -   SayUncle » Preparedness and the Zombie Apocalypse

    [...] From The Centers for Disease Control. No, really. [...]

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  13. May 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm ET  -   The CDC and Zombies | Eyes Never Closed

    [...] CDC and Zombies By JP 5.56, on May 17th, 2011 Well, this is sort of scary: The CDC has a post up about the Zombipocalypse. Some religious group says Rapture happens on May 21st. Does Rapture include zombies? I better go [...]

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  14. May 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm ET  -   Nedra Weinreich

    I love that you covered the issue this way! You might interested in a group called Zombie Squad that is centered around exactly this idea -using the coming zombie apocalypse to get people interested in general emergency preparedness. I did an interview and profile with the group on my blog a while ago.

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  15. May 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm ET  -   Trevor

    Using the zombie apocalypse is a fun way to get people thinking about the basics of being prepared for an emergency.

    While I have yet to meet a zombie, I have been through a couple of power outages.

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  16. May 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm ET  -   Bo

    A “zombie apocalypse?” Is this for real? My tax dollars funding CDC nonsense? What’s next, Preparedness 102 – Mall Ninja’s Unite? Give me a break.

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  17. May 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm ET  -   Zombie Preparedness Article from the CDC « ZombAlert©

    [...] [...]

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  18. May 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm ET  -   Cynyr

    Finally, government spending I can support!

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  19. May 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm ET  -   Wilson

    This is how rear admiral’s get to spend their time at the CDC? Writing garbage about a zombie apocalypse?

    QUIT WASTING MY MONEY!

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  20. May 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm ET  -   Drew

    Only thing I’ve got to say is, double tap, baby.

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  21. May 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm ET  -   CDC and the Zombie Apocalypse

    [...] and the Zombie Apocalypse CDC is on the ball on this one Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse They really need to spend some time talking about proper shot placement and caliber choice but [...]

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  22. May 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm ET  -   Being prepared | Square Holes

    [...] about time the CDC finally started taking this threat [...]

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  23. May 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm ET  -   DrSpEd

    As a doctor, I applaud the CDC’s recognition of the potential danger a Zombie Apocalypse presents. This is a great first step in the development of a National Emergency Response Plan and I encourage the CDC to continue to develop and refine a comprehensive Zombie Apocalypse Response Plan! Good work & Keep up the fight!

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  24. May 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm ET  -   Tim McCormack

    One important point that is left out of many survival kit discussions is medicine expiration. A bottle of Ibuprofen indicates *when* it expires, but not *how* it expires. If I take expired pills of a given medication, will it hurt me or just not be effective? Evacuation packs are not updated frequently, and prescription medications cannot always be hoarded — so there needs to be a way for people to figure out what expired meds are safe to take.

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  25. May 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm ET  -   Sunyaku

    The virus is “solanum” not “selenium”. Selenium is an element. Auto-correct fail.

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  26. May 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm ET  -   nodnarB

    How could you forget a firearm from an emergency kit?

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  27. May 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm ET  -   Karl

    Really? I have to be the one to point out that selenium is an element in the periodic table and solanum is the zombie virus?

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  28. May 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm ET  -   Eric Daily

    Add “Cricket bat” to list.

    Change plan to:
    1) Go ’round mums.
    2) Grab Liz.
    3) Head over to the Winchester.
    4) Have a cold pint.
    5) Wait for this whole thing to blow over.

    How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

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  29. May 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm ET  -   JC

    Forgot the guns. Major caliber for preference, but a few thousand rounds through a .22 should stop a f for all your semi-auto clean-up problems!air sized horde. Don’t forget spare clips (for bolt action rifles or M1
    Garands and Magazines

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  30. May 18, 2011 at 12:06 am ET  -   Jennifer

    this post makes me feel patriotic- like someone up there actually has an ear to the population, even if they are just hearing a joke. much appreciated, CDC!

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  31. May 18, 2011 at 1:04 am ET  -   matt

    Thank you, if it takes Zombies to get the general public aware of disaster preparedness maybe you (the CDC/FEMA) should use them in public service announcement spots during prime time.
    Also though im sure that the Men and Women at the CDC are hard working Doctors and researchers and general all around medical gurus im not too sure the cure rate you guys have is so high maybe 2 or 3 in 50 years or so and besides everyone knows the only real cure for a Zombie is a bullet, or something into the brain matter

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  32. May 18, 2011 at 3:08 am ET  -   Joshua

    This makes me so happy inside that the CDC is finally preparing for this! I love this article, Is it alright if we post something about this on our zombie website? Zombie Informer Also is it alright if we can use the badge you guys have?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

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  33. May 18, 2011 at 5:44 am ET  -   [Avian Flu Diary] The CDC And The Zombie Apocalypse | Influenza Virus Mashup

    [...] Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse [...]

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  34. May 18, 2011 at 6:10 am ET  -   Leigh Anne

    fantastic! granted, zombies may be unlikely, but some viral rabies-like disease that causes similar symptoms is not all that far-fetched.
    I’ve been needing to get an emergency supply closet started. Maybe I’ll start adding an item or two on my grocery list every week.
    Thank you, CDC for a list to get started with.

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  35. May 18, 2011 at 6:15 am ET  -   McKenna

    the largest problem with this list is it doesn\’t mention anything to defend yourself, i\’m sorry to say but before you get your hands on all the \”living essentials\” you\’ll need to get your hands on Weapons, both ammunition consuming and non, I.E. baseball bats, golf clubs, ect. I would strongly recommend both a rifle and a pistol for both long range and close range. Vehicles are also an essential, trucks preferably diesel that lasts the longest and is the least commonly used, and pedal bikes for those involved in your escape plan.
    One of the other biggest things to remember is you\’re on your own unless you have a preplanned group of people involved, this could mean a friend, family, and/or both. Another is a refuge a camp in the middle of no where that a stock pile of ammunition and \”living essentials\” would be located.

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  36. May 18, 2011 at 8:35 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Joshua, yes feel free to use the badge that’s what it’s there for! And please, spread the word!

    Thanks for reading.

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  37. May 18, 2011 at 8:57 am ET  -   Scott M

    It really depends on the zombies. If they’re Romero/Brooks, slow, lumbering zombies, a baseball bat will work just fine. Not so if they’re the Zack Snyder fast zombies. Running zombies change everything.

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  38. May 18, 2011 at 9:07 am ET  -   Emergency preparedness and zombies. | Dum Spiro Spero

    [...] [...]

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  39. May 18, 2011 at 9:13 am ET  -   Julie B.

    This might just actually spur me to make that emergency kid. CDC, you are made of awesome.

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  40. May 18, 2011 at 9:17 am ET  -   Julie B.

    Guess I’ll stick to making an emergency kiT, since I’ve already made the emergency kid.

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  41. May 18, 2011 at 9:57 am ET  -   Karen aka ReadyMom

    Yes. We are a prepping household. We also send our college students to school prepared with a ‘Two-week Emergency Food Box’, A Flu Kit/Medical Kit and a 72 hour Kit is in each vehicle.

    For High School graduation, we are now giving a Medical Kit and a Tool bag as gifts.

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  42. May 18, 2011 at 10:05 am ET  -   ReadyMom

    A ‘Card Catalog’ of resources to help the public get educated about being prepared for emergencies of all types: http://www.EmergencyHomePreparation.org

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  43. May 18, 2011 at 11:28 am ET  -   harvey

    sweetness.. all those yrs if reading.now if the cdc would just have practice drills in my area that would make my day. love you cdc people..

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  44. May 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm ET  -   Witchdoctor

    Was this written on your dime or mine?

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  45. May 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm ET  -   Bill M

    Not to be picky, but any way you can begin investigating BEFORE zombies actually are roaming the streets? Might cut down on a few problems…

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  46. May 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm ET  -   Alison

    This is genius. Probably also appealing to a subset of the population that had never before thought of making an emergency kit. Awesome.

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  47. May 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm ET  -   Ender Wiggin

    “human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead” I’m not sure I trust someone who doesn’t do research. this person doesn’t know anything about folklore, classic (or Romero), or modern zombies. Only the Return of the Living Dead (John A Russo’s breed) eat brains.

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  48. May 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm ET  -   brhau

    Seriously, guys. Everyone knows that the refugee camp is the LAST place you want to go in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Hasn’t experience taught us anything?

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  49. May 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm ET  -   Andre Blackman

    This is hilariously awesome and very well thought out. Have to spread this around!

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  50. May 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm ET  -   james

    Dear CDC,

    If the popularity of this cute little article is enough to overload your servers, then what will happen when a real emergency occurs and ppl cannot access your website for information. It looks like you are under prepared yourself. Please fix that as soon as possible.

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  51. May 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm ET  -   Beatbox

    @mckenna You would be better off with a shotgun rather than a rifle when fighting zombies.

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  52. May 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm ET  -   crashemt

    While I am a huge zombie fan, and well prepared for disaster, I must ask…

    In a time when the Federal Government has a $14.3 Trillion debt, and cannot control spending, can you please post exactly how much government employee and/or contractor time was used to create this entertaining but wasteful page (including planning and approval), and how much it costs us (the taxpayer) in IT Services and support on expensive, secured government equipment to maintain such pages on a annual basis?

    It’s not that I don’t think that you did a great jobs, and I thank you for the laughs. I just want to know how much these moments cost us.

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  53. May 18, 2011 at 7:50 pm ET  -   KJ

    And to address the issue of fighting off the living dead: The Zombie Combat Club

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  54. May 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm ET  -   Tneve Elbirroh

    I have bad news, it is too late. Unfortunately all one has to do is look at Congress and the RNC and see that the Zombie apocalypse has already started. The CDC should have acted sooner to prevent this travesty of nature, my only recourse is a small hut in the valley in the Himalayan range where I can wait this out then work to repopulate the earth.

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  55. May 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm ET  -   Chris Ayers

    The Zombie Preparedness book is already out! : http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/zombiesurvivalguide/index2.html

    The Zombie Survival Guide – Max Brooks – about as in depth as you can get!

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  56. May 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm ET  -   BecomingCrunchy

    Oh CDC, I am impressed.

    Pure. Genius. :D

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  57. May 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm ET  -   Zombie Training

    We at Zombie Training have been training for years. I give the CDC a B+ for effort however.
    But for the real deal check us out, we will educate your brain, not eat it.
    http://www.zombietraining.com

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  58. May 19, 2011 at 12:52 am ET  -   CW

    You forgot to mention the necessary Kevlar body suit.

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  59. May 19, 2011 at 3:04 am ET  -   Jashawa

    This is a great step towards defeating zombies as a potential threat. If every household would have these supplies, they could hold out longer. There is a lot of good resources on the internet too about protection from zombies. I don’t think any of them carry the same weight as the CDC though. Zombie Blog Keep up the good work CDC, you are awesome!

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  60. May 19, 2011 at 3:07 am ET  -   Fred

    Does this mean that the Fema camps that are being prepared for us will be safe from the Zombies? So all of my supplies that I have been storing for years are worthless…maybe I will just buy an AK47 and rig it with a powersaw just in case. Or hell maybe if I take all the vaccines that merck is trying to inforce and become a zombie…you know what they say if you can’t beatem join em. Oh, and Don’t look behind you right now…

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  61. May 19, 2011 at 3:11 am ET  -   Fred

    Does this mean that the Fema camps that are being prepared for us will be safe from the Zombies? So does this mean all of my supplies that I have been storing for years are worthless…maybe I will just buy an AK47 and rig it with a powersaw just in case. Or hell maybe if I take all the vaccines that merck is trying to inforce I will become a zombie…you know what they say if you can’t beatem join em. Oh, and Don’t look behind you right now…

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  62. May 19, 2011 at 3:12 am ET  -   CDC : Preparedness 101 : Zombie Apocalypse ?

    [...] on how to prepare for the Zombie apocalypse. The Centers For Disease Control or CDC post ” Preparedness 101 : Zombie Apocalypse” it came out on Monday and has been gaining media traction since. Dave Daigle, a CDC [...]

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  63. May 19, 2011 at 3:16 am ET  -   Zombie

    If you want to learn to survive the undead horde enroll in ZombieSchool.org\’s online courses.

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  64. May 19, 2011 at 3:27 am ET  -   CDC has a plan for zombie apocalypse

    [...] Apocalypse Survival Guide, yet left out crucial information for a zombie target demographic. Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse officially has everything we need to know about preparedness in the event of a zombie virus [...]

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  65. May 19, 2011 at 3:31 am ET  -   Mary Hienzsch

    Is it true the CDC will shoot people per protocol who are deemed “infected” if they don’t follow directions and get in line?

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  66. May 19, 2011 at 3:33 am ET  -   Fishticon84

    Bats are good because they don’t run out of ammunition but machetes are much cheaper and can remove heads.

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  67. May 19, 2011 at 3:37 am ET  -   Annazoe

    Kudos CDC, way to make us pay attention. I’m also gonna have to second Beatbox

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  68. May 19, 2011 at 3:47 am ET  -   AdvocatusDiaboli

    What about weapons? Shouldnt I get a chain saw or something?

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  69. May 19, 2011 at 3:57 am ET  -   zeptimius

    @Bo “Your tax dollars” paid for what might have been the most successful campaign for emergency preparedness awareness in US history, bringing down the CDC server. Money well spent I’d say. Also, I’d like to see if you still scoff when the zombie hordes are closing in on you.

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  70. May 19, 2011 at 4:17 am ET  -   SteveFromIndy

    The stuffy, over serious, CDC; has a sense of humor?

    Given the choice, I would have believed in a “Zombie Apocalypse” first! ;-)

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  71. May 19, 2011 at 4:27 am ET  -   Chad

    The corpus of work on Zombie Apocali is abundantly clear: effective preparation requires extensive weaponry and large structures that lend themselves to rapid fortification (such as a mall or other large building). Perhaps USAMRIID can offer a companion publication to this guide? (given, of course, their access to tanks)

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  72. May 19, 2011 at 4:32 am ET  -   CDC warns Americans to prepare for zombie apocalypse (really) | Wichita Observer

    [...] a May 16th blog entry on the CDC.gov website (http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthma…), author Ali S. Khan asks the question, “Where do zombies come from and why do they love [...]

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  73. May 19, 2011 at 4:49 am ET  -   Kris Kringle

    Seriously though, thanks CDC for having a sense of humor on an otherwise important subject. It’s good to know bureaucrats in DC aren’t all walking around like a bunch of…well…zombies.

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  74. May 19, 2011 at 5:03 am ET  -   WTF Of The Day | Black & Right

    [...] by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in a Monday blog posting gruesomely titled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” And while it’s no joke, CDC officials say it’s all about emergency [...]

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  75. May 19, 2011 at 5:53 am ET  -   Enelya

    Such great advice. I also think the baseball bat is a necessary addition to this kit. I do wonder if the person who wrote this is in need of an assistant? I would enjoy working for such a forward thinking and unique individual.

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  76. May 19, 2011 at 6:00 am ET  -   Lori Lamb

    It’s nice to see you are finally telling people the truth about your fictional organization. You lie to the public about the dangers of vaccines, about how safe fluoride is in our water, you use us a human guinea pigs in your experiments and all the while push BIG PHARMA. I’ve always thought you were a joke, now I know it! If there are zombies it is because you created them.

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  77. May 19, 2011 at 6:04 am ET  -   Svlad Cjelli

    @Bo #16: Yes, we all know that writing a blog post about emergency kits takes at least 100 man hours and over 9000 tax dollars and has nothing to do with public health matters.

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  78. May 19, 2011 at 6:16 am ET  -   ResidentEvil(Fin)

    Are you serious? :D

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  79. May 19, 2011 at 6:24 am ET  -   Zombie Pro

    I just bought Juggernog, hope it helps. Would add it to the kit.

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  80. May 19, 2011 at 6:38 am ET  -   arlaw

    The only thing more disturbing than the CDC posting this nonsense is the number of people who seem glad that they did. Now I know how Bush was elected to two terms.

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  81. May 19, 2011 at 6:42 am ET  -   Over the River

    Now this is Government transparency we can believe in. While the CDC could safely lock themselves in the basement of the CDC, they choose rather to education the American people to prepare themselves for the Zombie Apocalypse. It is forward thinking people like the CDC (and of course Louisville Slugger) who will ensure the continuation of the human race.

    My hat is off to you CDC. Job well done!

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  82. May 19, 2011 at 7:02 am ET  -   DeathSled

    Check out zombiehunters.com home of Zombie Squad the worlds premier non-stationary cadaver suppression task force. Our overall goal has been to raise awareness of not only zombie related threats but also emergency preparedness. We urge every one to be prepared for any emergency and to always have a plan. I personally have a room stocked and ready for the zombie apocalypse. I keep everything from water and non-perishable foods (mre\’s really aren\’t bad if you get used to them) to various melee and ranged projectile weapons. Whether or not you believe in zombies and the threat they pose this article stresses the importance or emergency preparedness which everyone should take very seriously.

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  83. May 19, 2011 at 7:10 am ET  -   BagPipes

    CDC – You just made government cool again. Applause for having the courage to actually do something creative to draw interest to an important subject, disaster preparedness. Well Done! My favorite Zombie survival tip from Max Brooks – First ascend the staircase, then destroy it.

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  84. May 19, 2011 at 7:44 am ET  -   TZH

    I would like to thank the CDC, especially Rear Admiral Khan for this message.

    Preparedness is a serious matter, and so are zombies.

    What matters is that more people will be thinking about protecting their families in a pro-active manner.

    stay vigilant!

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  85. May 19, 2011 at 7:55 am ET  -   pollytickle1

    Everytime you read the phrase ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ you should insert the words the CDC refuses to say: Radiation Apocalypse.

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  86. May 19, 2011 at 8:07 am ET  -   JokesOnYou

    Add the CDC to the list of ridiculous government/control organizations that must be ignored.

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  87. May 19, 2011 at 8:08 am ET  -   Brandon Adams

    As a 17 year old boy, this article really appeals to me. Not only were ya able to get your message out for GENERAL preparedness, you were able to appeal to a generation about zombie preparedness. You guys did a great job. Keep up the good work.

    Btw, we all know what \”isolation and quarantine\” mean. Everyone in major cities, evacuate immediately! haha

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  88. May 19, 2011 at 8:38 am ET  -   SolarPowered

    This. Is. EPIC! WIN!!!

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  89. May 19, 2011 at 8:40 am ET  -   Mike

    I never understand why in all of these disaster preps no one in the government ever recommends including a basic firearm. Katrina witht he loot gangs and rogue police officers is a prime example.

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  90. May 19, 2011 at 8:45 am ET  -   Sheepdog Justice

    In all seriousness, if people have the means to prepare for an uncertain future, and they dont do it, then they are going to be kicking themselves. It is a psychological term called “Normalcy Bias” that these people suffer from. Faced with all the evidence, people would rather keep watching American Idol and Entertainment Tonight, then face the fact that natural disasters can and do happen. I dont worry about things, because I prepare.

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  91. May 19, 2011 at 9:09 am ET  -   discretevisitor

    I cant believe it. They failed to mention firearms and amunition. Thats the basics when you leave any location for new surroundings.

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  92. May 19, 2011 at 10:31 am ET  -   Illume Eltanin (Pam Wagner)

    While this is all good basic information, the University of Florida officially posted their preparedness exercise a couple of years ago. It has since been removed from the official site, but it is still available in pdf form from one of their departments:

    ZOMBIE ATTACK: Disaster Preparedness Simulation Exercise #5 (DR5)

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  93. May 19, 2011 at 10:35 am ET  -   Joe in Kalispell, MT

    What a great way to reach more people about emergency preparedness!

    Seriously, you do need some sort of survival knife/saw/hatchet. A utility knife is just too weak. Our 72 hour kits includes a small hatchet, saw and a knife.

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  94. May 19, 2011 at 11:15 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    James, thanks for reading! We have definitely been battling with server issues, but we do want to point out that the blogs are on a different server than our main CDC pages so in the event of a real emergency we wouldn’t be dealing with a system overload.

    While we sort out current issues we’ve loaded the blog onto a temporary page, pass this URL along: http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp

    Thanks for the comment.

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  95. May 19, 2011 at 11:44 am ET  -   Frag316

    Sorry, that kit is an epic fail. There’s nothing in it to deal with zombies who attack you. Nor is there anything in it to seal the house.

    They’ve also encouraged people to gather outside of their home in the event of a zombie apocalypse. This is a Bad Idea ™. If there are zombies in your house, there are zombies outside. You have fewer options for a good zombie defense outside of a structure.

    They also don’t identify good spots to use as rally points or evacuation centers. Or even good spots to hole up for a few days to get your stuff together.

    You’re also going to want a get out of dodge (GOOD) bag, as well as a GOOD plan (identify a rally point for those who are part of your zombie survival group) and supplies to keep your vehicle running so you can get out of dodge.

    The Zombie Survival Guide isn’t bad, but there’s some bad strategy in it, and it does nothing to address the breakdown of societal order during the zombie apocalypse.

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  96. May 19, 2011 at 11:57 am ET  -   Dantelle Val

    My husband always told me I wasn’t ready for a zombie apocalypse. Now I will be able to get ready. lol. Thanks. Way to make emergency preparedness an interesting topic.

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  97. May 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm ET  -   Shelabella

    I think this is an excellent campaign for the CDC to breathe life back into disaster preparedness. I love the zombie theme & think its timely, unique, and has plenty of shock factor to make it memorable and highly effective.

    The levity behind this is something that will interest my teenage boys…something that is so hard to do in this day and age(unless your a pixel, perhaps). Anyway, I really like this campaign, because it presents a disaster in a manner that I can actually entice my family into discussion; and it will provide some assistance for any potential disaster as well. Awesome job!

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  98. May 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm ET  -   Shelabella

    I think this is an excellent campaign for the CDC to breathe life back into disaster preparedness. I love the zombie theme & think it’s timely, unique, and has plenty of shock factor to make it memorable and highly effective.

    The levity behind this is something that will interest my teenage boys…something that is so hard to do in this day and age(unless your a pixel, perhaps). Anyway, I really like this campaign, because it presents a disaster in a manner that I can actually entice my family into discussion; and it will provide some assistance for any potential disaster as well. Awesome job!

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  99. May 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm ET  -   Burpy Turtle

    Worthless without a recommendation for a means of self defense. Does the CDC think that those mindless zombies with a taste for living brains are going to leave everybody alone just because they are carrying a bag with a gallon of water and a couple of sandwiches in it? Are zombies going to meekly scratch at the door and wait for somebody to come out to check the mailbox? And are the cops really going to respond within a reasonable amount of time when the zombies are chewing on your children?

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  100. May 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm ET  -   Brian

    What a waste of our tax dollars. It’s a shame that the childishness of the Obama administration has even infiltrated the CDC.

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  101. May 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm ET  -   Solego

    I notice quite a few people posting about the usefulness of a baseball bat in the event of a zombie apocalypse. If you read the Zombie Survival Guide, it explains with gruesome detail exactly what happens to the guy with the baseball bat. It wasn’t pretty and now there’s a zombie with a baseball bat. In all seriousness, though, I think the biggest reason that weapons weren’t addressed in this particular post was largely because it’s designed to be an all encompassing emergency plan, not JUST for zombies. You’re not going to need a shotgun in a hurricane. You specifically. Yea, you, I see you reading this post. You definitely don’t need a shotgun. Ever.

    But yea, general purpose emergency plan. And it’s a joke. Just go with it. :D

    —Solego, Zombie Outbreak Response Team (ZORT) Member #42. Helena, MT.

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  102. May 20, 2011 at 11:49 am ET  -   alex

    so this is saying that there could posibly be a zombie apocalypse

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  103. May 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm ET  -   Ryan Tarpley

    To those posting that “this is a waste of tax dollars” I can only say that you yourself are a waste of tax dollars with your incredible idiocy. Articles like this draw attention from a generation that would normally not consider emergency preparedness. While I personally am a member of such a generation, the state I live in (Florida) makes it abundantly clear that emergency preparedness is not something that should be taken lightly. While this article is somewhat light-hearted, it draws proper attention by a demographic that would not normally think of such preparedness techniques. I certainly hope those making statements like this are purely trolls sent over by Fox News as otherwise, you are imbeciles. An article on preparedness without the word zombie would not attract the public eye as much as one that would. I, for one, have never even been to the CDC website before today and this exact article lead me here, further proving my point and allowing me to respond to your unwanted criticisms.

    And to those saying weapons over essentials, it does not matter if you have a gun to fire or bat to swing if you don’t have the strength to lift them due to muscle fatigue from dehydration or starvation. In a zombie-like scenario, bunkering is the best strategy for the common person to survive given an adequate stash of supplies. Obviously, the standard, non-couponing household will have a limited supply of up to a month (not considering fresh water) but a much longer supply is needed to allow for basic zombie degradation (depending on region and population density). Weapons are more likely needed against pillaging neighbors than from unwanted advances by the undead. Normally a strong offense is the best defense but in a case of being extremely outnumbered, this is definitely not the best motto.

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  104. May 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm ET  -   Felicia Salais

    I thought this to be a culturally relevant and FUN way to express the importance of emergency preparedness. Obviously, zombies are not real (yet) but the effect of disaster on infrastructure is very real. A good way to get an idea of how life might be in the event of a widespread disaster is to look at how survivors in zombie horror movies… well.. survive. Their first concern is often a safe haven… shelter. Then going up Maslow’s Hierarchy, they would likely seek food and water, health, and eventually reconnection with civilzation. This is not much different if at all than those displaced by natural disaster or affected by widespread disease.
    For those of you worried about government spending, this blog was going to be written regardless of whether or not Dr. Khan chose to use zombie apocalypse as an analogy for natural disaster/pandemic. The fact that you think this blog costs extra demonstrates that you have probably not been to the blog before, which has been in existence for quite some time now.
    CDC asked Dr. Khan to make the topic of this blog about emergency preparedness and he did just that. Fortunately for YOU, he decided to make it FUN and not boring. A blog that normally gets 3,000 hits over a period of weeks as received 50,000 hits in a matter of days.
    Let’s quit making this a matter of politics and make it a matter of public health awareness and emergency preparedness, which is exactly what it is.

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  105. May 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm ET  -   woofus

    Does the CDC normally work alongside religious professionals such as priests, ministers, and rabbis? It might be useful, in case of a zombie apocalypse, to determine whether some form of holy water or exorcism might have any effect, or whether that’s just vampires.

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  106. May 26, 2011 at 12:26 am ET  -   David E

    Ali, the real question is how does a resiliency framework hold up in the zombie attack?In this post self-sufficiency remains an important component of the resilience framework, but how does the rest of the resilience framework hold up in a zombie apocalypse.

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  107. May 26, 2011 at 1:11 am ET  -   sickly fellow

    everyone should get the zombie survival guild. 2 key things, 1. if you run up stairs destroy the stairs, and 2. swords don’t jam or run out of bullets.

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  108. May 26, 2011 at 2:09 am ET  -   jeff olskey

    FIRST, THIS IS A WASTE OF MONEY, IT CANT BE JUSTIFIED!!!!!!!!
    SECOND, IM AN RN AND HAVE USED THE CDC’S SITE NUMEROUS TIMES HOW CAN MY PTS WITH AN ALTERED MENTAL STATUS OR LOW IQ USE YOR SITE FOR BASIC INFO..
    THIRD, I SERIOUSLY QUESTION SOMEONES INTEGRITY AT THE CDC “”””””””you are not a govt agency FOR COMIC RELIEF”””’
    FINALLY, I GAVE MY EMAIL SOMEONE PLEASE ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY THIS WASTE OF MONEY,GOVERNMENT RESOURCES, AND MY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  109. May 26, 2011 at 8:27 am ET  -   Bob

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  110. May 26, 2011 at 9:40 am ET  -   RoboCoppage

    I agree with the CDC that being prepared for an emergancy is top priorty, but what i dont think anyone relizes is how real this could be. so many zombie movies and books, its only a matter of time till somebody creates such a virus that will make the zombie apocalyose more than just a hollywood blockbuster idea. We all must be prepared for natural disaters but i believe the undead walking the earth will be a glorious day for us zombie hunters.

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  111. May 26, 2011 at 11:45 am ET  -   Jeff

    How do I find out about my Local Zombie Responce team? If I dont have one how do I start one?

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  112. May 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm ET  -   Gnarlyfoot

    Well done CDC. Don’t worry about the critics complaining about tax money and such… They’re already zombies. If I may suggest:
    1. Don’t go out at night.
    2. Try to avoid crowded areas.
    3. Try not to draw attention.
    Hooray for the MIW (men in white)!
    Thanks again CDC.

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  113. May 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm ET  -   CDC’s Zombie Attack Plan « The Daily Repost

    [...] learn more about the CDC’s emergency plan visit:  http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/ Geekery, Misc, [...]

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  114. May 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm ET  -   HealthExecNews.com » Blog Archive » CDC releases guide to prepare for the zombie apocalypse

    [...] the guide also contains useful info on how to prepare for other emergencies, such as hurricanes, floods, pandemics and other more [...]

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  115. May 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm ET  -   Adam jones

    Well friends I am sad to say that there is noone to talk about with this subject… It’s depressing when the ones closest to you say that you look like a fool for something such as this to happen… Well all I can say is that I will be ready if and when this does happen…

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  116. May 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm ET  -   cheapskate with my taxes

    Kudos CDC!
    A large part of your function is advertising and education to increase the public awareness. This particular advertising scheme was pure genius.
    You can’t buy the kind of buzz generated across the Net and media by this innovative approach. THANK YOU for leveraging my tax dollars. (Also for helping me plan to survive the zombies)

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  117. May 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm ET  -   Miguel

    Hahahahahaha this is real? Omg! :D Yay! xD

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  118. May 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm ET  -   maya mcfunnypants

    Don’t forget to add salt to your emergency zombie kit. Helps fend off the zombies, and makes your food tasty!

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  119. May 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm ET  -   miyshael

    this is not cool stop being stupid and get prepared of this and also buy a bat just in case.

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  120. May 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm ET  -   Juan Torres Gomez

    none

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  121. May 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm ET  -   Zombie Slayer

    I have a “ditch” bag, with the fix all for just about every possible scenario I could think of. I have divvied it between my primary bag, and a secondary “scout” bag, which is light weight. I have means of protection for my companions and I, too.

    I would hate to see it happen, but I would survive; guaranteed.

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  122. May 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm ET  -   Marissa

    What a great idea! Would have never looked up an article about emergancy preparation had it not been approached this way. Love it and glad to know how to get prepared! Thank you!

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  123. May 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm ET  -   Sweet Lou

    lol. So many kids today really get hyped up for teh zombie appocalypse… Yeah i’ll admit that running around killing zombies without having to worry about going to prison sounds alright to me to at first anyway.
    But what happens when you run out of, say, toilet paper or tooth paste and there’s no one to make more. Think of all the little things, you enjoy and take for granted. Now would you really enjoy it when you’ve gotten sick of the reality of zombies… The world would literally stink like rotting flesh.
    Another thing is that zombies wouldn’t be the only thing you have to look out for. There would be roving bands of living thinking humans whom, without the threat of law, would be more than happy to rape and kill you just to take what you have, and to enjoy whatever sick twisted fantasy they cook up on the spot.

    Suddenly A Zombie Appocalypse doesn’t sound so Awsome.

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  124. May 27, 2011 at 12:22 am ET  -   lovingit

    kudo’s to the cdc!! I think it was a WONDERFUL idea by you doing this! It’s just like everything else out there, you have to be unique and CREATIVE to get your POINT accross!! AND YOU WANT IT TO GET ACCROSS TO ALL AGE GROUPS!! And apparently ya’ll did!! ;) MAJOR kudo’s!!!!!!!

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  125. May 27, 2011 at 5:57 am ET  -   Charlie Boucher

    What is this? have you lost your mind? zombies? this on a cdc site. your fucking crazy.

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  126. May 27, 2011 at 6:23 am ET  -   Jason

    LMFAO

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  127. May 27, 2011 at 7:59 am ET  -   Concerned

    I love the idea of linking preparedness with current pop culture and getting the message out through social media. I think that most folks will take the humor in it to prepare their own family plan. However, I am really disturbed by the photo used on the opening tag – to me, the photo depicts a an ultra paranoid person who some may construe as “over-thinking” and having delusional thoughts about preparedness. This photo may also lead viewers to leap to the conclusion that folks with phobias and delusions are the ones who may take preparedness seriously. I was also disturbed by the photo showing the dirty fingernails, which again led me to think that the person in the image wasn”t grounded in reality, or taking care of themselves. I don’t believe this is the type of image CDC should be promoting when we promote healthy people through preparedness and prevention. I am also concerned that there may be some negative feedback from the religious community who may give the Agency negative feedback by the linking of Zombies to preparedness. Many religions associtate Zombies to Satanic worship, and this linkage may relfect somewhat badly on the Agency. I hope it doesn’t in the long run, because I can see the fun in it for the younger generation who loves this type of pop culture association. Please consider changing the main photo on the tag to something that folks wouldn’t associate with paranoid or delusional thoughts or self-neglect. Thanks.

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  128. May 27, 2011 at 9:59 am ET  -   Matt

    The first thing you need is a suit of armor so if you had to you could fist fight your way out

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  129. May 27, 2011 at 10:20 am ET  -   Christine

    But you forgot to mention for preparation for a real zombie apocalypse, we have to be armed to the teeth! But its probably not very responsible of the CDC to encourage weaponizing the United States citizens…

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  130. May 27, 2011 at 10:47 am ET  -   Frank Rabey

    One essential omission from the CDC’s writeup: There are few better protections in the event of a zed infestation than an original Real Deal Brazil recycled-tarp, the same incomparable headwear seen atop zombie-killer-king Woody Harrelson’s own noggin throughout the 2009 hit film “Zombieland.” The hats’ heavy tarp is tough to bite through, especially for lumbering members of the mindless, brains-crazed undead. So make sure your own emergency kit isn’t sorely lacking in this most-fundamental of protections — because once the zombies rise up from their newly gaping graves, online mail-order may be a bit limited. Act now, while you’re still alive enough to manage it …

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  131. May 27, 2011 at 10:54 am ET  -   purplejim8

    ok, a few things i wanna clarify:

    1. Sanitation and Hygiene – Why bother? You’ll be running all lover the place trying to escape, why care about how clean your teeth or hair is? (sure the towels will come in handy if you get zombie brains splattered all over you after bashing them with a baseball bat)

    2. Clothing and Bedding – Why would you need clothing? just wear the stuff on your back, if you need clothing, just break into an abandoned clothing store and grab some more duds.

    3. Important Documents – Dont bother with all this stuff, its a zombie apocalypse, the first thing youll be thinking is getting out of there alive, just take whatever you got in your wallet and book it. (Driver’s license, ID Badge, credit card, etc.)

    also, you left out one thing:

    well, there you go, a “correct” list of what to take with you and how to defend yourself in a Zombie apocalypse. Hope this helps you all.

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  132. May 27, 2011 at 11:09 am ET  -   zach

    Now i think that the CDC has gone crazy. If someone is dead that means their body organs stop functioning and the brain controls everything you do and the heart provides the blood for the brain to function correctly and if if the heart stops then the brain stops and can not be made functional again because no blood means that your body cant do anything. Zombies are pure fiction, the dead cant rise and chase us because the bodies have probably decayed and when you die you DIE and nothing can bring you back. Now that is fact and zombies are fiction.Its common sense.

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  133. May 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm ET  -   raboof

    This campaign wasn’t just an amusing way to advertise disaster preparedness. It was a test of the CDC servers, which could well have failed if this had been a real emergency. I would hope that CDC has learned something from this and taken steps to support sudden and massive traffic spikes.

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  134. May 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm ET  -   Summer!!! - ScienceClass411.com

    [...] did it! We survived another year! Thank you students for making it a great [...]

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  135. May 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Thanks for reading our blog and posting a comment. We did learn a lot about our blog servers during this campaign, however we would like to note that:

    Blogs.cdc.gov, which is CDC’s blog server, is located on a server outside of our primary Website. CDC’s primary Web servers that house CDC’s health information, outbreak information and emergency information are protected by a caching service that allows our servers to handle dramatic increases in traffic. CDC is prepared to handle large volumes of Web traffic that may result in public health emergency.

    Rest assured that during a real emergency CDC.gov would be ready.

    Thanks again!

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  136. May 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm ET  -   2012 ends

    Great Information! The CDC is on the right track with this campaign… It brought a lot of awareness to an important subject… Whoever thought it up should get a raise!!!

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  137. May 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm ET  -   Rick

    The existence of the tact taken in writing this blog proves one thing: The zombie apocolypse is already here, and the brain-dead have already been re-animated at the CDC.

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  138. May 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm ET  -   Molly

    Just have to say, the basic preparation that the CDC is giving us, is more than adequate in any fall down of the earth. You need your basic materials just to survive and if say a tsunami hit us, we would be prepared with the necessary supplies to survive. The CDC is only telling us what we should already know and have set up for when the world is taken over by zombies or by each other.

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  139. May 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm ET  -   kundu

    wait is this real or a joke

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  140. May 28, 2011 at 1:12 am ET  -   sexdoll

    Wow I know this will be so exiting so I cant wait this to happen.

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  141. May 28, 2011 at 12:46 am ET  -   Deathy5000

    I have been prepared for a zombie outbreak ever since I first watched Shawn of the Dead. I can’t tell you all of the details (confidentiality stuff) but I could share a few tips that could potentially save your life.

    Tip 1: As we have learned from zombies in movies, games, and books. Zombies are attracted towards sound (gunshots, explosions, car alarms, etc…) so my first tip is: STAY QUIET.
    Tip 2: Large groups will slow you down and will raise the chances that the disease will infiltrate your group and within days the whole gang will be undead. On the other hand wandering around by yourself in post apocalyptia will leave you vulnerable and lonely, which can be death sentences around the living dead. So tip #2? STAY IN A SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED GROUP. 4-8 people is the ideal number for survival in a Zombie scenario. But your group can’t just be the first 8 people that you see, make your group before the outbreak strikes. Make sure that each individual has something to bring to the table, whether it’s electronic know how, or is a dead aim. And most importantly, make sure that you get along well with each person in the group so that there is no fighting within the group. Teamwork is ESSENTIAL in a zombie outbreak.

    Tip 3: This is a tip that is often overlooked in zombie games/movies. HYGIENE. Keeping yourself clean will help fight off things like flu, the common cold, pink eye, pretty much anything that you could sick from before the zombiepocolypse you can get sick from after the zombiepocolypse. So make sure to brush your teeth, clean your clothes, and wash behind your ears!

    Tip 4: You never know how long it will be during the zombie outbreak before you can restock supplies such as water, food, ammo, or medicine. So Tip 4 is STOCK UP SUPPLIES. You may need to stock up supplies for as long as 1-6 months. Running out of food, medicine, ammo, etc… will cripple any chances you have at long term survival in a zombie apocalypse.

    Tip 5: What’s the worst thing that can happen to you during a zombie outbreak? Well other than the obvious (infection) the answer is: depression. Depression will lower your immune system, cause stress, and cause you to be tired constantly. So Tip 5 is KEEP UP YOUR SPIRITS. I know that it would be hard to not be depressed when your friends and family have been turned into flesh eating zombies, but you need to try your hardest to keep up a light attitude.

    Those are my tips. I have more but I’m starting to get tired of typing. So I hope this helps for when the Zombpocolypse hits.

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  142. May 28, 2011 at 3:48 am ET  -   big daddy beaviss

    I have been preparing for this day for a long time im glad others are taking it seriously lest our entire civilization be wiped out when they rise. My biggest concern is fresh water, where to find it how to keep it drinkable and how long will the water supply be down if we DO avoid armageddon at the hands of the zombie hordes.

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  143. May 28, 2011 at 8:01 am ET  -   IE Ries

    I heard about this article via an NPR “All Things Considered” piece and just *had* to come and look.

    What a creatively comical way to address a number of issues – bravo! A little levity does go a long way, and using popular culture to facilitate thinking about preparedness was innovative.

    Thanks for the article – as a Florida resident, I’ll be sure to pack an extra bottle of water in case “waves of zombies” follow hurricanes and flooding!

    P.S. To those complaining “is this for real” and “wasting tax dollars,” PLEASE do us ALL a favour next time and read the article BEFORE you post your comment. It’s very evident from your uninformed post that you did NOT even read CDC’s article, which is REALLY about disaster preparedness, PERIOD. Spoil sports!

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  144. May 28, 2011 at 9:50 am ET  -   Allison

    I have had a zombie invasion readiness kit in my vehicle for awhile now. I’m glad this article was posted as maybe more people will keep emergency supplies at hand…if not for a zombie apocalypse, then for more frequently occurring everyday disasters. Being stranded without supplies sucks, zombies or not!!!

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  145. May 28, 2011 at 11:10 am ET  -   Lenricco

    Can I have the the movie rights please.

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  146. May 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm ET  -   concerned citizen1911

    glad the government is finally admitting that they created zombies and are using them for secret drug testing. although it alarms me that they released this information as it means that zombie shave escaped the secret island on which they were held

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  147. May 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm ET  -   PHOTOS: Light Rail Provides Gateway To SeaTac For Zombie Uprising : SeaTac Blog

    [...] Fortunately the zombie horde proved to be friendly and well organized… this time. You can stand down and put away your CDC-approved zombie response plan. [...]

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  148. May 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm ET  -   Alex

    Yup, too bad this is impossible, and it would end too quickly for anyone to even care, considering how there’s nothing to control a dead body, maybe a type of rabies that makes people go insane? But not zombies, here’s my explanation.

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  149. May 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm ET  -   Lisa Santoro

    I think it’s ridiculous that you’ve posted this! You have made your agency a joke. How could anyone take this seriously? I think I’m more than prepared after watching countless zombie movies. Maybe you should keep your focus on real life disasters and refrain from commenting on science fiction!

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  150. May 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm ET  -   crazymommy2471

    U HAVE TO BE FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!!!!! WHAT IS THIS CRAP?! THE CDC DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT. I DON’T BELIEVE IT AND I NEVER WILL!

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  151. May 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm ET  -   Jason

    The best zombie apocalypse survival guide show is the Walking Dead, and in the seasons last episode, we saw how valiantly the CDC kept up the efforts. Good job, guys.

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  152. May 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm ET  -   CDC Preparedness Alert : Survive the Apocalypse

    [...] public. Nonetheless this is a great article and save from the CDC. You can read the article here CDC Blog Categories: [...]

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  153. May 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm ET  -   Herman Garcia

    Thank you CDC, the person in charge of this add was thinking outside the box. It seem as if most government agencies try to avoid this type of thinking.
    I know your sight must have had a lot of hits, and more people are now thinking of being prepared for some type of disaster. Even if it is not a Zombie attack they might be more perpared for an earthquake or any other type of disaster.
    Thanks again, Herman Garcia, Captain,U.S.Forest Service

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  154. May 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm ET  -   Cristina

    Wow! Its true we should be ready for any natural disasters…But the “Scary” part is the zombie’s…Can it really happen? I think it wouldnt happen if well humans took care of Earth more often and there was less polution and nucleor weapons out there…Less of the things that shouldnt be here like cars and stuff that arent healthy for the planet we practically poison our own planet every year…People Recycle and start living a Healthy Life Style…Before its too late…I dont want to be Zombie food…

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  155. May 30, 2011 at 1:30 am ET  -   batmen

    in addition to zombie preparedness, we must also prepare for suburban ninja armies and the batmen…oh for goodness sake, why did there have to be batman platoons?

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  156. May 30, 2011 at 6:55 am ET  -   Lung Cancer Symptoms

    I am surely not too accustomed to this subject matter but I do prefer to check out blogs for layout tips and intriguing topics. You honestly described a matter that I in most cases really do not care a great deal about and manufactured it highly fascinating. This is a nice blog that I’ll be aware of. I currently bookmarked it for future reference.

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  157. May 30, 2011 at 7:24 am ET  -   Alison

    It really angers me to see people complaining about there money being a waste as it goes to places such as the CDC. Can you not read between the lines?! This article isn’t solely for the preparedness of zombies, but this can help us in any emergency. DUH. Most people aren’t prepared when a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or even power outage hits. This list aids in the survival of any of those things, does it not? It’s basically a friendly reminder of the ways you can prepare yourself for ANYTHING. Stop being whiney. And by the way, it’s up to you to procure a firearm in case of a zombie apacolypse… but keep it out of your children’s hands…

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  158. May 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm ET  -   b

    wooden bats r better less ware down over a period of time aluminum will dent and ware down…

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  159. May 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm ET  -   cyberjeep

    Let me be the first to say: Bravo! I totally agree; until I saw the word Zombie, I was not interested in how to prepare for an emergency. Although we do have plans in place (I say this loosely) we would have to scramble around looking for all of our stuff! So once again, I will thank you for having me look at this in a totally different way! And be better prepared…

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  160. May 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm ET  -   Unknown

    Obviously you guys are missing the point. its not about a zombie attack. i mean in my opinion that would be pretty fun, but its about preparing for natural disasters as they mention like every other sentence.

    So as someone said before its a way to attract peoples attention and awareness of what to do if a natural disaster happens. The most common ones that CDC mentioned were hurricanes and tornadoes.

    And about wasting money i dont really know what your talking about any person with any common sense could write this, all it takes is a little of time. so dont worry your tax dollars are safe.

    But if some disease ever came to infect people on earth creating any sort of zombie like apocalypse, i would recommend reading “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks. It provides some really helpful information which can also be used for natural disasters. One thing that they forgot to mention was a portable generator or portable propane gas oven, this is very helpful for cooking canned food or disinfecting water when your on the move.

    One more thing STAY AWAY FROM PITTSBURGH! for some reason people would all come to pittsburgh just because george romero lives there…

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  161. May 31, 2011 at 1:02 am ET  -   Zombie Apocalypse addressed by CDC

    [...] intentions obvious with constant references to other types of disaster situations. Read the article right here. Category: Uncategorized | | No Comments » « The end is near… in a couple [...]

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  162. May 31, 2011 at 7:03 am ET  -   Ted

    The Zombies have asked that we all refrain from using the Z word. It has very negative connotations and feel it hurts there cause.

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  163. May 31, 2011 at 11:48 am ET  -   Beware the Dead - 2SecondsFaster.com

    [...] month, the CDC let us know how to deal with a Zombie attack.  They claimed it was just a fun way to grab peoples attention.  I believed them.  [...]

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  164. May 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm ET  -   Andrew S

    I think this is awesome, using humor to actually teach something. If it can work in the class room why cant it work for a government agency.

    to all you critics “limber up” and grow a sence of humor
    Thanks CDC

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  165. May 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm ET  -   Keime

    Is there any scientific or factual evidence that could possibly explain how a zombie apocalypse or why a zombie apocalypse might occur. This whole article will just send people panicking over something they shouldn’t be worrying about, but rather worry about something much more real and possible such as a tornado, earthquake, or any other kind of probable natural disaster. I don’t believe in the typical Hollywood zombie, and until given factual and solid scientific evidence explaining how and why this would occur, I refuse to acknowledge this as a valid warning, but rather a frivolous blog post that will only stoke the fire of zombie fanatics and believers. While I respect their opinions, as they are entitled believe whatever they may want to, scientifically based or not, it is a bit annoying when the CDC posts something that lacks proper support on a logical and scientific field.

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  166. May 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm ET  -   Jason

    Most zombies dont eat brains they eat the liveing flesh not brains

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  167. May 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm ET  -   Christina S

    I say…useful information :D thanks CDC!

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  168. May 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm ET  -   CHAVA-ZOMBIE-KILLA

    Zombies dont just eat brains a true master of zombie know it all would know that. I cant believe there are still folks out there that believe that just because they are zombies they automatically just go for the brain, because really they go for whatever they can sink their teeth into. Whats next your also going to say that they also go around screaming BRAINS, BRAINS! Why dont you go and get up to date on your zombie info because god knows you reallly need it.

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  169. May 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm ET  -   Army Doc

    I think we should refrain from bashing the folks who ask things like “Is this for real?” or “How many of MY tax dollars were wasted?” Clearly these unfortunate individuals are lacking a functioning sense of humor (whether they were born that way, or whether the deficiency was acquired through some tragic accident). Can you imagine going through life without the ability to discern and enjoy all things funny? What small, sad lives they must lead! I feel sorry for them. They deserve our pity.

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  170. May 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm ET  -   Deborah Scott

    I loudly applaud your approach! I have been screaming/teaching “out of the box” thinking to improve the culture with infection prevention to give the information that is needed to those who normally avoid the subject and the people who are associated with it. It works! My hat off to you!

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  171. May 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm ET  -   CANNON

    Is the CDC stupid!? Telling people to worry about having their papers ready to present to the government, but leaving the most important thing out of post-disaster survival? Which would be having a means to defend yourself from looters, government soldiers (post martial law, as in hurricane katrina) trying to force you to concentrated locations to be under their control, and of course zombies. If there is any such disaster similar to the one described above, my first thing in the list of my survival kit is my AK . The survival kit above looks like something some girl-scout or gay feminist would have, not a true survivalist. Guns are good in all disasters not only for defense from looters and other enemies, but good for hunting and putting food on the table.

    I think the reason they left out guns, is because it is typical of the U.S. government to be anti-American and against our rights, they don’t like the idea of us being armed.

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  172. May 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm ET  -   Nathan

    hey, is this serious??
    I’m not north america… I’m in Brazil, and CDC warning for a “zombie” attack seems too metaphorical for me… not to say a real JOKE, or even TOTAL FAKE…
    Is zombies just a fiction or american centres of technology have developed chemicals for turning humans into monsters?

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  173. May 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm ET  -   AlisonRose

    Great piece. My only suggestion is that in the history section, you should give a shout-out not only to “The Walking Dead” (as a previous commenter did) but to The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo “Pan’s Labyrinth” del Toro and Chuck “The Town” Hogan. First two of the books (“The Strain” and “The Fall”) are already out–third one arrives this October. The heroes are epidemiologists from the CDC–woot! Give yourselves a hand!

    Oh, and reminding us about general emergency preparedness? That’s cool, too.

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  174. May 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm ET  -   Survivor

    lol and alll my friends were like”theres no zmbies! the got. would know!” well now they do, dont look so crazy now do i?

    “most people worry if they left the stove on, i worry about the zombie apocalypse
    (>.<)

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  175. May 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm ET  -   Sissy

    What about animals I have five horses and five dogs to think about and I aint never leaving them even if I had to die in the process!

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  176. June 1, 2011 at 8:23 am ET  -   Traveling Incognito | Zombie Survival Crew

    [...] trip began right on the heels of the CDC releasing their Zombie Apocalypse survival guide on their blog. Little did I know exactly how influential this thing would be. Every single TV I [...]

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  177. June 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm ET  -   Dave G

    For all of you people complaining about the government spending money on zombies, you are missing the point.

    The idea is to get the attention of people who would otherwise not prepare for REAL, ACTUAL emergencies. By getting the attention of people and getting them to seriously think about an emergency kit, this is going to save lives and SAVE YOU MONEY.

    Got it?

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  178. June 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm ET  -   Ber

    Great job CDC!!

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  179. June 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm ET  -   John

    Doesn’t our ignorant government have anything else to worry about?? Typical bureaucratic bull. Get a real f&#&$#* job

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  180. June 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm ET  -   TJM

    add Cricket bat to the list. really effective!

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  181. June 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm ET  -   P. Johnson

    Using the threat of a “zombie apocalypse” is a clever way to help people understand how to prepare for a disaster. Unlike a single event, being a natural disaster, widespread illness, chemical or biological weapons atack, a zombie apocalypse forces people to see emergency preparedness from a more global standpoint. In any survival situation you must have food, water, shelter & protection. However, if a zombie apocalypse were to occur, you would not only have to have the supplies to survive but would also have to have the ability to protect the supplies & your family. Most likely you would need to have enough supplies to allow yourself to be self contained for a minimum of 3 months & then have a plan for either how to procure, make, grow or produce your own supplies. Regardless of your take on “zombies”, this is a great way to look at emergency preparedness & survival. Kudos to the CDC!

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  182. June 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm ET  -   anime wimgs mom

    People really…….stop complaining about the cdc wasting your money….Bush did plenty of that way before this article was written.

    As a mom with 2 teens that love the zombie culture, have just attended their first zombie walk in Boston and are both playing left for dead right now……

    this blog article is perfect…i read it to them while they were waiting for a next level in the game to load and then read them the funny comments…they LOVED it and it immediately prompted a discussion on what we would do if an emergency happened and what we need to have in the house to survive not only a zombie invasion but ANY emergency!

    GREAT JOB ON PULLING IN THEIR GENERATION!

    Ive never visited until now and its because my sister told me that someone told her this article was here…and im gonna tell. Others and my kids have already texted their friends…so how can it be a bed thing?? Look at how many people will take being prepared more seriously.

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  183. June 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm ET  -   Seth Franke

    What a great idea! I love it: 221 years is never too late for the US government to learn that humor is an effective communication tool!

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  184. June 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm ET  -   Elliot B

    Im already ahead of u cdc!! :)

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  185. June 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm ET  -   ZDude

    blaaarrrggghh

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  186. June 2, 2011 at 8:58 am ET  -   cameron spellman

    okay what if zombies over run the world and the CDC has no plan for that what then hmmmm. ??????

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  187. June 2, 2011 at 10:35 am ET  -   An Aside | Emerald Sunshine

    [...] I really wish we had chickens for at least fresh eggs. As is, though, we’d have to live off a vegetarian lifestyle. I’m really grateful that we preserve the spoils from our garden and have stocks and stashes. Unless there’s a zombie apocalypse, in which case, we don’t have any stores. But we do h… [...]

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  188. June 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm ET  -   PRAIRIE DOG

    And to think this is the same organization that banned prairie dogs as pets back in 2003. Sad, VERY SAD!

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  189. June 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm ET  -   Monster Mac

    To Bo, who was bitching about his tax dollars at work…first I doubt you have a job so don’t worry about “your tax dollars” second I thought it was a great way to get the idea of making home emergency kits out to everyone including horror geeks.

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  190. June 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm ET  -   Rich

    Bravo to the creators of a disaster preparedness guide that will not only be read with enthusiasm, it will be forwarded and shared in the social networks

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  191. June 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm ET  -   Josue Sanchez

    You guys do realize the cdc only did this to raise natural disaster awareness. They discovered that after after the word zombie appeared on twitter the audience spiked. Unfortunately, for sometime, they were so successful that the page crashed and were rendered ineffective.

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  192. June 3, 2011 at 2:55 am ET  -   jay

    Even thou you joke about this subject be aware of the problems around us. not everyone is smart as you can see. but in fact in the 1940s the Russan govt. did devop. a toxin that could do as this blog said. Study your history my friends.

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  193. June 3, 2011 at 3:11 am ET  -   Steve

    i see everything from ppl hating this to people quoting funny movies. the event however unlikly you may think it is, should be taken seriously. the key to survival in this situation or any other is being prepared. may i suggest max brooks’ book the zombie survival guide…start there.

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  194. June 3, 2011 at 7:37 am ET  -   RunCMD

    I’m taking this as it is. A warning of a Zombie Apocalypse!!!! It’s coming and I don’t care which one of you is standing in front of me all zombied out! I will end you as fast as any other zombie!

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  195. June 3, 2011 at 9:58 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Thanks for the question Sissy. Pets are an important part of your emergency plan. Make sure to include food and water for your animals when putting together your emergency kit (and any additional supplies like medicine or toys). When planning your evacuation route, you should make alternate housing arrangements for your pets in advance, since pet-friendly shelters may not be available during the emergency period. Identifying pet boarding facilities that are located along your evacuation route and outside of the danger zone are important steps to ensuring your pets will have a safe place to go. When evacuation orders are issued, you should call the boarder to ensure that they have availability. Here’s a useful checklist for your pets on Ready.gov, FEMA’s website for emergency preparedness.

    Thanks for reading!

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  196. June 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm ET  -   Nick West

    I’d like to know why everyone thinks that theyd be trying to survive. With the likely percentage of infection across the land in all the scenarios we imagine, theres a 99% chance that youll be a zombie too!! what makes you think that it couldnt “happen to me?” why would you ASSUME that youll be fighting them? chances are youll be stumbling and moaning as well. have fun. ill try to. im at least gonna be a fashionable zombie. Ill wear a hat or something.

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  197. June 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm ET  -   amber

    Well intersting, whats the CDC not telling us ???? My emergency kit is already made though.

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  198. June 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm ET  -   Tommygunemt1

    First, I think that some of these people who are upset that taxpayer dollars are funding this are just angry, hostle individuals who probably are the “rich” and can’t see the purpose behind this whole thing.

    Now, I work in EMS in CA., so we here understand Emergency Preparedness in the form of floods, earthquakes, and fires. But, we as a people can’t underestimate the fact that people do have disease that walk among us, and this could be a true situation. No matter what it is, although Zombies might be a stretch (you notice I’m not saying there is no way that this could happen), we still need to be prepared for any disaster.

    Use your common sences. If someone walks up to you, looks like death warmed over, your not going to stick around and find out if they are dead, your going to kill it and run. Just like a flood. If there is warnings that your house is going to float away, you better get your stuff and leave.

    CDC is going to find out about any diseases that is going on and help the population. This whole thing is to let people know to be prepared. So just do it.

    Thank you CDC.

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  199. June 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm ET  -   charley

    Really people? really? This is the Most outrageous thing i have ever heard….good grief,really?I am saying this as i am sucking in air and rolling my eyes around….unbeleivably the most stupidous thing I have ever heard and these are grown people saying this. ..let me just say…if this does happen it IS satans demons that are th zombies and all Gods children have been called to heaven…get a life !!

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  200. June 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm ET  -   Kimberly B

    I absolutely loved this post! I’m one of those people who believe that anything is possible in this day and age, including a zombie apocalypse! The tips you provided are great and I’m going to start getting my emergency kit together asap. I’m going to also add, per commenter Donovan Young, an aluminum baseball bat to my kit as well. Cause we all know to get away you might have to take some zombies out!

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  201. June 4, 2011 at 12:17 am ET  -   testimus

    Thanks to CDC for this useful article,
    (although some stupid ppl would just laugh and make fun of it …)

    i think one vital item is missing in the emergency kit, and that is “Portable water purification tool”,(working on battery, with ultra-violet effect which disinfects water and prepares it for drinking )

    also if the bag, be a “Solar Power Charger Bag”, would be very good, since it can supply enough charge for our electric stuff (radio, cellphone, torch, ….) durig daytime sunshine.

    thanks again for your super article ;)

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  202. June 4, 2011 at 1:35 am ET  -   howard

    well zombies are a little far fetched but look at 1918 flu , people scared to go out of there homes . but who knows ???? a lot of strange thing are happening now i would hide in the basement first for a few days with food an water an others thing said here but not only a am fm radio but a two way cb radio an a small tv with batterys cell phone s might not work but keep both don’t forget lights an matches an candles an can openers non electric propane stove camping gear sleeping bags an gloves an rope and nails an wood to borad up windows if a zombies should get thu an some gas cans full of gas somewhere you can get to it an extra set of keys to a car no time to hot wire a car if a zombie is at the door , or the cdc say lets go !!! now!!!!

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  203. June 4, 2011 at 3:47 am ET  -   looneytune

    i really feel sorry for all of the morons who keep asking how much it cost the taxpayers to make this article because the entire goal of the article is to address emergency preparedness in general. kind of a focus with all of the tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters happening on a regular lately. get a sense of humor guys………

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  204. June 4, 2011 at 4:04 am ET  -   hi

    but be real. i highly doubt that anyone wouldnt know what to do in a zombie outbreak. alot of people discuss it as entertainment.

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  205. June 4, 2011 at 7:31 am ET  -   fatboy

    the goverment has been the evil undead for years now. now that we may have a zombie invasion maybe more people will see this and finally put some one in charge who can actually do something for the country. but all they want to do is tax us to death,reallytheydont want our brains, just our money.

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  206. June 4, 2011 at 10:05 am ET  -   Erin

    Very well written. What a genius way to get people interested! Other government agencies need to take note that this is exactly how you get potentially boring but extremely important information out to the masses. I honestly can’t believe some people are taking this at face value and completely missing the point that this is the CDC’s way of getting people’s attention about disaster preparedness. Got your attention, no? But please, while the rest of us are being vigilant and preparing for any number of possible emergency situations, you go on and keep complaining about where your tax dollars are going. That’s what matters, after all.

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  207. June 4, 2011 at 10:38 am ET  -   Tom

    I think this is a great idea. Although I see tax dollars being spent like Bo said in his post, I however see it being spent in a good way. And to be honest, I did see a bunch on Ninjas hanging out at our local mall last week.

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  208. June 4, 2011 at 10:45 am ET  -   phillip

    ok guys i highly dout that this will really is going to happen. but if it did it would be soooooo awsome

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  209. June 4, 2011 at 10:53 am ET  -   bob

    Really guys??? zobie invasion??? Wow.

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  210. June 4, 2011 at 11:50 am ET  -   DANNY

    i really wanna know where i can get cdc publications like posters and handouts for this subjectfor me and some of my friends to have

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  211. June 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm ET  -   Jason Charles Reichenbach, Esq.

    I wish the CDC would politely & publically recognize the reasonable necessity of citizens being sufficiently armed so that they may better protect their precious & limited emergency supplies from those who would dispossess them of same & likewise increase the victim’s chances of survival during serious disasters such as the zombie apocalypse the CDC posits here. For without weapons the unarmed victims are easy prey for the armed predators who will be equally, if not more so due to lack of adequate forethought & preparation, as desperate to survive as the typical American family of four.

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  212. June 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm ET  -   Bernard

    Every one the CDC will try so will other agencies. But no use all would be over run, they would have to leave lavatories and camps, we have hope. But we have no hope on other but are selfs and the people who r with us.

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  213. June 5, 2011 at 12:45 am ET  -   Martin

    I wasent sure about zumbies but yes I allways prepare with food in cans watter, medicine and tools like lamps radios cell phones, and not just me but allway try to tell my family to be in case of an emergency for any kind of dessaster.

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  214. June 5, 2011 at 7:58 am ET  -   JD

    Are you guys seriously a GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION?!?!? Was the site hacked? I can’t believe this is what the government wastes its time on! ZOMBIES?!?!?!? really? I mean, people can’t come back from the dead! And, if it were a disease, it would be immediately quarantined upon notice by paramedics. I hope whoever wrote this was fired!

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  215. June 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm ET  -   Realtruth

    I forgot!
    Thanks CDC
    It’s about time a government agency told the truth.
    Even though you had to do it in what others call a silly scenario or a waste of taxpayer money.
    I thought it was brilliant using a Hollywood Zombie scenario since so many are brainwashed with Hollywood these days.
    Just another sad truth about our world today

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  216. June 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm ET  -   realtruth

    I should have been a fiction writer huh?
    I wonder if I could get a job on the scifi network?
    Heres another scenario.

    The Earth falls out of orbit because of a huge meteor storm from the breakup of a distant planet and it’s just enough trama to our belt to cause severe storms and solar tsunamis.
    This creates panic because the tsunamis shut off all electrical power in the world.
    They cause further devastation because crops die and people start starving.
    All life in the oceans is wiped out from the poison that was growing on the broken planet and that starts stinking all over the world big time.
    Causing disease and pestilence. People start looking at each other as food.
    Thus the Zombie scenario again. Not as elaborate as my first scenario but another good example of what could happen to make a zombie scenario a reality.

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  217. June 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm ET  -   Louise

    Great Job, CDC!

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  218. June 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm ET  -   Susan S. Anderson

    It’s nice to know that while the CDC has done virtually nothing about my illness, Chronic Fatigue Immune Disfunction Syndrome, and millions are suffering, they are fully prepared for a zombie attack…. and have the time to write an indepth article about it…on my tax dollars. Way to go guys. Great PR to restore your tarnished credibility. ( NOT!)

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  219. June 6, 2011 at 12:12 am ET  -   Twizzm

    People needs to realize this is to get younger crowds to prepare for an emergency, if you notice every bullet point says “like a hurricane or like some other natural disaster.”

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  220. June 6, 2011 at 11:38 am ET  -   pie 22

    cool i’m ready for the zombies!!!

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  221. June 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm ET  -   Nick

    you all say you’re gonna be prepared for a zombie apocalypse. Other disasters you can, but not zombies. no matter what, people would never be truly ready for the trauma caused by seeing a friend or family member, someone you love with eyes clouded over and wounds you know they didnt survive moving towards you. it would be hard to kill(or re-kill) something wearing their skin. there is only so much the human mind can take before breaking, and if it doesnt get you immediately it will get you eventually. if it starts either kill yourself (cowardly in most cases but respectable here) or, in a futile attempt, fight to the last. and if you do try to get out (still respectable) then stay out of large groups, people can be liabilities, and if you must i say 2 at least, 4 max. people can be liabilities because sometimes they can be more dangerous then a zombie, the line between sanity and madness is thin.

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  222. June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm ET  -   Debra

    It’s SYFY!

    Hollywood is getting ready to start filming World War Z now. I am sure that movie will be a welath of information!

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  223. June 7, 2011 at 1:15 am ET  -   prozombie

    I had no idea the cdc website could be so much fun!!!

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  224. June 7, 2011 at 1:19 am ET  -   emma

    wow, I love this, it is wonderful to know what to do if zombies happen.

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  225. June 7, 2011 at 1:41 am ET  -   rick

    well i read many of the comments some people do not get that the CDC is just using this as a main-stream media way of informing people.. i myself just love seeing ZOMBIE APC. on the CDC website.. thx..

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  226. June 7, 2011 at 1:50 am ET  -   jano

    Ignore the naysayers. they don’t get it. I have a 19 year old son. We are in California, waiting for ‘the big one’. I could not get him- or his friends- interested in the Earthquake kit until now. Bravo! More! More!

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  227. June 7, 2011 at 10:21 am ET  -   Chuck Hagi

    I beleive for starters, everyone should watch Zombieland. It puts out some good useful pointers. Next, the outcome of there actually being a zombie apocalypse is unprobable, sadly i do say so. I wish there could be one…. We will see what we can do about this :-)

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  228. June 7, 2011 at 10:44 am ET  -   Robert

    I’m ready for zombie emergency, as long as they don’t all break into the “thriller” – I haven’t mastered those moves yet…

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  229. June 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm ET  -   K

    I don’t suppose the CDC has gotten T-shirts printed up yet? :)

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  230. June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm ET  -   Rina

    Seriously, all of you people on the thread complaining about the CDC wasting tax dollars on making a “Zombie Apocalypse Prepardness Guide” don’t get the actual reason they posted it. Given what happened in Katrina, Japan, and more recently, down South, people are usually caught unawares by Nature and all her fury and don’t know how to keep themselves alive until help arrives. All of this is just basic emergency survival know-how that the average American can use to protect themselves against REAL emergencies. The use of Zombies is a way to garner attention from the public who would probably ignore this if it were a typical hurricane or earthquake survival guide and it is going to save lives, and taxpayer money, in the end when more people read this and follow these basic steps. Please stop being so ignorant and just be happy that someone in the government has at least a sense of humor.

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  231. June 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm ET  -   Zachary Snow

    I have been practicing for a zombie apocolypse, as in (routes, safe havens, safety packs, weapons, and advantage points.) I have a group together called NZRS ro (Nevada Zombie Response Squad) We will take them all down!

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  232. June 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm ET  -   zimily

    i can’t believe anyone would think of this article as a waste of government money. This might be the only way to get lazy, media-crazed teenagers such as myself to think about being prepared for a disaster. in other words, DOWN WITH THE ZOMBIE-HATERS!!

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  233. June 8, 2011 at 10:25 am ET  -   JM

    OK!

    Can the CDC Post a Preparedness plan for the Total Collapse of the Dollar? Should we be part of a co-op farm outside the city in order to afford food??

    Will a year of food be enough?

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  234. June 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm ET  -   Feather

    OK, I get the whole “emergency plan” and its value. But seriously ZOMBIE?! I felt my intellect declining the more I read. As a member of a disaster response team, I take this matter more seriously then the majority of you “gamers” and “movie guru’s”. Whats next, a vampire apocolypse?! What a waste of tax dollars…please tell me there isnt a doctor in the world that would endorse or research the possibility of this “stupid” event of ever occurring. As if the CDC has nothing better to address than impossible and fictional events. On the otherhand, it looks as if, I may be wrong…there are mindless ZOMBIES reading and believing this garbage! Glad my fellow Americans have their priorities straight, no wonder we are going down the tubes!!!! AND GEEZE…I get it, you hate Republicans, stop using every media opportunity to make it politics….PSSSST “ITS NOT REAL!”

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  235. June 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm ET  -   OrderedChaos

    It took some guts, not to mention BRAINNNNSSSSSS, for the CDC to approach disaster preparedness is such a fun way.

    Kudos, CDC, for devising a clever way of bringing attention to a topic most people don’t want to think about!

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  236. June 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm ET  -   Toni .G DUDE

    I am so ready for a zombie attack. I think it is cool other than all your friends and family and possibly even you dying. Most people think it will never happen, but guess what people it may not happen in your life time but it will happen sometime.

    IF YOU WANT TO LEARN TO SURVIVE DURING A ZOMBIE ATTACK OR EPIDEMIC THEN GO OUT AND BUY THE BOOK “THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM THE LIVING DEAD” IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED. THE BOOK IS BY MAX BROOKS.

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  237. June 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm ET  -   Kathy Johnson

    Brilliant! What a wonderful application of social marketing to encourage preparedness among individuals who might not have actually considered it prior to the article.

    Public Health discussions are now taking place among entirely new populations, including youth, gamers, and others. By framing the discussion in a manner that appeals to this group, important information is delivered, understood and acted upon.

    As an added bonus, my children now think my pursuit of a DrPH is actually cool.

    Thanks, CDC!! I only wish I’d thought of this first!!!

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  238. June 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm ET  -   Jon

    Now think it throu all those people that are just doing this because its the only thing they know, i mean come on a zombie apocolypse?? HA mabey in your dreams but if its true then all i can say is dont be foolish cause they are people with souls so every one that you kill spends all eternity in HELL.do you want to be one of them,, to spend eternity in HELL i mean come on you know.just think about it.

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  239. June 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm ET  -   JumpUp12

    My health teacher just assigned a brochure on safety to make. I think I just found my topic.

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  240. June 9, 2011 at 7:06 am ET  -   Anonymouse

    HA! And this ‘Zombie” thing is probly set up by them. and there probly make a disease that does somthing to the body almost exactly how we know zombies. -_-

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  241. June 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm ET  -   DShake

    Great Job CDC and all the people that actually read the article and gave it this much thought. I ran out of time to read all 200+ posts on this discussion, so I am sorry if I am repeating this, but if you want to add one more thing to your Zombie Kit, don’t forget pet food, leashes and/ or carriers. The last thing anyone wants to do when they are on the run from zombies or a tornado, is leave the furry ones behind. I read a story about a boxer (dog) that the family couldn’t find during one of the tornado rampages over the last week. The family survived in the basement, and by the grace of God the pup was back without a scratch the next day. But how aweful is that to know your dog is out there by himself during a tornado? I can’t stand the thought of this happening to any of my pets. So I will be stocking on the Beneful and along with the ramen noodles, and figuring out a backup plan for where they can stay if the zombie stuff really hits the fan. Thanks again CDC.

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  242. June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm ET  -   Janet

    it is obvious to me the nay sayers did not read the entire post! I am proud of the CDC for their creativeness in getting out some very useful information in a format which draws people in and keeps their attention… Bravo!!!

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  243. June 10, 2011 at 2:46 am ET  -   A.J

    Wow. Zombies hey.

    I love zombie movies and all that stuf, but when it realy happens no one wil be ready becous we neva faced anything like that before.

    Remember that zombies won’t be the only thing that we gona have to warry about when the zombie invasion happens, there could be sycho’s to.

    Let’s hope the CDC did this post for natural disasters and not something they did and trying to prepare everyone for their mistakes!!!!!

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  244. June 10, 2011 at 2:52 am ET  -   Leslie

    This is the best ever. I’m going to get my pack ready.

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  245. June 10, 2011 at 9:33 am ET  -   Marsha

    I have been planning my own course of action since I saw Night of the Living Dead years ago and it scared the beejezus out of me. Your list missed good running shoes, cell phone, lighter, keep your vehicle in good working order (never less than half a tank of gas ever) and make sure to bring the pets! Last thing we need is zombie Fido or Kitty….pet carriers, water, food, blanket for them too.

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  246. June 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm ET  -   Alannah

    i would like to suggest that you use the cheat codes. you can find them on any gamer site

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  247. June 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm ET  -   ChubbyD

    Sorry to say this but all you guys are either gonna die or be completely unprepared when the apocalypse comes. None of you have any idea what you are talking about. Most of you are just gonna go to the nearest gun store NEWS FLASH all you need are these three books (The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, The Zombie Combat Manual by Roger MA, U.S. Army Zombie Combat Skills by The Department Of The Army) and either a safe place to survive in or a plan of how you can get to a safe place to survive.

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  248. June 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm ET  -   ChubbyD

    Nick is actually the only person here who gets it.

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  249. June 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm ET  -   hester

    first do something good with tax dallors and second consult with a zombie person like me. you could put stay in/on a safe place like a roof with zombies or flooding. since you are vainly trying to compare a zombie outbreak with natural disasters. Do something more productive with your time and our tax dallors.

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  250. June 11, 2011 at 10:12 am ET  -   Charles

    Are these people actually SERIOUS?!
    I mean aside from the motto that “fear sells” and trying to push their “zombie survival kit”, does anyone REALLY believe this spill?
    Just when you think they can’t sink any lower, THEY DO..
    Geez, they tought us in the Army that some of these symptoms actually CAN be caused by a nuclear bomb/radiation, but a “zombie apocalypse”? c’mon!

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  251. June 11, 2011 at 10:44 am ET  -   mike

    yes im prepared for an out breck i have my bug out bag ready

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  252. June 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm ET  -   Oliveira

    Great job guys!
    I´m from Brazil, I was wondering… A zombie apocalypse, would be very good for the world, because whould be a chance to we back to a zero point.

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  253. June 13, 2011 at 2:36 am ET  -   Leicester City Is Not Ready For the Zombie Apocalypse | Popular Events

    [...] If the council is to be believed, Leicester City is NOT prepared for a potential zombie attack. In fact, it’s doubtful many places are, because, frankly, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, er, a zombie apocalypse outbreak. Maybe the city council in question could consult the CDC… [...]

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  254. June 13, 2011 at 10:40 am ET  -   Kathy

    Anything creative enough to get people thinking about disaster planning is money well spent. I’ve responded to numerous disasters and am always shocked at how woefully unprepared folks were. I’ve also worked on many disaster preparedness projects and have witnessed the total apathy that the general public has about disaster planning. Congratuations CDC for thinking outside the box.

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  255. June 13, 2011 at 11:01 am ET  -   Zombie Preparedness | AntiMatter Collective

    [...] The city council of Leicester, UK has been forced to admit that they are unprepared for the event of a zombie uprising. Fortunately, our CDC here at home in the States has recently addressed the concern. [...]

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  256. June 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm ET  -   kaz

    this isn’t wasting money. the cdc is putting a nice spin on emergency preperation for people. it sure got your attention though.

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  257. June 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm ET  -   Cindy

    Awesome tactic to promote awareness… kudos CDC.

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  258. June 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm ET  -   Tyler

    Time to dust off the crowbar and stock up on Spam. Not saying that the zombie apocalypse is going to happen but if it did, in a weird frightened sort of way, I’d be excited.

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  259. June 14, 2011 at 12:40 am ET  -   Rob

    Please stop wasting my tax money, CDC, and instead direct your energies towards vaccine safety.

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  260. June 14, 2011 at 12:57 am ET  -   sharon

    I KNOW PEOPLE THING THIS IS WIERD BUT I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU MY KIDS READ ABOUT THE ZOMBIE THING AND REALLY PAID ATTETION TO OUR FAMILY PLANS IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A FUN WAY TO TEACK THEM

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  261. June 14, 2011 at 11:14 am ET  -   james

    that is so stupid :I

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  262. June 14, 2011 at 11:51 am ET  -   Laura

    This is a fun and inventive way to get a new group involved in emergency preparedness. Great idea!

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  263. June 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm ET  -   J

    Great communications tool. A bit of humor to get people’s attention, but still sharing solid information. Congratulations to the CDC for coming up with a creative way to get some solid information out into the world and to start getting younger generations thinking about “preparedness” for an emergency. Congratulations on a unique and attention getting campaign.

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  264. June 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm ET  -   C

    This is NOT a waste of money!!!Excellent job guys!!! Way to get the word out on being prepared for a disaster. Thanks, my zombie plan and kit is in place and will forward this as well. KUDOS to the CDC!!!!!

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  265. June 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm ET  -   Sara- Louise Wolfe

    i love it!

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  266. June 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm ET  -   Kelly Beauchamp

    I am retired from the Army and Current Army Civilian Employee and we have been preparing for the worst since I can remember. You got to be ready for anything, Zombies, Anthrax, terrorist. As for the the kit that CDC listed, too basic. Spend the money on quality flashlights, radios, medical kits. backpacks, tents, stoves, etc. When you look to purchasing equipment, ask yourself “Can I bet my life on this gear”. Speaking of Gear, you can have all the best equipment in the world, but if you don’t have a workable plan, it’s useless. Get ready now, tomorrow might be too late. (I also have bets on the Aliens will get you before the zombies do!)

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  267. June 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm ET  -   cole stone

    I my self have a “Zombie Survival kit” and basic natural disaster kit in my home my zombie survival kit consists of non-perishable foods such as spaghetti o’s beans and that sort of stuff basic first aid kit and a more advance first aid kit about 6 gallons of water sleeping bags basic fire materials lighter matches fire steel and striker 3 knives a utility knife SOG knife and a day to day use pocket knife duct tape gasoline a generator and other basic tools such as hammer wrench etc my food is enough to last for 6 months mostly being cooked by a camping stove my fortified location is my basement 7 foot thick walls 5 foot think floor all concrete it takes a wooden door and a steel door to get in plus a flight of stairs and the steel door is locked by three dead bolts and a chain

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  268. June 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm ET  -   torshikt

    I watched the show “the walking” dead last weekend with a friend by the way it was pretty fun you guys should check it out .

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  269. June 15, 2011 at 2:02 am ET  -   Radia

    I would suggest chain mail. Zombies can’t bite through chain mail, they only have teeth. I could go on as I have thought quite a bit about zombie apocalypses happening but. You know. I don’t want to.

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  270. June 15, 2011 at 7:29 am ET  -   MRW81

    I note that the zombies don’t eat each other.
    How about some make-up so you can look like a zombie?
    No need for a gun or bat to “make your escape”.
    Escape to where?
    We are all going to die anyway.
    May as well go out happy.

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  271. June 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm ET  -   tom

    Millions of Americans are Zombies already, taking meds that are not needed.
    Wake up.

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  272. June 17, 2011 at 1:06 am ET  -   Tom

    When there is no more room in hell, the dead shell walk the earth. I can see that the first ones to turn are the same ones that think that it’s a waste of money to do what it takes to get people to get prepared for emergencies.

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  273. June 17, 2011 at 2:03 am ET  -   Takeda

    Yeah the CDC can joke about a Zombie out break, but they can’t do anything about the rise of the machines! Terminator, minus the time travel is way more possible than a Zombie attack, so tell me what the CDC is going to do about that. Oh don’t get me wrong liberalism is proof of Zombies, but get real!

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  274. June 17, 2011 at 3:34 am ET  -   Charlie

    Hi, I live in Australia and we don’t really have a CDC or anything like that here, let alone one based anywhere near where I live but my dad has this huge old Nissan Datson Patrol which is basically a truck and is absolutely perfect for a zombie invasion because it has seats that we put in the back, is the most durable thing around, seats about 7, 9 if your pushing it and 14 if you utilize the floor space and it is just plain awesome. My friends and I have this whole zombie invasion evasion plan sorted out and I can reach all the pedals of the car at 5’2″ tall and being the shortest, we should be all good :)

    I am about to forward the url to all my friends but I think that it great that a government body somewhere on earth is finally starting to take the threat of a zombie invasion seriously because I seriously hate scary movies and a zombie invasion would be the most terrifying thing on the planet!… Ta! :P

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  275. June 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm ET  -   Kevin

    Nice to see that a government organization that has one of the most serious of jobs, can show that their people and have some fun once in a while. And the preparedness kit they describe really is a good emergency preparedness kit in general. Good job!

    PS – on the other hand though: Is there something they know that we don’t? :-)

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  276. June 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm ET  -   sara

    imagine if there was a real zombie virus

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  277. June 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm ET  -   Trav West

    How could the CDC have missed the impact of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which is set in Atlanta (CDC’s home)? Some scenes involved the CDC.

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  278. June 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm ET  -   Anne Bauman

    where can I get printed copies of your excellent ads/images?

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  279. June 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm ET  -   David

    I’ve been ready for the Zombie Apocalypse for years.It will happen hopefully not in our life time though. It even says in the bible that the dead will rise from there graves. So if the CDC is backing it up along with bible it has to be true.The best place to start you preperation is the nearest army surplus store,they will have every thing you need. Make sure that everyone in caravan/Family,Friends knows how to drive a big rig or a big old school bus. Next stop a super walmart and take all that you need remember don’t be greedy there will be others that need rations. But if push comes to shove you and your own come first.Then you’ll need a home depot gather as much would ,sheet metal,batteries,flash lights tools,generators,flood lights,pvc,coper,metal pipeing and concrete.Then hold up in an industrial like wherehouse structure too prepare for the jurney but don’t hold up to long .I complety left this out sorry your going to need to hit up a gas station right after taking your school bus/rig.

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  280. June 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm ET  -   Chris

    Your supply list is very good and has helped me with my plan. My plan is to round up about 20 people head to Wal-mart baricade evry entrance with shelfs and anything else heavy. Make a farm on the roof for an unlimeded supply od food and use weapons from the hunting section and finally use large buckets/ bens to catch rain water to drink. If anyone else has any ideas how do make my plan better pleas let me know.

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  281. June 21, 2011 at 12:13 am ET  -   partick

    me and my friends commonly disscuse this and have allready planned wat to do

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  282. June 21, 2011 at 12:29 am ET  -   patrick

    1 more thing to all these ppl saying its a waste of money, you never now wat could happen with all these new diseises going around and bio warfare and stuff so stuff it thank you CDC even tho i kno yall could have put moore stupp for the safty kit

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  283. June 21, 2011 at 12:57 am ET  -   Brad

    OMG, there’s a zombie on my lawn!

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  284. June 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm ET  -   Clay

    even if the CDC did help they would need military support so shouldnt the military also be prepard for this as well?

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  285. June 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm ET  -   ?????

    to post # 266 u play to much plants vs zombies bro lol

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  286. June 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm ET  -   Lee

    Man oh man, There’s Zombies in Las Vegas they have blue hair and frequent casinos.

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  287. June 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm ET  -   Appealing to the Masses

    What a great way to get younger generations to pay attention to the importance of emergency preparedness! Federal funding well spent. Cudos to all involved.

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  288. June 22, 2011 at 9:16 am ET  -   peezy

    why/how would the CDC conduct an investigation for the infection? and how will the zombies be are they like old school zombies (slow, brainless) or new schoool (fast, slowly gaining knowledge/memories)? will animals be a part of their food chain? will zombies have an urge for our flesh or brains? where will the infection start? I NEED ANSWERS PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!

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  289. June 22, 2011 at 9:20 am ET  -   Peezy

    Chris (20 Jun 11 at 843 pm ET)
    you need to watch more movies man too many people die in places like wal-mart yeah it’s ok to drop in and get supplies but that’s it you need to find a more secure location and make sure you can fortify

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  290. June 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm ET  -   trevmom

    This is genius, if you want to educate the under 30 crowd about emergency preparedness this will do it! Genius!!

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  291. June 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm ET  -   Ron

    I was pretty entertained by this, until I wondered how many tax dollars were wasted in the preparation of this article. I envision a project manager, a task force, dry-erase boards, spreadsheets… awesome use of government time and taxpayer funds!

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  292. June 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm ET  -   Donovan Ruckman

    i have prepared ive found a wwII fallout shelter stocked it with extra food ammo and supplies and first aid cousns in the air force got a humvee and a conected riot proof garage above the shelter it houses 14 below with free space and 10 above saftley with animal food also a ventalation shaft and water purification installed lavratories and hygine equipment riot gear and non perisable food with a renewable water source and a wind turbine and gas and bike powered generators i 20 people can survive here for 10 years or more also with extra upstars storage mabey even longer.

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  293. June 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm ET  -   ultra peezy

    the infection has got to be flown in – i expect we will need cages at airports – this will be one of the answers for curing the world wide financial crisis – greece has a long history of zombies gong back 100s of years – they can lead the world in detection and surveillance!!!

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  294. June 23, 2011 at 2:44 am ET  -   zimily

    imagine if terrorists used zombies as a form of bio-warfare. we’d be screwed unless we all had one of these kits. SO GO MAKE ONE! I DON’T NEED YOUR ZOMBIE BUTT TRYING TO EAT ME!

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  295. June 23, 2011 at 10:19 am ET  -   Jason

    Really good one!!well done ;_)

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  296. June 23, 2011 at 10:50 am ET  -   Planned Parenthood

    Just wear a condom. The CDC will love you.

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  297. June 23, 2011 at 11:18 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Thanks for you’re comment Ron. We hope you enjoyed the article and understand the importance of being prepared for any emergency, especially real ones like hurricanes, floods, or tornados.

    In response to your comment, we actually didn’t spend any additional money on this campaign. We used existing staff, resources, and communication channels. We are really proud of the number of people we reached on a shoestring budget.

    Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more from Public Health Matters!

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  298. June 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm ET  -   DARIAN

    i CAN,T WAIT TILL THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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  299. June 24, 2011 at 7:54 am ET  -   james

    Wow, i love how the CDC trys to down play the fact that tere are Zombies. I am sure they are a bi product of some government testing gone wrong.

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  300. June 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm ET  -   Marcus Beecher

    A GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag is a must have at all times. This is a 48 hour survival kit listed in this article, and contains everything you MUST have to survive 48 hours on foot. Make one in a large backpacking bag and keep it in your garage. I include a lightweight tent with mine :)

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  301. June 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm ET  -   mike gilmore

    i believe ,in a real long term disaster there will be the unprepared persons,evil persons,injured or infected persons.desperation is a motivation to kill for comfort.one should prepare for real monsters.you read about them everyday in the papers.police only act after a crime,too late for the dead.

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  302. June 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm ET  -   hank

    well i guess that the cdc dont read the news but 2 real zombie attacks 1 oklahoma and 1 new orleans …sad part is that it was caused by drugs ……….meth

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  303. June 25, 2011 at 10:39 am ET  -   Danielle

    This is absolutely an EPIC post! Definitely sharing. My parents thought I was crazy fro reading “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks. Thinking I am totally insane for even considering a Zombie Apocalypse as a possibility. Hey Man.. I would rather be prepared. If it doesn’t hapen, great! If it does, I’m prepared. And guess who will be calling me once zombies are knocking down their door. That’s right my parents. And just with this post goes to show, it’s possible. Even the CDC thinks so. Thanks so much CDC! For showing the judgemental unbelievers, it is possible for a Zombie Infestation.

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  304. June 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm ET  -   Hossinator

    Listen people. This is about DISASTER preparedness. For all of you morons who are complaining that the government is wasting money on this, please read it. This is about natural disasters. They are using the zombie angle to get people reading. If people prepare for a zombie outbreak and, oh I don’t know, a FLOOD occurs, guess what?, they have an emergency kit!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not a an of the current administration but KUDOS to you good folks at the CDC. Don’t let some narrow minded people stop you from your good work!!!

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  305. June 26, 2011 at 12:22 am ET  -   Anchorite

    Just substitute bird flu for zombie apocalypse and this is a very good article. I for one have never gone to a CDC page and read anything except travel advisories until this, so it captured my interest. The bird flu of 1918 (aka Spanish flu) killed more people than WWI, so it is still a real danger. Thank you CDC for still looking out for us.

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  306. June 26, 2011 at 4:22 am ET  -   TheNonIdiot

    Nice little posting, however:
    Most likely if there was a Zombie outbreak you are looking more towards Night of the living dead, Shaun of the Dead and Last of the living Zombies, they would be slow moving because of muscle deterioration and loss of a lot of mental capacity including movement.
    So IF there ever was a zombie outbreak, rather than going to a “shellter” or “camp” where IF the infected did get inside, they would most likely cause an outbreak inside, it’s actually best to wait inside a place you are familiar with, that is safe for at least the first two weeks, because there would be no blood circulation eventually the zombies bodies would have an advance level of decomposition and start to deteriorate which would effect their movement more and cause them to be much slower, which would be easier to deal with. Now, in the event it’s a natural disaster, fallow all the things CDC has said, if it’s a zombie outbreak … Do your research =)

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  307. June 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm ET  -   Inexistent User

    What if there were to be a virus spread genetically that activated in the 10th year or any year of life, so nobody could prepare for it?

    We’d be screwed.

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  308. June 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm ET  -   Glaux

    I think this is a very COST EFFECTIVE way of communicating emergency preparedness! Kudos!

    To everyone complaining about WASTED GOVERNMENT MONEY, how else would you suggest the CDC get basic emergency preparedness info out to the public? When was the last time you got so many hits on your blog? If a fraction of the hipsters who check out this page actually put together emergency kits, and a fraction of them actually have a reason to use them, that’s still lives saved and maybe a few less people requiring expensive emergency assistance.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of TAX DOLLARS SAVED (and also lives saved, if that matters at all).

    BIG THANKS to everyone working in the field of public health!

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  309. June 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm ET  -   Jacob

    Jacob is willing to help with any outbreak

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  310. June 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm ET  -   DALALEAH

    This is frieken BEAUTIFUL, i got teary eyed when i read it. Hilarious. very good way to get disaster info out there. Good job CDC.

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  311. June 28, 2011 at 12:04 am ET  -   Walker

    You have got to be kidding me. Really! And we can’t even help those who’s homes are being taken away by hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. No one knows when the end of time will be. An all powerful being would never let the little guy know when the final day is coming. Why would He let you prepare. You might as well sit and suffer thinking you are going to be tortured by zombies and waste you money in the resession on your zombie kit because your zombies will be your family, friends and neighbors coming to kill, steal and distroy what you do have after the rapture does come and the anti-christ is the one controlling everything left in the world. What you eat, do, say, buy. What a crock! Blah

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  312. June 28, 2011 at 3:08 am ET  -   kberly

    Don’t you mean vaccine zombies??? Don’t you people have someone to go inject a bunch of toxins into?… oh but that would be one way to start a zombie apocolypse… especially since you have identified the virus. I am sure you people just suck!

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  313. June 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm ET  -   Ed

    Amazing, just before finding this post I had made a game out of making a survival kit with the family. The one we had need to be updated and refreshed. The kids loved the post. Thanx for the humor but for the real world common sense.

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  314. June 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm ET  -   zombieexpert

    very clever how you named the article zombies so people would read it even though it is all about hurricanes. but all the same i have my zombie survival kit in my bacement

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  315. June 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm ET  -   Shamus Andrek

    The CDC shouldn’t just focus on an investigation or quarantine in the event of any epidemic or bio-hazard situation because many people will lose faith in the government when they aren’t evacuated. Evacuation in any bio-hazard situation should be immediate.

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  316. June 30, 2011 at 11:58 am ET  -   Keith

    My wife still does not believe. I’m going to miss her.

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  317. July 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm ET  -   alliyah

    aaahhh !. :O this is so awesome . My friend wants to be a proffesional zombie killer when she grows up . ! (:

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  318. July 2, 2011 at 2:27 am ET  -   Justin

    I am prepared for the zombie apocolypse.

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  319. July 2, 2011 at 3:37 am ET  -   C-Dog

    ZOMBIES WOULD NEVER HAPPEN, think about the human body, since zombies are dead, they have no heart beat, no blood or oxygen is going to the brain, how would the brain function…why would have to shot the zombie in the head and destroy the brain, the brain is already destroyed. a zombie brain would be a puddle of goo and if there was some how a way for zombies to still live after the brain shut down, you could simply hide out for a year, the bodies would fall apart…if that don’t work, move to the yukon, the zombies would never make it, they would be frozen soild….If a zombie bite a polar bear and it becomes a zombpolbear then i guess your …

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  320. July 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm ET  -   Wills

    Anyone who wants a great training course for themselves and their family shoot us an email. Doesn’t matter if you’re preparing for zombies or economic collapse, you need to start preparing now.

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  321. July 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm ET  -   Josh

    If ever I have heard a reason to arm all the citizens of the USA this would be the reason.

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  322. July 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm ET  -   Mark

    The CDC is working on an vaccine to innoculate select “important” people when this outbreak happens. Ask yourself why they would need an vaccine if there was no virus? And why was the vaccine not mentioned in this article?

    Well they made the zombie virus and they are working on the vaccine in a top secret lab but the scientists have not been successful yet. So there will not be a zombie outbreak until they have the vaccine.

    Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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  323. July 4, 2011 at 4:04 am ET  -   Marilyn

    For all you people out there talking about how we are wasting our tax money on talking about zombies- live a little! The CDC obviously isn’t serious about the zombies, they want to bring attention to the real problem- emergency (such as earthquakes and tornados) awareness. And for all you idiots out there freaking out about how there really will be an apocolypse- get a life. Seriously lay off, if you wanna be prepared then cool but stop stuffing your opinions down the throat of others. This is coming from a 16 year old girl, and I make more sense than all of you paranoid people. Thanks.

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  324. July 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm ET  -   Zombeekillah

    Awesome

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  325. July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm ET  -   Zach

    wait wait wait…. the government is gonna try to handle this situation???? oh crap…. well… WE’RE BONED!!!!!

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  326. July 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm ET  -   Rachel

    Brilliant campaign. Definitely reaching a segment of the population that would otherwise not EVER care to read anything like this . Brilliant.

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  327. July 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm ET  -   OldMother

    I would love to know how many people have actually read this post that would not have bothered with a normal post…
    Finally the CDC is providing to the level of a missed audience…

    Do you know how many times I have had to explain and interpret emergency warnings to functionally illiterate individuals? The only problem with this post is that there is going to be SOMEONE SOMEWHERE who is going to believe that The X-files have discovered the Zombie plot is real and comming our way …

    [#289 June 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm ET - Inexistent User :What if there were to be a virus spread genetically that activated in the 10th year or any year of life, so nobody could prepare for it?*****]

    *****I actually think it is there we just are not paying attention to it yet. Ignorance will be the leveler of the playing field.

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  328. July 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm ET  -   me

    dryfood, meds and things are all ready to go.

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  329. July 5, 2011 at 6:14 am ET  -   kberly

    my comment is still waiting modernation… is this conformed enough? Or are you going to deny me this comment also?

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  330. July 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm ET  -   John

    “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks. It is complete protection from the living dead.
    Prepare now……..

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  331. July 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm ET  -   Krystle

    This is the most awesome post you all have EVER put out. :) Well done!

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  332. July 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm ET  -   Chiefleast

    Slick PR campaign to catch peoples attention! I’d say the CDC just educated a host of unsuspecting twentysomethings searching “Nazi Apocalypse” on Google.

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  333. July 7, 2011 at 2:54 am ET  -   ZRTGA

    This is awesome! my buddies and i have talked about this happening for years now and we have our plan near perfected for what we’ll do if a catastrophe like this happens. all the other survival kit stuff should be a “no brainer” to most people. on the zombie side of things me and my team have our community protected. thanks CDC keep up the good work!

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  334. July 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm ET  -   Amber

    For all you people who think this is a waste of money…..get over it! You never know what will happen and it did not cost a lot of money to put this page up. And if there is a zombie outbreak you will probably get eaten first.

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  335. July 9, 2011 at 12:20 am ET  -   john

    yeah this is cool thanks cdc but i think the government should quit messing with stuff so this dont happen

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  336. July 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm ET  -   Diogo

    HEY!! wanna check good way to prepares yourself to zombies invasion? Go chec the animes Highschool of The Dead and the TV show( dont know if it was canceled) The Walking Dead.
    Learn something from them and use it in case of this happens…
    P.S: Not joking u should rlly check tht out

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  337. July 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm ET  -   Elizabeth Barr

    I cannot believe that you the CDC would actually post an emergency prepardness plan for what is assume a social myth “Zombies”. Where is the proof of this virus. This decreases one faith in the validity in the CDC’s scientific research.

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  338. July 10, 2011 at 5:34 am ET  -   missnina

    Extremely pleased with this post. What an awesome idea for informing the public what to do in case of an emergency, in such a fun and delightful manner. A spoonful of sugar always helps the medicine go down. Sheer marketing genius! I will be posting this on facebook, I think alot of my friends will get a kick out of it. You should really make a printable (.pdf) poster, this would be great for my cubicle :) the [header] graphic artwork is just great!

    :) :) :)

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  339. July 10, 2011 at 6:31 am ET  -   devin

    zombies are no worry they would most likely be to slow the epidemic would end as quick as it started

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  340. July 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm ET  -   savana

    1. find a blunt object
    2. ration your food
    3. find high ground
    4. learn how to grow your own food
    5. learn how to clean your water
    6. get a mountain bike and oozz for your tires
    ( they go where cars and trucks cant)
    7. dont try and save anyone unless u really cant let them die
    8. keep going
    9. remember what your fighting for
    10. keep a change of socks and a second pair of clothes with u

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  341. July 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm ET  -   Dark Knight Rises news

    You broke down the topic pretty well; really well written!

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  342. July 11, 2011 at 10:01 am ET  -   Odette Allen

    This was a brilliant idea. I’m making an emergency kit today and do I remember to look for the CDC site? No. Do I remember the article about Zombie Apocalypse? YES!

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  343. July 11, 2011 at 10:28 am ET  -   savana

    If u are into this …… look up max brooks he is a author ……

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  344. July 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm ET  -   Howard Chipper

    ha me and my friends strted talking about what we would do if this ever happend. we would stockpile food

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  345. July 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm ET  -   Las Vegas

    Perfect work you have done, this site is really cool with wonderful information.

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  346. July 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm ET  -   gadge foutch

    for those complaining about there tax dollars being wasted cuz they believe its imposibble ur a idiot cdc did a great job on this and i dont believe they wasted a ton of cash to write a simple article on solanum virus i believe warning the public of potential saftey hazards is important including this one u must always be prepared even in this instance they would not post it if it is not a potential threat and while im running from u cuz ur a flesh eating freak that cant take advice i’ll be laughing at ur ignorance

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  347. July 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm ET  -   Leann

    With Obama’s issued warning on Tuesday when he said social security payments and veterans’ checks, among other payments, could be at risk if negotiators don’t reach a deal to raise the debt limit above $14.3 trillion by Aug. 2., We could indeed be facing a “Zombie Apocalypse.” Think of it, without necessary funds needed to sustain food, medicines, & shelter the number of people who would be in the streets, homeless, jobless, sick, hungry, crazed.

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  348. July 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm ET  -   grrr

    Im actually a zombie writing this post right now.

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  349. July 14, 2011 at 4:11 am ET  -   Hillbilly Bill

    wtf dudes???

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  350. July 14, 2011 at 10:16 am ET  -   Allison, RN

    Brilliant and entertaining way to bring attention to such an important issue. Nice job! And a shoutout to my fellow Zombie Response Team members!

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  351. July 14, 2011 at 10:27 am ET  -   Heinrich Höller

    Is this a joke? Do you Americans really beleave in this? :-D
    And you guys wonder why no body takes you serious!
    Greetings from Europe

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  352. July 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm ET  -   Charles Watch

    learned a lot from blogs.cdc.gov

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  353. July 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm ET  -   Emerson Warwick

    If a zombir bites you on the arm, can you cut off your limb and thus be saved from the infection ?

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  354. July 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm ET  -   NEKTUR

    now i know why I’m being taxed 34% by the federal gv

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  355. July 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm ET  -   Jayda

    Im sorry. Zombies aren’t real they are like dinosaurs, They lived and died, or they are just a myth. But wonderful report IF it ever happened.

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  356. July 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm ET  -   Judy

    I love it.. It made me look harder and I usually don’t read the comments. For those that are upset that preparedness is being address this way… GET OVER IT… this is a great way to get to people, especially young people, to really look at what they need. If you look around you see Zombies all over the place… at least talk about the impending zombie apocalypse. Good job!!

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  357. July 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm ET  -   dalton willett

    this is so funny I will totally use this during a zombie apocalypse hilarious!

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  358. July 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm ET  -   AK Girl

    This was a very well thought out idea. What a fun way to get people thinking about real disaster preparation. I can see by some of the comments that are negative – some people did not read it before replying. First of all, the CDC is not funded by your tax dollars people but if it was you should be proud. Think of all the people who will read this thinking it’s a joke then realize they do need to be more prepared for natural disasters or anything that could come up. Young people even, the age group mostly joking about zombies all the time could use this information to save their life if there was an earthquake or I don’t know maybe if a nuclear power plant started having meltdowns… Thank you for this blog, very well done.

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  359. July 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm ET  -   Ron

    What happens to the rescue plan if all the CDC folks become Zombies?

    With what is going on in DC these days, it appears that there are already a bunch of Zombies in Congress and the White House….so a take over of the CDC is not too much of a stretch.

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  360. July 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm ET  -   2ndchildhood

    If you meet by the mailbox, the zombies will get you for sure!!!!

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  361. July 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm ET  -   2ndchildhood

    @ Heinrich Holler — When the zombies come for you–don’t expect the USA to save you.

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  362. July 17, 2011 at 11:19 am ET  -   Glenn

    Please put a disclaimer on this article that this is not true. My son suffers from paranoia and is extremely disturbed that what is written is actually real. I don’t mind the fun of such an article, but it can be very disturbing for those who suffer from this disorder.

    Please amend this article to show that is fake.

    Regards,
    Glenn

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  363. July 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm ET  -   A

    zombies are real (look outside every friday night) .

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  364. July 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm ET  -   Nikki

    You have got to be kidding me…. Zombies??? Really?? Wow… I never thought I’d see the day. This is ridiculous! The CDC has been watching way too many cheesy old horror flicks. Give me a break.

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  365. July 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm ET  -   Zombie17

    all the people complaining about our “tax dollars” writing this article, need to lighten up. All the advice in this article can be applied to ANY diasater situation. Thats why they didnt include weapons in their “survival kit”.

    Now back to zombies, I would also include some kevlar gloves(and even sleeves if you can afford them) so you dont have to worry about getting bit on the hand.

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  366. July 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm ET  -   Dylan White

    my plan, to melt car parts and other metal, and combined with a thick rubber suit, create something like spartan or ODST type armor like from the halo series, as id like to see a zombie bite though an arm covered in a couple pounds of metal

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  367. July 19, 2011 at 12:15 am ET  -   Keith Turber

    This truly answered my dilemma, thank you!

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  368. July 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm ET  -   Zombie feast administrator

    Great work CDC. We especially commned the idea of evacuees agreeing on meeting places.

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  369. July 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm ET  -   RPD76

    The reason they don’t have get a gun on the list is because this is actually a list of things to do in the event of a real emergency ie natural disaster or terrorist attack. They don’t want armed scared americans roaming the streets or showing up to red cross sites with rifles and shot guns lol.

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  370. July 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm ET  -   luna

    if zombie’s really attacked the world that could prove the world is screwed royally!

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  371. July 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm ET  -   karin hart

    this could make purple monkey’s and talking elephants cause my giraffe is already mocking me at my window!!
    my life would be more fun then it already is cause my cousin is chuck Norris.

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  372. July 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm ET  -   luna

    my cousin would star the zombie invasion and the world will show how screwed it really is.

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  373. July 21, 2011 at 1:37 am ET  -   Noah

    Really, people? Lighten up with your retard comments like “umg guyz this iz wazting r munnyz”. I mean really, since when does it cost ANY money WHATSOEVER to post on a blog? Never. It’s idiot tightwads like you that make this country hell for the rest of us. Lighten up.

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  374. July 21, 2011 at 2:24 am ET  -   Steven Keck

    This is wonderful. Now if only we could find a fun and innovative way to stress the importance of reading comprehension, so that the poor souls who have been upset by this blog post will have some hope of someday getting this joke.

    Or any joke for that matter. Or if we could just get them to stop bragging about how they don’t understand what’s going on around them, as if abject stupidity was the noblest of virtues…

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  375. July 21, 2011 at 4:05 am ET  -   Marcos Schelling

    Your website is extremely great … carry on the work!

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  376. July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm ET  -   DR. FERNANDO VALENCIA Psychiatriest u.c.l.a

    I AM IMPRESSED NO T WITH CDC BUT WITH US AND HOW WE HAVE DEVELOPED A ZOMBIE ALERT ? DONT GET ME WRONG I LOVE ZOMBIE FLICKS AND IM TERRYFIED THAT THIS MIGTH REALLY HAPPEN SO IM PREPARING AT THIS MOMENT MY ZOMBIE KIT . YOU HAVE CONVINCED ME .

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  377. July 22, 2011 at 2:45 am ET  -   Bryton Decker

    this doesnt make any sense y would u have the cops or fire department or something like thts # they would have probabaly have left town ive thought about wat i would do if a zombie apocalypse happened for years so if it really happened i would be ready and i no it
    its very complicated plan but not really

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  378. July 22, 2011 at 8:29 am ET  -   M

    Way to go CDC ! Thumbs up for the marketing genius!

    For the negative complainers, the CDC really got their bang for the buck on this twist. It is the same basic disaster preparedness information that the CDC has been making available to the public, but with some tongue in cheek humor added to make it a little more enjoyable and get the public attention. In trying to get people to read the information available, this zombie twist hit the jackpot.

    In all seriousness, the preparedness information contained is valid useful information. Read it. Understand it. Use it. You will not be sorry.

    Note: I am in no way connected with the CDC.

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  379. July 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm ET  -   TheyreComing

    Awesome post! Zombie apocalypse? We can handle it!

    The trailer for the second season of The Walking Dead just premiered at Comic-Con and I KNOW all you zombie-enthusiasts will eat this up!
    Can’t WAIT for the new season!!!

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  380. July 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm ET  -   gumby32

    Some garlic and a silver cross might also come in handy just in case.

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  381. July 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm ET  -   gumby32

    The emergency preparedness kits should also be useful during the next Rapture scheduled for this October and the cataclysm associated with the end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012. Start preparing now before it’s too late!

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  382. July 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm ET  -   Danielle

    I think that you’ll need to see a psychiatrist

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  383. July 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm ET  -   dyangomartinez

    i really think that if a zombie apocalypse does happen i know that would be one crazy thing to really get your mind around it and react to it, when it comes to something that crazy i really think there is chemicals that could be launch into out atmosphere and gives the population some kind of weird sickness and such thing could cause the humanity population to actually turn out to be like zombies running around waiting to get a piece of your flesh and rip it apart but if does happen i hope that the C.D.C does act fast to something so critical and crazy as something like this i would survive to the fullest

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  384. July 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm ET  -   ******

    when i heard about this i flipped out and made an entire emergency kit and i carry it around every were i know all about zombies so i know good true movies are zombie land.

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  385. July 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm ET  -   Bill

    Sanitation is an important factor to keep in mind since public water supplies might not be operational during an extended power outage. If water pumps can’t move the water our indoor plumbing quickly stops working.

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  386. July 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm ET  -   Patricia Springstead RN MS

    It would be real nice if you would educate people on Morgellons disease as I have had to bear alot of the brunt for your lack of education and non disclosure of the “studies” performed at Kaiser permanente’. Thousands are suffering and this really does not humor me.
    You may also want to stop asking people for their psychiatric problem in the Oils spill also. I wrote to Joe Biden and your head of the CDC sent a tepid response to me that there is no danger in the spill and no danger in the dispersants. I think you might want to have a chat with the people because we are slammed with blood levels of people with hexane, benzine, mercury, 2 and 3 Methylpentane above the 95 Quintile, Issocatane and now Cesium 99 this is nothing to be ignored. People are very ill all over the coast of the Gulf and this is not National News.
    I guess these workers and humans are delusional like Morgellons patients.
    The lack of help from the CDC I find appaling and OSHA should have made BP have respirators manditory.
    This is a horrific lack of oversight and compassion on the part of the CDC and yes while the world is awash in Environmental Armegeddon you put out an article that you think is cute.
    Thanks, there is a real appocolypse coming if we dump one more chemical in that gulf or spray one more barrel of CORE-EXIT in that Gulf.
    Trisha Springstead RN MS

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  387. July 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm ET  -   Bryan

    Bicycles would be essential for getting around fossil fuels would definitely run out in an Apocalypse situation. Motorcycle jump suits would provide decent armor as they can stay intact after an accident it would be hard for teeth or nails to get through. Brick walls would make a decent defense. Definitely invest in solar panels for electricity main power grids would probably go down.

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  388. July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm ET  -   ninelives

    ok listen me not cdc i have the idea to learn how to survive in front of this apocalyps …… PLAY BLACK OPS IN THE SOMBIE MODE ….. HAHAHA XD

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  389. July 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm ET  -   RICK A PETERS

    TO: CDC
    REF: ZOMBIE PREPAREDNESS

    I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE ON ZOMBIE PREPAREDNESS WAS VERY INTERESTING, AND IF I WOULDNT ALREADY HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT AVAILABLE, THE ARTICLE WOULD HAVE MADE ME MAKE ONE. IF THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THEIR SAFETY THAN IM ALL FOR IT. DONT WORRY, IM NOT ONE WHOSE WORRIED SO MUCH ABOUT THE COST AS MUCH AS THE RESULT. GOOD JOB!

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  390. July 27, 2011 at 10:18 am ET  -   Matt Cosner

    We’re in the midst of the biggest budget crisis experienced by our nation in our lifetimes, and this is how public servants chose to spend their time (and by extension our tax resources?)

    I wonder how many GS-15s it took to put this together.

    I can’t wait to tell the Washington Post about this.

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  391. July 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm ET  -   Jeff

    This is an old article. I read it a couple months ago. I have seen this apocalypse coming. They will be here soon. Is it 2012? I do not know at all. All I know is that this has happened before, but it wasn’t an apocalypse.

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  392. July 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm ET  -   Jeff

    I agree with Dylan. Dylan, remember, it has to be flexible, and it shouldn’t have any holes that zombies can get their hands into!

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  393. July 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm ET  -   josh

    i did not know this will happen im soo scared out of my mind. if this happens then…..
    +

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  394. July 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm ET  -   Josh gonzales

    this cant happen.

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  395. July 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm ET  -   scott

    i will be going to wall mart you can close thoes big metal gates they have canned goode generators firearms and ammunition batteries meds camping and cooking supplies ( grills) climb to the roof after it is locked down all doors and have 360 degree security you could last there untill the water ran out ( bottles)

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  396. July 28, 2011 at 12:39 am ET  -   Thomas

    I find this article interesting and i find that the people who do find this article helpful to be understanding of being prepared for whatever happens and find those who don’t like this article to please stop adding rude comments. You are closed minded and ignorant of the possibilities that could happen, nothing is written in stone and its aggravating when people post rude remark, if you don’t like it then quit reading it and go search for basic safety precautions for disasters within your area.
    “Expect the best, prepare for the worst”

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  397. July 28, 2011 at 12:52 am ET  -   Nelley

    I am fully prepared but what badge are you guys talking about

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  398. July 28, 2011 at 2:49 am ET  -   JHS

    This was a well thought out way to get people prepared for natural disasters. I know many people walk around care free thinking nothing can happen and everything will be provided by the government, well we seen how that worked out after a few hurricanes.

    Having worked in law enforcement for over 16 years I can tell you most people are not prepared for even a small disaster and rely on the police and fire to take care of everything.

    Each citizen should take a little self responsibility and put a kit together with all the items listed by the CDC and Ready.gov. That way if a family should have to shelter in place until help arrives they can be prepared and sustain some safety and health and not tax the system should help be slow to get there.

    Zombies are a good example to get everyone prepared for a disaster, it makes the idea of being prepared fun and get your entire family involved. I applaud the CDC for using this idea to get American’s prepared should a disaster befall their community. Thanks CDC for a wonderful way to get people ready for any emergency.

    I’m sure there were several critics that did not like the idea that voiced their opinion on this forum. But it surely got their attention and likely may save their life one day for making them read something they probably never would have.

    Good Job!

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  399. July 28, 2011 at 10:55 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Matt,

    Thanks for reading and for your blog comment. As we have mentioned previously this blog incurred no additional costs to the government. We used existing staff and resources and feel that it has completed our mission of informing the public about important public health preparedness messages.

    Thanks!

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  400. July 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm ET  -   Donna

    What a fun, creative way to teach kids (and Adults) about emergency response kits! My boys now have taken interest in our 72 hr kit, where it is, and what is in it. Government money well spent!

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  401. July 30, 2011 at 11:59 am ET  -   Basicload

    To all of you First Responders, National Guard, and Federal Military,

    Remember that your “zombie” emergency plan for your family should not be contingent upon you. You are going to be up to your neck in “undead”, infected, or more than likely just plain stupid people that refused to listen to warnings.

    Unfortunately that means that your family will be on their own.

    It sucks but its the life that we have chosen.

    SO, make sure your kit is sorted out, your family knows where it is and how to use it, and you have a plan to communicate with them and/or find them if the situation becomes so dire that you choose to abandon your post screaming “every man for themselves”!

    Most important is to teach them how to survive without you and the importance of proper mindset. If you are the Alpha male of your house hold, then most likely you have shielded them, provided for them, and protected them their whole lives. Its time to teach them to protect and provide for themselves.

    You are going to have a horrible job of holding society together and preventing anarchy, the least that you can do for yourself is make sure you KNOW that your family is going to be OK, so you can focus on your job and your responsibilities to the greater good.

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  402. July 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm ET  -   james

    i say, bring em, this country is in a ressesition and zompoc would be the perfect thing to 1: population controll(survival of the prepared) 2: open up ALOT of job opprotunities after the outbreak and 3: zompoc would be a hell of alot more fun than sitting around at a 9-5 job or online doing job apps for jobs that dont exist by the time they are seen anyway

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  403. August 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm ET  -   Hannah Brown

    Love this so much!!! Its about time !!! We should be prepared for any and all emergencies!!

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  404. August 2, 2011 at 1:17 am ET  -   Nicole

    I havent started yet so I need more time

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  405. August 2, 2011 at 5:17 am ET  -   Your pathetic..

    You people that commet on things such as this with negative comments are just pathetic. In the opening paragraph it says this is for “example”. This blog is to help prepare for other emegencies, to give oneself an idea of what to do/get during any emergency.

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  406. August 3, 2011 at 6:26 am ET  -   batul

    i am not afraid of them anymore

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  407. August 3, 2011 at 6:28 am ET  -   bonny

    hey zoombies lets see wat happens after this? just wait and watch

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  408. August 3, 2011 at 10:36 am ET  -   Gavin McClelland

    Thanks, the “Zombie” angle got even our adult children interested in Dad’s “obsession” to be prepared for hurricanes, power outage glitches, pandemic influenza of huge proportions and even ZOMBIE’s which was not on my radar until now!

    Amusing angle that worked as intended! Thanks….from an obsessively protective dad and granddad!

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  409. August 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm ET  -   Mr. Clean

    A. Did our tax dollars go to this tripe?
    B. This all comes from the organization that for years has been at the forefront of taking our 2d amendment rights from us.

    Zombie defense can only be accomplished through application of accurately directed objects via kinetic energy as a function of the ejection of lead from a metal tube caused by a gaseous explosion.

    “live perpetrators often require 2 to the chest, one to the head, guaranteed to make them dead” Zombies however require “one to the head just to ensure they’re really dead”

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  410. August 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm ET  -   George Bradbury

    I’m currently writing my own zombie survival strategy and will post a link here when finished. I agree with the saferooms, preferably having air vents, plants, heavy doors and no windows. However, there needs to be a service that allows areas to coordinate saferooms so that there is always a saferoom within a 2-3 hour walking distance of another saferoom. Also, large, strategic bridges should be destroyed and ferries be offered in place so that zombies would be better isolated to land masses. That’s just my 2 cents though.

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  411. August 4, 2011 at 3:20 am ET  -   Zimmer Frankfurt

    Thanks for sharing valuable information about master

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  412. August 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm ET  -   James N.

    Wow, 372 posts! This blog article must have been read by thousands of people after it went viral. I’ll bet a “normal” blog article on disaster preparedness would not have achieved even one tenth as many posts and reads. Kudos to the genius who dreamed this up!

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  413. August 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm ET  -   Lyn

    As someone who has been preparing (prepping) for a long time and has CERT training I think this is great!

    For those of you who think this is real/ stupid/ a waste of money , you all will clearly be the first ones to turn zombie :P.

    This isn’t political folks ,both liberals and right wingers are in the prepper movement so get over it.

    Great job getting young people to take preparedness seriously CDC!

    It’s a joke people , laugh every few years, it should release your sphincter and make you hate a little less.

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  414. August 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm ET  -   Scumgrief

    This is fantastic, being that I typically put out FEMA/CDC pamplets on preparing for any and all emergency issues for the people who come into my office…(somewhere not too far north of NYC itself) I applaud this. Its a wonderful way of getting kids and adults to think about how to protect life and property.

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  415. August 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm ET  -   TC

    LMAO……But then ya never know, this might be exactly the best way to warn people if there REALLY is a Zombie bug!

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  416. August 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm ET  -   Sacramento Survival

    I am pretty much prepared because I listen to The Survival Podcast, The Urban Survival Podcast, and the Chip Monk Family Preparedness Podcast. They have helped me be ready for all eventualities. Mostly thanks to The Survival Podcast and Jack Spirko. Thanks Jack! And thanks to my Dad who raised me with a survival mindset.

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  417. August 10, 2011 at 7:14 am ET  -   hiit

    Ive been reading a lot about this subject lately and i learned a little more from reading this, thanks for the post.

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  418. August 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm ET  -   Dave Cole

    Bravo! well done to whoever came up with this as a way to get people to read about being prepared. (and an even bigger ‘well done’ to their supervisor who had the guts to green-light the idea)

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  419. August 11, 2011 at 2:47 am ET  -   Apt Frankfurt

    Looks like your site is getting alot of visitors.

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  420. August 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm ET  -   Matool (just kidding, it's Karen)

    BEAUTIFUL site and great info! BRAVO to the CDC for making disaster preparedness relevant to those who might never really “get” the urgent need to always be prepared for a natural or (worse) man-made disaster that lasts longer than a few hours. The closest thing I came to a “disaster” was when the power went out (and stayed out) for over 5 1/2 days in Cincinnati in early 2008 due to unexpectedly and extremely high winds (thank you Hurricane Ike). I was woefully unprepared, and so were all of the businesses, urgent cares and everything else in my area; the local hospitals’ power didn’t return until over 3 days afterward.

    I never made that mistake again, and have quite the emergency preparedness kit, though it does lack a few things mentioned in the article (thx, CDC!), esp. re: the pet essentials. Couching your info in a “zombie apocalypse” scenario only makes it that much more fun (and relevant) to me. I’m not a lazy teen or millennial slacker or paranoid gamer-basement dweller – I’m a middle-aged attorney in a law enforcement agency (and my supervisors were the ones who sent me the link to this!). In fact, we might be putting it in our next “health and safety” e-newsletter.

    Put it this way – no one ever died from too much good information! When the zombies are at your door, you’ll wish you’d paid more attention to this and less to American-friggin’-Idol! And don’t forget – Cardio, cardio, cardio (w/the occasional double-tap!).

    Keep up the fabulous work, CDC!! You’ve made my week; and I’m so gratified to find many compadres that think about these things as much as I do!! Where’s a zombie response team I can join?? :o)

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  421. August 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm ET  -   chris

    lol that was great, I laughed and learned what I need to do incase of an emergency

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  422. August 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm ET  -   zsurviver1

    i don’t wish for an event of zombies to happen but ive built as good a kit to survive as a 13 year old could
    and iv read zombie survival guide 3 times taking notes etc.
    i have a map of my state,city,country,surrounding states, safe zones,pawn shops ,super stores ,gun shops, military surplus stores,even a map of my own neighborhood that I drew my self i don’t know if that will keep me alive or not but if happens ill be ready and if i don’t survive than whom ever finds my gear surely will if they are smart enough to work my gear but if they weren’t than they wouldn’t be alive to find it in the fist place .

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  423. August 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm ET  -   Jerome Fishkin

    What a breath of fresh air! Humor in a bureaucratic post. Keep it Up!!

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  424. August 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm ET  -   Matool (aka Karen)

    BRAVO, CDC!!! Way to make emergency preparedness fun AND relevant to a population that likely would not think about such an important thing (me being one of them, and I’m a veteran and an attorney for a law enforcement agency!). As a species humans tend to be a “reactive,” rather than “proactive,” bunch. Therefore, they are often caught unawares when a disaster (natural or worse, man-made) strikes.

    I was in Cincinnati, OH in 2008 when the winds from Hurricane Ike knocked out power for hundreds of square miles; in my case, over 5 1/2 days, and I wasn’t rural, I was in a heavily populated suburb of downtown. EVERYONE, businesses, hospitals, fire/police stations and myself, were caught completely off-guard. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but it truly feels like forever when you can’t get even the most basic of essentials, like water and canned food, b/c all the businesses were shuttered until at least 3 days into the outage (obviously, the hospitals and emergency stations were 1st priority, then businesses, then everyone else). You couldn’t drive the roads for the first 2 days at least (sparking wires and downed branches were littering the streets). Needless to say, the traffic llights didn’t work, so you were really taking your life in your hands to venture out in a vehicle.

    It definitely scared me into awareness of how important it is to have the basics on hand, and in mass quantities, b/c you never know just how long you’ll be w/o the basics, like electric power. We take so much for granted. And zombies (my favorite horror monster) are a potent reminder of the effects of societal breakdown – replace zombie w/”terrorist” and hopefully, you get my point. What if you can’t get thru to 911? What if law and order completely collapsed? What if those societal buttresses were suddenly (maybe permanently?) yanked out from under you? Obviously, the CDC can only do its’ particular function in all this, but you see where I’m going. You MUST be prepared for something like this, b/c there’s very little to stop it from happening.

    So thank you, CDC, you did a marvelous job of shocking the conscience of quite a few people, myself included. Keep up the fabulous work.

    PS – Never forget to double-tap!!

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  425. August 14, 2011 at 12:03 am ET  -   pristiq for anxiety

    Great article with very interesting information. You might want to follow up to this topic!?!

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  426. August 16, 2011 at 11:57 am ET  -   S.

    You forgot to include an axe. Seriously. Not for zombies. For hacking through the attic to get up to the roof. A lot of flood victims drown because the water rises to the attic, and they can’t get up to the roof.

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  427. August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm ET  -   samwise

    I must say Resident Evil was one of my best. It has a better plot than most and it more futuristic.

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  428. August 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm ET  -   Blueslover

    I would also recommend adding a couple of “friends” to your emergency rations. Preferably some that you don’t particulary like so you can trip them when the zombies start chasing you, giving you extra time to get away.

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  429. August 19, 2011 at 2:17 am ET  -   Como Subir la Masa Muscular

    Great website. What a fun way to get people thinking about real disaster preparation. I can see by some of the comments that are negative – some people did not read it before replying. First of all, the CDC is not funded by your tax dollars people but if it was you should be proud. Think of all the people who will read this thinking it’s a joke then realize they do need to be more prepared for natural disasters or anything that could come up.
    Jesus Castillo Como Subir la Masa Muscular

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  430. August 20, 2011 at 11:45 am ET  -   Jami

    I prepare by playing Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies on a daily basis lol

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  431. August 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm ET  -   David Carr

    We are sitting here in the store and wonder what in the hell was wrong with these slobber, sloth like fellow. Then he pushes back out onto the street and a another customer says “that dude was a zombie!”. He gave us this site address and told us to read up on the zombie possibility and what to do if they are here. After the last customer yesterday, I believe that the “if” is actually an “is”. The zombie are here and are now populating the planet.

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  432. August 21, 2011 at 7:56 am ET  -   Essay Editing Service

    Thanks for the post. I always enjoy reading your blog.

    Keep’em coming more frequently.

    Best!

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  433. August 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm ET  -   Summer Daily

    Interesting views forsure, yeah doesn’t seem to far fetched either with all the crazy stuff they can mix up now a days in a science lab and implement it in a new energy drink or something of that nature. If that happens i plan on staying in my summer house with all my supplies.

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  434. August 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm ET  -   George A. Romero

    I hope the president is aware of this situation and is forming a committee to look into a possible vaccine to prevent this from happening. But just incase I got my kit already made.

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  435. August 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm ET  -   Ian

    I’m not sure about you but if such a thing were to happen, more often than not a mass riot would break out before anyone got their heads straight on what to do to survive such a disaster. And if this were to happen, most government officials would treat this as someone causing a violent riot for odds reasons or even for terrorism before openly accepting that zombies are attacking. I love this article and mean no offense but this is how I would see us reacting.

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  436. August 23, 2011 at 8:23 am ET  -   Aloe Vera Gel Benefits

    Well…A zombie apocalypse is a particular scenario of apocalyptic literature that customarily has a science fiction/horror rationale. In a zombie apocalypse, a widespread rise of zombies hostile to human life engages in a general assault on civilization.In short great post…really amazing…Thank you so much for sharing this amazing info…

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  437. August 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm ET  -   zsurviver1

    i think that we all should take zombies seriously because if yo have built a zsk (zombie,survival,kit) you can use it for any situations

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  438. August 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm ET  -   P Smith

    To any and all idiots (likely all teabaggers) complaining about “wasted money”, think for a minute, if you’re not too brain damaged. Then again, that goes without saying when talking about such idiots.

    How much money did this page actually cost to produce? Let’s be pessimistic and say five hours, plus the cost of gathering pictures and the time it takes to post it. How much is that? About $300? $500 total? That’s a pittance.

    Compare that to the waste of “programs” like “abstinence only sex education” for which hundreds of millions of dollars was spent. The product of that “program” was increased STD transmission and increased teen pregnancy.

    Will this “zombie” warning cause disease? Cause mass panic? Cause an increase in violence and lawlessness? No, none of the above. The biggest “cost” of this page is the cost in data transfer, the number of times it has been viewed by the public.

    But if the public are reading it, then that was the point: getting people to think about disaster preparation. At the price it cost, it was a bargain.

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  439. August 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm ET  -   Angel Lugo

    I have always been a woman who is not scared of anything.. not even death.. but I AM TERRIFIED of Zombies.. and not like.. I will cower in the corner while they eat me alive terrified.. Im terrified where if i see you have been bit.. Sorry but your gonna have to be dealt with, no need to sit and ponder it. I have always had a fear of a zombie Apocalypse.. Religiously and Scientifically it is possible.. I remembered hearing, when there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. Not to mention the end of the world apparently coming October 28, 2011. I am pretty sure with cataclysmic events will cause the release of biochemical virus’s to become air borne as well as in our water supplies.. Basically I am saying I am trying to find others in my area who are preparing and who are willing to voyage out together to look for an infection free zone. Which I feel from movies they have hinted us that Alaska might be one of those virus free areas… Anyone who lives in south florida or is willing to make their way down here to help if the event ever should happen please feel free to email me at doordie954@hotmail.com I am planning a trip to stock up and start making individual backpacks with survival kits as well as survival protection per individual. =] ~Angel

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  440. August 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm ET  -   viola

    i loved this .i came across it looking for zombie info for a art project i am working on with a group at IUOMA ,Zombie Encyclopedia Project, whose goal is to create a freely available
    PDF art-book for download by the general public by Halloween 2011.

    i havn’t got to the survival kit ,but i did spead the last 4 hours reading the comments .some people were right on giving you kudos, for getting our youth active. a lot of comments from the future caretakes of this planet. and the people who think you were wasting our tax dallors probably did get as many hits as you did and will keep getting hits, just because it’s a good subject. thanks loved it

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  441. August 29, 2011 at 1:05 am ET  -   maryann

    This is amazing, it could be realistic, but with all these new flu’s and these super bugs going around…who know what could happen….right on…M

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  442. August 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm ET  -   Teresa

    good article, I like zombie movies are very good

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  443. August 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm ET  -   Anne

    I just checked this out after the earthquake and hurricane. I love this blog entry. It’s great! Thanks for making disaster preparedness actually fun to read about! :-)

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  444. August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am ET  -   realistic101

    To be honest if anybody really believes in zombies they need to check in with a mental institution I mean
    I watch my share of horror films but I don’t actually believe it would happen in real life
    It’s all a bunch of entertaining nonsense. That’s just my opinion. Peace out!!!

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  445. August 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm ET  -   Non ya

    The is so fake i’m not stupid!!!

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  446. August 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm ET  -   damian hohn

    whowwwww whowwwww i cant wait for zombies to come at least therel be some fun in this world

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  447. August 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm ET  -   Jessica

    I was never afraid of zombies have in Pelican

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  448. August 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm ET  -   Martha

    the zombie movies or series are excellent

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  449. August 31, 2011 at 10:25 am ET  -   CMW

    Zombie Apocalypse is coming to Arbutus on Oct 30, 2011. We are having carnival games, food, music, raffles and a zombie walk through town. it is all to support the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and the Arbutus VFD.

    Find us on Facebook at:
    Zombie Apocalypse on Facebook

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  450. August 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    Stock up with big jars of cheap wine. I lived thru Northridge earthquake and afterwards, without power, without gas, without water, for almost a week. Suddenly there is literally nothing to do. So, just post yourself on a coach, listen to battery operated radio, if you have one, or read a book (hey, remember? there is something like that!) and sip your burgundy. I guarantee, you’ll discover you never tried better wine than this one.

    I’d add holly water against zombies.

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  451. August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm ET  -   Moose

    i found this to be really cool, but i realize now how incredibly stupid the worlds population is.

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  452. September 1, 2011 at 4:02 am ET  -   john simpson

    Dude, awesome site, zombies freak me out, lol.

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  453. September 1, 2011 at 11:57 am ET  -   Amazing

    Just when I thought nothing would surprise me…. ZOMBIES on CDC! Awesome.
    We only wish that in Argentina we had something like that…

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  454. September 4, 2011 at 3:08 am ET  -   Ray

    I like movies about zombie))I’ve found a useful information about them.

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  455. September 6, 2011 at 4:47 am ET  -   Yoli

    Well In my conuntry at schoool they always teach us what we should take in an emergency situation, here is what I would take:
    * Large Size Backpack (Nylon)
    * Bright Bar, 12 Hour (Green)
    * Plastic whistle with cord
    * First Aid Kit 37 Pieces
    * Duct tape (Duct Tape), 50 yards (45.72 m)
    * Tool 14 in 1 pocket
    * Triple Opener, 1 pair
    * Radio AM / FM, Flashlight, Alarm
    * C-size batteries x2
    * Solar Blanket
    * Food Rations of 2400 Calories
    * With Water Sachets x 10
    * Emergency Poncho
    * N95 respirator
    * Biohazard Bag x2
    * Work Gloves, Leather Palm
    * Waterproof Matches, Box of 50
    * Candles Emergency Slow Burn (pack of 5)

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  456. September 6, 2011 at 7:55 am ET  -   Extenze

    Thank you so much for such an informative post you have here. You have certainly put so much efort in making your blogs. Keep it up!

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  457. September 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm ET  -   Kate

    I think it’s very strange, but great!)

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  458. September 7, 2011 at 7:10 am ET  -   Amber Absolute Oil

    Looks like your site is getting alot of visitors.

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  459. September 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm ET  -   Matt

    Chains, you have got to have chains to grip the pavement. After you run over a few hundred the tires start to get slippery with zombie slop. A good set of chains will solve this problem.

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  460. September 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm ET  -   CDC’s emergency plan… errr… incomplete… (part 2) | Zombie Survival Blog

    [...] Here for your convenience, the link to the CDC’s preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse [...]

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  461. September 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm ET  -   Roxy

    For all of you that think this page is nonsense, you are obviously missing the point. It’s a fun and humorous way to get peoples attention to make a safety kit in case of emergencies. I would have never read this post if it didn’t involve zombies. But who knows… Anything is possible…even perhaps zombies :-p

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  462. September 12, 2011 at 5:24 am ET  -   Mindano Iha

    CDC knows that this will be cool and attractive to many young people. It is a clever and cunning way to sell messages. A typical sales trick!

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  463. September 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm ET  -   How to Survive a Zombie Attack | Wallyhood

    [...] Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has deemed this topic worthy of attention.  See their newish webpage Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse here. [...]

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  464. September 13, 2011 at 9:51 am ET  -   Horses

    If I get any zombies, I’ll just sick my horses on them, they are tough! I never really thought of this topic till now. Better lock up!

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  465. September 13, 2011 at 10:29 am ET  -   Abia The Cat

    When the AMC TV show The Walking Dead returns in October, I’m sure there will be more pointers on how to deal with zombies.

    It’s just a matter of time before someone makes zombie harnesses or roll cages and puts them to work going round and round with a live chicken in a cage attached over their heads so they can turn a wheel attached to a device like a grinding mill or small electrical generator to recharge car batteries in the trendy hybrid green cars. I know I would. The NO WORK, NO FOOD rule should apply to them as well.

    Woo Hoo! Zombie powered cars.

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  466. September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm ET  -   Jobs Of The Day: When The Zombie Apocalypse Comes, You’ll Be A Hero - MediaJobsDaily

    [...] CDC is hiring a director of communications. This means that when the zombie apocalypse arrives, you’ll have a crucial role in making sure everyone is safe and un-zombified. You might also [...]

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  467. September 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm ET  -   Machine

    Hello
    I suggest Admin can set up a forum, so that we can talk and communicate.
    Nancy

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  468. September 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm ET  -   Even the Zombie Apocalypse Can’t Escape the Power of Social Media | WebProNews

    [...] This tweet resulted in the crashing of the blog due to the amount of traffic. Strangely enough, the preparedness guide makes no mention of good strategies fro the utilization of social media during the [...]

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  469. September 15, 2011 at 1:12 am ET  -   Dee

    You can always get supplies suggested above, but ofcourse, you won’t get far with alot of weapons!!! start collecting now!

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  470. September 15, 2011 at 3:37 am ET  -   john forbes

    I prefer to stick to max brooks survival methods instead of these amatuer ones.

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  471. September 15, 2011 at 8:18 am ET  -   Mike

    So how do you stock up on prescription meds? Insurance companies won’t allow that!

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  472. September 15, 2011 at 11:35 am ET  -   jason

    I have a question for all you Nay sayers, All who believe this is a waste of “OUR” tax dollars… Do you say the same thing bout the government wasting “OUR” tax dollars on preparing for Alien invasions?? Cause you believe there is no such thing and believe we are alone in this Universe? then we really need to be spending “OUR” tax dollars on the ignorance in this country… Believe that anything is possible. KUDOS to CDC.

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  473. September 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm ET  -   Even the Zombie Apocalypse Can’t Escape the Power of Social Media | Make money online information resource.

    [...] blog. This twitter resulted in a crashing of a blog due to a volume of traffic. Strangely enough, a preparedness guide creates no discuss of good strategies fro a function of amicable media during a [...]

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  474. September 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm ET  -   Keep Your Paws off My Sink! | Hipster Jew

    [...] I know, I know. It’s a shocker. Schlitz doesn’t like something involving cats? It must be the apocalypse. [...]

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  475. September 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm ET  -   nina perez

    i’m not saying zombies are real, but in the world we live in today, it seemslike i see them on the 3 train everyday in new york… but really, with all the dieseses out there, chemical wepons, and scientest trying to act like god and clone people, you never know

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  476. September 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm ET  -   Trey

    Truth is when there is one, all of us posting saying we know what to do, atleast 50% of us will probably already be infected. I plan on locking all the doors boarding up the windows, then barricading my garage, easy escape in a car :), Id probably end up at a outdoor sports store like many of us looking for a decent weapon and a group of people to work and travel with.

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  477. September 16, 2011 at 1:57 am ET  -   Deguisement

    Zombie are coming back for Halloween 2011 in few days now. Watch behind your doors. Thanks for the apocalypse zombie subject.

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  478. September 16, 2011 at 8:38 am ET  -   Jared Lyons

    If a zombie apocolypse were to occur just remember to sever the brainstem of the zombie by any means necessary, or just smack the crap out of its head. To add to the kit maybe steel toed boots in case you are out of weapons and there are none in sight. Or just run away because zombies are very slow.

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  479. September 16, 2011 at 8:44 am ET  -   Jared lyons

    Also reading the comments made me realize how stupid society is. And whoever said zombies are fake better check their research. We have the capabilities of reanimating the dead and the CDC is the ones with the crap to do so…. all of this could be a hoax but they actually have had reports of zombies in haiti from about 35 years ago. The people were dead and they were reanimated and walking around. They were not the stereotypical zombie that we see in the movies but they were documented as zombies. Love or hate this post and think i am a nut job if you want… or look it up and find out for yourself.

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  480. September 16, 2011 at 9:36 am ET  -   Zombie

    Grraarrrr, I am a Zombie

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  481. September 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm ET  -   Brandon

    i have read this and will prepare for this or any other disaster i also found this really cool and funny.

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  482. September 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm ET  -   MIchael

    A face mask is always good to keep the virus from spreading through the blood and landing in your mouth in case of close combat situations,

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  483. September 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm ET  -   lisa

    hahaha
    zomibe apocalips
    if we survied it wolden’t be an apocolips
    ahahaha

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  484. September 17, 2011 at 4:29 am ET  -   viagra

    big thanks to the author for new)

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  485. September 17, 2011 at 6:34 am ET  -   Citrus Oil | Natural Citrus Oil | Citrus Essential Oil

    Excellent post!

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  486. September 18, 2011 at 5:40 am ET  -   Parlez vous anglais

    In a parallel universe this blog would be extremely hempful. Until the day that Zombie’é take over I know now what to prepare for!!

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  487. September 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm ET  -   Sonya Sniper

    Where there is the posibility of a Zombie outbreak it is unlikely that it will happen in the manner we think it will. Preparedness is a great aspect and in many ways this article brought to light a fun way to get people to prepare for any sort of disaster. I am glad it was written the way it was and I am disgusted with people complaining over tax payers money. I mean seriously, I pay taxes, I support learning even if it is through unorthdox means.

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  488. September 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm ET  -   Getting Juiced – the FDA, Apple Juice and Arsenic | Eye on FDA

    [...] you missed it, the CDC recently posted an effort to increase the need to educate the public about Preparedness 101 – The Zombie Apocalypse. This entry was posted in Current Affairs, FDA Image, Food, Safety and Risk Issues. Bookmark the [...]

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  489. September 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm ET  -   michael and isiah

    We were watching deadliest warrior, and saw the vampires VS zombies and looked up a guide in case of a zombie apocolypse. Very helpful. If you guys could make one for vampires that would be good, start working on it.

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  490. September 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm ET  -   voice of reason

    I understand the Zombie metaphor for emergency preparedness, I think a lot of people posting here do not. Emergency preparedness is not really a joking matter. This is really just a “what would you do if society collapsed and police/emergency responders could not respond” scenario, based on movies and pop culture.
    What scares me more than the dead coming back to life is the threat of “brain-dead” people preparing for “zombies”, or worse, voting.

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  491. September 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm ET  -   PF

    Halloween Campaign! CDC zombie stickers and info with the treats!!

    Actually, I just read the book “The Great Influenza,” saw the movie “Contagion” with Paltrow & Damon), and watched the PBS Influenza 1918 episode online. What can I say? I got curious. I would take zombies over influenza any day. It was like Voldemort – by 1919 it was that “which should not be named.”

    So educate the unwashed masses about pandemics/epidemics with costumes, treats, themes… and post the CDC badge on your facebook page for Halloween….

    Zombies
    1918 Influenza (Where Edward became a Vampire)
    Contagion quarenteen (for a more modern approach)

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  492. September 20, 2011 at 10:57 am ET  -   MADDJEROME

    I’m ready for zombies, I’m 18 now and I just got a motorcycle, I got my car license in a cheap van, a 1994 toyota hiace. I no longer use the van now so I welded on some steel screens over the the windows and added a high power multi frequency radio and television receiver and radio transmitter luckily I have some home made katanas if things go bad. Also in the van there is a water purification system, a homemade extra large fuel emergency fuel tank. I n the van I used to have big subwoofers, requiring big amps requiring a big power supply, I ripped the subs and other sound gear out, leaving the power supply, 4 high output alternators and 10 deep cycle batteries. The power supply in that van used to power a sound system loud enough to be in a concert, but it’s more than enough for a couple radios.

    Well, call it over kill, but this was more of a fun back yard project than a zombie apocalypse, although if there ever is this kind of crisis, I will be well prepared, but for now imm putting the subwoofers back in

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  493. September 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm ET  -   Allyssa

    I HOPE THIS IS A JOKE. Because My Worst Fear Are zombies..

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  494. September 21, 2011 at 8:35 am ET  -   Pankaj Saraf

    Hey this is really very good post. I liked it

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  495. September 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm ET  -   Ksserr

    What must I do if in zombie I trust, but my parents not.
    I can’t make my medkit and protection, ’cause they think it doesn’t exist

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  496. September 22, 2011 at 12:02 am ET  -   Hall infantry

    If it does happenlogicly it would be more like 28u days later, not dead ppl coming back noway.
    An the disease work likely be a form of rabies tht has mutated an took on the appearance of H5N1 (avian) flu with the way it rapidly spreads in humans.
    so let’s say u are immune to it, go u, all I gotta say is hope. U ain’t outa shape cause running is who u are now, yes my fellow americans I hope u take this to heart we need PT( physical training) cause let’s face it we’ve been a spoiled country for years obesity is the number one health risk an weu talk bout it like its polio.PUT THE FORK DOWN HIT THE TREADMILL AN IF UR LUCKY U MIGHT NOT GET LEFT BEHIND. Thnx for reading

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  497. September 22, 2011 at 12:31 am ET  -   Hall

    P. S.
    Survival kits will keep u alive if u think practical wen packing.
    Always remember noise and light disapline.
    Use battle buddies(buddy system )
    be tactical about everything u do.
    I can’t stress this enough, in a high stress situation don’t flip out an go screaming to the floor
    No matter if its a fire fight, or u missed placed ur keys just remember
    SLOW IS SMOOTH SMOOTH IS FAST. If u ever use tht Ull understand.

    : this is for the social peterist tht r complainin bout the cdcs concern for a zombie apocalypse.
    do u really believe ur taxes went up because of simple informational website? U can stop speaking now. I am in the US army infantry and if I was a conservative miser I would complain about sum of the stuff they pay us to do, like play football for hours, or take naps all on ur tax dollaar$. ;) plus its not them taking it serious its to prove they r really trying to make sure the covered EVERYTHING so the next time whiny ppl wanna blame sumone an get sumthing for nothing like they don’t already have welfare it wont be them getting forced into paying unlawful restitution

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  498. September 22, 2011 at 2:19 am ET  -   Josh

    This is just a way to make emergency preparation interesting! And I like it! But in the event a real zombie invasion would occur, I highly doubt it has time for government bureaucracy! Most likely during a zombie invasion martial law will be dictated so it would be best to have an abundance of supplies and protection in your home, and I would advise not leaving it until the local authorities escort you to safety!

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  499. September 22, 2011 at 10:50 am ET  -   Elisha Jackson

    wow:) the one fear that i’v had for the longest time. any time i say any thing on it people look at me like im crazy and now thire all preparing to. lol thats crazy

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  500. September 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm ET  -   austin royals

    super beast got kit just wating for it to happen

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  501. September 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm ET  -   Marie

    this is cool i am a true believer i kind of hope this happens zombies a scary and awsome and i will have to write this stuff down i made a list of things that would be helpfull
    Canned foods, rope, 1 or 2 tents, wood, nails, backpacks, sleeping bags, weapons of some kind, water, compass (2 just in case one gets lost), rope saw, solar-powered flashlights, water fillter, canteens,lighters/fire starters, medical kit, duck tape, soap, and other bathroom items.
    f.y.i im 14 :D

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  502. September 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm ET  -   Victor hernasty

    If ur lookin for protection get a shark bite proof suit they sell them cheap online and if they can protect u from a shark ull be safe from zombie bites and it’s lite weight unlike chain mail which is heavy as hell so u can maneuver easily and get away with out getting infected by a lucky scratch

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  503. September 27, 2011 at 3:07 am ET  -   Kim

    I love this! Just too funny! With Halloween coming soon its time to get ready! And if you don’t want to be one, why not dress like one and hide within the group as the go around doing whatever crazy stuff zombies do?

    But all joking aside I think the comment by voice and reason:
    I understand the Zombie metaphor for emergency preparedness, I think a lot of people posting here do not. Emergency preparedness is not really a joking matter. This is really just a “what would you do if society collapsed and police/emergency responders could not respond” scenario, based on movies and pop culture.
    What scares me more than the dead coming back to life is the threat of “brain-dead” people preparing for “zombies”, or worse, voting.

    Now they got it right..

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  504. September 27, 2011 at 5:43 am ET  -   jhon mark

    that is so nice i really enjoy read this…..

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  505. September 27, 2011 at 9:28 am ET  -   wendy

    Some people need to lighten up! At least it got you to the site where you can read more information that you MIGHT NEED TO KNOW. Take a deep breath and relax…..

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  506. September 27, 2011 at 9:54 am ET  -   JimM

    I think this is a great posting. Fun and still informative about what to do in general emergencies. A great way to connect with the younger crowd. This is actually good stuff.

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  507. September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am ET  -   David

    This is great! Hats off to the CDC for having a sense of humor. I truly enjoyed this – thank you!

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  508. September 27, 2011 at 11:55 am ET  -   cough, cough..

    I love how prople cant see this for what it is: straightforward preparedness info. The word “zombie” is simply to describe the starving criminal hoards who are going to be looting during a major disaster.

    By the way, I disagree with the fact that defensive (or offensive…) weapons are completely ignored. Maybe the CDC thinks its out of the scope of a minimalist preparednedd article, but I disagree.

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  509. September 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm ET  -   Tits McGhee

    I think a full body condom is appropriate for bashing zombie skullz with aluminum and cricket bats, thus protecting you from evil zombie bodily fluids.

    And………..if everyone else is a zombie, who will be around to say that necrophilia is still unacceptable………ha ha (Dr. Evil laugh)

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  510. September 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm ET  -   Rick

    This is great. Finally, a creative way to get us (at least me) to read about preparing for a disaster. The real zombies are the poor souls who complain that this is a waster of tax money and miss the whole point of the article. Imagine them when a real disaster hits…”give me your water…”.

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  511. September 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm ET  -   TK

    I love that the threat of zombies will probably enlighten more people to prepare for dangerous circumstances than the threat of a hurricane or flood. Oh cdc, brilliant. So when something bad does happen and you’re thinking “oh no, what do I do!?” you can be like… “well… I do have my zombie appocolypse bag. I GUESS I could use this.” You’ve all just been conned into being prepared for actual threats ^O^

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  512. September 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm ET  -   Jim

    Is it true that there a vaccine-zombie link? Just one more reason not to get vaccinated!

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  513. September 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm ET  -   Jim Beam

    Some of these comments are so dumb; I’d consider their authors “The Walking Dead.” What should my kit include to survive them?

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  514. September 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm ET  -   PMP

    Is there something you guys aren’t telling us? Seems like there have been a lot of zombie articles from the CDC and News stations lately lol..

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  515. September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm ET  -   Mr. Wiggles

    Great stuff! Can these products be used in response to rabid teabaggers? I see then wandering through the streets droning on about the end of the world all the time.

    Keep up the good work!

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  516. September 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm ET  -   GABE

    …The real reason for the CDC posting this is because the same tools that will help you survive a zombie outbreak will help you survive any natural disaster, epidemic or otherwise Sh!t Hit The Fan senatio (SHTFs). Food, water, utility knife, radio, flashlight fire starting equipment ect. Still pretty humorous however.

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  517. September 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm ET  -   Denog

    All the better if this gets people to prepare for more realistic disasters such has hurricanes and tornadoes.

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  518. September 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm ET  -   Erik Rodriguez

    I have three backpacks(one for each member of my family) in my garage already packed with re-chargeable lights, radios, various survival equipment, MRE’s, first aid, and a host of other essentials including maps with route plans. When preparing this, I remembered to plan for my dog. Dont forget man’s best friend when escaping from that throng of zombies.

    There are destination and route plans for contigencies such as wildfires, tsunami, social unrest, and radiological/biological accidents. Dont forget your Iodine pills and masks. Knowing a bit of history about your area is always good, who knows when that abandoned mine will become handy shelter in a bind.

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  519. September 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm ET  -   Ryan

    Well i mean better safe than sorry but getting prepared for a zombie invasion is borderline crazy, can’t they be focused on things like cancer and other REAL diseases, not fears caused by Hollywood

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  520. September 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm ET  -   Kaleb Ericson

    The zombies will come!!! Be prepared, have a vehicle with plenty of fuel first off. Keep it near your safety zone which you should go to FIRST thing you learn of the zombies reaching your area. Have a group of at least 5 people that you trust(with your life prefreferably) and stay in the safe zone within the area of your safe zone with minimum contact with the outside, only have 1 access point for maximum safety(make it hard to get to without help from your group). Those are the basics of what you need to do when the infection hits. If you think im crazy… Good, that just means I will survive longer, and who knows. Maybe I’ll kill the zombie you :)

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  521. September 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm ET  -   Zombie Man

    Hahaha…this is so cool. I never expected a gov related blog, i.e. the CDC, to put up a post on zombies. Any way when you run out of bullets, is to get a scary zombie costume and pretend to be one of them. And if you do that, you have to remember to cover yourself with decaying zombie juice so that they smell your human blood…..lol

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  522. September 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm ET  -   Bourne

    For those who comment negatively about this post, not to worry… you guys are exempt. Zombies only go after brains.

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  523. September 28, 2011 at 9:09 am ET  -   {NWA}KING

    nice

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  524. September 28, 2011 at 10:34 am ET  -   AJ

    I would also suggest a change of underwear for each family member. Maybe two.

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  525. September 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm ET  -   Zombie Slayer

    I am sure that I work with zombies regularly….They are certainly the walking dead as they enter in the morning, and do not perk up until around 5:00pm as they exit…

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  526. September 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm ET  -   John

    Incredible

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  527. September 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm ET  -   Stokes

    As much as I would love to agree with the idea of “blending in with the zombies” as stated by Zombie Man in post 492. I would strongly suggest to not cover yourself with zombie juice as this will be teaming with the virus and therefore you might as well off yourself because – well you know what will happen!!!

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  528. September 29, 2011 at 10:30 am ET  -   Desantis

    What an excellent way to get people to prepare for real-life emergency scenarios! Whoever thought up this post should get a bonus. It’s a great use of humor to get a point across. Of course, some people have missed the point; they’re probably the same ones who spend months planning their Halloween fancy dress costumes but expect other people to rescue them.

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  529. September 29, 2011 at 11:35 am ET  -   Juna Lawhorn

    This is great! Each year, I give a little speech to the local boy scout troop on emergency preparedness and living in Florida, it is a reality more often than not. This web-site helped get the speech off to a rollicking start and turned it into an interactive learning opportunity. These adolescent males are more likely to put something together in their homes if they can tell their friends and families they are preparing for a Zombie attack. CDC rocks!

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  530. September 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm ET  -   Cloride Venticue

    I have been observing that some people on my steet seem peeked and are lumbering about. Is this the beggining of the end?

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  531. September 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm ET  -   rationalzombiethinking

    the sad part is a zombie (aka reanimated corpse) is a very reasonable idea scientists have been toying with the idea of reanimating dead tissue for a loooong time and have gotten as far as using electrical impulses to do this temporarily of course but if something like rabies mutated out of control it is very possible since rabies does affect and takes control of the brain and use things such as the classic bite to spread the contagion so yes a zombetic like outbreak is a rational idea.

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  532. September 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm ET  -   Andre Hicks

    fake it is not gonna happen only god knows

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  533. September 30, 2011 at 10:50 am ET  -   Oxford

    My house is booby trapped..But still got some finial supplies to collect thanks CDC!!

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  534. September 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm ET  -   viviana

    Play plants vs zombies! the game will teach u how zombies attack in many ways

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  535. September 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm ET  -   J

    do tazers work on zombies?

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  536. September 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm ET  -   wyndkeeper

    I just love you CDC
    !

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  537. October 1, 2011 at 1:55 am ET  -   Charles Yin

    *faint*, I know zombie invasion could be a threat, but this is one step too much!

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  538. October 1, 2011 at 5:56 am ET  -   classifieds

    good to see a post like this from the gov!

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  539. October 1, 2011 at 6:58 am ET  -   Phillip Nolan

    Thank gawd we support such important research with our tax dollars. . .though i will start carrying a bat in the trunk of my car.

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  540. October 1, 2011 at 7:34 am ET  -   Kevin B

    http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/#comment-3780

    @Crashemt

    I had to link your idiotic comment btw “crashemt”

    Seriously? Who cares how much it cost the CDC to makes this, I’m sure it wasn’t much and it was as lighthearted, fun way to bring attention to the underlying theme of a disaster preparedness kit. Good lord, are your reading comprehension skills that low? They must be. Anyways, if you were a “huge zombie fan” like you claim, then you wouldn’t have left such a nitpicking comment. Grow up.

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  541. October 1, 2011 at 8:12 am ET  -   Calvin

    Great job CDC! Very few people would normally read about disaster preparedness from a government website. Those who would are likely prepared anyway. You just got the message through to a much larger cross-section of the population. Very smart.

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  542. October 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm ET  -   Joe H

    Is the general public that stale stating about tax payers dollars wasted for this? I thought this to be a very creative way to use our tax dollars to alert people on how to prepare for a disaster or emergency. Also how the CDC works to combat these situations. Sure they may be using one of the biggest hypes in media right now, but regardless it gets the message out. The person who wrote it was already getting paid for what they do and they did a fine job if their aim was to get a message across about real situations using a popular (false for now) one. I’d appriciate it if more government agencies could be this creative. I’ll be purchasing my zombie task force shirt to help donate some money to help out for real disasters.

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  543. October 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm ET  -   A look at the CDC’s “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse”

    [...] the CDC is commenting on  zombies. How…socially conscious of   them. It seems that even the smartypants  in the ridiculously [...]

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  544. October 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm ET  -   Josh

    So this kinda gets me thinking. Maybre the gov. does have some kinda virus that can make someone into something like a zombie..i am a little concerned now

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  545. October 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm ET  -   Stumpf

    lol doesnt this post tell us all something, it amuses me that even our center for disease control has taken measures to prepare us for something they say they know nothing about

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  546. October 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm ET  -   Zombie apocalypse: Government agency prepares a survival guide | The Zig Zagger

    [...] Disease Control (CDC) has all the necessity information on the case and they’ve prepared a survival guide in case of zombie [...]

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  547. October 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm ET  -   Jake

    Dude if u get bitten by one of them ur done…. if ur bitten don’t go to ur kit ask someone to kill u… cuz thats how they spread fast.. and dont trie to communicate to zombies they r just a virus controlling the nerves like a puppet.. and they feed allllll day and alll night

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  548. October 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm ET  -   Jenn

    This is a great way to get youths interested and involved in preparing for an emergency. At least they can identify an emergengy with zombie-apocalypse and act accordingly.

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  549. October 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm ET  -   Jenn

    This is a great way to get youths interested and involved in preparing for an emergency. At least they can identify an emergengy with zombie-apocalypse and act and react accordingly if and when the time comes.

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  550. October 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm ET  -   Tricks and Treats: Halloween Marketing Comes to Facebook

    [...] in May, the Center for Disease Control put up a blog post called Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. Using tongue-in-cheek humor, the serious, government website teaches you how to put together a [...]

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  551. October 4, 2011 at 9:07 am ET  -   Furrballlll

    I love how they left out some kind of weapon for self defense or protection against the Zombie hord. ie a ton of guns and ammo. Anyone who forgets that important part of the Z plan will be the bait and food for the zombies so everyone else can escape :) Thanks for taking care of that part of my plan for me CDC. Now i dont have to sacrafice one of my friends so i can escape.

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  552. October 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm ET  -   Chelsea

    I dont think a zombie apocalypse is anywhere near our futures, however the the use of the “zombie apocalypse” to grab the attention of its readers to in a sense prepare them for any natural disaster was a beyond brilliant idea. Just saying.

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  553. October 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm ET  -   comercialestetica

    I do not believe that any of you guys actually think zombies exist.
    Emergency preparedness is not really true, better get ready for the end of the world because we are not taking care of it.

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  554. October 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm ET  -   James

    The people who are complaining that this is a waste of government money need to go back and reread the article.

    I’m all for eliminating government waste, but this does not really qualify as waste. (At least no more of a waste than normal government spending)

    If you read the article carefully you will notice that it is cleverly disguised message general disaster preparedness. See references to hurricanes, fires, tornados etc.

    Come on people!

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  555. October 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm ET  -   zombie_girl

    awesomee a zombie apocalypse even iff i dont belive in it its going to be awesome i knowee my ruless and imma survivor for that cant wait but if they run we’ll be messed up you knoww imma get my ninja sworddsss and im 13 yrs old no liess. i go to deady middle school im an 8th grader and im preparedd :D

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  556. October 6, 2011 at 10:11 am ET  -   jim

    yea right

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  557. October 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm ET  -   angela

    i highly doubt that will happen juss belive in the positives

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  558. October 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm ET  -   Phedra

    I think that this a great way for the CDC to reach out to wider variety of people on how to prepare themselves for a real emergency. An I also think that some of the people that have left comments about the waste of their on working on this information are just making themselves sound stupid. It is quite obvious from the way that different types of disasters are stressed in the article that the CDC is, in fact, just using this spin to get people prepared for common emergencies. Maybe you people who thought more about the whole zombie aspect should take more time to actually read and understand the information.

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  559. October 7, 2011 at 9:42 am ET  -   amelya

    this is so cool! and the survival kit info is really helpful too……

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  560. October 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm ET  -   Rechtsschutzversicherung Preisvergleich

    Howdy I am so excited I found your website, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Digg for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a remarkable post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I donit have time to read through it all at the moment but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

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  561. October 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm ET  -   Shocked

    Wow…For all of you who say this can’t happen…better think again… Let’s all watch what happens as our citizens continue rising up against this government, protesting inciting civil disobedience and such… They wont beat us or shoot us..they have other plans… Just my theory…Turning us into zombies doesn’t sound so far fetched to me!

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  562. October 11, 2011 at 10:15 am ET  -   Me

    While I agree with the people who are concerned about government waste, I disagree with the target. This post cost no more than – a very liberal estimate – thousands of dollars. If you are concerned with cutting government waste look no further than your elected Congressman.

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  563. October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm ET  -   george bob

    im preparing for when the koalas attack! :3

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  564. October 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm ET  -   jordan

    The zombies are coming

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  565. October 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm ET  -   Vanessa

    Nice post dude.. I will also support government

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  566. October 15, 2011 at 5:02 am ET  -   Rene

    double tap….

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  567. October 16, 2011 at 12:40 am ET  -   Eric Lilienthal

    People take everything so literally! You nay sayers are going on the version of zombies that are portrayed in the movies when everyone knows that movies are an overblown version of actual events or details or things that either can or have happened. I think a “zombie apocalypse” is possible but it wouldn’t be actual re animated corpses walking around eating people but crazy, starving, violent, mentally and motor function impaired people who maybe have a leprosy like condition is not that far fetched and the high communicability rate in other pandemics are already a reality. Don’t be naive to how real a situation like this may be… especially given the radiation that is currently in our atmosphere.

    ~Another Zombie Warrior~

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  568. October 16, 2011 at 10:06 am ET  -   Karen

    God, I hope this is just a parody and not really real. For real, CDC? Some of your writters watch too much Resident Evil.

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  569. October 17, 2011 at 10:39 am ET  -   jonky

    the zombie apocalypse is for real and we are preparing for it

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  570. October 17, 2011 at 11:49 am ET  -   short love quote

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

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  571. October 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm ET  -   salzombiehunter

    ok here is an up to date post.im not here to play games or tell jokes .inffection/outbreak has already strarted in brooklyn new york and its really happening right now as we speak cdc must find a way to control this outbreak before it get wores asap.

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  572. October 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm ET  -   mad max

    the fact of a zombie out break is irrational …that fact the a zombie is a bag of rotting flesh would attract flies maggots animals ect. and they would eventually rot down to noting with no muscles to move and thus no way to feed and spread unless there was a fresh group of 100 zombies made weekly

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  573. October 18, 2011 at 12:53 am ET  -   Baa

    Zombies are already here; they’re called sheeple, and many of them are present commenting on this very article.

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  574. October 18, 2011 at 7:59 am ET  -   David from Providence RI

    Awesome blog!!!

    Great way to get some attention to the CDC, what you do, and how you help people in times of crisis. Seriously, you PR person deserves a raise off of this one. Now if we can just get the Obama Administration to support it…think Vote Zombie Zombie Democrat/Zombie Republican 2012…would make for a pretty awesome shirt or campaign button/bumper sticker

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  575. October 19, 2011 at 4:36 am ET  -   Stu

    Great to see the CDC finally taking this issue more seriously. If you want to really outlive the zombies, however, you are going to need backpacking equipment, and it better be if you expect to outrun the zombies.

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  576. October 19, 2011 at 9:44 am ET  -   Joey Sage

    The last thing you want to do is to leave your town. Don’t leave home unless you have to, pick a place that you know will be safe near by. Everyone else will try to leave town, so that will cause traffic jams, and will leave you all like sitting ducks. Basically waiting to get eaten. Don’t go where the food is (humans.)

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  577. October 19, 2011 at 10:18 am ET  -   Sadie

    YES!!! One Day Somethings Gonna Happen, And we have the CDC to thank for prepping us!!!! I Belive it def can happen, What about Dec. 12 2012??? lol Its Possible!!! But i dnt belive the CDC will be there for us all the way though…its one man for himself right?

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  578. October 19, 2011 at 10:27 am ET  -   kelsie

    zombies are real! Run for your bunny lives :O

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  579. October 19, 2011 at 11:33 am ET  -   Matthew

    I am very happy we have Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse, and as another person wrote I believe we need :

    Preparedness 101 : Mass ninja attack
    Preparedness 101 : Godzilla comes to USA
    Preparedness 101 : Hostile UFO’s
    Preparedness 101 : Mass bunny insertion

    But I feel these fall under the military not CDC.

    Great job CDC!

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  580. October 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm ET  -   Paul

    I think my manager is a zombie. He smells bad and has a blank look in his eyes like nobody is home. What should I do?

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  581. October 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm ET  -   Don W.

    I CAN’T WAIT for the conspiracy theorists to weigh in on this one! WE’RE DOOOOOOooomed! Love it…

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  582. October 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm ET  -   Best Wholesale Deals

    I like your site and its layout. You do a good job here; continue the fine efforts.

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  583. October 20, 2011 at 2:16 am ET  -   Cody M.

    I think some of you are missing the point here. The CDC isn’t admitting that the zombie apocalypse is now a real threat, they’re using it as a way to get people to unknowingly prepare for disasters that are more likely to occur. Hence the word “real” being italicized in the article. With all the crazy diseases out there, I’m sure there’s something that might cause a zombie-like outbreak, but it’s obvious that people would rather prepare for something that will never happen over things that happen around them daily.

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  584. October 20, 2011 at 7:10 am ET  -   Caverta

    Great information you got here. I’ve been reading about this topic for one week now for my papers in school and thank God I found it here in your blog. I had a great time reading this.

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  585. October 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm ET  -   Cass

    I saw epsode 6 of the show the walking dead (3) weeks ago and ive been having nightmares ever since this just made it worse

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  586. October 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm ET  -   Nathan Quietness

    I know this is way late but,I wanna read the zombie comic and all I get is a pdf file in scripts when i just wanna read it!what do I do!??!

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  587. October 21, 2011 at 6:31 am ET  -   Boxing classes in Cheltenham

    well…
    very nice post dude, i like it….

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  588. October 21, 2011 at 10:22 am ET  -   Brianna and Steffanie

    Aliens!!!!

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  589. October 22, 2011 at 3:47 am ET  -   scruffy dawg

    I feel that the zombie appocolypse will happen not by a dieses that kill you then brings you brings you back to life but in fact attacts the nervous system killing brain cells and erasing every sense of being civil. it will bring out the inner savage, so pretty much making people go crazy.

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  590. October 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm ET  -   Jonathan

    Awesomeness. Love this.

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  591. October 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm ET  -   Jonathan

    Whatever you do….. DONT SHOOT BILL MURRAY!

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  592. October 24, 2011 at 12:56 am ET  -   luis galvez

    instead of reporting to a Red Cross chapter can’t they make it official to go to costco?

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  593. October 24, 2011 at 11:32 am ET  -   leticia

    wonderful preparedness guide to have at this time of year.

    however, I was sorely disappointed not to see this page referenced under “Z” in the A-Z index!

    http://www.cdc.gov/az/z.html

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  594. October 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm ET  -   Lexi Sparrow

    Zombies 101: Never trust any governmental organization during zombie apocalypse.

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  595. October 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm ET  -   Bananas

    I love Zombies!

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  596. October 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm ET  -   Sean

    No, James. I think the article is wasteful, having read it.

    The “undead” are entertainment, disaster preparedness is not- or at least shouldn’t be. I understand the idea of the article by Khan was to be fun but I just don’t believe that we should blur a serious viral outbreak with Hollywood horror movies when giving real emergency guidelines to people who really need it. Should Ali Khan do the next one on foreign vampires, and how to survive being attacked likened to an Ebola virus outbreak in a third world country with risk of it spreading here?

    See? One subject is fun, the other just isn’t.

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  597. October 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm ET  -   mickey

    This is awesome but they obviously aren’t serious they are just trying to find a more enticing way to prepare people for a more imminent disaster lol

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  598. October 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm ET  -   zombiefan87

    MAN , I CANT WAIT FOR THIS TO HAPPEN!I’M ALREADY!!!!BRING IT ON!!!!

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  599. October 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm ET  -   Jeffrey Sac

    Just to let all of you non-believers out there know. This will happen! That is exactly why the US Government has posted this website! If you do not believe you will perish! So get ready while you can and at least be prepared for the worst.

    BELIEVE IT!!!

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  600. October 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm ET  -   Phil

    I’ve been to the CDC site MAYBE once before (not my first choice of a web search, right?). But curiosity got the best of me and I had to see what CDC has to say of this dreadful matter. LO AND BEHOLD I’ve picked up some more tips on safety/disaster preparedness, and that I can also point out this link to loved ones and friends !! All wrapped in an entertaining package! It’s about educating ourselves… –MISSION ACCOMPLISHED CDC–

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  601. October 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm ET  -   brandy

    zombies go for flesh, not brains. its a well known fact for any person educated in the world of zombie knowledge. therefore you i.e. is false.

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  602. October 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm ET  -   Landon Elisar

    How You Know that’s really going to happen, I’m A Christian Person So I Don’t Believe in that fake stuff

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  603. October 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm ET  -   Mark

    Is it really going to happen? Is it even possible? Some say No, but as the above article mentions i rekon its coming so to have your survival kit ready makes sense.

    You should also learn survival skills for most major disasters.

    It is especially poiniant here in Thailand at the moment where the flooding just seems to get worse and worse and the rain never seems to stop.

    We have all ready ran out of most essentials like bread and water is now getting pretty expensive.

    Anyway thanks for the tips, and keep an eye on Bangkok, we might need you very, very soon!

    thanks

    Mark

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  604. October 27, 2011 at 6:54 am ET  -   Officer Friendly

    For all of you complaining about how much this cost YOU, get your panties out of your crack. It’s a funny way of getting you prepared for ANY type of natural or unnatural disaster. The Government wastes tax payer money on much “dumber” things. The one’s complaining will be the FIRST ones crying about the Government’s lack of response if such a crisis did develop. Also, this ISN’T so far fetched as they DO have the biological means of turning this into a reality…do a little research. Bravo CDC!

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  605. October 27, 2011 at 10:33 am ET  -   wichata columbus

    think you guys are really taking this to serious and if it does happen all of us will die nobodys going to live you cant be the resident evil girl

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  606. October 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm ET  -   steven mandzik

    Armor, lots of armor!

    Whatever is stronger that teeth or nails.

    Steve
    1X57

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  607. October 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm ET  -   Justin

    They sleep during the day. They awaken at night. They are among us, and yet not quite fully human. It’s a … ZOMBIE! No, wait, .. it’s a BABY! … Huh?

    A Baby’s First Book of Zombies is a title for young children and their parents which playfully explores the parallels between babies and zombies and the process by which parents slowly become zombies during their first year of parenthood. By alternating between scenes which are very silly and scenes that are just a little bit creepy, young children can begin to learn the joys of incorporating monsters into their imaginary worlds.

    Come visit our Kickstarter campaign at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1002297760/a-babys-first-book-of-zombies!

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  608. October 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm ET  -   ralf in homestead

    personally id invest in a couple well made machetes and a hunting crossbow with plenty of bolts.

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  609. October 28, 2011 at 3:22 am ET  -   pankaj saraf

    Nice Post. Thanks for sharing information.

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  610. October 28, 2011 at 6:52 am ET  -   Clearlycrystal

    I’m glad I found your blog and this information, it is a good idea to have a place planned for where the family will meet just in case something happens. I will be mentioning this to the family soon. Thx.

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  611. October 28, 2011 at 9:43 am ET  -   Your mom!!

    i love this Hurry CDC release sumthing so this can happen already im ready to fight some damn zombies! lol

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  612. October 28, 2011 at 10:02 am ET  -   justin

    sean. i do believe you are ignorant to this matter. Of course it wont be “zombies” but a virus similar to the creature. There are already rage viruses in 3rd world countries cause innocent citizens to become infected and filled with hunger and rage going ravenous on the village. there have been reports. this is a potent threat and i do think people should take this serious. with the technology we have today and all the research our government does not tell is is going on there is possiblity that a virus has already been constructed. no im not one of those paranoid freaks. im a 17 year old teenager who lives in a tiny ass town called deltona. i do however have a fascination with these creatures. i have researched this for the past 2 years and have found evidence that a “zombie apocalypse” is possible. wether or not you believe there is no reason you shouldnt prepare for this just in case. like great mind have said before i shall say it again. “Nothing is impossible” we do have scientists already looking into these “zombies”. not just in america but in japan, korea, and even russia. again. this is a potent threat that i believe should be taken serious.
    (and if you want to survive, get a damn boat.) zombies cant swim T.T

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  613. October 28, 2011 at 10:05 am ET  -   justin

    oh btw. if you want a real guide on how to survive this potent threat. buy world war z. its worth the money. trust me

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  614. October 28, 2011 at 10:15 am ET  -   Kyle

    LOL this is Funny!!!

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  615. October 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm ET  -   ME

    hey. the zombie apocalypse is real. peace

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  616. October 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm ET  -   ambrose Stapleton

    I thought this was hilarious and creative what a better way to get some very needed info out to people who would otherwise never read it. Its sad to think that people believe in Zombies and would be concerned about an imaginary threat as opposed to a real one like a Hurricaine or a terror attack. Good job CDC

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  617. October 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm ET  -   Tamara

    Am I the only one worried about Yale’s use of the Rabies virus to kill cancer? http://www.realclearscience.com/2011/08/30/rabies-like_virus_kills_childhood_cancers_242841.html.

    This is totally how every zombie movie starts…

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  618. October 29, 2011 at 1:34 am ET  -   keith j. ackermann

    Here are a few more scenarios you might consider:
    - rampaging genetically re-created T-Rex (a la Jurassic Park)
    - Extraterrestrial invasion
    - planetary collision
    - worldwide financial collapse caused by incompetent greedy investment banks (forget it; too unlikely)
    - nuclear war caused by blithering idiot in White House using wrong phone to order pizza
    - Tea Party presidential candidate winning election
    - Eton College alumnus becoming British Prime Minister (Oh no, already happened, aaaaiiiiiieeeeee!!!!!!)

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  619. October 29, 2011 at 9:43 am ET  -   Keith Cornell

    I thought the comic was entertaining and educational. I have printed the preparedness guide for future reference. I feel that the CDC is always looking out for all of us and our families.

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  620. October 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm ET  -   Joe Strout

    Thank you for this helpful preparedness advice. I would like to suggest that it also pays to educate yourself about the best tactics to take ahead of time, so that in an emergency, when you have little time to think, you will make smart choices.

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  621. October 30, 2011 at 2:53 am ET  -   Me Too

    I love zombies! They taste great with BBQ sauce!

    Mmmmmmm…..

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  622. October 30, 2011 at 5:33 am ET  -   Kizzie

    A Zombie doesn’t need to eat your brains to kill you, If he carries a deadly infectious virus that’s what will eat you alive. But if you have to, destroy it’s brain and get running! (that’s the only way to kill a Zombie I hear) Believe it or not this is all news to me and I thank you for the Informative info!

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  623. October 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm ET  -   luv-wordpress

    We just watched Zombieland last week. Somebody was thinking when this approach was chosen! Great way to get the message across!

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  624. October 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm ET  -   carpe.noctum.pixie

    Congratulations for just earning yourselves a HUGE fanbase now. When you start needing more funding, I suggest you make a more comprehensive list for the Zombie Apocalypse. Trust me when I say that there are plenty of people willing to pay for that.

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  625. October 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm ET  -   Zulu jig

    Zombie apocalypse, giant earth quake, a meteorite the size of the moon hitting earth, or however it is that the world is gonna end. Either way, all I know is that I’m gonna survive it, no matter how hard it will be, there is always a way. And I ain’t ready to die! I still have lots to do in my life. :P

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  626. October 31, 2011 at 8:58 am ET  -   Calvin

    NBC nightly news mentioned this post in its broadcast yesterday. I doubted it at first, but it is true. OMG.

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  627. October 31, 2011 at 10:19 am ET  -   Brother John

    I think it is time that we see Zombies in the light of “they are (or were) people too” and initiate laws to protect the rights and dignity of Zombies. We must not let fear run amok and become haters of things we do not understand.

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  628. October 31, 2011 at 10:39 am ET  -   J3ffery Dahmer

    I like zombies …

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  629. October 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm ET  -   Manuela Perez

    Oh please I do not think any of that from the zombies and the apocalypse. This is science fiction, and uqe humans have enough intelligence to sencivilidad and Morino anything other than this.

    Manuela Perez

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  630. October 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm ET  -   Jake

    Of course, I have been 4ever.

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  631. October 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm ET  -   Hardhitta

    Come visit my new forum, for anything zombie related. Make an account, start some threads, and help us grow! Thank you. http://zombie101.forumotion.com/

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  632. October 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm ET  -   Balloon Juice » Be Careful Out There: Vampire Beast-With-Two-Backs Edition

    [...] on the CDC’s Zombie-Apocalypse-Preparedness bandwagon, Planned Parenthood offer some very sage advice: Let’s face it: vampires can rack up a lot of [...]

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  633. November 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm ET  -   Lee

    LAME! They do this on our money. Shameful!

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  634. November 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm ET  -   Taryn

    I honestly do believe that there is/will be a new disease that will end up taking the human race away that servive the natural disasters. You think its funny. But have you heard of anyone getting sick for months straight? Thinking your over it but its not gone at all its just slowly going to get worse and you don’t know it. That is why humans are getting so violent more because they get angry over something so small you will kill the other person, not really biting them or anything but find something else to use. I believe that the zombies will be the devils creation to wipe out the rest of human race that worship him. That is just my theory/opinion. I don’t know what will happen when the world ends but I do know that I have so many friends who have horrible zombie dreams that seem so realistic and a lot of them have the same dreams together. I say be prepared for whatever, may never know what will happen or how it will happen. Just be prepared for the worst.

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  635. November 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm ET  -   santacruzer

    Is it true that the CIA, has intel that a certain govt. is working on bio-manipulation techniques for the mutation of existing diseases, in order to produce zombie like conditions in live subjects.

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  636. November 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm ET  -   Seb

    I have to get my emergency kit updated. Didn’t see too many zombies on the 31st.

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  637. November 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm ET  -   Emily

    For those who are angered by this article because you think it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money, it’s not about a fictional zombie apocalypse. It’s about preparing for ANY emergency, fictional or not. This article seems to appeal to the younger generation and it shows them to prepare for anything, even if it is a zombie apocalypse. Imagine now how many people have accessed this article and read this? To some of our younger generation people, this could encourage us to have an Emergency kit, just because we would be ready for a zombie take over. Despite the fact that they made it to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, they’d still have an emergency kit right? Exactly…

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  638. November 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm ET  -   Bloopyhap

    Which came first? chicken or the egg

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  639. November 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm ET  -   Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse and the FDA | Highlight HEALTH

    [...] Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed 14 Oct 2011. [...]

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  640. November 4, 2011 at 12:20 am ET  -   Enamel

    All this talk about over population maybe the cdc needs to make a disease to wake up some Zombies. Think about it, sure would help stop all the useless murdering in the world. Plus all the crazy people in the world would get a chance to kill something without consequences or would that be called RE-KILLING. Oh well Good luck all

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  641. November 4, 2011 at 12:57 am ET  -   Future Sailor Bassett

    Ya know many ppl are mad about their tax dollars for this but 3 things are wrong with that. 1. The CDC addressed that in this article so one your dumb and didn’t read it. 2. This is a front to get geeks who know zombies are going to take over someday to read this so they make money and 3. and acctual zombie apocolips is acctually a very likely way for the world to end, more likly it will be an infection not zombies but rabies is the closest to zombies we have. 28 days later is the most realistic zombie movie out there, and yes i know it’s an infection movie but it’s the closest one to real zombies and most probable.

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  642. November 4, 2011 at 1:05 am ET  -   Future Sailor Bassett AIRR

    The survival kit really doesn’t cover zombies that much i noticed, it’s really a joke to them but maybe they really should take it more serious, if an outbreak happened, and i say outbreak not zombies, could be rabies or rage or any new virus mutation, maybe swine flue, then it would spread fast and cause chayos if the government or states didn’t step in on time, We should take this seriously cause it could end the world, if even 50% or even 30% of ppl who read it took it seriously it would be mission accomplished. Weapons will be needed…Good luck to all of you when the shit hits the fan. Be observant, aware, and always ready.

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  643. November 4, 2011 at 9:44 am ET  -   the ipad tablet

    the ipad tablet…

    Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since Im more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well…

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  644. November 5, 2011 at 7:44 am ET  -   Rob

    OMFG are u all insane ?? zombie attack?? ccccccc

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  645. November 6, 2011 at 3:43 am ET  -   Jai

    Awesome!!!! I always thought people should be aware of the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. BTW Bo …..don’t get ahead of yourself. It’s not exclusively about being prepare for zombies but being prepare for other “realistic” disasters.

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  646. November 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm ET  -   Rebecca

    Also remember money will be worth nothing! You need a safe blace with no vents! They will smell you! Also be quiet and if you have a battery opperated radio. get ear plugs and ALOT of batteries!Water, canned foods, including cannedf fruits! Charcole for cooking and matches out the ass!Remember Zombies go where there are people, so, they’ll seek out groceries and churches! Sorry, the lord helps them who help themselves! Don’t get caught up with all that shit! Survive!!! We’ll need to repopulate so keep yourself clean so we can have healthy children!!!! Hord weapons and ammo! Anything you can get to kill a zombie! Look in your garage I’m sure there are plenty of weapons! Remember YOU have to survive! Neighbors whonever introduced themselves don’t matter!!!You get out alive, we can make friends later! If I think of anything else I’ll let you know! We’ll need a special sign so we know whos’ who!!! Gimme some ieas!

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  647. November 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm ET  -   Rebecca

    Also remember money will be worth nothing! You need a safe blace with no vents! They will smell you! Also be quiet and if you have a battery opperated radio. get ear plugs and ALOT of batteries!Water, canned foods, including cannedf fruits! Charcole for cooking and matches out the ass!Remember Zombies go where there are people, so, they’ll seek out groceries and churches! Sorry, the lord helps them who help themselves! Don’t get caught up with all that shit! Survive!!! We’ll need to repopulate so keep yourself clean so we can have healthy children!!!! Hord weapons and ammo! Anything you can get to kill a zombie! Look in your garage I’m sure there are plenty of weapons! Remember YOU have to survive! Neighbors who never introduced themselves don’t matter!!!You get out alive, we can make friends later! If I think of anything else I’ll let you know! We’ll need a special sign so we know whos’ who!!! Gimme some ieas!

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  648. November 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm ET  -   Rebecca

    Oh I forgot! Keep your full! Gas willbe needed to get you out of a bad situation! Weather it be a tornado, eathquake or flood!..or ZOMBIES! take extra gas in cans in your vehichle! Keep a spare tire too! Never know! Never stop, just go go
    go!!!

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  649. November 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm ET  -   S1uDkn

    The CDC doesn’t seem to understand just how dumb the average person is. There are people who actually believe that there’s going to be a zombie apocalypse now.

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  650. November 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm ET  -   Miki

    I see no mention on zombie brain deactivating devices ie. guns, baseball bats, clubs, crowbars, etc.

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  651. November 8, 2011 at 12:51 am ET  -   Naomi

    I say if zombies strike is to start creating an underground safe house so you dont get eaten but if something more realistic happens then do what this web page has talked about. But also dont be all uptight and ready for disater to strike at any moment but to have it in mind and be ready. We no matter what happens will survive!!!!

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  652. November 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm ET  -   Ryan

    I agree with Naomi. Underground safehouses are key. If you can’t secure a radio station, go underground!

    This is zombies, not rabies, no irrational fear of water!

    Thanks to the CDC for the preparedness guide!

    Remember how important it is to Kill the zombies!

    Join the conversation!

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  653. November 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm ET  -   Dan

    My suggestion for any type of disaster or preparing for zombies or a disease outbreak would be to first have a back pack setup with plenty of dry food, one of those water filtering bottles with extra filters and purification tablets as well as the other obvious stuff and a hand gun to defend what you have in the event that you need to bug out in a hurry. If you do have to bug out, get away from populated ares as far as you can. Second if you are in a good defendable location stay there and dig in for as long as you can. I live on the top floor of an apartment complex 3 stories up. one steel door coming in with an enclosed balcony, Easily defendable. Clean water, Food, and Self Defence should be your top priority.

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  654. November 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm ET  -   Erin

    Haha, we started collecting some supplies al ready, if there is a zombie apocalypse. The un zombified peoples real chance of survival depends on what kind of zombies they are, will they be able to think independently? Or will they be brain dead veggies? With they literally be walking dead, therefore having natural enemies like the cold, bugs, and animals? Or will they be humans with sickly skin and just cannibalistic,humans being able to spot hidden doors in the floor and work out problems? stuff like that..

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  655. November 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm ET  -   Caretaker

    Im pretty sure everyone is enthused about a zombie apocalypse.-enough said

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  656. November 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm ET  -   lewis

    it’s about time someone said something about it everyone think i’m crazy

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  657. November 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm ET  -   Ipawnz.com

    Really? Zombie Invasion?

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  658. November 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm ET  -   Bounshen

    Although i find it HIGHLY possible for a zombie attack to really happen, i think this post is nothing but a way to actually atract more people to the site and read what they need to do to get prepared for an actuall disaster like hurricanes and earthquakes, so by using something that many people have an intrest in like zombies, they can (not necsisarly trick them,because preparing for any disaster is something everybody should do) but just accumilate more people to the site so more people are prepared,because its evident that disastrs are happening all over the world more frequently. so i dont think they are taking the zombie apocalypse seriosly, i just think they are using it to make people better prepared for ACTUAL REAL DISASTERS THAT HAPPEN NOT JUST ONCE BUT EVERYDAY AROUND THE WORLD. so yeah reading this doesnt get me excited and tricked into thinking that this will really happen, because i see this post for what it really is.

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  659. November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm ET  -   Rachel K.

    Sorry, I meant “bows and arrows”…. my bad

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  660. November 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm ET  -   Rachel K.

    I *heart* you CDC!!!

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  661. November 16, 2011 at 1:07 am ET  -   Barbara

    I would just go around acting like a zombie!

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  662. November 16, 2011 at 2:20 am ET  -   Sue

    For the last week I’ve actually took the whole possiblity of a rage virus being real. I think it should be taken more serious.” Like how do you kill a zombie” I guess I have to watch the movies to fnd that out.

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  663. November 16, 2011 at 11:59 am ET  -   Michael Daugherty

    Brilliant and much appreciated. Some clever people at the CDC have provided us with an exception to the rule that our government is populated exclusively by humorless automatons. As for the one or two commenters out of every fifty that disapprove: people who think that way are usually the least prepared and the first to be eaten.

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  664. November 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm ET  -   Joshua Wimberley

    Nice to see that there are some in our government that have both a brain and a sense of humor!

    That was quite possibly the only way you could have gotten me to visit the CDC website and actually read an emergency preparedness blog!!

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  665. November 17, 2011 at 8:38 am ET  -   Austin Cain

    There is a sleeper type support cell in Mississippi if you live in the USA. We are prepared for anything, whether it’s Zombies or a National Invasion. Nothing and No one will take over Mississippi. In the event of an Emergency you may come here we will still be standing strong. Mississippi is a big state but we will have a base set up in Hernando and Booneville. We are currently scouting for four more cities, two in central and two in south Mississippi. If you know of an Average sized city that will be easy to find, I’m interested.

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  666. November 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm ET  -   Randy

    I love the fact that even the CDC has taken advantage of the Zombie Craze to get its message of preparedness out to the masses. Good job guys.

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  667. November 18, 2011 at 1:22 am ET  -   justin

    well im set, i got boxes of c rations and a few guns in the house,aint non zombies touchin me

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  668. November 18, 2011 at 7:42 am ET  -   margaret

    wow its really cool to see this movie the ZOMBIE i love watching movie when i get home. thank’s for sharing with us.

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  669. November 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm ET  -   Jrewald2000

    This is great. There are tons of other resources out there too. If you prepare for zombies, you are prepared for everything! My favorite site out there is ZETA – it prepares you in great details for zombies and more.

    There are other sites out there too, but this one is funny. But at the same time, full of useful information.

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  670. November 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm ET  -   Ross Edelman

    For those who say a weapon should be included in the kit, in general disaster situations, (obviously you know the article is not actually about zombies as zombies are not real) having weapons can actually be more of a liability then a resource. First of all people need to be properly trained to use weapons or else they will kill friends and family members by mistake. Second of all possessing weapons could cause National Guards men to mistake you for a looter and get yourself shot. It’s better to just let the looters loot your house and wait until the National Guard arrives. If looters get what they want, they won’t harm you. Plus you can always replace your material possessions once the disaster is over and you have regained all your financial losses.

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  671. November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm ET  -   Leon D.

    Get yours before their gone…

    They’re gone…

    CDC needs a proofreader.

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  672. November 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm ET  -   www.audir8forsale.com

    Again the basic survivor skills are presented as life saver in emergency situations. Interesting post, thanks :)

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  673. November 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm ET  -   some guy

    Its good CDC coverd this for other emergencies. My concern is that is the CDC trying to tell us something in one way but not telling us another way. is this other experiment gone bad that the government is covering up again

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  674. November 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm ET  -   jenn

    If you seriously thing the CDC just did this for giggles and that it’s a waste of your $ you need to go back to school. This is to hook ppl for EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. Be it any type!

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  675. November 22, 2011 at 10:20 am ET  -   Gerald

    I have been longing for this day for decades!!!!! If the world were to be ending, then I pray we go out via Zombie Apoalypse!

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  676. November 22, 2011 at 11:47 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Thanks for catching that Leon!

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  677. November 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm ET  -   sencart

    That is very cool, thank you CDC.

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  678. November 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm ET  -   Evelynn

    Nice article. Its realy good info for me. Thanks a lot!

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  679. November 24, 2011 at 12:07 am ET  -   Gregg Gilmer

    I have learned something from reading your article today. I appreciate your presentation and knowledge on this subject. This has given me reason to consider the points you made here and I will be back.

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  680. November 26, 2011 at 6:37 am ET  -   lok

    zombies are awsome on games lkie call of duty but do thay exist yes thhay do i saw one in a graveard

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  681. November 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm ET  -   this is a blog

    I could not think you are more right…

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  682. November 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm ET  -   BpSitRep

    A USAF Major told me of a USMC training ‘town’ where the ‘Walking Dead’ scenario is practiced for real. This ‘Major’ did the course, it’s real. So why is the Corps taking this scenario real enough to spend money on such a mock set up??!! Just read that scientist in the Netherlands have modified the Bird Flu……can we say STUPID!! In the event of such an outbreak causing a Walking Dead situation, large areas had better be just cordoned off with large, high fences. The USN had better deploy to sea ASAP and stay away from land, far away until air recon can verify a safe return destination.

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  683. November 29, 2011 at 12:31 am ET  -   Noah Berkowitz

    Its so cool…. very cool…

    Thank you for that..

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  684. November 29, 2011 at 12:50 am ET  -   Rita

    I suggest adding a facebook like button for the blog!

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  685. November 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm ET  -   Eli Munroe

    I CANT WATE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN OMFG ITS GONNA BE GREAT!!!!!!!!!

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  686. November 30, 2011 at 9:26 am ET  -   Person1234

    those pictures are scary….i hope that this never happens….blah blahblahblahblahblah

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  687. November 30, 2011 at 11:44 am ET  -   Ianna

    Hello there. My visitors have been asking about this, do you mind if I re-print this on my blog? I will of course give full credit to this site, and I will link to you if you like. Thanks.

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  688. November 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm ET  -   that one guy that said that right there

    i just wanted to type something.

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  689. November 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm ET  -   josh

    when will it happen

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  690. December 1, 2011 at 9:42 am ET  -   Niks

    if you are being chased by a zombie jump in a river they cannot swim

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  691. December 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm ET  -   John

    I think this is a great use of humor to get a serious point across. Great job guys. As an ex military guy, I always have some spare food and water in my house and a “bug out” bag ready to go. Everyone should have one. Whether its a flu outbreak, small pox, or earth quake…that few days of food and water could make the difference. Great job CDC….
    and by the way…. the zombies are coming…oh yes they are….just not yet :-)

    Also CDC….you may want to up your fuel supplies for your generators…we all saw what happened to your facility in the Walking Dead hahahahahaha

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  692. December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm ET  -   Weight loss

    You will have to consider aspect inside an important challenge for one from all of the most beneficial blog sites for all of the net. I actually can suggest blogs.cdc.gov !

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  693. December 2, 2011 at 12:53 am ET  -   Nick

    For all of you who did not read the entire article, it was not about a scenario with a zombie apocalypse, it was to get people to do something to prepare for a likely disaster that may face them. Also, if there really were a zombie apocalypse plan it would include a blunt object and some ranged weapons.

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  694. December 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm ET  -   Zombie

    mmmm brains!

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  695. December 3, 2011 at 3:31 am ET  -   Cheyanne

    I think you guys should give a more realistic perspective on this, such as what would cause such a disease to spread? I think you should put up more valid information to back up what you have to say.

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  696. December 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm ET  -   cece

    Help Zombies are attaken AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh

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  697. December 4, 2011 at 1:01 am ET  -   Cort Posner

    The most realistic depiction of a zombie apocalypse would be a scenario where a subject is infected with a rabies like pathogen, only much more fast acting and with a reduced mental function which makes the subject much more violent. The subject would also need a diminished capacity for pain and complete loss of higher brain function, or else the subject would not bite and attack others and the pathogen would not spread.
    In this scenario depending on where you lived and where the infection originated would determine your survival strategy. The safest place to be in a zombie infestation is obviously an area with no zombies and where zombies would have trouble to get to. The place that makes the most sense to me would be an island big enough to sustain a family or small civilization. For instance if the zombie plague originated in the U.S. I would probably want to move to Australia, or at least that would be my first choice. However depending on how fast the infection spread they might shut down air travel, in which case I would try to find somewhere closer. Since I live in Canada, probably Vancouver Island.
    Another strategy would be to go far enough north that zombies could not survive the year round cold. This would also work for the undead type zombie as they would freeze solid in the arctic and be unable to move. Also a bleeding half dead human wandering through the arctic would likely either fall into a crevasse or be eaten by polar bears….However that does leave the possibility of zombie polar bears which I don’t even want to think about.

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  698. December 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm ET  -   juice diet

    Probably your greatest article on the net..

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  699. December 5, 2011 at 12:23 am ET  -   Garrett

    I can see everyone needing living essentials…but food, water, and medical supplies practically grow on tree’s in most areas. I would be worrying about self-defense.

    I do not mean to put the CDC’s help down, for their hearts are in the right place,
    However, they should definitely put personal safety into the equation!
    :)

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  700. December 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm ET  -   Joe Baran

    This is what will happen in 2012…

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  701. December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm ET  -   Jackson

    Here is a hilarious video displaying some zombie survival techniques and study of zombies in their habitat. Most people love the music as well! what a bonus!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UBwoTFzXhE&feature=channel_video_title

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  702. December 6, 2011 at 12:18 am ET  -   formilerd

    Good post. I’d been examining frequently this unique site using this program . pleased! Useful data especially the leftover component I keep this kind of data a great deal. I have been seeking this particular tips for decades. Kudos and finest involving fortune.

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  703. December 6, 2011 at 12:21 am ET  -   Ladawn Rivali

    Seriously super entry to study on…! I’m really compelled with this post. Searching ahead for extra data.

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  704. December 6, 2011 at 10:16 am ET  -   Ryan

    WOW. I love this article. I don’t think zombies wil come any time soon if they do become real, but natural disasters always happen.

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  705. December 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm ET  -   Christopher

    if a zombie outbreak were to happen, you guys at CDC will be suspect. lol no one is as stupid as you think they are. IF a natural outbreak were to occur, they would not last more than a week. The heat, the cold, all the elements will do FAR more harm than good. zombies lose muscle control due to a body that is no longer functioning to preserve itself. Now it would be more about rage zombies than regular zombies. Then we will definitely know that it was a manufactured plague

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  706. December 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm ET  -   Ryan Whitehouse

    This is clever way to get people thinking about preparing for emergencies. I particularly liked the tricky little Zombie Apocalypse heading as an opportunity to grab the reader’s attention, threw in some pictures of zombie looking creatures to show a visual and capitalized on the article to take advantage of emergency preparedness tips for all emergencies. Since preparing for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires etc. is virtually the same why not put a creative spin on the issue of making sure citizens are prepared for Zombies? I for one have now included an aluminum baseball bat to my emergency supply kit. Nice work!

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  707. December 7, 2011 at 12:40 am ET  -   harold

    “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for”
    how amazing is it !1!1!

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  708. December 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm ET  -   devan

    if it happens then come to grand bay middle school we provide safety and shellter

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  709. December 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm ET  -   Joe Street

    i see this a possibly the start of the zombie apocalypse, why give out i guide now, i belive that there preparing us for the near futre, is there somthing the govermant isn’t telling us?

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  710. December 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm ET  -   January Tsutsui

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

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  711. December 8, 2011 at 3:03 am ET  -   Carmelita Winnett

    Thank you, wonderful job! This was the data I had to possess.

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  712. December 8, 2011 at 4:54 am ET  -   Lea Voelz

    That is my first-time I have visited here. I found a lot of interesting information as part of your blog. From your tons of comments within your posts, I suppose Im one of many! continue the impressive work.

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  713. December 8, 2011 at 10:10 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    Ianna, this content is in the public domain and can be reposted on your site.

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  714. December 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm ET  -   Joe

    i don’t think many ppl realize this but the cdc isn’t actually taking zombies seriously, it’s just there joking way of grabbing our attention so they prepare us for a natural disaster. I don’t care what anyone says, a zombie apocolypse and a n atural disaster are two completely different scenarios and while they do require some of the same goods, like food and such, you won’t need a .22 during a natural disaster. And i have’t read all the somments but whoever said an aluminum bat is good for killing zombies is wrong, it’s bend quickly. duh.

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  715. December 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm ET  -   Heather P.

    ok so i just have one comment……TOTTALLY FREAKING WICKED DUDE!
    ok well i have more than just one comment, hehe.
    so what you should have on your supply list is a Zombie Bashing Stick. me and my friends are always talking about what it would me like if/when the zombie apocalypse happens.
    once i read this i emediately showed it to my friends and we all agreed on how this post is going to help us when it does happen.
    all of those movies like RESIDENT EVIL are all based on one fact: zombies are going to happen sooner or later.
    and the cause is always the same: some jacked up scientist has tried to find a cure for cancer.
    well guys, they have almost construcked a cure that has finally eliminated the deathly disease.
    during november the medicine that was injected into 2,000 recipiants of cancer cured close to 1,000 of them.
    the only side affect was that 50% of their bone tissue had to be taken in order to cure them.
    now in “I am legend”, what year did they cure cancer? and what year did all the cured turn into mindless flesh eating zombies?
    thats right, 2012.
    be prepared. the days of the zombie apocalypse are among us.
    so those of you who dis the CDC’s post and on how you are wasting your tax money on this post, get a grip and actually pay attention to the
    signs around you.
    for these days could be your last ones, and before you knoe it, you culd be the walking undead youselfs.

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  716. December 10, 2011 at 11:10 am ET  -   création site

    This post couldn’t be more factual.

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  717. December 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm ET  -   Dusty Giannavola

    Very good visual appeal on this internet site, I’d rate it 10.

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  718. December 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm ET  -   Ray

    this was created on the basses of the one percent rule.

    that rule states that if there is if an event has even a one percent chance of occurring then there must be a plan for its to deal with it.

    this does means the government takes zombies as a real treat.

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  719. December 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm ET  -   Ray

    sorry there is an error in the above. there must be a plan for the public to deal with it.

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  720. December 13, 2011 at 7:32 am ET  -   Mikki Zefur

    POSSIBLE ZOMBIE CAUSAL AGENTS:
    (1) Alien (demonic or underground species [elmo kin]) possession / poisoning / viral…

    (2) PLANET-X related EMF discharges w/ pole-shift considerations. ( aluminum foil / tin-hat origin )

    (3) HAARP ?

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  721. December 13, 2011 at 9:44 am ET  -   Zonalton Ford

    Thanks for creating a health related article. You are included some photos it’s so nice.
    Thanks
    Zonalton Ford

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  722. December 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm ET  -   sir walter

    zombies arre cool, NOT!!!!

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  723. December 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm ET  -   Domenic

    That is really awesome!!!!

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  724. December 15, 2011 at 12:25 am ET  -   Rose

    I love horror movies. One of my most favorite movies is about Zombie. Thank you for this great writing about how to prepare for a real emergency for Zombie apocalypse.

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  725. December 15, 2011 at 5:32 am ET  -   James

    The ONLY reason I came here was because I am watching QUARANTINE … scary movie about zombie outbreak sorta and they mention the CDC so i googled it and came here

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  726. December 16, 2011 at 11:20 am ET  -   Travis

    Further up in the comments, there was mention of a need for information on medications and what happens when taken after they expire. I know that a study was done by the DOD on this, as they had/have a large stockpile of medication. Where would the public be able to find this type of information, as far as what drugs just lose their potency and which become dangerous. Also information on the best way to store medications for long term storage would be great information. I am thrilled to see that some government agencies view being prepared for emergencies is a good thing… Thanks for the inovative way to get this message out

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  727. December 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm ET  -   TK

    Thanks for this. I love the fact that something so dry and seemingly boring can be turned into something that motivates me to start preparing. Tax dollars well spent!

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  728. December 17, 2011 at 3:39 am ET  -   FenHarel

    Lol… I really hope people aren’t being serious about a zombie issue… I mean, I can imagine a disease of some type making people go crazy or something, but moving and possibly running without any blood flowing through the body and missing vital organs? I’d doubt it…

    This article doesn’t mean the CDC takes the zombie thing seriously. The people saying “OMG waste of money-blah blah blah” need to read and pay attention a bit also… This is just saying to be prepared. Think about it… If you were to prepare for a zombie outbreak, you’d be ready for nearly everything right? Right…

    As far as I knew, the CDC is suppose to spread awareness of natural disasters and so on and keep people prepared, and by posting this article they’ve brought quite a few people here that otherwise wouldn’t be, and otherwise wouldn’t be thinking about being prepared. They’ve done their job well with this, and it’s something I feel I can relate with rather than a bunch of monotone formal banter I’d fall asleep reading about. :D

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  729. December 17, 2011 at 3:54 am ET  -   FenHarel

    Since i don’t exactly see an edit button, I feel like ranting a bit more on here about it… A friend of mine showed me this acting all serious about it. Until I made him look it over again and notice the part

    “You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a ‘real’ emergency.”

    Having said “Real” would imply the statements before were to something “Not real”. Meaning, no… Zombies are not taken seriously in this article. Sure maybe something that makes people crazy, some other more realistic form of “zombies”. But true corpses… Nah, sorry Johnny lol.

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  730. December 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm ET  -   kansspelen

    That was a really great article..

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  731. December 19, 2011 at 2:02 am ET  -   laasi

    awesome and funny zonbie:)

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  732. December 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm ET  -   bandar bola

    Thank god some bloggers can write. Thanks for this blog post.

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  733. December 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm ET  -   Nikon Coolpix S570

    Thank god some bloggers can write. Thank you for this read.

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  734. December 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm ET  -   Nathan Fremin

    This blog is a really great way to get people to think ahead. Remember to get a small chainsaw for sawing limbs in the middle of the road if you take backroads after hurricanes. Leave some gas in it for the zombies!!!

    Lighten up people. It can’t have taken more than $15000 at most to make this comic and blog possible. If it’s making people think about emergency preparedness then it’s money well spent. It’s certainly better than having more unprepared people huddling around shelters begging and fighting for food like….zombies….

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  735. December 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm ET  -   Tech-No-Phobe

    I have my “GO BAG” all set up….plenty of engergy bars, water and of course…AMMO for the Zombies!

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  736. December 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm ET  -   brick production line

    I don’t disagree with this writing!

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  737. December 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm ET  -   Brian McGuinness

    This has be a topic of extensive debate around my house. I have a n 8th grade son and a 10th grade son. of course my wife doesn’t get it at all but it a great way to cover the issue of dealing with adversity and challenges.
    We would like to add that the preferred mode of transport, a Hummer H2.
    a crank up radio. lots of bottled water and beef-a -ronie will get you through the worst of it.
    The key is find help, set up a team and work together. This is not the time to go it alone. Groups fight zombies better than lone warriors.

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  738. December 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm ET  -   Joshua

    For those of you crying that this post is a waste of money, it was definitely a clever way of informing people of emergency preparedness. Do notice the kit mentioned covers many sorts of natural disasters. Plus its a small simple blog post, and the gentleman that wrote it has done a lot of work to help many people. Also let me say, being prepared for the most far fetched scenarios is not a bad policy.

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  739. December 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm ET  -   a

    The CDC has long been my favorite governmental agency, but this just makes them even cooler; Next, how about a discussion of the movie Contagion?

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  740. December 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm ET  -   Donovan

    Today my friends and I were talking about this and made are plan but not fully no dought we will bring are families with us. My friend Justin is the leader because he knows how to work well twith all of us joen is the guy who has the heavy artilary Richard are medic who knows first aid and can fix our car and drive ect: gervy guns man and I the scout long distance sniper and the guy who knows were to go and how to do it right. But seriously we would stick by this and try to survive if we were trapped one of us would run if the others couldn’t and let them die or help but if they couldn’t they would run and once we turn kill us then they would try to go on I would hope if I turned someone would put me down right there and then ….

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  741. December 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm ET  -   clara27

    I bought some extra cheerios just in case. Who knows, maybe zombies like cheerios.
    Jokin aside, this has indeed made me think twice about being prepared, especially since I live in an earthquake zone.

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  742. December 23, 2011 at 8:46 am ET  -   Ryan

    Yes me and my family are prepared we got a nuke cellar with everything in It we got food to last us a year we got water to last us two years we got weapons like guns ,ammo,knives,and blunt weapons.

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  743. December 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    To all of you, sitting in your shelters, on cans of food, water bottles and batteries:

    Relax, enjoy Christmas time and have a happy New Year 2012!

    Same goes to the Zombies…

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  744. December 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm ET  -   Night Man

    OMG ppl :’D This is one of the most entertaining public safety discussion’s I have ever seen. Makes me not feel paranoid about having a emergency disaster locker in my house. Thank you CDC and thanks to all the commenters. Good read

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  745. December 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm ET  -   Night Man

    Oh and buy the way Brian McGuiness I think the best transportation if the streets are filled with zombie is a Steam roller with and enclosed cab of course. Who cares how fast they are you can clear the streets till the cows come home LoL

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  746. December 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm ET  -   Michelle

    wow that was great and now thanks to that we put our own kit together but my three year old son does not under stand why we can not put icecream in our kit.

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  747. December 28, 2011 at 12:55 am ET  -   abbey

    It is very wise to be cautious and ready at all times. As a first aider, one family should have complete first aid kit and tools. Even if it is not about zombies or perhaps certain calamity being ready is the greatest defense.

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  748. December 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm ET  -   The Zombie Slayer

    This is a serious matter. While the legend of zombies originated in some plantation somewhere in the west indies, I have found that a breakout of rabies is exactly what could cause the zombie apocalypse.

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  749. December 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm ET  -   jacob

    hey zombies are not real no way undead could come to life that is profed by sceintist dead people cant just come alive and start eating brains movie about zombies are fake they use fake blood and the zombies dont eat brains its all fake

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  750. December 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm ET  -   Jeffrey

    This. Is. So. Cool!

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  751. December 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm ET  -   Joe Zombie

    Our zombie troops are now moving into the United States. The U.S. army met us at the border but we started launching Snickers at them and we snuck past. Ha! Ha! Ha! Las Vegas here I come!

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  752. December 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    Getting into holiday spirit I realised we have to correct our attitude toward Zombies.
    They are our fallen brothers and sisters. Yes, they misbehave, but maybe because they are beeing misled.
    But, I believe, if we only show our good hearts and open ourselves to them, treat them with respect, bestow on them warm feelings, they sure will change their wicked ways. So, let’s welcome them to our houses, let’s stop this silly separation caused by irrational fear, let’s share with them whatever we have. Because this is good. And right.

    I foresee the better future, where people and Zombies live together in peace and brotherly love!

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  753. December 30, 2011 at 10:38 am ET  -   Sixth Sense

    ” I see dumb people. And they don’t even know they are dumb”. Seriously, this is a pretty amusing way to get people to plan for an unexpected event. Nice concept, CDC. Thanks for the opportunity to learn good tips via humor.

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  754. December 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm ET  -   adwardz

    cool story.

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  755. January 1, 2012 at 12:01 am ET  -   rshwillz

    In response to people who think the list from CDC and myself is “excessive” or “unneeded” in the case of a natural disaster not involving “infected” humans/animals, don’t you think the evil people in this country will be looking to lie, steal, and kill to survive at will?
    ALSO, I think the CDC should add Nuclear Fallout to the list of “disasters” and should add more items such as gasmasks to the list.
    Here’s some more, I forgot a major few

    GAS MASKS

    KEVLAR or any type of longsleeve, panted, body armor

    HELMETS… any kind would be effective, military helmets, construction, bicycle, and/or motorcycle helmets would be effective.

    But of course, when considering my lists you must consider that it will be difficult to carry so many of these items. So it would be wise to either set up an environment with limited vulnarability either your home or elsewhere and store the items there. OR getting THE LEAST HEAVY AND/OR BULKY items.

    Having a Bunker or an underground area and GAS MASK will be EXTREMELY important and crucial to survival in case of NUCLEAR FALLOUT

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  756. January 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm ET  -   shanerick williamson

    no way!!!!!!!!!

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  757. January 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm ET  -   Autumn

    OK. Jerzy, I really think inviting zombies into our homes is a REALLY bad idea. I don’t think it is a separation. Because zombies aren’t real. I DO love the idea that zombies were used as an example in the making of this blog. I love it. Thanks, CDC!

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  758. January 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm ET  -   Kim

    I believe it will happen. How do i make other people believe

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  759. January 4, 2012 at 8:38 am ET  -   stockprofessor

    I am very glad to visit this type of knowledge increasing post. Thanks for this great job.

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  760. January 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm ET  -   Mac

    It is impossible but there is a little chance of rabies

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  761. January 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm ET  -   Mac

    None of us would know what zombies were if the walking dead came out zombies are not real all you geeks just face it it is not going to happen

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  762. January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm ET  -   Tallahassee

    Comment 701 is just plain dumb whoever said that does not know about zombies

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  763. January 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    You’re right, Autumn.
    Too much goodness has got to me. Too much goodness is not good.

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  764. January 5, 2012 at 5:24 am ET  -   pennystockshark

    Cool story. Seriously, this is a pretty amusing way to get people to plan for an unexpected event. Nice concept…

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  765. January 5, 2012 at 6:38 am ET  -   westy

    seriously if this did happen i highly doubt that the “CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation”. The only thing i could see happening during this would be mass chaos, and people storming there local food stores such as walmart, Big K, dollar general, and other stores that have stuff people could loot, but thats my opinion.

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  766. January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm ET  -   PLATY

    all my friends say zombies are not real but they wont be laughing at me for being a believer during the apocalypse i will be prepared and they will lose

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  767. January 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm ET  -   Val

    Remember rules of zombieland.But i watch alot of zombie movies. And shut up!!(if you dont want to get eaten)

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  768. January 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm ET  -   zombie101

    im ready i live with my mom And Sister im 13 and a big hunter. i have water medical supplies etc.

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  769. January 6, 2012 at 9:28 am ET  -   Sam1231

    This is one very clever article making the vast majority of people prepare for the so called Zombie Apocolypse while really preparing them for any situation. Well done to the Author!!!

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  770. January 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm ET  -   Joe Snuffy

    Its always amusing to read these things…. First, this isnt a waste of tax dollars…. the CDC has taken real info and put it into an arcticle that anyone will read. Secondly look at some of the science the mid European nations are working with…. Re-animation of dead tissue and cells are something they (and im sure we) have been working with. Far fetched…. yes, impossable….. no.

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  771. January 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm ET  -   marajade04

    this is so awsome make you aware that when you’re planning for the zombie attack it can also be for other disasters. though when you look at the other comments why are some of you think that this page actually cost anything for one and two its a popular way to get people in today’s socity to actually think of real emergency whether or not it comes in the form of zombies. people need to actually look between the lines before jumping down CDC back this is a clever and inventive idea to get people like me to be aware of emergencys aren’t just preparing for zombies it covers everything :) thank you CDC you guys are amazingly clever makes me have hope for government yet.

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  772. January 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm ET  -   Zombie Man

    LMAO…..I really cannot believe that some of you really think we are talking about Zombies here….WOW…that’s all I can say! Take it for what it is, just a good article about emergency preparedness.

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  773. January 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm ET  -   Dustin

    I might be seventeen but I’m prepared for it. My mom always asks me why do I want swords and crossbows and obsessed with guns. I just told her why she doesn’t think it will happen but me and a few buddy’s believe it will. We want to join the CDC task force email me to talk more about it. dbro2012@aol.com

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  774. January 11, 2012 at 12:22 am ET  -   PhxCoyotesFan 101

    all the people who think the zombies are nonsence will be the first to go! nice to know us prepared ones will live longer because while the nonbelievers are being feasted on the rest of us will be high-tailing it to safety and all ill say to those people who thought this whole thing was crap is TOLD YA SUCKAS!!!! hahaha

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  775. January 11, 2012 at 4:34 am ET  -   MABVN .223

    Don’t you wish the world were this interested in AIDS or child abuse?
    Why are there no shirts for fat dudes? we need sizes 3 and 4x. I know the first rule in survival is cardio but if we gone die we can atleast looks good doing it with our size 4x cdc shirt!! E me if I can get one in this size….i’ll pay extra.

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  776. January 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm ET  -   Fernando669

    Interesting… a smart way to spread the word of making a disaster preparedness kit using a pop-culture theme.

    Well played CDC! Also for some people who might have not evaluated this article clearly it uses a Zombie Apocalypse as a theme to get people thinking of making a disaster kit whether for a Zombie Apocalypse or a Natural Disaster, and I highly doubt this article was made “wasting” taxpayers money, don’t you see? what better way to (what I said earlier at the top of my post). Regardless of what the theme is the message is clear (or so it should be) to be prepared for any type of emergency situation (i.e. fire, natural disasters, town/city evacuation, etc.) that may strike at any moment.

    Personally anyone at the CDC could have made this article for fun while still having a purpose, to send a message, besides I doubt this article took much effort to publish or any money in that case. Anyone, if they have the ability to, can post an article in their website having done some research on what they are talking about. I myself made a 6 page research paper on how Bank Bailouts may be good strategy to stabilize an economy artificially in about 5 hrs. Though anyone with basic knowledge about Zombies can create an article encouraging people to be prepared for an emergency of any type using a Zombies Apocalypse as a theme.

    Notice that there are some clues that the CDC understands that a Zombie Apocalypse is very unlikely-”and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.” “Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!” “This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.”(CDC)-on my post it may not appear in italics
    but if you were to review the article you will see that the word “real” is in italics stating once again, that a Zombie Apocalypse is very unlikely. About the third quote, the author uses the situation in which how people should react or do in a Zombie invasion around your house or community because those same strategies can be applied to more common disasters or emergencies. For example: you would call a neighbor or a friend if Zombies were surrounding your house and you are trapped inside, right? This type of action can be applied to you say if you were trapped in a building that was on fire or that had collapsed from an earthquake.

    So, if I may say, the CDC has created an article relating to events during a Zombie Apocalypse to real life emergencies to send a message to the public (in this case, believers and the younger population or just about anyone who would rather be prepared anyway) to be prepared!

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  777. January 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm ET  -   Adam Brown

    Where can I find Zombie Proof Ammo cans? I want to store some items and keep them safe for Zombies. I may use it to keep my GO KIT.

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  778. January 14, 2012 at 5:01 am ET  -   Megan

    Love the blog

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  779. January 14, 2012 at 6:27 am ET  -   Koin

    The opening line is clearly implying that this is a matter of “when” not a hypothetical “if”. Look: “You may laugh now, but ….” when it happens not if. CDC the disease control guys are saying when not if..isn’t that kinda scary guys?

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  780. January 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm ET  -   Peyton

    I’m going to laugh so hard when all the people who say this is a waste of tax money are all infected by this

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  781. January 16, 2012 at 11:08 am ET  -   chatkat

    what if they figured out a way to make a stronger sting of Toxoplasmosa gondii with makes rats zombies. i mean look they use rats to test or meds on already and so there got to be some link that could make it happen. read 5 reasons why it could happen.

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  782. January 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm ET  -   lilkia

    did u know the apocalpse is going to happen December 32, 2012?

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  783. January 17, 2012 at 10:25 am ET  -   Grace

    This is some very useful information indeed. There is no reason as to why a zombie apocalypse could never happen. With all these new diseases (I’m sure there are plenty more out in the world that are yet to be discovered), ones such as toxoplasmosis and lab experiments, I’m sure there’s a possibility some type of virus could spread causing a zombie, if not a zombie-like, apocalypse of some sort.

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  784. January 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm ET  -   liam

    i dont have to worry about any cardio im a boxer and a big zombie fan so i keep myself fit even though i understand that the real reason they did this for any emergancy im still making some kind of kit just in case

    P.S that kit seems a bit heavy and i think youd be better off travelling light wouldnt you? but keep essentials + dont go to a refugee camp during an apocalypse thatts the most stupid thing you could do but do go if natural disaster of course
    i enjoyed the article

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  785. January 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm ET  -   John

    Has anyone made the correlation between what “zombies” act like, to what starving people will be like after a couple weeks without food?
    Stock up and prepare now, before the hoards of so-called “zombies” come out of the cities.

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  786. January 19, 2012 at 9:38 am ET  -   kickerr

    i highly doubt there is a due date on when the zombie apocalypse will occor but one thing i know its that you will need better help than just the information that the CDC has provided. you will need survival strategies like simpily how to start a fire or how to make a shelter. if you want to really know how to survive a zombie apocalypse read the book zombie survival guide.

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  787. January 19, 2012 at 11:17 am ET  -   latia

    Year i’am tryin my best 2 be ready.

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  788. January 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm ET  -   Josh

    wow……a government website says to prepair for zombies!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!! I knew it would happen I just need to finish our plan C.!!!!!!!!!!

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  789. January 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm ET  -   Dylan

    David said that the CDC didn’t have a plan against zombies an the i showed him this and he was like “Wow dylan you were right and I (david) was wronge just like wen you said if a zombie bit u u cant just cut ofthe afflicted area and i disagreed with you even thou u were right.”

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  790. January 21, 2012 at 5:35 am ET  -   promotion website

    I am always investigating online for tips that can benefit me. Thanks blogs.cdc.gov

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  791. January 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm ET  -   promotion website

    You completed some good points on blogs.cdc.gov . I did a search on the theme and found the majority of persons will have the same opinion with your blog.

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  792. January 23, 2012 at 12:47 am ET  -   garrett nickels

    do you guys really think the zombie apocalypse is going to happen and i thank you for getting us prepared i have a lot of questions that need answering and one of them is….is there going to be a cure cause if not get to cracken cause i dont want this to happen to my family but if there is look up a girl named Priscilla Marie Heflin shes from edmond oklahoma and i want her to be with me when you guys evacuate the country lol but anyway thanks for the heads up

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  793. January 24, 2012 at 11:40 am ET  -   hsnintendo

    Zombies arn’t Real

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  794. January 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    If you’re boy or even a tom-b.,
    Aim you 12-gager right at the Zombie.
    But before carelessly you pull carbine’s trigger,
    Think! Without them our world will be meager…

    They do have their special deadly charm;
    So what that they may miss a leg or an arm,
    Or some flesh here or perhaps there…
    It’s what’s inside, as far as I care.

    Let’s play the music, small band or big,
    I’m into romantic Zombie cheek to cheek!
    Let’ start our madness, let’s start dans macabre!
    Here I am, take my hand ma’am cadav’r!

    Around in circles, we’ll conquer the floor!
    Spewing everywhere your mortal odour!

    At last music stops… And we’ll go to lie down,
    You’ll drop your filthy and moldy brown gown,
    You’ll sink your teeth into my warm wanting flesh and
    Consuming my body, you’ll put romance to end.

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  795. January 25, 2012 at 7:57 am ET  -   medical practice management software

    Zombie Apocalypse is to an old people

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  796. January 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm ET  -   Timothy Kubsch

    I think zombies may be a little out there on the horizon, but a completely engineered level 4 containment type outbreak would be more plausible into the the forseeable future. If an experiment went wrong and somehow the containgent got airbourne and started infecting humans, we would have some serious issues. Any kind of level 4 episode should not be even considered, because it would cause so much widespread controversy. I have a saying that should be followed by everyone, “Hope For The Best, Prepare For Worst”.

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  797. January 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm ET  -   Will Trefethen

    I am pretty sure I saw a group of zombies – they are running around Florida pretending to be Presidential candidates!

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  798. January 30, 2012 at 11:44 am ET  -   Keeley Pinkenburg

    Should the more affluent help the less affluent? Do you believe in what Peter Singer does..that we should spend that $500 on charitable causes instead of a new Apple Iphone? Or would a better solution…be something like microlending? What is your position on the moral responsibility of each of us to end world poverty?.

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  799. February 1, 2012 at 8:35 am ET  -   mark

    Been reading this blog for awhile but i have been lazy to drop a comment and say thanks. That ends these days: Thanks mate!

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  800. February 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm ET  -   June

    Ha! This is fantastic. We implemented a zombie insurance company in 2009 and we all got a kick out of this article.

    http://www.MyZombieInsurance.com
    Zombies don’t care. We do.

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  801. February 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm ET  -   Bailey Starr

    Wow this is serious isn’t it?

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  802. February 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm ET  -   Trek

    This is so awsome….i’ve been preaching preparedness for nearly 30 years and i’m also a zombie movie fan. It’s good to know that people smarter than me have seen the merit of preparing for the worst possible disaster scenario that i can think of, other than utter world destruction, zombies and putting it to practical use. I mean think about it….if you prepare for the worst then when something does happen and it’s not zombies….then it prolly won’t seem so bad

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  803. February 2, 2012 at 9:02 am ET  -   Zoombie_Hunter

    AWWWWWWW YEAAAAAAAAA!!! I so expected the CDC to have something like this on their sight. LOL @(^_^)@

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  804. February 4, 2012 at 12:12 am ET  -   deth 2 zombies

    i have a plan tht will work well in my opinion….. and CDC didnt do anything. i just want to know what other people are doing.

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  805. February 4, 2012 at 1:41 am ET  -   Derek A Reece

    its gonna happen sooner or later. now there finally taking it seriously!

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  806. February 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm ET  -   Willow J. Ravenhart

    well i am making a zombie survival guide for what to do in this type of emergency. ther are 9 categories…
    rules
    where/how you should live
    types of clothes
    who should be in your group
    where you should and shouldn’t be
    did you spot a zombie?
    weapons?
    type of car and what you should do in any building
    And Finally…
    your diet
    so that is all i have to show you for now… bye! :D

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  807. February 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm ET  -   Heather

    OMG! If this ever happens I will totally do that. And here I am just hopping I turn in to Alice like in the Resident Evil movies.

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  808. February 7, 2012 at 10:08 am ET  -   Mikah

    I already discussed this with friends of mine,

    we’re going to hide out in our local supply store, where the food and clothes and medical advice is,
    at the same time, we’re going to make some sort of tunnel leading to the garden supply store across the road, “there’s drills, saws, chainsaws!” So, there’s our weapons :>

    Another thing, if it was a deadly virus, the infection would only last a few days before you’ll be completely dead anyway, the infection would’ve killed you.

    so, OVERALL.
    go to a local store, and camp out there, build barriers and just wait until they’re all dead.

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  809. February 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm ET  -   Cedric

    good blog site. thank you this excellent write-up. i have fun here lots.

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  810. February 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm ET  -   Soul number 5

    There are lots of hypotheses concerning the spirit. The gender chart, where did it come, and also can it pass away i have listed a few of the questions being questioned when i view it, your …

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  811. February 8, 2012 at 2:33 am ET  -   brooke

    i will survive a zombie apocalypse.

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  812. February 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm ET  -   vaylen

    if the zombies are real then kill me now because im terifide this is not a joke put me out of my misery!

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  813. February 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm ET  -   Avery

    I never saw who won the video contest. Did something go terribly wrong?

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  814. February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am ET  -   Conner

    another good place to stay is a place with one door because it is easier to protect.

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  815. February 12, 2012 at 2:04 am ET  -   Rationalist

    the CDC isnt saying zombies are real, theyre using the title to attract sci-fi lovers to stop watching the walking dead and prepare for natural disasters

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  816. February 12, 2012 at 7:41 am ET  -   ben butler

    oh my god this is so cool all my friends think there is no such thing as zombies but i know there out there or coming some day i will make that kit very soon

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  817. February 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm ET  -   Nicole

    Here is a thought to the non-believers. They found a fungus that turns ants into zombies, so people turning into zombies could be possible. If and when it happens it could be man-made, or even something nature cooked up. Just think about it…

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  818. February 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm ET  -   disc

    Some posts are just mean’t to be commented on, this is 1. Thank you for an superb read, so hard to discover nowadays.

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  819. February 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm ET  -   Ashley

    What people don’t seem to understand is the CDC’s job is to be prepared and help others prepare for the worst. It’s not wasting money, people are entertained by Zombies and most people are interested. This is a great way to spread the word about being prepared, as stated in the article, if you are prepared for a zombie apocalypse then you are prepared for anything. This is no different then what teachers do in classes, they find an interest point and make it apply to the lesson. I think this is a great way to get people to prepare, and be ready for anything. Thank you for sharing this information, I hope it gets through to people. And for everyone who thinks they are going to hide out in a store, good luck keeping it secure because you will have to fight more people then zombies. Everyone has the same ideas, those ideas will get you killed. Think outside the box, and think every detail through.

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  820. February 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm ET  -   Bobby Winchenbach

    i guess some of these people really are not getting the complete point of all this zombie talk. all it is for is to attract the attention of different groups of people to teach them how to be prepared for anything that could happen on a local or a global level so why dont some of you people lighten up on the freakin sny comment you have no clue what your talking about. if youve read anything about the preparedness for disaster an have a half of a brain you would relize that this is a good artical to read. and for all of those that get it an understand this artical good for youll be the ones too survive

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  821. February 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm ET  -   J Gilmer

    Great idea CDC! Good for you!

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  822. February 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm ET  -   Keith

    Zombies? Is that what we are calling the looters and have nots? How compassionate that we must refer to the realities of an emergency as an attack from zombies. We have zombies for a presidential administration, be prepared to defend yourself from the current zombies in our presence, the folks with their hands out.

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  823. February 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm ET  -   Mulch Bloomington Indiana

    Hello there, just turned into aware of your weblog thru Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if you happen to proceed this in future. A lot of folks will probably be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

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  824. February 19, 2012 at 10:20 am ET  -   Charles

    I agree with the CDC using zombies or a so called “zombie apocalypse” to attract the attention of the otherwise uncaring people who don’t pay attention to what can actually happen and then when it does they are crying to others and begging for handouts because they weren’t smart enough to actually think for a change and always be prepared. This stuff isn’t rocket science. Things happen all the time and it’s these idiots that are all happy and saying i knew a zombie apocalypse was coming that are going to be the ones with no family, no home, no resources and left to die on the street because the rest of us are smarter. If you actually believe that this is really about zombies then you really should look in the mirror and perform a reality check and get your priorities in order.

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  825. February 19, 2012 at 11:47 am ET  -   Haley Jane

    I used o be scared but now I am semi ready because all of the beef jerky and venison will be free. I am still scared but I am pretty thrilled for a 12 year old.

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  826. February 20, 2012 at 8:21 am ET  -   Richard Muller

    This is awesome. lol I always liked the conecpt of zombies, though I think I won’t survive if this ever happens. Too many people where I live.

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  827. February 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm ET  -   Jeremiah

    The zombie apocalypse may or may not be real, however the site does draw attention to general emergency preparedness by using the zombie as one such emergency. Though zombies may not be real, there are real emergencies that should be taken into consideration by all citizens and making this site is a good way to put some “fun” into a serious scenario. I got my kit packed….

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  828. February 21, 2012 at 7:58 am ET  -   Robert Berry

    never seen a zombie,but have met many braindead folks.
    does that count?

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  829. February 24, 2012 at 1:07 am ET  -   Christian

    I always wondered, where do I go in a Zombie Apocalypse?! I mean, its not like I don’t have a good Idea, and I know where to avoid, but where do you go? Let’s say you have a safehouse(just the place your at, maybe a few people), and there are zombies outside, but your safe and have a good amount of supplies. Don’t you always have a plan to go to a final safe zone, like zombie-free. In other words. Ok, just because am safe now, in this place, doesn’t mean I wanna be here for ever, like where can I move on to as my ultimate goal, a safer place. For one, I live in South Florida, so I’ll tell you, you dead if you don’t have a boat. Ok, there’s Miami, and Ft. Lauterdale, but what about the majority of people living in suburbs a few miles farther inland. For thoughts of you who don’t understand, go to google maps, and look at the satellite image of the east coast of south Florida and that huge mesh of city after city, is what am talking about. Oh, and I live in Coral Springs (if you don’t know where it is, type it in on google maps), so am surrounded to the east and south by suburbs, and after that, cities. To the west, Big Cypress National park, basically the Everglades, litteray on the western city limits. North, north’s a smaller town, called park land and after that, guess what more suburbs and big cypress! Wow, I feel surrounded, so this is why I ask, were do I go? There’s two highways out of south Florida, I-95 on the east coast(not an option) and one called the Tami-ami trail, which goes from Miami to western south Florida, or in otherwords, Another city! I really hope I get good suggestions, and please don’t say “go to cuba…”. Great an Island full of refugees(soon to be zombies) from Florida.

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  830. February 24, 2012 at 10:56 am ET  -   Jerzy

    To Christian,

    Take a glider boat and disappear into Everglades. But not before you let Zombies sense where you’re retreating. They’ll go after you and, hopefully, will end up as gators’ fodder.

    I think it’s exellent plan.

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  831. February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm ET  -   Rick Henry

    I agree with some of the lower comments but you should always carry a flash light. Also you shouldent camp in small places because you might be cornered. Always carry a small thing of value and extra money incase of a run-in with somemore “surviors” or to bribe with.Avoid these places: Hosbitals, malls, super markets and Contact with other people. Good Blog though!

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  832. February 25, 2012 at 12:21 am ET  -   Bethany

    If there truly is going to b a zombie apocalypse, everyone will panic. Its best to avoid crowded areas and be ready to kill, mentality is a huge part of survival. Be ready at home, in the car and on the go, always have a plan a, b, and c. I’m only 16 and i’m already prepared for any disaster to hit California, after all any disaster kit can also be used for a zombie apocalypse kit. Also DONT FORGET TO WATCH EACH OTHERS BACKS, many times someone will mess up on any important job, even in modern warfare people still mess up. Ba alert at all times, trade off keeping watch at night and help each other out. Setting up a small trustworthy community of people who are local to your area is also a good idea, but make sure they are trustworthy and share similar goals and interests as you. Tell the wrong person what you have prepared could make you a target for a raid.

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  833. February 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm ET  -   Jeremy l. gill

    machetes are not a bod idea. they are light and very affordable,plus no ammo needed.

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  834. February 26, 2012 at 8:43 am ET  -   Worried

    All this coming from the same clowns that were unable to prevent the swine flu from spreading the way it did, the delays in the vaccine etc.
    If this ever happened the world would be doomed!!
    The CDC is a joke.

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  835. February 27, 2012 at 12:53 am ET  -   Hollea

    You cant be serious with this zombie crap

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  836. February 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm ET  -   Aislinn

    ok so like if there really is going to be a zombie apocalypse which i don’t belive is going to happen but just in case i’ll be ready for them. Most of these dumb people out there think that if zombies suddenly appear that they should go protect their loved ones. well thats mistake #1. And also even if ya’ll say that theres going to be a zombie apocalypse that doesnt mean that theres gonna be one. Try to understand that ther will NEVER be a zombie apocalypse.

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  837. February 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm ET  -   Fred

    This was not a waist of tax dollars they are trying to find a fun way to get prepared for a real emergency.

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  838. February 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm ET  -   Cher

    When I read this article…makes me think of zombies = cannabals. Crisis sets in and people go hungry and starve..they become cannabals to survive. Something to think about..this Zombie Apocalypse!!!

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  839. March 1, 2012 at 10:54 am ET  -   Jerzy

    Watch out, people!

    There is a Zombie plant inside CDC! They are the ones doing so called “moderation”. You know what that mean, do you? They are comiiing…

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  840. March 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm ET  -   Kristi

    @ Aislinn

    Well, zombies doesn’t necessarily mean the undead coming out of their grave to eat your brains. There is A LOT of biological warfare going on behind closed doors. What leaks out to the public is just a glimpse of whats really going on. And besides this biological warfare, flu’s and infections are being messed with everyday. Recently the bird flu. There was an article about that being contaminated with something and turning into a deadly virus. They are one deadly virus away from creating that virus that will turn humans into something like zombies. So if some people do not believe that the “Zombie” apocalypse is going to happen, lets start calling it a virus outbreak. Cuz that’s exactly what it will be, WHEN it happens.

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  841. March 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm ET  -   DV

    First of all, I would like to thank the CDC for acknowledging that a Zombie Apocalypse is a definite possibility and needs to be treated as a potential threat. Although a zombie outbreak is highly unlikely, it’s still possible. ANYONE who thinks that a lethal super virus is impossible is a complete moron. It IS 100% possible and everyone should be prepared for such an event. With that being said, thank you CDC for getting people involved and prepared for a pandemic in a fun and entertaining way. CDC, you get an A+. :D

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  842. March 5, 2012 at 6:08 am ET  -   oladepo temidayo

    I REALLY BELIEVE BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE WUD BELIEVE IT ENOUGH

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  843. March 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm ET  -   suck it

    zombies noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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  844. March 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm ET  -   mallory sosinski

    im fat and the zombie wont eat me. I’ll eat the zombies!!!!

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  845. March 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm ET  -   mike212

    How can you make a cure for something that not real or happen yet? What are they hiding……

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  846. March 11, 2012 at 5:35 am ET  -   Rich

    Well done, CDC. I’m a University Emergency Preparedness Officer, and the Zombie Task Force will be a great way to “sell” Emergency Preparedness on campus… BZ!

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  847. March 12, 2012 at 7:28 am ET  -   nunya

    ask dr.gener from the walking dead

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  848. March 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm ET  -   Dakota

    Thanks CDC… now what equipment would i need if probed my aliens?

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  849. March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am ET  -   ronnie corpening

    bring on the zombies

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  850. March 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm ET  -   a friend

    i seen a zombie please be aware i dont see any more if you see them then call at 4804959281 ill tell you a safe place LAY LOW dont cry turn off lights and cover windows

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  851. March 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm ET  -   tiffany massey

    I LOVE ZOMBIES!!!!!!! eat them for breakfest, lunch and even dinner. DEAD ASS!!!!!

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  852. March 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm ET  -   J.J.

    Awesome! Glad CDC acknowledged this. I know most people think zombies are a joke, but experimentation with viruses DOES happen. You never know, you’re little town could be the next Raccoon City and we could all be living the real “Walking Dead.” The world is becoming more advanced; anything can happen…

    Another idea is to go somewhere icy 24/7; the low temperatures will deteriorate/freeze the bodies making them slower and less able to get around.

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  853. March 15, 2012 at 5:59 am ET  -   Jesse Chadwick

    I’m all about “doomsday prepping,” but this is a joke. Our Gov’t has nothing better to spend our tax dollars on?

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  854. March 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm ET  -   Joe

    Absolutely well done. You made emergency awareness fun. I never really focused on being prepared for the unexpected and now I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
    Now let me count the number of people who complained that you are “wasting funds” because they don’t have a clue what your true intentions were.

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  855. March 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm ET  -   ,D,H,B

    ene my ne mo catch a zombie by the toe if he bites let him go e ne my ne mo. Just never ‘”hold back on a zombie attack”,. if you love them dont decide not to kill him or her they’re already dead, and their in a better place so no matter what dont hold back. you may cry you lost a loved one, but you survied 1 more second.

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  856. March 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm ET  -   D,H,B

    Zombies are not attractive. UNLESS YOU HAVE A THING FOR THE UNDEAD

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  857. March 18, 2012 at 2:34 am ET  -   Deb

    I’ve been in a few disasters and war zones, so my patients depend on me when there is a weather alert. I’m the “go to girl” for disaster preparedness. Everyone will be happy to know that we will have a zombie preparedness plan as well as hurricane, blizzard and tornado.

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  858. March 18, 2012 at 5:03 am ET  -   ben

    Hoping for a hot chick if this could happen.

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  859. March 20, 2012 at 12:16 am ET  -   kenzie

    you never know whats going to happen anythings possible but in a lot of movies the cdc will close off the infected area so no one could get out even if your not infected and they just destroyed the whole place killing everyone so the infection wouldnt spread do you think they might do that if there was a zombie apocalypse?

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  860. March 20, 2012 at 1:39 am ET  -   ph

    make plan A.(don’t get bitten, kill the infected, don’t make friends with strangers) and B.(don’t break plan A)

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  861. March 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm ET  -   johnny smedley

    this is a joking thing about the zombie apocalypse but it is getting sane people attention about the coming economic collapse. prepare for a year to 2 years of nothing much on store shelves while the USA gets back on its feet, the “zombies” u will first have to dispose of are the people that did not prepare , coming in large groups to steal the food and water and armament you have stored up. after that the feds will be coming to do the same in the name of “government protecion of the people”, but will do the same thing and cart you and yours to interrment camps ie: FEMA camps the CDC is trying to get you to prepare for it. nuff said ?

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  862. March 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm ET  -   John

    Anyone who believes in zombies has nothing to worry about, you have no brains to begin with! Start spending more time trying to solve REAL problems.

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  863. March 21, 2012 at 6:28 am ET  -   Andy Sky

    I think this blog post is inappropriate. It terrified a special needs 6th grader in my class who really has himself convinced that a zombie apocalypse is going to happen today. I taught him in a study skills class on how to identify reliable sources on the internet that .gov websites can generally be trusted.

    I get the joke, and the purpose of the post. However, not everyone does. The fact that this is a joke should be more explicit on a CDC website.

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  864. March 21, 2012 at 9:45 am ET  -   Russ

    A zombie Apocalypse!!! WOW! Now I know why there are so much stupidity in the World! Mankind has been around for centuries and never has there been Zombies but all of a sudden it is just going to happen! You people need to get a LIFE! Instead of waiting for DEATH! So yeah let’s stock up enough food and water for a few days…. and then what oh Yeah we can live minute to minute like the characters on “The Walking Dead” waiting for the moment we will be eaten by Zombies. Who in their right mind would want to suvivve so they can spend the rest of their lives killing Zombies! That is messed up!

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  865. March 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm ET  -   jordan

    zombies arnt real but this is good for hurricanes and tornados

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  866. March 22, 2012 at 2:00 am ET  -   carve vegetables food

    good site!! You should start many more. I love all the info offered. I will stay tuned.

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  867. March 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm ET  -   That Guy

    Face it, prepared or not in any situation idiots loose. I feel like I’m around zombies all day. Justin beber is googled more than world events that matter, and people can’t even remember a phone number with out a cell phone, I’m sorry CDC, your scare tactic to inform the great citizens of our Country, and act like you care probly won’t go far. Besides I could think of a dozen things off the top of my head that would make your “prepaired kit” look like a gift bag from toys “r” us

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  868. March 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm ET  -   reuben dmello

    but the main reason for zombie attack might be something els also right ?
    well you cant know
    but the only one thing that you should do in a zombie attack is that save you and only your self that is the best thing i think

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  869. March 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET  -   Ruby

    this is BS thier is no freakin zombies who are going to attack us. Shut the heck up about it pretty please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  870. March 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm ET  -   sara

    Thier is no such thing as zombies who are going to attack us. You just wait and see. I hope you all look back at this and laugh that you actually belived this.

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  871. March 27, 2012 at 12:02 am ET  -   2012

    First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Thanks!

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  872. March 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm ET  -   Karl Dennis

    This is awesome… lol… Thanks so much for this!! Made my day Karl

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  873. March 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET  -   harold

    heeeeeey hoes

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  874. March 29, 2012 at 10:13 am ET  -   JG Fuchs

    This is really funny…lol…

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  875. March 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    Zombies made significant inroads in the society already. Especially in places like Frisco, West Hollywood in Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Antonio Texas, New York and other big cities. We, still unaffected, must increase our efforts to resist them and stop their invasion.

    Remember, there are more of us!

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  876. March 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm ET  -   Andrew

    If a zombie apocalypse will occur, then why are kids still being taught knowledge that will be rendered obsolete?

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  877. March 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm ET  -   holly zombies

    add gasoline to the list helps alot

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  880. March 30, 2012 at 8:59 am ET  -   Ephesus Tours

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  881. March 30, 2012 at 11:41 am ET  -   Chris Smith

    In the event of a zombie apocalypse, MOVE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE! IT’S THE ONLY PLACE THAT WON’T GET NUKED!!!!!

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  882. March 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm ET  -   Elizabeth

    Perhaps the presence of prions in the human genome will contaminate the zombie food supply! So, as Monte Python sings, “Always look on the bright side of life” there may be an up-side to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease!

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  883. March 31, 2012 at 1:19 am ET  -   Brandon

    This is a Government Website. They’re not just doing this just to get other people prepared.

    Do you understand how serious the CDC really is?

    They know something we don’t.. com’n you and I both know the gov’t doesn’t tell us everything..

    Africa is having some disease called the ‘nodding disease’ almost zombie like people wanting to bite and start fires. The CDC and WHO is over their. They can’t find a cure or a cause of the problem.

    Maybe this is they’re way of sending out the signal? and think about this.. you’re like

    “ZOMBIE APOC??? CDC POSTED THIS?? IM GOING TO TELL MY FRIENDS!!@!@ :D:P:)”

    ^^^

    That is exactly! what they want you to do.. spread the word.. its so out there that people will just want to spread the word and get prepared.

    CDC knows something
    Gov’t knows something

    be smart.
    get prepared.

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  888. April 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm ET  -   Brianne MacKenzie

    Seriously? There are actually people who believe this crap exists, and now a credible source posts emergency strategies about it? This may seem funny, but it’s a huge disappointment. Unfortunately, natural disasters may not seem ‘cool’, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to exploit public media to attract an audience.

    Tell young people what is important. Teach them what matters and how they can protect themselves and their families. Don’t confirm to popular media to gain attention, you’ll lose respect on the process.

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  889. April 2, 2012 at 9:09 am ET  -   spas montreal

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  890. April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm ET  -   Ruby

    Zombies are NOT REAL wake up people

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  891. April 4, 2012 at 8:28 am ET  -   Mike Hawk

    hey…. zombies aren’t real. You are just a bunch a fag virgins who live with their parents! btw you guys will be locked in you basement thinking theres a zombie attack, and you will end up having sex with your friend.

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  892. April 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm ET  -   Ben

    I am making a bunker at my house now with my friends Jon, Zack, Jocob, Brandon, Kyle, Austin, Autin again and etc. Thank you CDC!!!….

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  893. April 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm ET  -   Alexia

    hello, I´m from argentina and I don´t speak good english. I wonder if in the coming years or now be zombie pandemic begins. Thank you for the information. It´s very interesting!

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  894. April 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm ET  -   Jasmine

    This was really helpful! I’m using some of the information for a story I’m writing, and it’s looking better now!

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  895. April 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm ET  -   Mark Mark

    Evey Easter we encourage this Zombie uprising!! IT must be stopped!! LOL!

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  896. April 10, 2012 at 8:09 am ET  -   unaquired

    people, the only food material that would last until you decide its time to munch the rest of it away, is honey. honey never goes bad or “expires” so it is the ideal food for an emergency kit. put a few bottles of that, a few mags, a battery radio/flashlight, and water in there and your set for eternity, or til you die.

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  897. April 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm ET  -   tyler

    all you need is food/ water/ / a good car/ gas/ gas masks (oh and also a shelter. (: peferbly away from gravyards and poupilated areas! oh and please zombies are transmitted by mad cow dieseace well get ready to fight! oh and if your beat or you got bitting your dead just kill yourself ! now back to the comments/.

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  898. April 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm ET  -   Brandi

    love it…this is great….. happy surviving

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  899. April 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm ET  -   Alan Garcia

    Why would the CDC be ready for a zombie apacalypse??? They know that something could happen and they are the ones that are going to release the virus.

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  900. April 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm ET  -   DeadSkull

    I dont see how people can laugh this off as a joke!!!!!
    With all the weird disease’s in the world and the crazy people messing with reanamation of dogs
    And the plain and scary murdering crazy people in the world. Not to forget all the countries that
    Hate america, and our way of life. Yeah i dout we will have people yelling brains and eating our brains lol
    But toxicins induced into the body that could make a person go absolute crazy or mad. Kind of like someone
    On PCP Unresponsive Crazy Super Strong.
    If you go by all zombie movies made Its always was cause by virus, chemical, radiation, and parasites
    If the CDC says to look out just in case. I dont think they would joke about something on the National level
    “”””people climb on top of your house and let the sniping begin””””””””

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  901. April 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm ET  -   jamie

    dose this mean you have created a zombie biological weapon

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  902. April 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm ET  -   Alex

    i think people should take precautions during the apocalypse like “what if they run, of what if they can’t see?” i think we should try those out

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  903. April 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm ET  -   Lucafer

    Well it seems a lot of people think this is just unlikely….
    Take a moment and think about everyone that did not think about mad cow disease, Black Plague, Bird Flu, should I go on? WHY is this not probable and unlikely? It is better to be prepared than to not be. I myself have dreams about this., but yet I have had a few dreams about UFO’s. when we know they exist EVEN if we did not actually see one. You should prepare for “what could happen” instead of This is UNLIKELY!!!

    The CDC is doing this as a plausible “case” AND IMO would be better to be prepared for a case that is possible.
    Do you go to the store and by food for a week or more? What about other house hold items? IF past Civilations and history have taught us anything it would to be prepared for the “unlikely”

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  904. April 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm ET  -   Jerzy

    Do Zombies burp after eating human flesh?

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  905. April 16, 2012 at 11:54 am ET  -   Nikole

    I love this article. It grabs the attention of many people and educates them on the importance of emergency preparedness. Fo those who think that the cdc wasted tax payers money, i disagree. This is a fun way to educated people and the overall message is valid.

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  906. April 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm ET  -   Doug

    Let’s not forget diplomacy skills when dealing with zombies. Don’t leave this valuable tool out of your “emergency kit”. Let’s try and reason and negotiate with the zombies. Convince them your brains do not contain the necessary social, religious and political neuro-transmitters they crave. But if that fails and violence is your last option, be careful, because if you shoot too many of the same “color” zombies, your fellow survivors will probably cast you out for being a racist! If you don’t have a gun in your kit (The CDC deemed them un-necessary) then just throw cans of cream of mushroom soup. Make sure you hit them in the head.

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  907. April 19, 2012 at 11:30 am ET  -   MuzzleMike

    The Zombies do not bother me ! I am do not like the werewolves . You might be able to blend in with Zombies but you will have to grow a lot of hair to blend in with the werewolves !

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  908. April 20, 2012 at 1:02 am ET  -   Martha

    What the heck happened to the Apocalypse 101 video that came out last May or so? I can’t find it anywhere and was wanting to show my kids.

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  909. April 20, 2012 at 11:43 am ET  -   alecann

    @arlaw #79, and all the other morons posting about wasted taxpayer money, and the stupidity of this campaign. I work for the government, and have seen taxpayer money wasted first hand, this is not one of those cases. Clearly you can not appreciate the humor in this awareness campaign, or in everyday life I would guess. I would hate to know you, such a boring life you must have if you can’t find the value and humor in something such as this. Many people under 30 have never even thought about emergency preparedness, until The CDC posted this. I guarantee this has made thousands of people think about preparing for real life emergency, and it has managed to do it in a very clever way. I am guessing the CDC was not trying to reach people like you, but more the younger people, with a sense of humor, that maybe could use a lesson on the topic. You guys criticizing are really just complaining to complain, is your life so boring that you track down things that are not geared towards you, just so you can post a comment whining about it? (The answer is yes btw)

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  910. April 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm ET  -   cameron jones

    r u 4 real.when does it start.WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!zombies here i come

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  911. April 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm ET  -   Ricky

    When the apocalypse begins and the CDC “helpers” arrive, how will I tell the difference between the Zombies and the “helpers”?

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  912. April 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm ET  -   Barbara Mendoza

    Honestly, I havet started preparing but researching movies I have noticed a very important pattern that I believe everyone should know. Haven’t you noticed that while everyone I running the news has not stopped running in the movies. This gives me a feeling that one of the safest places to go for a while would be a radio station. Plus learning Martial arts Is quite handy and learning how to handle a gun. Paintball Is good practice.

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  913. April 23, 2012 at 6:54 am ET  -   Andre Eller

    Lol don’t believe it so I don’t think it’s going to happen lol.

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  914. April 23, 2012 at 10:02 am ET  -   Nate

    I think a katana should be added to the list.

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  915. April 23, 2012 at 11:07 am ET  -   Megzie

    Ya’ll really believe something like this could happen. Wow!! Naive much?

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  916. April 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm ET  -   MOP

    “Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team.” That’s hilarious. Good article though. It really opens the eye to the possibility of a zombie apocalypse and how to deal with it.

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  917. April 24, 2012 at 4:18 am ET  -   ..............

    to all that are complaing about tax dollars being spent this is a way for CDC to come across a younger group to realize theres other issues to be aware of as if you didnt notice in this blog they said hurricanes floods, etc… when a person googles zombies this shows and it catches their eye they read and thats what they want you to do!!!!!!!!! its a great idea because i read it

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  918. April 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm ET  -   J BO

    Wow are you serious, thew cdc posts this up. it has to be serious. Dont be surprise when DEC 21,2012 hit and and people are outside eating people. SMH I think ima start preparing lol.

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  919. April 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm ET  -   Marvin Vanlo

    they’re just trying to prepare us for other emergencies

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  920. April 26, 2012 at 12:04 am ET  -   Vienna

    I think it’s great what the CDC has. Not only have they informed us on fictional doom, but actual doom as well. Although I can’t completly deny the existence of Zombies because ANYTHING is possible. This is a great way to help everyone prepare for any kind of natrual disaster.

    But I’d like to enlighten you all on the “12-21-12″ that the accient people who created the calender did not count leap years.. etc.. I believe we’ve had like 500 and something leapyears.. therefore the world would have ended like 8 or 9 months ago. Google it and prove me right. If a zombie apoclypse happens it won’t be this year;) Wonderful days breh <READ THAT;)

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  921. April 26, 2012 at 12:48 am ET  -   SEO

    Yeah, its better to be prepared than sorry. Thanks for the tips just to be ready in case this will really happen. I feel strongly about it and I take pleasure in learning about this topic.

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  922. April 27, 2012 at 11:44 am ET  -   Rudy

    This is a helpful links and everything good to be prepared for everything and anything…

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  923. April 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm ET  -   Tanner Geesey

    when might this happen?

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  924. April 29, 2012 at 8:03 am ET  -   ken

    what if mad cow dies. started the zombie apocalpys?????

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  925. April 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm ET  -   Noah

    Finnaly! My friends think I’m crazy since I’m always prepared for the apocalypse! I never thought the CDC was prepared!!! Thanks CDC! But in the movie Quarantine the building was put under quarantine and they said everything is gonna be okay but they just left them there to die… But life isn’t a movie so CDC IS HERE TO HELP!

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  926. April 30, 2012 at 9:20 am ET  -   Courtney

    “A “zombie apocalypse?” Is this for real? My tax dollars funding CDC nonsense? What’s next, Preparedness 102 – Mall Ninja’s Unite? Give me a break.”
    LOL! Some of you are thick, this article is all about how to prepare for ANY disaster. Its quite a brilliant and effective move if you think about it.

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  927. April 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm ET  -   li chestnut

    how is a zombie apocalypse funny it is a serious problem. And thank you CDC i am now perparing a kit and a plan if this becomes a problem in the future

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  928. May 4, 2012 at 3:21 am ET  -   offshore letter

    Cool Post, Man

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  929. May 4, 2012 at 9:27 am ET  -   Blog Administrator

    @Avery: For the Video contest winners, please check out: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/10/are-you-prepared-video-contest-winners/

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  930. May 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm ET  -   derek

    im a zombie

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  931. May 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm ET  -   ryan

    i know some guys who are a pretty frigin awsome when it comes to stuff like surviving a zombie apocalypse. some one should invent a sign that you can put up on a building to let people now your ok. That way people can work together to survive. i just have to say that the CDC better invent a cure if a zombie apocalpse really did happen

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  932. May 7, 2012 at 9:52 am ET  -   Hannah

    Lmao; this is pretty much a waste of time, Zombies are not real.. If they where, you’d see me hiding in a tree.
    I often used to freak out when i first heard about this “Zombie Apocalypse” but get real, As much as your freaky, geeked up, stupid, xbox playing minds want to believe it is true. It is sadly not.
    Sorry to break the terrible news.
    Have more sense you guys!!

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  933. May 7, 2012 at 11:09 am ET  -   michael creech

    im completely ready for this but i still dont think its going to happen in my life time

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  934. May 8, 2012 at 10:47 am ET  -   Ruslan Steininger

    this is so fake there is no way in hell that there would be a zombie apacalips spend your time on somthing more usfull

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  935. May 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm ET  -   Blog Administrator

    @Nikole: Thanks!

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  936. May 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm ET  -   Blog Administrator

    @TK: Thanks!

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  937. May 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm ET  -   ching ching

    i think tht turtles are good too. And i yhink tht eating raw zombie flesh

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  938. May 10, 2012 at 11:40 am ET  -   NinjaMan

    You no at first its not the zombies you need to worry about its the guys in uniform shooting anything moving NOT wearing a uniform. :D But in my opinion everyone shold head south and find you a nice small island :)

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  939. May 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm ET  -   Jen

    Ruslan Steininger “this is so fake there is no way in hell that there would be a zombie apacalips spend your time on somthing more usfull”
    @ Ruslan ……like learning how to spell and punctuate properly

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  940. May 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm ET  -   Rev Narwhal

    Thank you CDC for re-contextualizing important information with a little humor. As it turns out, these supplies you suggest, yeah, they’re just a good idea anyway. I appreciate this use of my money.

    The people who are claiming this will never happen and making fun of people because “zombies aren’t real” are really sorta missing the point and are mostly on their way to being zombies anyway, not to mention highly ignorant of the things the government spends money on already.

    How much tax money is being wasted trying to force personal choices out of our society. I’m betting these are the sorts of people who totally feel that’s money well spent. I’m betting the expense to discover if a baseball player used steroids resulted in more expense than this campaign has.

    I will be happy to fall back to my “amusing zombie survival kit” when something else happens. Water is water… it’s not like I would be reserving it just for a zombie apocalypse. “Oh no, this is a terrorist attack, we can’t use those cans of food until there are zombies”.

    Think… for goodness sake

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  941. May 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm ET  -   jacquesgage

    is this real ? did they spot somebody infected with the T-virus or what?

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  942. May 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm ET  -   joos boks

    i totaly believe this. i am completly redy four thiz. wil hapin becuz mi ex prudooser/ex yf turnd into a zomby. i shot her hed of becus she wus being annoying and mean. i found out that she wus a zomby aftur i cild her.

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  943. May 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm ET  -   Korcy Jokes

    I watched deadliset warrior and found the websuth by finging iot with pausing.

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  944. May 13, 2012 at 4:07 am ET  -   Zombie

    I met a hobo on the street the other day. I invited him in for coffee. Soon after proving he was a zombie he grabed hi coat, and left. He was nice…

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  945. May 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm ET  -   AJ

    If this happens be ready because in every movie and show the government falls first.GOOD LUCK.

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  946. May 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm ET  -   nathan

    lol its about time someone that can actually have an impact on people says something about zombies, whether it happens or not you should always be prepared

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  947. May 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm ET  -   AJ

    @ AJ THANKS

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  948. May 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm ET  -   bigwu

    And i always thought zombie apocalypse was code for the liberals, silly me.

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  949. May 16, 2012 at 4:51 am ET  -   Me

    As a health care provider, if this truely is the position of the CDC then why has there not been a mandate for training on this? I think that there should be. We are required to train for everything else…..

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  950. May 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm ET  -   Yella Gurl

    I agree with the healthcare provider 100%. This can help,people out by teaching them self-defes e and teach them different strategies on how to get the hell out of dodge and how to let these zombies have it at the same time.

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  951. May 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm ET  -   Anton Nominius

    Personally it is about time people think about all the possible senarios of the apocolapyse. within the past decade and two years we all have been more aquainted with the undead, the point of this is there preparing us for the inevitable and the cdc are the ones who are going to herd all the mainstream population into detention centers scattered throughout the US. Relief centers and areas dont have electrified fences and razor wire facing inward, also they dont have stratigecly placed watchtowers or the proper term called crow`s nests.If you care about the safety of your friends and family dont trust local law inforcement in uniform and above all any government lapdogs including army, navy marines and spec. op.

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  952. May 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm ET  -   Simon S.

    Great idea! Alway be prepared! Greetings from Switzerland!

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  953. May 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm ET  -   R u ready?

    Soooo…are these going to be fast or slow zombeies??? Cuz that makes all the difference in the world!

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  954. May 21, 2012 at 10:02 am ET  -   Natalie

    Everyone should get ready its coming and it won’t stop until you are dead get out now !!! Pray to God and have things straight with him and maybe just maybe he will save your soul.
    May the odds be ever on yur side my friend

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  955. May 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm ET  -   Harold

    My 2-cents, I’m not worried about zombies but being prepared just makes sense.
    1. Get to know your neighbors, you’ll be surprised what you can do when you combine resources.
    2. Extra batteries on hand, there will be no electricity, no computers, no cell phones after about 1-day.
    3. Charcoal Grill, you’ll need to do something about the food thawing in your freezer, my suggestion is a block party. You can also heat water for personal hygiene.
    4. Plastic bucket for city dwellers your sewer system will be shut down, it gets ugly after a day or so. Fill the bathtub with water for flushing this also can be used as a last resort for drinking water. Don’t live on the first floor or low area, once the pipes fill up with sewage it start coming up throught the plumbing.
    5. Fill your vehicle with gas expecially if you have a generator. There will not be any gas stations open for business.
    6. Help out when and where you can, be a part of the solution and not the problem.

    My lessons from Hurricane Fran.

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  956. May 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm ET  -   nicky

    my grandma wont beleive it till it happens.I told her that she will be VERY SORRY is it does happen.U see i am a Boyscout and I am PREPARED.like our motto says BE PREPARED

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  957. May 22, 2012 at 1:25 am ET  -   Nick

    This is just a hurricane/ tornado survival guide that has the word zombie implanted…nice try CDC youre still behind the 8 ball

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  958. May 22, 2012 at 1:51 am ET  -   Alejandro

    Just to make a quick note.if you are in no troble(zombie,disaster) study the facts.What if a zombie sences are dead,only hearing,there is no point in hiding right.

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  959. May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am ET  -   Dawn

    CDC pretty smart…. many people won’t even read this until you put zombie in it! I know of 3 people who did read this now since the CDC put zombies on their site

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  960. May 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm ET  -   Jessica Brylan

    This might be good information for my research. If I use it, I’ll be sure to link back to you and mention you as a resource.

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  961. May 23, 2012 at 7:52 am ET  -   what to say how are are you?

    That is really fascinating, You are an excessively skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to looking for more of your excellent post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks

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  962. May 23, 2012 at 8:30 am ET  -   jeux

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you actually know what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked.

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  963. May 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm ET  -   U.Z.H.

    even before reading this i and some freinds are ready for any type of zombie attak. it has even been proven that there is a virus that kills it’s host then only reives the brain and other organs that are needed to surive. the zombie actually rots to death…again. look up the author Max Brooks, and his book the zombie survial guide. –U.Z.H.

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  964. May 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm ET  -   Umbrella Project

    Be prepared for the Umbrella Project, also get a gas mask and a suit, double barrell for double tap….T-Virus might come…lots of water/food and battery pack, long range 2-way radio, led 3000 lumens flashlight…..

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  965. May 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET  -   Zombie Hunter

    Various civilian organizations should have ZOMBIE Response teams that work hand in hand with the military!!!

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  966. May 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm ET  -   noname

    kind of freaky the CDC would post this…sounds like a premeditated outbreak
    im scared now

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  967. May 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm ET  -   MAli

    If memory serves me correctly.. The Soviet Union or Germany experimented with reanimation of the dead back in the 40s. They first experimented with dead dogs. Once reanimated the animal survived for several days. The next experiment was done on deceased human soldiers. After the human body had been dead for days they reanimated it for over a half hour. They were trying to create the “perfect” soldier! They were made to give up on the experiment though. However scientists have been experimenting with reanimation for decades and will continue to. I truly believe that a Zombie Apocalypse could happen! Maybe not today, next year or even 10 years. But it will happen! Well done CDC!

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  968. May 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm ET  -   Muggie2

    Love it! A year later, and still people are reading and commenting. Who’d have thought that something like this would not just resonate with readers, but get them thinking.
    As a general roundup, there’s a couple of points to consider. First, as a number of people have mentioned, if you have prepared and have the things you need to survive a zombie apocalypse (or any other type of disease situation which may lead to a breakdown of society), you have a number of things that others may want. Things they may kill for. Be prepared to protect what you have if it is necessary.
    Second, if you’re going to bug out, you have to consider what the disaster is when making plans for travel and meeting up again. Choke points such as bridges and tunnels are likely to be clogged, meeting near a river may be somewhat dodgy in a flood, just as meeting in a forest ain’t so good in a wildfire situation, or meeting in a mall during a true zombie apocalypse.
    A final point, what most people fail to consider in an unexpected emergency is that it is, surprisingly, unexpected. You really have to check your assumptions: think about the little things that you take for granted. You don’t want to be the one dashing into the store, leaving behind the famous last words “Don’t worry, I’ll just be a minute…”

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  969. May 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm ET  -   Marrion Lardera

    Thanks for the inspiration on starting a new blog… Zombie Apocalypse…!!! and great warning….. :) good thing we have a axe, kitchen knives and some small knives….

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  970. May 27, 2012 at 1:42 am ET  -   Wraith

    So, where were you when patient zero showed up in Miami, Florida?

    Per the Miami Herald today…

    “The officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he continued the assault, the officer shot him. The attacker continued to eat the man, despite being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.”

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  971. May 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm ET  -   jasin

    if the ZA was virus related or bacteria of some sort were all fraked. head to the open seas and learn to swim. water, duct tape and a copy of your ss card will do you no good my friend. buy a HOUSE BOAT !!!!

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  972. May 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm ET  -   Kate

    Proof. The duties of the CDC have now been officially turned over to the staff of the National Enquirer. It is all starting to make sense now. First the hoax about Swine Flu, now this……….

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  973. May 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm ET  -   Matibob

    So we are to store food, water, tp, toothpaste, etc…..but I thought you would be labeled a terrorist for doing these things. I am so confused!!

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  974. May 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm ET  -   Andrea

    First Zombie Attack, Miami May 26th, 2012…

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  975. May 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm ET  -   Chris Davis

    This article makes me have SO much more respect for the CDC. Way to eschew bureaucratic bore. Glad you guys are looking out for us.

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  976. May 28, 2012 at 8:25 am ET  -   emintine

    Kind of freaky to say a man had his face chewed of by a naked man in miami on saturday, he was shot several times but continued to eat his face. He even growled!!

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  977. May 28, 2012 at 9:06 am ET  -   lindaja

    Fore the people who want baseball bats and chainsaws ?
    you like zombie blood al over you and in your eyes and mouth or wounds ?
    Lock yourself in were brute force wont get them in.
    and waith it out
    dead flesh won`t be walking around long due to maggot`s and other animals like vultures.
    Let alone the normal rotting under the sun.

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  978. May 28, 2012 at 9:30 am ET  -   Christine

    Are you kidding me? What were you thinking when you posted this? The CDC has just lost some credibility in my book.

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  979. May 28, 2012 at 9:31 am ET  -   Brennj

    THERE WAS A CANNIBAL ATTACK IN MIAMI BEACH!!!!!!!!! Zombiessssssnlriknqeb;

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  980. May 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm ET  -   Misty

    Did anyone read about the man eating another man’s face in Miami on Saturday? They said he was shot several times and actuall growled at the officer.

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  981. May 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm ET  -   John

    IT HAS BEGUN, in Miami!

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  982. May 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm ET  -   green eggs and ham

    You know, maybe you should forward this post to the Miami PD. I mean, they had trouble putting down a facce-eating zombie!

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  983. May 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm ET  -   Colorado bound

    Its has finally happend people……yesterday may 27 2012 at 2pm in miami florida police responded to a call of two men fighting. When an officer arrived on the sence a naked unidentafied male was on top of another male and he was eating his face…..witness’s state the officer order him to back away from the man and the “suspect” turn towards the officer and grawled at him and continued his attack so from a range of less then ten the officer fired one round at center mass and it had no effect on the “suspect” so the officer was forced to fire 4 more rounds before he finally drop dead…..when emts arrived it was reported that the victem had over 75% of the fleash on his face missing and was still alive….officals say the attack was brought on my “cocaine psychosis” but we all no wat the truth is….ive curntly packed up and left florida headed to my fater inlaws house in the mountains of colorado were we have all of the supply we need to be the final surrviors and for u none believers go to Fox.com and type miami shootings into the search engine itll be the first thing to pop up

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  984. May 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm ET  -   imsoprepared

    if a zombie Apocalypse happens you dont stay in one place you get some friends,supplys and a car and dont stop driving camp out for a night an then when u get up u get back in the car and leave again and i know that cars run on gas and ur thinking if u run out f gas ur screwed but just google how to make gas out of wood and then ul have an infinite supply of fuel for everything

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  985. May 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm ET  -   Angel

    Non-believers, don’t you think that if the CDC posted something of this nature, it MIGHT be true?
    I’m pretty sure the CDC knows more about this sort of thing than all of us. They are the Center for Disease Control, after all.

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  986. May 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm ET  -   christopher

    In the news they said that in Miami there was this man who was naked and bit a mans face off and the police shot at him once and he didn’t stop and they kept shooting him until he was dead they said it was cocaine that drove this man insane,but i think it was a chemical virus or something related to the matter.the man (the one with his face bit off) was taken to the hospital and I think it won’t be long until something big happens I might be wrong but if there are roadblocks in the Florida’s border i wont be surprised,the bad thing is I’m in Florida.

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  987. May 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm ET  -   Nolan

    Well if they move like those from “Night of the Living Dead”, we’re cool. If they move like those from “I Am Legend”, we may be toast. Side humor.

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  988. May 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm ET  -   josh

    Any idea when this is going to take place? Was this incident in Florida the beggining? And also are condoms still effective with zombies or should you just avoid sex with them all together?

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  989. May 29, 2012 at 10:22 am ET  -   shaggy

    what if zombies come, whenn theres a hurricane AND a tornado?!?!?!!?1//1

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  990. May 29, 2012 at 10:37 am ET  -   Gregg Chamberlain

    Man, this is just so cool, dudes!

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  991. May 29, 2012 at 11:23 am ET  -   Jeff

    Yeah, and the next thing you can waste millions of dollars on is what to do in case the Dark Lord Sauron invades the country with a horde of orcs. Stop throwing away tax-payer dollars on this $#!t. Because, you know… it’s make-believe. There’s no such thing as zombies…

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  992. May 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm ET  -   Raven

    Don’t trust the CDC. This is complete bullcrap. They don’t want to save us from zombies, they want to make us into zombies. I smell a man-made virus a brewing.

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  993. May 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm ET  -   Jay

    All I have to say is have Zombie action plan even if you don’t think you would ever need it. The plan can be used for natural disters……You be happy you came up with a plan and know that your family is safe. Just sayin………………

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  994. May 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm ET  -   snap33

    Bullcrap, all you need is a pair of special sunglasses. They not only make you look cool, but they make you invisible to the zombie eye. Trust me I have pair!

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  995. May 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm ET  -   Tujiro

    I can’t believe some people are angry that you spent 10 minutes to make an entertaining blog that has information that can help in a non-zombie situation. What idiot would actually think “millions of dollars” was spent on this? At least they are safe since they don’t have any brains to begin with. One thing I would add though. Make sure you keep a friend with you that its fed that you can outrun or easily trip!

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  996. May 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm ET  -   john doe

    ok so the CDC now has a plan for zombies….its a sign people start preparing cause if they didnt think zombies could happen they would do this…..for real they know its GONNA happen thats why they made it…..think outside the box i have a plan but not sharing cause less people means survival for me….your weaker is numbers in my opinion stealth will be your best asset…avoid the confrontation of a zombie at all costs…..take high vantage points to scope out your route and to see whats around…..if you can find some kind of radio transmitter put a signal out for help and wait for a day or two and keep an eye where you say youll meet incase its a set up if someone hears it…thats all for now

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  997. May 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm ET  -   KillMeAgain.com

    Zombies, zombies, zombies. Thanks for being awesome!

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  998. May 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm ET  -   Ricky

    Guys we just had one in Miami our imaginatio can be true. Virus can mutant in hard way to see.

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  999. May 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm ET  -   Ethan

    Alright well a great idea would be to get a boat and sail around till you find an island that is deserted and then start rebuilding the human race one baby at a time.

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  1000. May 30, 2012 at 12:23 am ET  -   Lou

    To Jeff who wrote the post above mine… This was actually a clever spin on how to be prepared for natural disasters… Did u see anything about weapons? Didn’t think so! And u really think they would tell u to meet at ur mailbox out front in the event of a zombie invasion oh wait they also said or fire…. Learn how to read. this was put together fairly well allowing readers to gain knowledge on how to be prepared in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster… Some people just need to learn tO read between the lines also this should have stated that an epidemic of the such is quite impossible to keep radicals from really believing such allibies. That being said I thought this would be good to help educate youngsters on emergency preparation…

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  1001. May 30, 2012 at 3:35 am ET  -   Katie

    Ok i’m kind of worried now about this whole zombie apocolypse thing? is it real? or is it just fear from too many horror movies should we worry about diseases that are “REAL!” also certain illegal drugs make people weird out and become a drug induced zombie. i need some info please? thank you

    Katie horton

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  1002. May 30, 2012 at 3:48 am ET  -   Mr Sceptical

    This is moronic, viruses reproduce off LIVING cells. It is literally impossible for a corpse which has no life in it to come alive.

    Not to mention the fact that if they are buried and then come alive – they’d have a hard time getting out their grave.

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  1003. May 30, 2012 at 8:06 am ET  -   Alex

    In case you all haven’t heard there has already been a case were a dead person, which had been dead for several hours due to heart failure, came back to life and attacked the doctors at the morgue. He bit one of them at which point the other doctor hit the “dead ” guy on the head, putting him down. Later during the autopsy they found a type of parasite in the patient’s brain. The point being that the body was beginning to decompose when he came back to life and the doctors seem to believe that the brain parasite were responsible for his reanimation. This occurred in Hospital Procardiaco, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1998.
    There have been several more cases reported since.

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  1004. May 30, 2012 at 8:12 am ET  -   Joeie

    This is great!!

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  1005. May 30, 2012 at 9:44 am ET  -   Roscoe

    Fantastic way to use entertainment & humor to encourage emergency preparation. Hope to see more entertaining tie-ins to other entertainment & cultural offerings, deftly stating what some believe, and encouraging the preparedness the CDC desires. Plus the bonus of using a “disaster” topic that is unlikely to happen – preventing some of the avoidance coping mechanism that so many have. Excellent! Maybe something on the “21 December 2012 Apocalypse” would be entertaining too.

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  1006. May 30, 2012 at 9:59 am ET  -   Unknown

    zombies DO exist this is the 5th attack in miami alone (many more around the world) JUST TWO DAYS AGO and even though there WAS a victum submited in the hospital AND on the news, the hospital DELETED all records of the Victum being submited after words and is no word about the victum. Google (zombie attack in miami) you will see the images for your self! The zombie was shot in the leg looked at us growled then CONTINUED TO EAT THE VICTUMS FACE after words was shot in the back then was mad and ran at the cops and took ANOTHER 3 shots to the chest befor he went down.

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  1007. May 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm ET  -   Kenny

    To everyone yelling at the CDC about wasted taxpayer dollars:

    I’ll be barricading my safehouse and stockpiling, while I enjoy the fact that all of you fell victim to the Zombie Apocalypse.

    Also, you quit wasting my tax dollars on your government incentives, federal grants, any and all tax breaks and write offs and get a sense of humor.

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  1008. May 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm ET  -   Erich

    Isn’t this an official government website? Haha, its cool though. Its good to get people prepared, thanks CDC. You should add a list of weapons as well. Might I suggest: Aluminum Baseball bat, crowbar,

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  1009. May 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm ET  -   nikki

    ok. so is it just me. or does the cdc have nothing to do with hurricames or tornados. why would a disease control agency care if if we are prepared for a NATURAL DISASTER. i would take this as a joke if it were on a preparedness website. but the fact it is on a disease control website makes me think there is more to it. ya. pandemic. of zombies. they know somethin we dont obviously. so ya. get prepared.

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  1010. May 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm ET  -   Tyler

    Why did you repost the April 2011 Joke CDC.

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  1011. May 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm ET  -   shawn

    Has everyone forgotten that the CDC was over run in every single zombie movie ever made?? How much help do you think they will be…and im pretty sure the zombie virus will come from the CDC anyways.

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  1012. May 31, 2012 at 12:30 am ET  -   nikki

    Yep there was a zombie attack in Miami Florida and from what I hear one in Texas now not too sure on that one. I don’t go on hearsay but man I saw the pic of the homeless man with his face eaten off. Poor guy. If I was him I would ask the doctor to inject the death stuff in my IV.

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  1013. May 31, 2012 at 3:07 am ET  -   jkkj

    omg…is this true!!!???….me and my family love zombies movies…but these could be true???…….even my baby girl told her father today that a sword that he has was to kill zombies….my son will be happy to see one he always play to be one and loves walking dead series and hes 5 yrs old….the world is getting crazy….but if the cdc is saying this there could be somthing true about it!!!…. (:

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  1014. May 31, 2012 at 7:17 am ET  -   Zdb1986

    K if this is an absolute real threat, make sure to look at “Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks. If it’s not a real threat it’s a good read anyways.

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  1015. May 31, 2012 at 8:30 am ET  -   v3x

    Here’s a theory on the recent “zombie attacks”… maybe they are trying to convince us that they do exist so that people stock up on firearms and gear up with survival supplies so maybe we stand a chance if our government turns on us and tries taking us out of our homes and into fema camps or whatever the plan may be? I bet a lot of people are preparing for a “zombie attack.”In an odd way it makes sense… I think?

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  1016. May 31, 2012 at 8:39 am ET  -   steve

    you guys are dumb -.-
    read at the end, “Have you begun preparing for a zombie apocalypse? Or maybe you have been preparing for a more realistic threat like hurricanes or the next flu season?”
    its obviously fake x)

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  1017. May 31, 2012 at 9:24 am ET  -   Julia

    Come on now, people. Take this post for face value. As a member of the younger generation, I thought this was a really cool way of approaching a subject my generation doesn’t necessarily care about, emergency preparedness. this was a great way to target an audience that normally would not be interested. Props to the CDC!

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  1018. May 31, 2012 at 9:31 am ET  -   Derek

    This is probably the most stupid claims of the cdc. I wouldnt mind killing zombies but you have to be realistic

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  1019. June 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm ET  -   shannon

    I applaud the cdc on this because people are fascinated with this and what better way to use the zombie apocalypse to make people be prepared for emergencies such as flood, hurricanes, tornadoes, and eek zombies!

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  1020. June 4, 2012 at 11:18 am ET  -   xxsurviverxx

    this is either fake or real.
    my mom says don’t worry girl it will be alright
    WELL IT ISN’T!!!
    I WATCHED LIKE SO MANY ZOMBIE MOVIES THAT I CAN’T EVEN COUNT HOW MANY I SAW!!!
    Now here is the advice THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP!!!:
    2. MAKE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
    3. MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT
    4. FIND SOMEWHERE TO GO IF THE ZOMBIES INVADE YOUR HOUSE(like game vault)
    5. MAKE SURE THERE IS FUEL IN YOUR CAR IF YOUR GOING OUT OF THE STATE OR ANYWHERE ELSE
    6. PACK USEFUL STUFF LIKE MEDICAL STUFF
    7. MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!! STAY ALIVE :)

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  1021. June 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm ET  -   Tj

    I find it hilarious and odd that the CDC posted this over a year ago as a joke. Now there have been several “zombie” attacks and the CDC has put out a statement that there is no impending zombie apocalypse. Very odd. Either it’s a case of something coming back to bite you or a grand cover up.

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  1022. June 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm ET  -   Vanessa

    It is so reassuring to know that the CDC has the time and resources to dispense information on a zombie apocolypse? How insulting to the American people! Are you poking fun at the very genuine fear and anxiety people are experiencing after what we know happened in the Miami attack; as well as the young man whose heart was eaten?
    What is wrong with the CDC? This isn’t even remotely funny. I am a registered nurse who has spent 11 of the past 17 years working in the emergency department. I have witnessed first hand the effects of drug abuse…insanity, suicide attempts, dead children and the list goes on and on. Drug abuse is not a joke…just ask the families of the victims.
    I live in South Florida and I can tell you we are NOT laughing!! Does the CDC consider a man losing 75% of his face because of a drug crazed maniac, funny and worth assigning an enitire blog page including “survival” tips?
    I am calling for the immediate termination of whoever authored this blog (assistant surgeon general, maybe?). This was done in VERY poor taste. The CDC poking fun at what is a very real and threatening trend in this country is just disgusting.
    How about using the time you spent on this blog to actually help solve the problem?
    CDC you are a disgrace….

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  1023. June 5, 2012 at 1:29 am ET  -   DoubleTap--

    I appreciate that the CDC originally posted this a year ago with the intention of getting people thinking about being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, but I personally can’t help but ask myself with all the recent ‘zombie’ activities in the news, “Do they know something they’re not telling us?” To all you people who are fussing over the CDC waisting time and money on this blog: If it helps teach people how to prepare for devastation, then how is it a waste? It has served its purpose.. But really though, with all of the recent craziness, I’m getting ready regardless. I’m not crazy. I’m just not an idiot. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck right.. Well following the same logic: If it looks like a zombie, attacks and eats humans like a zombie, it’s probably a zombie. A zombie apocalypse is possible!!! With all the different chemicals we put in our bodies everyday, it would only make sense for there to be some dangerous outcome.

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  1024. June 5, 2012 at 7:31 am ET  -   mike

    Wow really? Let’s prepare for zombies? Why not godzilla? Its nice to see what great lengths our government is going to lie to us and scare us into doing.

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  1025. June 5, 2012 at 7:46 am ET  -   James

    Why no mention of defensive and/or hunting tools such as firearms and baseball bats? The list is not complete.

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  1026. June 5, 2012 at 10:46 am ET  -   Shelly

    If there is any emergency especially a “Zombie Apocalypse” I expect my State and Federal Government to take care of me and provide me with emergency supplies and equipment.

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  1027. June 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm ET  -   angelina torres

    i am 40 yrs old & have been interested in survival preparedness since i was a kid. i have always pitched preparedness to my family, and no one ever is interested. not even my 17 yr. old cares to go over & update the emergency gear once or twice a year. this article makes the topic interesting & fun. anything that helps families get ready for any emergency isn’t a waste of time. i think zombie squad is a great idea.

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  1028. June 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm ET  -   Adam

    I wouldn’t sugest an aluminum baseball bat, perhaps wood, gotta be able to drive the nails through it. lol

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  1029. June 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm ET  -   Taylor Lemieux

    Any thoughts on the recent string of cannibalism?

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  1030. June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm ET  -   Jenny

    The sad thing that all of you are thinking that this is for the “zombie apocalypse” is that it is actually the CDC’s way of getting prepared for a natural disaster in a constructive way. How many people clicked on this link just because it had the words “zombie prepardeness” in it. But I guess by being prepared for the zombie apocalypse at least you are prepared for anything else to come your way. So in closing, touche CDC, touche.

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  1031. June 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm ET  -   Stephanie Smith

    I love the idea of using something in pop culture like the Zombie Apocalypse as a way to educate people on things such as emergency preparedness. Keep it up, guys!

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  1032. June 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm ET  -   Lady Red

    Real of fake, the point is : It could Happen. Be Prepared for ANYTHING.

    With mankind constantly producing drugs, it is possible. “Zombie” doesn’t necessarily mean “walking dead”. It can also refer to someone who is so doped up on garbage they act like the zombies we see in movies. Dead flesh has nothing to do with it.

    This wasn’t posted last year as anything more than to help draw people into becoming prepared for natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and the like. I certainly enjoyed it, even though I’m always tried to be prepared for anything.

    Considering the ever increasing use of drugs and crime, not to mention how viruses and bacteria can mutate? I find it entirely possible that between them all, an outbreak of “zombies” can happen. Look at the news. We have people eating people. Call it Cannibalism or a living ‘zombie’, it doesn’t matter. The truth is, it CAN happen. Never Say Never. It is definitely better to be safer than sorry. I don’t believe dead people will walk, but I do believe people can turn ‘zombie’ when they’re stoned out of their skulls.

    I for one, have a plan in place in case of ANY emergency. ‘Zombies’, quakes, floods, fire, invasions, outbreaks. I’d rather be prepared and know my family is as ready as we can be for anything. Besides, even though the movies are fake, there are still lessons to be learned from them.

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  1033. June 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm ET  -   Johnnycakes

    Special announcement. Zombies are fake. Even if we really, really, really believe they’re real, they’re still fake. It was a movie folks, and not really a good one. Also, vampires and Star Bellied Sneeches are fake too. Believe in them all you want. There’s no such thing. Not even Santa Claus or the Easter bunny believe.

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  1034. June 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm ET  -   Rand

    They can’t cure the common cold and you trust them with this madness?

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  1035. June 6, 2012 at 12:31 am ET  -   stevesteve

    Stop smoking bath salts and there will be no zombies lol

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  1036. June 6, 2012 at 9:23 am ET  -   Zombieproof Tactical

    I agree with the CDC entirely. If you are prepared for zombies, you are prepared for anything. I’ve been saying that for years, and felt so strongly about it, I decided to start a business providing people with a source to Stay safe. Stay alive.

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  1037. June 6, 2012 at 11:32 am ET  -   Jessica

    Ok, so whether the Zombie Apocolypse is upon us or not; The CDC made this page for general awareness for the public about disaster preparedness.
    I’m not upset that some of my taxpayer money went to the creation of this page. It IS a very good way to inform a younger, and less interested generation of good ways to prepare for a natural disaster or otherwise. So all the angry bloggers, lay off…. and if you were so pissed about the CDC using our tax money and wasting your time, why bother to read this in the first place?
    And just so everyone knows…. the brain holds an electrical charge for up to months after one dies… so there is a good possibility that some form of biological warfare could stimulate the electrical charge in a corpse and reanimate the already dead. because, as you all know, the brain is responsible for EVERYTHING we do. So, there ya have it folks.. don’t write off something you yourself can not disprove.

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  1038. June 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm ET  -   Ray

    I can’t believe that the cdc has not pulled this from their website and made a national formal apology. It make you wonder is this a real pandemic or not? Where is the updated news about Ronald Poppo? I called the cdc a month before the incident in Miami happened and the lady that I spoke with assured me that this was not a joke. Why won’t the government admit that something is going on, because they don’t want us to panic and turn on them and each other? Oh it takes only one infected to get into a fema camp then everyone is toast literally. A person with rabies can portray characteristics’ of zombies why don’t they mention this.

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  1039. June 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm ET  -   Cathy (@godless_cat)

    Whoever came up with this deserves a HUGE raise!

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  1040. June 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm ET  -   Navyvet8192

    Preparing for a zombie apocalypse is hard! Especially when you don’t know if the pathogen is airborne (gas masks) or transferred through bites. (fluid transfer shielding, splash guards, rubberized kevlar fabric clothing) I already have a tote for my Hurricane evacuation, and another for my Meteor impact kits. I’ve dedicated a whole section of my garage to my various kits, just to be sure.

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  1041. June 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm ET  -   Alex

    Um..

    I’m thinking that apocalypse means this is going to last a little longer than a few days. . This ain’t no flash flood, or earthquake. Self defense is as important as the batteries for the radio.

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  1042. June 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET  -   Lizbeth

    Better safe then sorry I guess. I have always thought that this could be possible. About a two years ago I had a nightmare about this actually happening. In a way it sorta is because of that drug MDPV aka Bath Salts. Crazy.
    It should be interesting to see what else will come to be.

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  1043. June 7, 2012 at 3:15 am ET  -   eliscage

    If there is a zombie apocalypse coming I suggest you head out to sea but dont go as 1 group, maintain distance at all times. Go by boat, head for an unpopulated island and take fishing equipment, a packet of seeds and a syanide tablet.

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  1044. June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am ET  -   Dan M.

    Don’t get confused haters… This blog is very logical, the CDC is simply using this oppurtunity to tap into a segement of the population that they cannot normally reach… These are dollars well spent and the goal is obviously for serious disasters and the need to have an emergency kit… duh.

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  1045. June 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm ET  -   Leon S. Kennedy

    Start playing Resident Evil games and use them as practice. That’s our technical survival guide.

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  1046. June 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm ET  -   griff

    A tip to the CDC if there is a zombie apocolyps comming check if the microb can carry a small electric charge

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  1047. June 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm ET  -   griff

    Because that could be the way it would restart part ofnthe brain

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  1048. June 8, 2012 at 2:27 am ET  -   Zach

    In response to: Venessa
    You should pay closer attention before going off on some beligerant, ignorant tirade. This blog was made over a year ago on May 16th, 2011 11:48 am ET. This blog was not made after the Miami incident, it was made almost exactly one year before the recent attack in Miami. Your entire comment is thus futile and a waste of time.

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  1049. June 8, 2012 at 2:57 am ET  -   ERsupernurse

    Hello! They already live among us, people who smoke bath salts and eat faces, etc off other people…extreme meth addicts…let me tell you from personal experience, they lose their humanity…but this is a GREAT disaster prep article…if the drug problem in this country doesn’t get under control…it can only get worse…

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  1050. June 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm ET  -   Dean

    There’s obvious motive behind this posting…. Not saying that it’s smoke in mirrors or even going to happen. Sometimes the less we know the better in my mind. In all realism I think this blog posting may have helped concerned citizents believe they’re safe. But when NATO’s trying to poisen you the CDC won’t even know what to do.

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  1051. June 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm ET  -   Derek

    I have to say bravo CDC i love that you are using a method to reach us as the younger generation in an area that is interesting to us to secretly, in a way get us honestly thinking about the worst case senarios and preparing, even if its as a joke were still thinkin :) so again way to go its nice to know that atleast some entities of the government are still somewhat human with a sense of humor…..and ps to those throwin a fit about this….just shut ur mouths. Whether realistic or not atleast it has people thinkin about safety which is a very incredible accomplishment. Oh and P.S. according to my university professor of biology here in Harvard, a mutated strain of the rabies virus or mad cow disease could have zombie like capabilities. FYI viruses actually do mutate most dont realize but bird flu and swine flu are both the normal flu only mutated, although unlikely, its not as farfetched as you would think so educate yourself before coming across like a jackass.

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  1052. June 9, 2012 at 8:59 am ET  -   mayanSleeper

    Mock the government’s attempts to warn you and bicker among yourselves, but we are here now. So many brains and many unused. We become impatient.

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  1053. June 9, 2012 at 10:19 am ET  -   moodster73

    If one of your EX’s shows up in FULL ZOMBIE Mode………………… Is it THEN ” PC ” and law abiding to Whack her a few ” Good One’s ” or not allowed ?
    I have a few that I’m 99% POSITIVE will continue to be FLESH EATERS and are GOING to show up !
    Your thought’s ?

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  1054. June 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm ET  -   Chance

    This is great. Got a backpack set out and ready. I suggest studying the Walking Dead or any other educational film of that genre

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  1055. June 10, 2012 at 12:17 am ET  -   Miranda Kennedy

    I noticed that some of the comments about the emergency zombie preparedness kit were just very rude that the CDC would come up with this. I think it is wonderful. I am a full supporter of the zombie squad and for anyone who does not know what that is let me tell you. A while back a group of friends were all sitting around and watching zombie flix. They started talking about what they would do if they were ever in that situation. Totally hypothetical of course. From there it grew. The zombie squad is very big in communities helping people to learn the things to do incase of any type of emergency. This is what the CDC means by having a zombie apokolipse preparedness kit. It helps to teach people what to do incase of pandemics, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and all other major disasters such as terrorist attacks. I think it is great and I hope everyone involved keeps up the great work. I am always open minded and gun hoe when it comes to learning new techniques and suggestions on how to servive and keep my family alive during any type of emergency. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN OR WHEN IT COULD HAPPEN. People really need to wake up, pay attention, and get themselves prepared. This day in age no one can be 100% sure that nothing will ever happen. We need to be prepared and ready. Thank you to all of those who are spending their time and effort to educate people to keep themselves safe!

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  1056. June 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm ET  -   usui

    Hmm, zombie apocalypse I think anything is possible at this point. Like they say anything you can imagine is real. I guess you’ll also need guns&baseball bats you know to shot or hit their head. And I wouldn’t stay in my home to hide from zombies, I’ll seek a secret shelter where there is not a lot of windows maybe underground or some where unpopulated and make a barricade around it.Stock up on ammo, non perishable food, water,etc. I guess I watch to many things about zombies.

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  1057. June 11, 2012 at 11:24 am ET  -   Constantine Faller

    National Incident Management System
    I have some unique questions regarding application of ICS, especially as it applies to Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training.
    Our company’s internships are very much about reawakening college students, and reskilling them both for the challenges their generation faces, and for jobs with cutting edge firms committed to building that future.
    NIMS question relates to a system that assumes resources are available, and just need to be appropriately brought to bear for any particular acute disaster/incident.
    My question is for a chronic incident
    If the mess is out of food, supplies are out of food, and there is nowhere any can be purchased for the foreseeable future, where in the NIMS structure does the responsibility lie to go out and organize the growing, processing, and storage of it to feed the communities. Think Katrina, think much larger scale, and think much longer duration.
    What does this have to do with CDC? Food security is needed for healthy population is needed for survivability.

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  1058. June 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm ET  -   RichMA

    Being prepared for any reason is better than not being prepared at all. Everything the CDC is putting out is everything you need to do in any disaster type situation.

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  1059. June 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm ET  -   SAM

    remember the whole resident evil game series was based on a powerful agency like CDC who made a VIRUS that turned people into ZOMBIES… we’ve been prepared (conditioned) for this since Night of the Living Dead…

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  1060. June 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm ET  -   yankee

    First thing, What if an EMP is detonated within the atmosphere? It will wipe out everything thats electronic without warning. Second, What if the zombies are runners? Third, Medications is the best thing you can carry because currency will lose its value and barter will be the only system of trade. Finally, Its never a good idea to stay held up in one location keep moving every few days, the longer you stay the more these zombies stockpile on your location. Keep your head held high always be on alert and try to stay out of heavy situations. As always, Have a nice day.

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  1061. June 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm ET  -   Wrath key

    Maybe thr “zombies guide” is really geared towards the collapse of thr economy. Afterwords, the streets will be full of people starving and eating everything in sight while the elites sit in ivory towers eating steak. Maybe THAT zombie apocalypse isn’t so far fetched. Maybe this isn’t a joke…worth considering.

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  1062. June 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm ET  -   Ex Nihilo

    Beware of zombies in the Himalayas.

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  1063. June 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm ET  -   Evelyn Trimborn

    Thanks for posting this. It is a humorous look at a serious subject, disaster preparedness. With so much extreme weather these days, never mind the zombies, look to the skies in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes and so on. And as you are preparing, be sure to make provisions for all your pets!

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  1064. June 16, 2012 at 1:19 am ET  -   JRSP

    Lately there have been news on a man eating another man’s face off in Miami, a man eating his son’s eyeballs out in California. These incidents are caused by a synthetic cocaine / acid. Now if a virus mutated which is likely since viruses tend to mutate at some point, could the zombie apocalypse become a reality? It’s always better safe than sorry. I actually purchased a ninja sword just in case. Call me crazy lol.

    Another thing to ponder about, as population density increases, resources decrease. With lack of food, I can see cannibalistic behavior arise. Population is something that is hard to control. Humans have screwed up the world by killing off insects etc. that play an important role in our ecosystem. People overbreeding having 4+ children. Land keeps getting torn down to create housing. Seriously, WTF are we doing to the earth!? Younger generations growing up with crap media making them think they NEED things when they are WANTS (stupid housewives shows, kardashians, jersey shore, etc). Priorities have seriously become screwed up. How many people do you know could live in the woods and live off the land? Younger generations are not educated in this area and those who attend Boy Scouts, they get picked on and made fun of in schools so they stop. Media is screwing up our children’s natural instincts. Wake up people and start teaching your children the most basic principles in life!!! Oh wait, most probably can’t teach their children b/c they wouldn’t know where to start!

    I tend to think, the possibility of SHTF will occur. In our society, there is no such thing as natural selection. Population will just increase, jobs have decreased, people will become desperate. We alone are like zombies, we’ve destroyed the world. Once every country reaches the billions in population, we are all seriously screwed. It might change as the government will need to do something about the population, people will find it “not fair” that they cannot have more than 1 child etc. WAKE UP, your birth certificate did NOT say that life will be fair.

    People need to THINK b/4 they act. Families such as “Kate and only 8″… Ignorant people breading like crazy.

    We are just setting us all up for failure…

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  1065. June 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm ET  -   MontieR

    I am not concerned about the brain eaters. I am concerned about the mass exodus from cities that have NO idea how to survive on their own, their only option will be plundering any thing in their path. Say the electrical grid takes a big hit no power. Everything is run by electric. What are they going to do but leave the city. Or an epidemic, terrorist chem release these things are REAL and totally OUT
    SIDE of governmental control. There will be NO immediate help from the government. Look how well they did during Katrina or the rodney king riots. These type of things are the reason our forefathers had militias. The true militia is NOT the dumb azsed hill billy it is every citizen willing to stand together to protect and help each other. Read the constitution The federal government is only in chare of stopping an invasion

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  1066. June 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm ET  -   lerch

    typical of a goverment run website…food water important documents….nothing about weapons or ammo to save your family with lol what good is impotant documents when ya got people who wanna chew on your face off chasing ya oh thats right thats what dialing 911 is for

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  1067. June 18, 2012 at 12:53 am ET  -   David m. roper

    Get out of big cities 7 days of food and water for each individual in your party find
    most secluded area available and become as self sufficient as possible
    been prepared since 1981

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  1068. June 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm ET  -   Joe Lee, RN

    In the movie “Wings of Desire.” what the angels admire most about humans is our art and stories. It easy to grasp the threat of a zombie war; beside, we live in a digitally-lobitimized world were we have an ever increasing average BMI feeding on a starving world. We are zomboid! The concept of using a global zombie incident prep website administered by a government agency is ingenious.

    I fear the our destiney will be much more fearsome than hords of slow moving dead people.

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  1069. June 21, 2012 at 12:21 am ET  -   KIeran

    Ok IF a zombie apocalypse happened…. just kill the first people who are infected. If all else fails and the undead become too powerful and over populated, I would go to a tropical island that way i will have plenty of food like cocanuts and little critters and water supply such as fresh water streams, never heard of a zombie swiming. Unless zombie’s become smarter and learn how to fly helicopters or drive boats I should be good, Also before you head to your island go to walmart pick up canned food (just in case) and get some guns, from sports section, (although no automatics) and fishing poles/nets. get a whole bunch of medical stuff like- asprin, band-aids, cut cleaner, and medical wrap. instead of freaking out i was just stop, think, and then act. I hope my post buzzed a few thoughts in your */|\brain/|\*<–(don't let Z-O-M-B-I-E-S have)

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  1070. June 22, 2012 at 8:10 am ET  -   MattRN

    Thank you CDC. And for all of you older or otherwise unimaginative people out there, I believe this is an excellent and thoughtful way to relate a cultural fad to a real life potentially emergent situation. Also, as a healthcare professional I believe that nothing in medicine is 100%, viruses and bacteria mutate all the time. Who is to say that there is no way this could ever happen?

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  1071. June 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm ET  -   TED BLACKWELL

    All your kit listed is fine and good, but what about the means to keep it when someone who did not bother to prepare decides that they need it worse than you do?

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  1072. June 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET  -   jayywoww

    this is great, i have a gret fear of zombie so this willhelp me prepare!thanks

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  1073. June 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm ET  -   Garry Taylor

    Have they gone mad, this is insane talk about not trying to start a panic or anything. I like the idea and everything but why choose zombies as a way of advertising lol, this does not do anything to quell peoples imaginations and fears. Surely there’s a better way of advertising, or perhaps the CDC is really getting the general public prepared for something. Governments and organisations usually let out little snippets of information before an event or occurrence. I am shocked to say the least, if it is just advertising its a real strange way of doing it; and not uniform to, or the standard practice that serious organisations usually take. My head is boggled at this one.

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  1074. June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm ET  -   BeN

    Don’t bother preparing for zombies! They are simplly not real. ut there is honestly nopoint in preparing unless the govt. starts going insane and starts tests on humans while trying making zombies. Itmay be smart to prepare for a hurricane or earth-quake, but zombie apocolypse… not happening! Hey whats that in the doorway… aaaaaaggggghhhhh ZOMBIE!

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  1075. June 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm ET  -   jesse adkisson

    long last the government lets the threat be know theyve known for years but we arent suppose to know about it dont let them fool you its real it was probably designed by scientist

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  1076. June 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm ET  -   steven mclaughlin 20

    It’s nice that the cdc wants to inform us ox this but we’ve all watched the movies who always. Dies First the government sigh protect ur family and ur country don’t trust the government if somthin like this did happen it would probably be there fault, and most important of all were all still americans we need go stick together I ain’t gonna lie I’m kinks prejudice but if this had of a situation happened im willing to set qside ky differences an fight a Americans and they our country back on track have a great day an god bless us an an god bless America

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  1077. June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm ET  -   Matt F

    in response to Donocan Young’s post on May 16, “I might suggest adding a baseball bat, preferably aluminum, to your emergency kit as well. It doesn’t require ammunition and can be highly effective at clearing a path through hordes of zombies whilst trying to make good your escape.” Aluminum bats tend to work well for a little while but after a maximum of about 20 strikes, depending on your strength, they will start to bend, distort, and become utterly ineffective very quickly. Read Max Brook’s book ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ for a lot more detail about surviving against the undead.

    And for those of you who don’t believe that the zombie apocalypse will ever happen, here’s a little tidbit of information for you: Its quite simple for an 11th grade student to genetically engineer a bacteria that is resistant to multiple types of antibiotics (like I did for my science fair project). Just imagine how someone with the knowledge could create something like a genetically engineered virus to be a zombie virus, or how easy it would be for a biology grad student with access to a university laboratory. :) So far tests are coming along nicely. Although the transfer from an infected subject to a clean one is proving difficult. More subjects needed for testing. Any volunteers?

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  1078. June 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm ET  -   Valora

    I’m actually kind of scared that this may become full scale… I don’t mind death, but I don’t like being eaten alive. But just to add on, whether or not it has already been posted:

    Baseball bats (Doesn’t attract any zombies; noiseless)

    I also had the idea that there should be a ‘basement’ shelter that can hold thousands upon thousands of people. Have loads of food and drink, maybe a working restroom, and beds. Like, incase there ‘was’ a zombie attack, people could go underground…

    In every city/town…

    Kind of like ‘Fallout’ the game.

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  1079. June 28, 2012 at 1:16 am ET  -   BobbyMcBitey

    zombies rip people apart, there wont be anything left of the ‘victims’ so the zombie race will die out real quick because ‘new zombies’ arent being made.

    your welcome and have a nice sleep

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  1080. June 28, 2012 at 2:20 am ET  -   Imraan

    As you are aware from all the Zombie movies, Its the governments that create the Zombies by trialing substances in humans that we dont really need. There goes organic – non GMO nutrition for you lol So we get pumped with chemicals that were probably pushed through by government labs regardless of the risks to depopulize the Earth and maybe sell some Zombie kits while they at it to make a profit.

    But hey, all Im saying is government needs to stop testing chemicals on humans and start cleaning up the mess they created in the first place.

    oh and leave the 500 000+ dead bodies of the swine flu victims alone please. We dont want Zombies! lol

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  1081. June 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm ET  -   Classified.

    I think by the end of 2012 there would be Worldwide Epidemic or zombie Apocalypse as one might say, and the U.S. Government is Covering it up like they did when Roswell happened and other things that shaped modern America.what i think is that when they issued this article was because they were afraid that the virus would of grown and spread to the public, so they wrote the following article to show the people that it was close to happening but it didn’t. either that or they were working on something and something went wrong but they stopped but since it was a close call so again they made this article.

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  1082. June 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm ET  -   patrick

    What about self defense?

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  1083. June 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm ET  -   Lily

    There are commenters who do not seem to be aware that this is a humorous way to get people involved in emergency preparedness. Wow. I am amazed how many are taking the post literally (really, more than one is A LOT), and complaining about our tax dollars paying for it.

    It’s called ‘tongue in cheek’ folks!

    But on a more serious note: When the Zombies of the Apocolypse are chewing on those folks’ heads, maybe they’ll realize “Hey! The CDC warned me about this and I shoulda liste….gaarrrggghhhh…braaaains!”

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  1084. July 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm ET  -   Christine Howard

    It is really a nice and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

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  1085. July 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm ET  -   matt

    See Orson Welles in War of the Worlds. Gotta go now and eat a homeless man’s face – see ya!

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  1086. July 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm ET  -   health care

    Normally I do not learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very great article.

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  1087. July 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm ET  -   marie

    ha! they didnt approve my post! there was nothing bad in it at all. just info they dont want people to know about! them not accepting my comment tells me ALL i need to know!
    i will not go to one of them “camps” they call “safe”

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  1088. July 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm ET  -   swinger

    It’s in reality a nice and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

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  1089. July 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm ET  -   Fran

    no such thing as zombies be realistic!!!!!!!!!

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  1090. July 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm ET  -   Adam

    hey guys i would just like to say that, get a good fortified base, food. Dont be a jerk and become a bandit. You dont have to kill people and take THEIR supplies there are plenty of other places to scavenge.

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  1091. July 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm ET  -   badderbrad

    thanks for the attempt to get people thinking. i once saw a few dozen people needing water really bad. not everyone lived through it, some wish they had not.

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  1092. July 9, 2012 at 2:00 am ET  -   Darkness Prince

    Excellent article! Bonne contination à vous :)

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  1093. July 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm ET  -   demetruis

    why will they said there no zombie apocalypse why every thing u see now it about zombie

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  1094. July 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm ET  -   Samuel

    Im not gonna kill them, Im gonna Frank West them

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  1095. July 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm ET  -   Steveareeno

    I would like to add that the Bible speaks of a time when death will be taken away, during a time of judgement in Rev. 9 This by zombie definition is not the same thing , however there are some things happening during that time which could possibly be compared to this so-called zombie apocalypse . ( BRIEFLY ) The 5th trumpet sounds and demons are released from hell and allowed to torment men for 5 months. During that time men will loooong for death but it will be taken from them. I can imagine some people so screwed up by thier attemted suicde. They will not be allowed to die. It will be terrible for all of manklnd. Some no doubt WILL LOOK LIKE ZOMBIES !!!!!

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  1096. July 10, 2012 at 5:05 am ET  -   A Zombie

    . I would have lots of Twinkies, and any other foods that don’t expire, Coca Cola, coffee and water for food and beverage supplies. I would also heavily supply isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and disinfectant wipes for medical supplies.

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  1097. July 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm ET  -   Veronica

    I also read somewhere that it would be a good idea to rip out your carpet and wrap yourself up in it using duct tape… the zombies would not be able to bite through the carpet possibly allowing you to walk right through a crowd of them.

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  1098. July 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm ET  -   Heather

    To Fran who said “no such thing as zombies be realistic!!!!!!!!!” All I can say is “Well duh, not until the Zombie Apocolypse happens”.

    Thanks CDC for the warning and the laughs. And to all the people who commented about this article being a waste of time, get over yourselves.

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  1099. July 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm ET  -   Teh Faye

    I think having some means of defense would be a good addition to this list. Whether it be a bat, pistol, shotgun, bazooka, tank or a slingshot, you need something to keep the pesky zombies off your front lawn.

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  1100. July 12, 2012 at 12:26 am ET  -   Good Guy

    CDC Zombie Apocolypse Guide to cover actual crysis events. Brilliant PR job! Bravo!

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  1101. July 12, 2012 at 4:06 am ET  -   Tom

    It’s nice to know, that the CDC has noticed this rise of hysteria about zombies. It’s understandable though seeing all the things that can be done with science and how movies keep urging the thought of one experiment gone wrong and bam! Zombie Apocalypse, maybe Hollywood should cut back on zombie flicks. (I don’t favor zombies and I am so unprepared for anything). Best plan head north to -xx degree weather and survive.

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  1102. July 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm ET  -   shanENE

    YOU NEED ANTIBIOTICS FOR THE APOCOLYPSE!!!! PLEASE PLEASE LISTEN!! YOU MAY MAKE IT THRU THE WHATEVER ENDS THE WORLD BUT I CAN GAURENTEE YOU WONT MAKE IT THRU AN INFECTION!!! GET ABX!!!! STOCK UP! NO ONE TELLS YOU THAT!!

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  1103. July 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm ET  -   Robin Aletras

    If you want to read a practical guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse, check out this guide

    http://www.zombieguidebook.com

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  1104. July 13, 2012 at 10:48 am ET  -   Bob Hobbs

    As the artist who helped create the CDC’s Zombie Pandemic graphic novella, I have to say I’m about as surprised as everyone else at how viral it all went.

    It was covered on CBS News, ABC News, Huffington Post, The Colbert Report, LA Times and a host of other news and entertainment outlets around the country and overseas. My cover art is everywhere right now so on behalf of the creative team behind it, we’re quite thrilled despite what some of the detractors are saying.

    Even Max Brooks (the upcoming Brad Pitt film “World War Z” is based on his book) came to visit us and get a copy of the printed version of the book and the producers of The Walking Dead loved it as well.

    I think it was a brilliant campaign so hats off to Dr. Ali Khan. We had fun, too!

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  1105. July 15, 2012 at 3:37 am ET  -   Michael Goldsmith

    I believe keeping at leat enuf food and water kept put away for up to 2 weeks. do not touch it. Keep Canned Goods, and all water. Anyting that spoils Enjoy it while you can. The LQP-79 virus is too blame. Friend of mine seen a Convoy of Hazmat Vehicles & National Guard Drive through their city. Not speaking a word. Then I seen a video of it on youtube. Something is going down. Why would the government let a Viral Bio weapon like LQP-79 hit the streets? START TALKING!

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  1106. July 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm ET  -   Michael

    This is very interesting and im not to suprised there is a possibility of it happening. Although in many different movies there are different kinds of zombies. Such as slow moving and stupid zombies from Dawn of the Dead, or would they be much faster and smarter, such as I Am Legend (Even though I Am Legend enemies aren’t classified as zombies).

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  1107. July 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm ET  -   Daniel Leibson

    Totally hilarious. The zombie apocalypse is coming and we all better watch out.

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  1108. July 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm ET  -   jesse

    i have my kit made and im ready for the apocalypse bring it on zombies i will be waitning

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  1109. July 21, 2012 at 8:47 am ET  -   George

    Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am inspired! Very useful info specifically the closing section :) I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

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  1110. July 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm ET  -   Raymond Taylor

    I believe we need to know where to go. That’s why I bought the iPhone app called Zombie Strong Holds. It has places that people have uploaded that is the best strong holds to go to if and when it happens. It turns out there are a lot of people building their own strong holds. Like for example one guy is building an underground bunker that will hold 80 people for 2 years. So if you have an iPhone/iPad or iPod check out Zombie Strong Holds.

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  1111. July 23, 2012 at 5:51 am ET  -   S

    Not to be a cynical susan here, but how do you make a list of supplies for a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, and not chainsaw

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  1112. July 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm ET  -   Brandy

    ….Really? How can you be afraid of something that does NOT exist? It’s just another way for the government to get people into a panic. Honestly, which would you sooner prepare for? A flood or an apocalypse? Obviously for the one that will ACTUALLY happen. All of these zombie movies (Resident Evil, Land of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, ect…) has put all of these ideas into your heads that gives the idea that there’s going to be an apocalypse? Honestly, this is not something that has been around as long as REAL emergencies. Natural disasters don’t just pop out of nowhere like this whole zombie thing did. WHich by the way, a zombie apocalypse should NOT considered a natural disaster. Quit wasting on your time on something that’s not going to happen. Quit believing everything that the government is telling you, and I agree with comment #1111, Chainsaw is more likely to happen than a zombie apocalypse. The government needs to stop wasting money on something that WILL NOT HAPPEN. Do something more productive with your lives.

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  1113. July 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm ET  -   Jefferson Steelflex

    As “cool” as it may sound, and how fun it is to talk about; there could never be zombies. If you get bit bad enough or get eaten or whatever your arteries and vains won’t be able to carry blood to the brain making it impossible for function. So it is physically impossible for zombies to ever exist. (I know… Captain Buzkill) I just wanted to let and kids know who might get on this website and be worried or afraid of the chance of them. :)

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  1114. July 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm ET  -   Cierra

    Ok, first off, this “Zombie” thing is a ruse that the CDC is using to promote safety in real life situations. It’s not real it’s just a way for the CDC to communicate to us, the people, while relating to the fantasy world that has taken a huge come back . . . zombies. It’s a way for the CDC to get us to think in a case of legit danger.

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  1115. July 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm ET  -   Azalea

    But wait… why did the CDC put something like this up? Just a minute ago I read that the CDC did not believe that zombies were EVER going to happen. It make angry because my young brothers think the at we are all going to die from zombies. Do you honestly think that the CDC can save us all and kill the zombies? Noo! By the time they figure this out, and the zombie attacks will be on the news, it would have already spread on to some other person who got bitten, and went away because they thought the person who bit them was just some pshyco.
    And what if the zombies start somewhere else? We are all screwed. I am terrified, and don’t even believe crap like this.

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  1116. July 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm ET  -   qwerty

    people should remember that almost everything is possible even zombie apocalypse. All it takes is right kind of virus and it would cause that to people… But if you really would see zombies walking aroung in streets most people would panic including me.

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  1117. August 2, 2012 at 5:08 am ET  -   K9

    Apparently, the stupid haven’t learnt anything in a year since this first appeared. The CDC is not predicting “zombies”, it is using humour to get people to prepare for disasters, natural and man-made, whether fire, nuclear, drought, earthquakes or whatever.

    Of all the teabagging twits and “There are no zombies!” moron, I doubt any of them have actually prepared for anything. In all likelihood, those are the morons most like to expect the government or “jeezus” to save them.

    Wrong. When there is a disaster, you likely can’t call for help. Those who survived ARE the help – just ask the Japanese who helped each other immediately after the tsunami. It took hours and days for help to reach some places.

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  1118. August 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm ET  -   Andrea Burcham

    Don’t forget lighters and/or matches!

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  1119. August 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm ET  -   zombie games

    lol love the zombie makeup :XD

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  1120. August 7, 2012 at 4:25 am ET  -   CDCyouarenutse

    can’t believe you guys are falling for fictional scenarios now…go back and do some VALID research on the phenomenon of REAL zombification…it’s drug-induced!

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  1121. August 9, 2012 at 7:51 am ET  -   Robert

    I know you need a radio but a Radio and CD player? I suggest adding Michael Jackson’s Thriller CD to the list, the Zombies may dance for you.

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  1122. August 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm ET  -   ANONYMOUS E.

    I suggest on that list to add a machete youll need one. for chopping zombies or getting past**********.

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  1123. August 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm ET  -   Ty

    Thank God for the Rapture! because thats where I hope and pray to be before all this non-sense starts to happen. I believe in the grace and mercy and I am covered with the blood of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Pray people…..IT WORKS!

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  1124. August 13, 2012 at 7:56 am ET  -   Dylan

    What if you are surprized by a zombie while you are trying to find a “safe” location to stay?

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  1125. August 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm ET  -   LATER

    HELP IM IN A ZOMBIE APOCALYPES IN TOTONTO PLEASE HELPVJ

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  1126. August 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm ET  -   stephen

    that
    was
    SCARY!!!!
    LoL
    oO
    when i first saw it it was creepy!!OO
    O

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  1127. August 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm ET  -   I like pie

    I don’t need any of this zombie training stuff, if zombies come i’m jumping off a bridge. I know people say they are going to be survivors but just think of it this way… Whats the point of surviving if there is nothing to live for? Society will be wrecked and the world will be a living hell.

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  1128. August 17, 2012 at 1:07 am ET  -   Ucia Felix

    nice post.

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  1129. August 17, 2012 at 9:13 am ET  -   Night Terrors

    Tonight’s the night!! We’re talking ZOMBIES on tonight’s episode of ‘Night Terrors’! We’re going to discuss the pending zombie apocalypse as well as the ‘Zombie Survival Dash’, characteristics that make up a zombie and how to prepare yourself for when they arrive!! We’ll even be taking your questions and comments about zombies via emails and calls, so start thinking about what you want to discuss!!

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  1130. August 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm ET  -   Blue Fire

    if a zombie apocalypse did happen (and i’m guessing it will) i would grab medical supplies, clothes, food and water, portable radio, my two hand guns, metal bat, surgical mask, extra ammo, back up ammo, and more back up back up ammo.

    my parents would probably freak out and want to go wherever the government is, or they rely on the government for help! (witch is a horrible idea!!)
    i’m also guessing that they would try to lock us all in the house, (another stupid idea!) and they would hope that by doing so, they could wait for the whole thing to end…..

    i don’t want to sound like a bitch or anything, but if the apocalypse really did happen, i would only have one thing on my mind: “to keep me and my two little brothers safe!”

    honestly, my parents would not survive a week in a zombie apocalypse! :P
    but “me”, trust me! i know how to survive out there! i’v been preparing myself ever since i was 10! and i’m now 15 years old!
    plus! i know hand to hand combat! as well as karate, and ti kwan doe! (i’m a 3′d degree black belt in both!)
    so, encase i dnt have a weapon, i can really on my martial arts training! :))

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  1131. August 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm ET  -   bryson

    is this real…i mean sireously if it is prove it

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  1132. August 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm ET  -   Grant

    The CDC is not wasting your money. we live in a world that we have slowly taken over but there are still many things out there that we don’t think about, zombies are one of the many things we don’t think about. i am grateful of the CDC to post this because i believe they wouldn’t post this “just for fun” and if they did then that was just a cruel joke. and to add to this post be aware of zombies because they are unlike any monsters. zombies will come to you, they will find YOU, with most monsters you have to go to them and hunt for them in their land. and always remember the most dangerous thing about a zombie is that of the body decomposition if they just died and say they were “re-raised” by a voodoo-er most people wouldn’t be able to tell if they were just a disoriented person or a zombie.

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  1133. August 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm ET  -   Haley

    Am I the only one frightened by the fact that the CDC has this? Is the government cooking up something?

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  1134. August 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm ET  -   Payton

    This is an interesting way of getting people to prepare! Honestly I didn’t know about until now and have been preparing almost my whole life!

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  1135. August 31, 2012 at 10:22 am ET  -   notazombie

    No buddy needs to BRAINS sorry about that dont worry abuot zumbies trying to eat your deilicious sweet brains

    from the desk of a zombie

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  1136. September 1, 2012 at 7:19 am ET  -   Mike

    Let me know when the ninja’s unite!

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  1137. September 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm ET  -   Frankie

    Perhaps not so stupid article. Perhaps CDC knows that zombies are possible because CDC (or some friends) are creating the zombie virus. It is a possibility, please don’t take me to Guantanamo paradise for writing my opinion. Create the problem and then offer the solution, that is the trick to win the game (like Mr Bush did it in Irak, for example). No doubt: It is impossible to be more insane that these guys.

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  1138. September 4, 2012 at 10:54 am ET  -   michelle

    um…why would they post something up unless it was possible it could happen? Thier getting ready, so should we. With technology and science, this could happen very, very, soon.
    Fear the living, kill the dead.

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  1139. September 5, 2012 at 10:08 am ET  -   Mike

    #16 is increndibly dense and stupid.

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  1140. September 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm ET  -   Mark

    is this really real ?

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  1141. September 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm ET  -   Mark

    I mean really is this possible if yes I guess it’s time to prepare for the zombie apocalypse

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  1142. September 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm ET  -   Patricia

    Did anyone stop to thjnk that the zombies the goverment is refering to could be starving people. Our economy is about to crash, hyperinflation, dollar devaluation, food shortages, and finally no food are not to for off in the near future. Finally, social unrest, riots, and starvation that will lead to starving violent people. So get ready and prepare because the zombies are coming.

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  1143. September 6, 2012 at 3:44 am ET  -   Francina Hamre

    It’s the first time when i’ve seen your site. I can understand a lot of hard work has gone in to it. It’s really great.

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  1144. September 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm ET  -   Anthony

    This is coming from the country that declared pizza a vegetable. lol

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  1145. September 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm ET  -   Mary Wright

    Nice waste of my hard earned taxpayer money. You should all be fired for this nonsense.

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  1146. September 7, 2012 at 8:03 am ET  -   Chevalier Dan

    The zombies are already here and you may be familiar with them. It is the line of blank vacant expressions you see on your living room couch. It is the line at the grocery store filling their carts with fake food, washing it all down with cheap beer. It is the line at the movie theater to catch the next zombie movie. It is the takers, and the greed-mongers. It is the terror broadcasters and doomsayers. Wake up. Live while you still can.
    Bring something to the table – quit bitching – wake up.

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  1147. September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am ET  -   jester

    The zombie apocalypse started this week! In Charlotte, N.C.!

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  1148. September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am ET  -   TrytheWhine

    Who knew the first officially sanctioned pictures of zombies would include Billy and D’arcy from the Smashing Pumpkins.

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  1149. September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am ET  -   Rugbylover

    I really can’t believe that you are wasting my tax dollars on this cow feces!!!

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  1150. September 7, 2012 at 11:46 am ET  -   erin, not like they govt doesn't already know my name

    Sounds like you’re planning MARTIAL LAW, you worthless feds. So… according to “Homeland Security” we are terrorists for having a week worth of food or water. Are you trying to make everyone a “terrorist”? What’s up with the mixed messages? I think this needs to be reported as suspicious activity. DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC

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  1151. September 7, 2012 at 11:52 am ET  -   DocHashknife

    The CDC is using humor to push a point and I agree with the approach.
    I write manuals for equipment and I use humor to keep the subject interesting to the reader, such as a allegator lasso in the spare parts list.
    The Zombies will be there but they won’t be dead these will be the people who didn’t use there brain and will be looking
    to steal yours which you used to try and survival. Survival is basic to all and you must protect yourself at all cost.
    The only thing CDC fails to advise on real true survival, There are 3 thing 1. Life 2. food 3. shelter I’m not sure of the order but close enough.

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  1152. September 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm ET  -   Ken Watson

    Don’t believe the hype, people.

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  1153. September 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm ET  -   Murad

    This is just great…just horrbile. Been watching horror movies years ago when I was a child. At that time, I once imagined what it would be like if we really had zombies around and I went on imaging how I would survive.

    And now I’m reading this article in a government-owned website. That’s bad, really bad.

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  1154. September 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm ET  -   Dan

    Gosh, such a politically-correct emergency kit for a zombie apocalypse- no mention of bringing along any weapons?

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  1155. September 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm ET  -   Mark

    Nice start on the disaster preparedness list. Like so many others, to the naysayers and complainers about the expenditure involved, this is not about zombies. The CDC says in the article, there “may be” some kind of disease agent, now or in the future, the effect of which could resemble a zombie. However, this focus of the article is disaster preparedness.

    For anyone wanting a simpler description of disaster preparedness, think extending camping trip. Pretty much the same list of requirements.

    I admit I came to this page looking for “CDC bashing” tools when I saw the “zombie” tag. I changed my mind after reading the article about disaster preparedness.

    My comment to the CDC: I hope using the cultural obsession has brought the message to much wider audience. Thank you.

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  1156. September 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm ET  -   candidviews

    What weapons are best for home defense?

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  1157. September 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm ET  -   Stephen White

    Be prepared! Zombie survival Training – October 27th, 2012: http://www.dead4life.com

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  1158. September 8, 2012 at 1:51 am ET  -   Joyce

    I think some of the people on the website have already had their brains eaten by zombies. As someone already said, this is intended to be a funny way of getting people to prepare for real emergencies. Maybe I’m in the wrong place; I’m over 8 and my IQ is more than two digits. Don’t be so gullible!!!

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  1159. September 8, 2012 at 9:02 am ET  -   Tammy

    WELL MANKIND DOING TO MUCH….I THINK THE CDC WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH THIS IN A CONSPIRACY….GOD WILL NOT BE PLEASED….I THINK THAT’S WHEN GOD WILL STEP IN………

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  1160. September 8, 2012 at 9:43 am ET  -   Steven

    This is a BLOG, somebody wrote it on his OWN time. How did he waste taxpayer money if he did this on his free time, eh?

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  1161. September 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm ET  -   Steve

    change zombie x aliens = ok

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  1162. September 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm ET  -   Naba Jit Baishya

    Thanks for the great post and please be sure to check out this site!

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  1163. September 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm ET  -   52 weeks 52 zombies

    The government knows something! We set out to do a documentary about America in the 21st century. However,all these government alerts and exercises back up what we already found, that America has become overrun with Zombies. So for the next year we plan on traveling the country making a documentary series about zombies and zombie culture in America.

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  1164. September 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm ET  -   AUSTIN MATTHEWS

    A family wont work well together you guys need friends

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  1165. September 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm ET  -   Nevarre

    Mark Wright

    I honestly think you completely missed the point of this web page.

    Let me guess, Tea Party member, yes?

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  1166. September 9, 2012 at 2:12 am ET  -   Asha Yarnell

    I have to say that for the last couple of hours i have been hooked by the impressive articles on this site. Keep up the great work.

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  1167. September 10, 2012 at 10:24 am ET  -   Unknonw

    This is really a waste of time.

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  1168. September 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm ET  -   Paul

    Are there gonna be zombies, or not? Who knows for certain? Events during the summer definitely had me leaning towards a potential zombie apocalypse. But will it happen? Who can say? This blog and Preparedness program, regardless, is informative and will get people thinking seriously about health and safety. Let’s face it, disasters are happening all the time. Better to be safe than sorry!

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  1169. September 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm ET  -   Conspiricy Theorist

    Of course, all of this is just to cover-up the fact that the CDC and Illuminati have already started the zombie apocalypse as part of their secret war with the Masons. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!

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  1170. September 11, 2012 at 1:42 am ET  -   Sam s

    Beware still the cdc wont be invincible just remember my words

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  1171. September 11, 2012 at 6:30 am ET  -   kimbee

    For those of you who dismiss zombies as not real I have two words for you BATH SALTS! That cannibal guy in Florida had to be shot like 18 times before he stopped eating that guys face. Bath salt zombies are said to have almost super human strength, if that junk spread like crack or meth we might really have a problem. Here in L.A. its already starting to look like the zombie apocalypse or we’re being inundated by pirates but so far that’s probably just a result of this recession. Regardless its good to be prepared. just sayin!

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  1172. September 11, 2012 at 8:37 am ET  -   Hunter

    how to survive the zombie apocalypse is a better instruction manual
    you can find it on amazon.

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  1173. September 11, 2012 at 9:29 am ET  -   B

    Please tell me you didn’t spend taxpayer money on this…

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  1174. September 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET  -   Eric

    It’s rare that you see a federal agency do something clever.
    Nice marketing, and nice work. Clever way to get people to prepared for disasters. Cheers.

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  1175. September 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm ET  -   Eric

    I would add a bottle of distilled spirits. Beyond being a nice way to pass some long and stressful hours, liquor can make a great anti-bacterial and pain killer.

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  1176. September 13, 2012 at 4:22 am ET  -   Martha

    STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT TAXPAER MONEY SPENT ON THIS
    This article probably cost about $25 to produce. $100 if they were excessive. Please tell me how much of that money was YOUR taxpayer money? One cent? Maybe as much as FIVE cents? My word, such a waste!

    In addition this is a great article about preparedness for any situation.

    So if all you can do is nitpick about how you nickel that you would probably ignore if you saw it on the floor was spent on a disaster preparedness article with a little bit of humor in it and a focus on a subculture then perhaps you should move to a country where there are no disater prepareness articles for you to have to pay for.

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  1177. September 14, 2012 at 8:22 am ET  -   Nicholas

    the best weapons in case of zed are ones that are easy to find and replace as well as light so frying pans, hardwood 2×4, sharpened sticks, and good old baseball bats work best if you have fire arms save them in case of the living who are evil

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  1178. September 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm ET  -   pricila

    i think the zombie things are real because of the videos i have seen im scared of it and i dont know why nobody believes it? we should do a practice or school or something just to get prepared search extranormal/ zombies on youtube and it will scare you to death all the zombie captions they had found.there is even a forest full of zombies in well i forgot but just watch that video and u will find out

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  1179. September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm ET  -   Jeremy Fisher

    The CDC is talking about “What If” Situations and to prepare for them They are using Zombies as what they perceive as a light hearted way to imagine some sort of disaster scenario. No where do they actually say The Zombies are coming they say Get Prepped. Thats all

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  1180. September 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm ET  -   james johnson

    whatever it takes to get folks motivated to prepair!

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  1181. September 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm ET  -   No Name

    I am afraid that some folks are talking and spreading rumors that there is a real zombie appocalypse forthcoming….not a tongue in cheek scenario. And no one as mentioned it is a campaign by the CDD to make us more prepared for a disaster.

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  1182. September 22, 2012 at 1:46 am ET  -   Spence rDelapaz

    I see everyone talking about the Zombie out break and saying that this is awsome that the CDC is on this topic. In my thought it will be a very fun but very bad at the same time. We as a human race will be put to our biggiest challange of all time, it would be called population control. When the out break accures there will be a country wide panic. The first two weeks or so would be the main out break, than would follow the survial time. What would be the first reaction of all man kind as a group when something like this would happen. Let me tell you, it is called Utter Chaos. When this happens the world as we know it well vanish and never be the same again. The zombie out break can happen in many ways such as air born, shots, or even a sonic wave to disable brain funcations. To survive this out break you will have to know a couple things besides a normal med kit and food and water. You will have to learn how to use had to hand combat cause eventually you will get face to face with a zombie and have to fight. This out break will spread extremly fast no one will be ready for the speed of it. There are many comments about if they will run, walk or even be scared of water. If you ever get the chance i say find out and test some ideas that you have but be safe about how you would go about finding out. My name is Spencer and these are a couple things that I think, if you would like me to make more comments please let me know. I love the thought of zombies and what will happen.

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  1183. September 23, 2012 at 3:52 am ET  -   Jeremy Mills

    Ok, first of all, does everyone really think that a goverment agency would make a web page on how to live against zombies just for our amusement? Really think about it, they are “putting a pretty face on it” so to speak. The CDC is not going to talk about a virus or disease that they think is “fake”. They know something we dont, while “they” are making a joke out of this, there is probably something really to worry about. Next thing we know they are going to make videos showing us how to survive a zombie attack and play it on national TV, just like they use to do during the Cold War, “How To Survive A Nuclear Attack”. I think its not if the dead will walk, I think it just a matter of when.

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  1184. September 24, 2012 at 2:28 am ET  -   ZOMBIEKILLER

    The fact that some one would say ” We’re gunna take care of if” is funny. Not funny Ha Ha. The other funny. I’ll trust my supplies for my family and my BOOM STICK more then passive CDD. Plus look at what’s happening to the earths magnetic poles plus the galactic plane Earth is going to go through before zombies are thought of as a problem. I would welcome zombies any day of the week. Hard to shoot space.

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  1185. September 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm ET  -   Taryn Ekins

    I even took put the poster on my college dorm door in order to raise awareness!

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  1186. September 25, 2012 at 11:37 am ET  -   John Jackson

    This was actually fun to read and that is something, coming from a government agency. I would say this was money well spent. To the people who did think it was a waste of time and tax-payer money, all I can say is it got your attention, didn’t it and assuming that you did read it, then the message was effectively delivered. Way to go, CDC!

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  1187. September 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm ET  -   GK

    LOL seriously CDC, this is a joke right ?

    I got better plans for flattulens.
    Do you even know anything about this ?

    SO I guess this is just a joke and you dont really have any plans, since this seems stiched together (badly) from other sources unrelated aswell from the z.

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  1188. September 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm ET  -   Appendectomy survivor

    I heard they just found that the appendix is the Zombie organ. Once removed you become invisible to zombies and if bitten can’t be turned. So I got that going for me.

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  1189. September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am ET  -   josh

    this is retared!!!!!

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  1190. September 30, 2012 at 2:20 am ET  -   tony bermudez

    ARE THEY FOR REAL???? dont get me wrong i believe in the zombie apocalypse, but i wasn’t expecting a website like CDC to post something about it… either way thanks CDC when i’m crushin zombie skulls and surviving i’ll be thanking you guys. :^)

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  1191. October 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm ET  -   RXY

    What if we ourself needs to attact the zombie? we must prepare to attact not only to run…

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  1192. October 5, 2012 at 11:04 am ET  -   D2DRRC

    So is this the LQP-79 virus?

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  1193. October 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm ET  -   Raziel

    Ok, if anyone on here is serious and actually believe that the Zombie Apocalypse is real, i have to say that I feel sorry for your lonely, friend-less lives. 2nd I like how this post has a very mock feeling to it. Although I wish that it was not made because it only reinforces the idiotic idea of a Zombie invasion. The dead cannot come back to life. The dead cannot walk. Someone posted about Rabies being possible. That is the only way a “zombie” can ever happen. To which that is already taken care of because there is a cure for rabies, as well as isolation of infected people will utterly kill off infected rabies carries.

    Again, the media and entertainment play off this irrational fear of Zombies and they become rich, filthy rich off the stupidity of misguided and deluded people. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good zombie movie. The Walking Dead is a fantastic series. Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland…great movies. But that is where it ends. They are movies, and any person that cannot understand the difference needs to have all entertainment stripped from their lives, as they are not mature enough to handle them.

    Now as I said this post has a very mock like feel to it…and if that is true then I commend the CDC for their humor that we all thought was non-existent. However, if I am wrong and the CDC really believes this…then I have to say that I am greatly disappointed that my tax dollars have been wasted on this ridiculous posting. And I must say that we are truly doomed as a Country. We are leaders and the people that we look to are as stupid as the typical person….we are truly doomed. And not because of Zombies….but because of inadequate leaders and idiotic people in power of our safety.

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  1194. October 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm ET  -   Alurelf

    cool!! can you make a Z-Virus? lol XD,cause my dream is killin’ all the zombies XD

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  1195. October 7, 2012 at 6:42 am ET  -   John

    I guess its fake until a zombie appears in front of my house and tries to sell cookies!

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  1196. October 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm ET  -   peter valencia

    this is stupid zombies are not real

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  1197. October 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm ET  -   denise

    Not that I am a believer in zombies like in the movies coming back from the dead…however I am now a believer in people taking bath salts and acting all zombie like…who is to say that are water is safe from terrorist attack? What about a scenario of bath salts in our drinking water then things would be a disaster if it did. Nothing is out of the realm of impossbility to me anymore…better off safe than sorry. Being prepared is best!

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  1198. October 12, 2012 at 5:15 am ET  -   AmberRain

    Dang I know some people are worried about the money being put into this, but we honestly need to start broadening are outlook on this. I mean look what happened in Maimi. I don’t know about you guys,but I think this really mighy happen so I think this page helps a whole lot.

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  1199. October 12, 2012 at 11:32 am ET  -   peter valencia

    so stupid zombies are not real

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  1200. October 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm ET  -   ghall

    I don’t know about you guys but I am a huge fan of the series “The Walking Dead”.
    After watching this, somewhere in the back of my mind I wonder, “what would i do at a time like that:.
    My brother and I talk constantly aobut A Zombie Apocalypse. Sometimes i kinda wish that there were one. Just saying.

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  1201. October 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm ET  -   chris

    Well if it is not a joke dont you think the CDC would know more then you????????????????? I do and look at Voodoo and look it up.

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  1202. October 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm ET  -   Rob Zombie

    Please bring back the zombie T-Shirts PPLLLLEEEAASSSSEEEE!!!!! I had no idea there were t-shirts! I want to order 12 now!

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  1203. October 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm ET  -   GRANT

    im alredy perpared see you all as zombies

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  1204. October 17, 2012 at 8:43 am ET  -   bubbleguppies123

    this is stupid

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  1205. October 17, 2012 at 9:09 am ET  -   specgirl80

    To the people that want to knock this blog….get a grip! You are completely missing the point. Although the CDC has put a modern pop culture twist on this, it is still just basic emergency preparedness. The CDC just mande it fun with the “Zombie Apocalypse” thing because that is what is popular at this time. Whatever time that was spend on this by the CDC staff, I am sure was minimal, because all they had to do was take the disater preparedness article, insert “zombie apocalypse” a few time and viola!

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  1206. October 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm ET  -   Tik Tak Toe Go Smak A Hoe

    The only ‘zombie invasion’ im worried about it a rob zombie invasion… I’LL BE HERE ALL WEEK FOLKS!! :p

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  1207. October 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm ET  -   Davidicus

    This is awesome. Simply hearing about this page earned the CDC new respect in my eyes. Also, I realized that my home probably does not have as much water as we should have in case of an emergency, while entertaining my love for zombies (or rather zombie related things).

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  1208. October 20, 2012 at 12:45 am ET  -   Ben

    its better safe then sorry its just like the pentagon has an aliien invasion scenario its better to have one and not need it then to need it and not have one

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  1209. October 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm ET  -   GRANT

    they should give out more info about this because we are talking about the end of the world here

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  1210. October 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm ET  -   lml

    I swear to Dracula I thought of this before Shawn of the Dead: why not just (voodoo) doll yourself up to look like a zombie and then act like one…..you will totally blend.

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  1211. October 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm ET  -   lml

    the zombie apocalypse invaded Canada’s House of Commons 8 years ago when Stephen Harper became Prime Minister and destroyed humanity through his corporate tax cuts…..too late to prepare for that one now

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  1212. October 25, 2012 at 12:42 am ET  -   Daisy

    Great way to premote preparedness! Just wish we could still get the t-shirts. That is a real bummer.

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  1213. October 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm ET  -   Daisy

    Bring back the shirts!!! If you make them, they will sell.

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  1214. October 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm ET  -   fabots

    I’m with Daisy- PLEASE bring back the shirts!!!

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  1215. October 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm ET  -   Jason

    After reading through [too] many comments, it occurred to me that a great many people didn’t get the reason for the article, despite it being stated up front and plainly. While reading is a prerequisite to being a rocket scientist, it is not, and never will be rocket science, nor the real and multifaceted studies that go into preventing, mitigating, and managing pandemics.

    Hint #1 is that this was about how to plan for a “real emergency” was the word REAL being italicized in the last sentence of the first paragraph. I even quoted it.

    Hint #2 is when the same phrase, in the second section, is used and real is italicized again.

    Hint #3 is all the name dropping of other real emergencies — littering the article like mountains of newspapers in a hoarders home — for which these planning tips are also useful.

    There are other hints if you missed them, please re-read the article.

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  1216. October 29, 2012 at 9:27 am ET  -   Stephnie

    Zombies don’t come from just voodoo. There is no real cause of it. The Voodoo zombies were originally slaves, and the owners brought them back in order to have them continue working for them. There are also beliefs that the Voodoo zombie didn’t even exist. That the slaves where only really malnourished lifeless. So they apeared to be dead. According to Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide Deck: Compleate Protection From The Living Dead, the zombie that we know come from a virus called Solanium. It’s not quite known yet just where the desiese comes from or how it happens, but it will happen. And we have to be prepared…

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  1217. October 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm ET  -   Scott Norris

    If this wasn’t such a waste of taxpayer dollars (and Federal employee time) it might be funny.

    But seriously, doesn’t Obama know that there are really NO SUCH THINGS as Zombies? They’re fictional movie creature/characters….

    Why is the Federal Government wasting millions on this silliness?

    And if they wanted to raise awareness about other disasters, why not RAISE AWARENESS about them???

    My tax dollars are paying for this shiite…..

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  1218. October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm ET  -   JANET FROM ANOTHER PLANET

    In case of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE I have found the “double tap” method works great.

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  1219. November 6, 2012 at 9:56 am ET  -   Anthony Lombardo

    I think that weapons of any kind would be more useful. Also a hatchet for cutting wood for building, some cement mixtures, and also a bugout place to meet with family

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  1220. November 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm ET  -   Zachary

    Think about it, other countries are reporting “zombie-like” activity. Then OUR government starts talking about zombies.
    I think they made a zombie virus. If so we are all screwed. Except for people who take this seriously, like any other disaster. They posted that for a reason. ZOMBIE TALK+ PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES= ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!
    DO THE MATH PEOPLE!

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  1221. November 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm ET  -   barnyard

    why would they tell ya to meet outside how bout keeping some sort of way to meet on your roof of house safe up there you listen to stuff like that you will be dead

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  1222. November 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm ET  -   Kennita

    The people who are whinging about wasted taxpayer dollars are missing the fact that 95 %+ of preparations for zombie apocalypse are useful for natural or man-made disasters, and that this presentation probably increases compliance by well over 100% — best use of taxpayer $ that I’ve seen in a long time! Bravo, CDC! You’re saving many lives, even if nary a zombie is ever seen.

    Live long and prosper.

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  1223. November 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm ET  -   Z-Man

    if you guys know anything for the zompocilipyes youd hav 2 watch the Walking Dead because youd hav to kill off ur best friend and/or worse…ur self but just watch it…it helps

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  1224. November 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm ET  -   froglegssb

    can you drown a zombi

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  1225. November 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm ET  -   Sue

    I agree with some of the comments. If talking about a zombie attack can get people to prepare for emergency situations, then good for the CDC to think “outside the box”. We all have to prepare for any kind of emergency that could hit at anytime. Whether it be medical or a natural disaster. A gun and/or bat would keep away zombies or an intruder trying to get to you and your family. Everybody needs to plan to take care of themselves, because if a big disaster happens (Zombies hehe), the government can’t help all of us. In fact, we may need to help our neighbors.

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  1226. November 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm ET  -   Max

    Yea it’s great that the CDC is trying to prepare the population for any kind of mass disaster but seriously, zombies? Why are they preparing us for an event that revolves around beings from stories? ZOMBIES AREN’T REAL… There is as much chance of there being a zombie outbreak as a vampire out break or some other ridiculous fictional monster. This article is honestly just a waste of taxpayer dollars and government time.

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  1227. November 28, 2012 at 1:26 am ET  -   D

    It could happen u never know

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  1228. November 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm ET  -   Ann

    hm i wonder whats its like to be a zombie.. it doesnt sound to bad, O.o well i do NOT to get eatin alive…im prepared soo………BRING IT ON!!! XD

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  1229. December 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm ET  -   alison

    While some people are complaining about their tax dollars being wasted on learning hos to survive something that isn’t real, I feel the point to all this is to get people in their 20s to start thinking about emergency preparedness. If you mention flood or whatever they aren’t going to be interested. Zombie apocalypse they’ll read and maybe learn something being prepared for any eventuality.

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  1230. December 9, 2012 at 12:06 am ET  -   rob

    All things are possible, I think its sad that so many people think this will be a fun thing when it does happen…. it will happen during the three days of darkness, and will be more devastating than anything mankind has ever seen on earth. Matthew_24

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  1231. December 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm ET  -   Jacob

    You all who are complaining about wasted tax dollars will be screwed whenever the loved ones you once knew are running at you trying to eat your face.

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  1232. December 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm ET  -   Mitchell Mafra

    i dont think it would be a good idea to meet up with your family at the mailbox if your house is invaded by zombies lol,also i recommend to have some sort of weapon that you can attack from a distance like,bat,machete,sword,etc because the closer you are to a zombie for example if you have a knife to take down a zombie you will be closer to it and have increased chance to be infected.

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  1233. December 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm ET  -   Young Jersey

    Now we can be ready for this Friday. Thank you, CDC!

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  1234. December 20, 2012 at 9:27 am ET  -   Carrie

    About time our government took this threat seriously. Considering everything they have their scientists experimenting with, especially things that should just be left alone, you never know what could happen. Also, although the comment was made last year, Scott M is somewhat correct. If the Zombie Apocalypse does happen and they are anything like Zack Snyders zombies, then we better start practicing the Zombieland Survival Rules. CARDIO!!! He did mention however that we wouldnt have to worry as much if they were anything like the Romero/Brooks zombies, “slow, lumbering zombies”, and if not for the Romeros remakes of Day of the Dead and Land of the Dead, i would agree with him, but we have to take into consideration that, although they may be dead, and more likely brain dead, they may still be capable of some level of intelligence and learning, ie. in Land of the Dead when the “zombies’ leader” figures out how to use a gun and climb fences. Yes its improbable, but not impossible.

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  1235. December 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm ET  -   TwinSuns

    TL/DR – Not being serious, fun way to get people to think about a serious topic.

    I think all those that are posting things about tax dollars being wasted, along with those posting things like, you need a weapon for a zombie apoc. or other things like that, miss the main point of this article. This entire thing was made as a way of getting people to plan for a disaster. But, my guess is that no one is going to read this, since the last post when I wrote this was number 1230. I had stopped reading around 200. Mainly because for every good post about the CDC having come up with a very clever way of getting more and more people to think about having a disaster preparedness kit ready, there are ten either bashing the CDC for waisting their tax dollars on a ZOMBIE scenario guide, or those saying that they forgot to include weapons. People, understand that this is a way of spinning the normally dry, stale topic of disaster preparation in a way that many people will find funny. I didn’t even know that this had been made until I saw it on XBOX Live Dec 20, 2012 around 2300 Eastern. This was a brilliant idea for the CDC, and I’m glad that someone at the agency saw that this might be a great way of getting people to think about disaster planning. It’s just a shame that so many people think they were being serious when they said Zombie planning. Thank you, and Good Morn/Day/Eve, whenever you read this.

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  1236. December 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm ET  -   Zombie

    I really hope for a zombie apocalypse(I am 11), so I can show my family that I can beat the crap out of those zombies.
    CDC-You get a ******* 7 star out of 10(Don’t let staff leave or be sucidal if it happens like on the walking dead)
    New Resident Evil movie gets 8 out of 10 mabye 7.5 out of 10

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  1237. April 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm ET  -   Pop Over Here

    I don’t even understand how I finished up here, but I assumed this submit used to be great. I don’t realize who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already. Cheers!

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  1238. June 13, 2013 at 8:30 am ET  -   Anonymous702

    max, about your post, number 1225 on November 19, 2012 at 8:16pm ET
    you say Zombies aren’t real, well at the moment there not but it is possible that it could happen and you say a Zombie outbreak is about as likely as a Vampire outbreak, but the thing is years ago (and i mean YEARS AGO) there was such thing as Vampires. I’m not just suggesting that a Zombie out brake could happen, I’m saying it REALLY could happen, I don’t know much about it but sometime between 1870 and 1890, (I can remember the exact date but it was definitely between those dates) there was a minor Zombie Outbreak in London. I don’t know how the sorted it out or got the Zombies away but I am 100% certain that the Outbreak DID happen. Soo yeah, that’s all I have to say ;)

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  1239. June 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm ET  -   RLM

    Best money the government ever spent. At least you guys came up with an out of the box idea to get people to prepare for hurricanes, floods, storms and power outages, whatever. Glad to see someone actually has 1) a sense of humor and 2) the imagination to press an important issue. I commend you for your efforts.

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  1240. June 19, 2013 at 10:58 am ET  -   Chuck

    I just read a comment praising the CDC for thinking outside of the box and preparing people but, the people need to think outside of the box. Sounds to me the government is working with something that could possibly one day be used to spread a zombie virus… CDC has a section that explains what to do during other disasters why would they add this without proper reason? Think about it, the military was doing exercises using people dressed and acting like zombies recently. Always ask questions, do not believe everything they tell you, we as people have given too much authority to the government in the name of safety… Just my thought, have a wonderful day! :)

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  1241. June 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm ET  -   Jacob

    Honestly I want there to be a zombie apocalypse because then there would be no cause to truly have to do anything.

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  1242. June 21, 2013 at 7:09 am ET  -   Caelan Wessel

    can someone tell me what is the best place to build a base? i have designs of a human survival colony just in case the zombie apocalypse happens. buts in going to be built at the border of Colorado. and i live in Kentucky. well maybe i can move the colony a little closer to Kentucky. and it took my family 3 days to get from Montana to Kentucky.

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  1243. June 21, 2013 at 7:17 am ET  -   Caelan

    Well i know how to survive in a zombie apocalypse. you need doctors, soldiers (preferably armed civilians), a radio, tons of fresh food and water, medical supplies, a place for a base (i have a design for a colony. just in case this happens), some sort of transportation (walking is suicidal! you need a car to make a quick get away from zeds), leaders, farmers, local police, fire extinguishers (just in case there is a fire at your base), weapons, ammunition, a map of the surrounding areas (you need to get to know your surroundings with a map.), don’t forget you need to barricade your base. fences with barbed wire will do. but a brick or concrete wall will do. but build it fast!!!

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  1244. June 24, 2013 at 3:12 am ET  -   Viscera of the 9

    There are different ways to prevent a zombie getting you. Zombies relies on smell, hearing, and
    movement, they hardly see well they move fast here are some steps to help you during the apocalypse
    Step 1: camouflage smell of body
    Step 2:bring a backpack with ammo, pistols, food, water.
    Step 3: keep silent ,move slowly to a close by car (semi truck, or pick up truck)
    Step 4: find a close by police station go to swat team wing and get riot Shields , high grade shotguns, sniper rifles, assault rifles and get in a swat team armored truck.
    step 5: is plan to go to a nuclear shelter.
    Step 6: find a ham radio or a radio for a emergency broadcast
    Step 7: take shifts around bedtime,wakeup at 7:30 am take 2 or 3 hour shifts

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  1245. June 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm ET  -   lexi

    i am a big fan of zombie stuff and i have a kit packed. I have 4 people in my family and all of us are prepared. i love zomibes.

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  1246. June 27, 2013 at 3:05 pm ET  -   lexi

    I am so so not perpard I am only a kid and all I have is a pocketknife,a gallon of water, close and a jurnoil. I believe in a zombie attack but i need to get perpard.

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  1247. June 29, 2013 at 3:35 am ET  -   Informa

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  1248. June 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm ET  -   wa

    Woah this blog is fantastic i like reading your posts. Stay up the great work! You recognize, many individuals are hunting round for this information, you could help them greatly.

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  1249. July 2, 2013 at 10:21 am ET  -   anon

    There is a saying, if it quacks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck… and sometimes the truth lies in plain site.

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  1250. October 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm ET  -   riley-grace

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo creapy

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  1251. January 30, 2014 at 2:02 am ET  -   Raymond Campbell

    Horror movies like Zombies are very interesting to watch, yet sometimes the movie becomes so exaggerated and zombies become cannibals and eat people’s flesh.

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  1252. July 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm ET  -   El Stingray

    The CDC is a national treasure- a sense of humor while focused on saving lives. Thanks for doing what you do- you’re heroes to us all!

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  1253. July 28, 2014 at 1:06 am ET  -   C

    Wow, so the CDC just dropped a few notches in my book. So much for credibility.

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  1254. August 7, 2014 at 4:47 am ET  -   Robert

    I think some of these people been playing too many video games and watching too much TV, get a grip.

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  1255. August 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm ET  -   Adria L. Focht

    Just wanted to share that Kings Mountain Historical Museum (in Kings Mountain, NC) hosted a free public program this week based on the CDC’s model – in conjunction with our current exhibit: “Say Ahh! The Incredible Medical History of Kings Mountain,” and in partnership with our local library’s Summer Reading Program. We talked about the real-life historical pandemics that contributed to the zombie culture, and had a retired fire fighter talk to visitors about how prepping for a zombie apocalypse can help their families be prepared for more likely disasters like severe weather, epidemics, fires, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks. Participants surprised us by coming dressed as zombies! Thanks CDC for helping us reach a younger audience and serve our community.

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  1256. August 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm ET  -   Jarrod Marshall

    Dear CDC,

    After reading this blog post, and the subsequent plethora of halfway sane sounding citizens going on about movie monsters coming to life and attacking the planet, perhaps you should make an emergency preparedness plan for such evils as Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the Wolfman. I think you have a few crazies left feeling a little foolish, perhaps a bit chagrined, that such government entities have given their deepest fears no true creedence. I beg of you, please create emergency preparedness drills for vampiric bat attacks, mad rampaging monsters that fear fire, and long dead Egyptian corpses that might shamble into your bathroom and become mistaken for toilet paper. Perhaps someone out there will thank you for taking their fears seriously, and, oh, I don’t know – create an emergency preparedness kit that will work just as well for a power outage as it will for a long dark evening fighting against the Transylvania Terror? Because quite honestly, I’d actually love to read some of the posts written about it. The ones complaining that you just educated someone how to survive a flood by using zombies or other supernatural monsters would be up in arms. Because how dare you, oh great, grand, and glorious CDC, educate the populous using pop culture mythos or nontraditional means. For shame. You might have just saved a couple thousand lives in the long run, but how dare you do it without first boring us to tears and rapping a stick against the desk a few dozen times to keep us from nodding off. Shame shame shame. B-)

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  1257. August 26, 2014 at 5:08 am ET  -   Matthew

    I love zombie movies and this was one hell of a funny article mate :D Cheers! Yuno

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  1258. September 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm ET  -   Troy

    Add gun/bb gun/ sword/ bat to list. THX

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  1259. September 19, 2014 at 12:07 am ET  -   tentspro

    What ever it is and where ever you go take a backpacking tent with you !!

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