How Ready Are You for the Zombie Apocalypse?



We all know it’s coming. It is not a question of if, but when. The other question is how prepared you are for when the zombie apocalypse does happen.

Admittedly, there are some people who are not taking this seriously, and if you are one of them, you might want to stop and listen. Heck, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are taking it seriously! This government agency is the best when it comes to emergencies and public health matters, so why shouldn’t we pay attention to what they say?

Recently, the CDC released a primer on preparedness, for when the zombie apocalypse occurs. ((CDC Primer)) In true CDC style, the post gives all pertinent information and practical tips that might very well save your life in case of a zombie emergency. You even get a brief history of zombies. After all, the best way to prepare for emergencies is to understand the cause!

If you already have an earthquake kit, you will find the zombie apocalypse kit a breeze to put together. Here are the essential things you need, according to the CDC:

  • 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)

More than having a kit, though, you need to have a plan.  You know, preparedness is all about rehearsing possible scenarios in your head so that when faced with these scenarios, you know exactly what to do.  Salient points (italics mine):

  1. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area.
  2. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home… call it a rally point or whatever you want.  The important thing is that this meeting place will help you find each other more easily and lessen the stress on you.  Not that the stress will ever go away when the zombies attack.
  3. Identify your emergency contacts.Police, firemen, etc.  Of course, they might all be zombies at some point, but it is still helpful to have their contact numbers.  You also need to include the list of relatives or friends to get in touch with, especially those out of state.
  4. Plan your evacuation route.Knowing which routes to take will make your escape easier.  You might have to evaluate these routes once the zombies actually attack as original routes may be impassable.

Oh, and the CDC reassures everyone that they are always ready.  So when the zombies come in hordes, we can rely on them.  Unless they all become zombies themselves.


  1. says

    I am all ready for a zombie attack. The other day I spent the entire day play Starcraft 2 with the blinds closed and the apartment locked up.

    Of course if the zombies broke through the door or I ran out of food (which will happen any day now…) I’d be S.O.L.

  2. golodh says

    Err … I have a slightly different (but related) question. When zombie-time arrives, I think I’ll be one of the zombies. So my angle is to plan for that.

    Looking around on the internet, I see lots of people stocking up on guns and ammo, but nothing in the way of preparation for when you’re the zombie. The least you could do as a prospective zombie seems to be to buy very good body armor, a helmet, and perhaps a bullet-proof visor.

    I hear that as a zombie you get much-increased strength, so weight wouldn’t be a problem. In addition you can probably get away with a big knife or a small machete for close-up work. Even if you’re not proficient with them, your strength, body armor, and ability to absorb punishment should give you an edge.

    But who says that you can’t carry a gun as a zombie? With decreased muscle control however you’d be looking for a gun that’s easy to fire and easy to reload, and which won’t jam if you neglect to clean it (too fiddly).

    What can you recommend in that category? Accuracy and firepower aren’t the main concerns since you need to be able to get in only one hit whereas your opponents typically will need to score multiple hits on you. And you’re wearing a flack-jacket and a helmet anyway.

    Since your main food source is going to be the living, and especially their brains, you’d want to make sure you can gain access to them. Locksmithing is likely to take too much muscle control, so I thought I’d stock up on plastic explosives to open up those inconvenient doors your food source is hiding behind. Again, what can you recommend?

    Have I forgotten anything? Any suggestions?

  3. josh Clemons says

    Does anyone know where I can take an online zombie course that would give me a certificate of completion? Free would be best obviously.

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