Preparing for emergencies: Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?


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If flesh-eating zombies suddenly start roaming your streets, do you know what to do? If not, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has an important guide for you: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.

On the great scale of hazards, it’s probably not all that likely, but as insurance agents, we are all about the concept of being prepared – so after you read the CDC Guide, if you have questions about what your homeowners or business insurance would or wouldn’t cover should a zombie attack occur, give us a call. Or for an abundance of caution, there’s always Zombie insurance.

All kidding aside, alerting the public about the importance of preparing for emergencies such as hurricanes or pandemics is one of the CDC’s most important public health missions. Normally, when they post alerts or resources on the CDC blog, they get a few thousand viewers. But by offering this clever spin, they attracted more than 1.2 million page views in the less than 10 days since the zombie item was posted, according to the WSJ Health Blog. The Zombie preparation guide was obviously a good way to harness the public’s fascination with a pop culture fad to call attention to a more serious message.
The CDC has a wealth of emergency preparation, planning and response resources aimed at businesses, families, healthcare facilities, and local & state governments. They also have a variety of tools and resources on other public health issues – ranging from illnesses and diseases to life stages and populations. So whether it’s traveler’s health, natural disasters, workplace safety or even an attack of zombies, the CDC is a good one-stop source of reliable information.