Anyone who’s caught the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC knows that the CDC played a vital role in handling the zombie pandemic of which the heroes of the story are trying to survive. The show is also based on a series of graphic novels, and the actual real-life CDC seems to be taking a cue from the sucess of the show to make sure that you and your family are prepared for anything … including a zombie apocalypse.
What started as a tounge-in-cheek blog post last May has become a full-on campaign from the government entity to help spread the word about emergency preparedness through social media outlets.
Now, the CDC has recently published a graphic novella with the motivation that if someone is prepared for the zombie apocalypse, then they’ll be ready for any kind of actual emergency. Per their website:
“CDC has a fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness. Our new graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes.”
Not only can you read the novella here, but the CDC’s “Zombie Preparedness” section of their site also offers PDFs of posters as well as badges and widgets for your website — even a list of pages for sydication for your site or blog.
We know we might be a little late with this one now that Halloween is passed, but you never know when the Zombie Pandemic will start … or any other emergency, for that matter. Take a look at the preparedness plan and remember to get in your cardio, always double tap, beware of bathrooms, and always wear your seatbelt.
Photo courtesy of CDC.gov