We frequently wonder what we would do if zombies were to appear, say, from a viral outbreak or nanobot invasion: Would we try to take them out with a head shot or start off at the knees? It turns out that we're not the only ones with zombies on our minds.
David Daigle, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a United States federal agency, has just released a zombie preparedness plan. (Though as soon as word got out, the CDC's servers were overwhelmed, so you might have to go to read this cached version instead.) This means if a zombie outbreak happens, the U.S. government has a plan of action.
If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak.... 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).
For those who decide to stay and defend their homes, the CDC recommends keeping an emergency kit, which should include fresh water and first aid supplies. Daigle says this kit is also handy in case of hurricane or flood.
In fact, the entire entry is a decent way to promote what the CDC does during every communicable disease outbreak. And what better way to get our attention than to use a zombie analogy?
Besides, it's good to know that the U.S. government takes zombie emergencies as seriously as it does swine flu.