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I think that most of us have probably joked about the zombie apocalypse at some time in the past. Perhaps we were not laughing quite so much, however, when the pandemic broke out last year. It seemed as if we were in the middle of just such an issue, aside from the fact that there were not many zombies around.

More than likely, you have become somewhat of an expert on how to survive under difficult circumstances over the past year. You understand more about facemasks than you ever thought you would and you probably even know how to store some food in the event of an emergency. That isn’t even to mention the toilet paper issue that we all had to deal with.

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All of this may make you wonder why the CDC had written the “Zombie Preparedness” guide and why they are now beginning to promote it once again. Do they really feel as if zombies are going to try to take over the world?

Rest assured, it wasn’t because they thought that zombies were on their way, they just wanted people to be prepared for any type of disaster. That includes the pandemic, which we are now dealing with every day.

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Believe it or not, the zombie apocalypse guide from the CDC is nothing new. They actually first released it back in 2011, and natural disasters were taking place everywhere that year. It wasn’t only in the United States, it was also the year that the tsunami swept the coast of Japan and caused so much death and destruction.

The CDC wanted to prepare us for difficult times, so they did so by using a rather popular topic: zombies. There zombie preparedness blog says: “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.”

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They then go on to talk about some of the things you would want to keep around, such as food, water, and supplies that would help you to get through a few days. It was for the purpose of giving you time to get to a “zombie-free refugee camp’ or, perhaps, to survive a natural disaster.

The CDC has some specific recommendations of what could be kept in the emergency kit in case a zombie apocalypse happens to break out. Here are the recommendations:

Water (1 gallon per person per day)

Food: Stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly

Medications: prescription and non-prescription meds

Tools and fix-it supplies, such as a utility knife, duct tape, and battery-powered radio

Sanitation and hygiene supplies, such as household bleach and soap

Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes for each family member, as well as extra blankets

Important documents: Copies of your driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, proof of insurance and homeownership and other important info

First Aid supplies

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More than likely, you have a kit available to help get you through some difficult times, just in case the pandemic takes another turn for the worse. Then again, if you are lagging in the preparedness department, it’s never too late to start putting things together now.

Who knows when the zombies will actually show up?

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