'Prepare for a zombie apocalypse'

MEX COOPER
Last updated 20:25 20/05/2011
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INFORM OF THE DEAD: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to have a survival plan ready - in case of a zombie apocalypse.

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Just in case there weren't enough natural disasters or security threats in the United States, a Government health agency is advising people to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

Apparently being ready for when the undead take to the streets in search of human flesh is perfect training for what to do if a hurricane or pandemic should strike.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the United States Government's Department of Health and Human Services, has posted instructions on what to do should your brain be sought for a zombie's breakfast.

The guide is clearly intended to impart a serious message on how to survive real disasters, such as hurricanes and floods.

It predictably created an internet stir, which reportedly managed to partly crash the CDCP's website when tens of thousands went in search of zombie advice.

Tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse include:

* Gathering together an emergency kit to survive for a few days before reaching a "zombie-free" camp; and

* Planning where and when to go should you be forced to flee your home if zombie hordes approach.

The CDC has even worked out what role it would play if confronted with an invasion of flesh-eaters.

"If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak," its website states.

"CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation."

The social media-based campaign even allows people to download a zombie survival email signature here.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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