Zombie warning for preparedness

NOT REAL: A zombie at Dragon Con 2012 depicts the latest 'threat' propositioned by the US Homeland Security Dept.
NOT REAL: A zombie at Dragon Con 2012 depicts the latest 'threat' propositioned by the US Homeland Security Dept.

"The zombies are coming!" the US Homeland Security Department says.

Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and emergencies.

The theory: If you're prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will help you during a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year first launched a zombie apocalypse social media campaign for the same purposes.

Among the government's recommendations were having an emergency evacuation plan and a change of clothes, plus keeping on hand fresh water, extra medications and emergency flashlights.

A few suggestions tracked closely with some of the 33 rules for dealing with zombies popularised in the 2009 movie "Zombieland," which included "always carry a change of underwear" and "when in doubt, know your way out".

AP