Preparedness 101 – Zombie Apocalypse

Mother Nature can sometimes be moody. Planet Earth has been enduring destructive natural disasters occurring all over the world.

Just recently, a powerful typhoon has hit the agricultural lands of the Philippines which flooded every farmland and killed not more than a hundred people. Also, a gigantic tsunami devastated Japan killing thousands of its residents. In addition to these, hurricane Irene discharged its power to almost every state of United States, destroying and killing whatever blocks her way.

Just as we thought we experienced everything by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released their annual awareness campaign about the upcoming hurricane season with a slogan that goes: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.

CDC’s twitter followers have increased ten times from 12,000 to 1.2 million people. Indeed their campaign, which main goal is to alert people and give knowledge to prevent unwanted deaths during disasters was undoubtedly successful. CDC’s strategy to use a little bit of humor to catch the attention of people then make them realize the seriousness behind it is definitely genius.

What you need during Zombie Attacks? (or during hurricanes or any natural disasters)

Emergency Kit

Prepare for the unexpected. When a disaster hits, you might need to survive on your own while waiting for rescue which could take hours or even days to come. Thus, emergency kits are recommended in each household. Staying healthy when disaster strikes is crucial.

Emergency kits should have at least three-day stock of water. Remember that we need no less than a gallon of water per day to survive. Children, pregnant women, sick or old people might need more than a gallon so store more for them. One more thing, make sure that you are drinking potable water. Never drink an unfiltered water since it has harmful bacteria that can damage your health.

Non-perishable goods like tuna and sardines together with a can opener should also be part of your emergency kit in case rescue teams have so much in hand and would take days to reach your place. You still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle even in the middle of disasters.

In case of injury or sickness, emergency kits should contain medications and first aid supplies for you to treat your loved ones.

Tools and supplies are also required in order for you to remove anything blocking your way like debris or locked doors.

Soap, towels, alcohol and products for sanitation and hygiene are also important to keep your family away from infection.

Copies of important documents like birth certificates and driver’s license should also be in your emergency kit in case they become inaccessible or destroyed.

Emergency Plan

During disasters, you and family might be separated for whatever reasons so sit down and talk to them on what is your plan in case this will happen. Choose at least two meeting places for your family to regroup one near from your home such as your backyard, the other relatively farther like four to five blocks away. Furthermore, tell your family member, especially your kids, who they can contact in case they got separated from you. Give them the contact numbers of family members or family friends living not too far away from your home.

What CDC is trying to tell us is we should always be informed on what is happening around us. Being informed would mean being prepared. Once you see in the news that a typhoon might hit your place, began packing your emergency kits and planning your emergency escape route. You might also want to check the address and phone number your local Red Cross chapter in case you and your family does not have anywhere to go.

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