Uncle Sam Wants You to Prepare for Zombies (And Hurricanes)

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FEMA is gearing up for Zombie Awareness Month (October, of course) as part of its clever – and very successful – emergency preparedness public education campaign. And it’s using webinars and blogs to get the word out. We bet you had no idea that the Federal Emergency Management Agency could be so hip.

As it turns out, the whole thing started in early 2011 with the CDC asking people what they were prepared for via Twitter. When “zombies” started popping up among real emergencies, the agency fleshed out a marketing plan that was easy on the budget and, it turned out, wildly popular. There’s even an online novella.

The CDC Has A Zombie Preparedness Novella Online

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The blog post that is credited with having kicked off the feeding frenzy is titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” It runs you through “A Brief History Of Zombies” and then gives you tips for preparedness items and action plans (all of which, incidentally, are good to have or know in the event of other disasters).

Now, federal and state government preparedness agencies routinely use the dead to bring the living to their zombie-related blogs. They report that, while people come to their websites and events for the pretend disaster, many stick around to learn more about dealing with real catastrophes.
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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Sep 8 2012 11:38 AM

Where's Will Smith when you need him? Need that I AM LEGEND kinda thang going on. :)

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4L1G8R replied on Sat, Sep 8 2012 12:40 PM

Zombie Apocalypse = what happens when millions of people can't get their psychiatric meds....lol

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fat78 replied on Sat, Sep 8 2012 1:02 PM

There is a zombie race being held near me in a week or two held by my favorite radio station (yes they really are doing it)

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JOMA replied on Sun, Sep 9 2012 9:40 AM

This is one way I don't think the world will end.  Wonder if anyone is out there selling Zombie insurance.

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fat78 replied on Sun, Sep 9 2012 1:22 PM

JOMA, here is a link to the answer.


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