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The Zombie Apocalypse Method of Getting Eyeballs (on Boring Stuff)

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 20 2011

The CDC recently posted a guide to preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse.

What, I ask you, are our federal health services for if not to prepare us to survive the coming rise of the undead? Right. That's why we saw Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan fulfilling the obligations of his office recently with a blog post doing just that. "There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for," wrote Dr. Kahn on the website of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. "Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this."

"Plan your evacuation route," advise Dr. Kahn. "When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast!" Kahn is an expert in zoonotic diseases, such as monkey pox and parrot fever. But he maintains a professional interest in the flesh-eating undead.

Conveniently for Kahn -- and for we, the living -- the same things that experts suggest as preparation for making it through an attack of walking corpses are also useful in, you know, surviving things like hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. Federal Computer Week's Alice Lipwicz reports that Khan's cheeky survival advice got a great deal of traction on social media channels and ending up driving considerable traffic to the site, which is chock full information on coping with public health threats unreal and, mostly, real.