Z- Zombie Preparedness

26 Reasons to Take Your Family Outside -- Zombie Preparedness

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Yes, in honor of the last day of the Blogging from A to Z challenge, I’m going to go there:


I know, you’re probably thinking that I’m stretching it here by including zombie preparedness in my “26 Reasons to Take Your Family Outside,” but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you’ve got the skills needed to survive the zombie apocalypse, you’re ready for anything.

If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency. emergency.cdc.gov

I tend to think those who have some outdoor skills would fare pretty well against the undead.

The CDC includes a list of five things people should do in order to be prepared for a zombie invasion–or any other sort of disaster. Here’s there list, along with my commentary on how outdoor skills make you ready to address these challenges:

  1. Make an emergency kit. If you’re going on an outdoor adventure, my guess is that you’ve got this covered. The CDC recommends water, food, tools, medication, a first-aid kit, clothing, etc., all things that anyone going outside for more than a short time should be thinking about anyway.
  2. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. If you’re headed out on a hike, whether you’re headed over the hills, through the woods, or across the desert, you’re likely thinking through what you might encounter. While youΒ don’t want to dwell on the bad things that can happen, it’s smart to be prepared for them.
  3. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Okay, so you might not be thinking about evacuating for zombies, but if you’re headed outside, you’re probably thinking about the safety of the people in your party. Smart parents discuss with their young children what they do if they’re ever lost, for example.
  4. Identify your emergency contacts. This is sort of a version of the old buddy system. Most people recognize it’s not a good idea to head out without letting someone know where you’re headed. The outdoors are unpredictable, so we have to be prepared.
  5. Plan your evacuation route. While it’s not always possible, it’s useful to plan a route–and have a Plan B in mind just in case things don’t go as planned. People who spend much time outdoors realize that things change quickly–from unexpected storms to trail closures, sometimes we have to amend our itinerary. Knowing how to get back to the car–or to safety–is important.

Listen to this interview with the CDC as they discuss their preparedness plan and think about how prepared you are for a zombie apocalypse–or any other disaster:

How ready are you??


This is the last of my 2016 Blogging from A to Z Challenge posts. Thank you for putting up with my 26 Reasons to Take Your Family Outside throughout the past month!Β 

14 thoughts on “Z- Zombie Preparedness

    • I remember finding that CDC section and thinking WHAT?! After I did some reading on the page, though, I realized how clever it was for them to approach preparedness that way. We don’t have a Cold War to threaten us into preparation these days, so I guess zombies work!

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  1. What an awesome post! We watch the Walking Dead. The walking dead are among us, go to Walmart and you will see them. We have a cave picked out as our bugout shelter. It sounds crazy but you should always be prepared. πŸ˜€

    Shelly @ http://hangryfork.com


    • Oh goodness, I know what you mean about Walmart! I don’t go there very often, but whenever I do I come out of the store with some sort of story about the odd things I see there. I’m not sure what it is about that store!


  2. Nice job on the challenge and what a great way to end it. As a zombie lover (well, no that’s not right. I don’t love zombies, they want to eat my brains and that’s just not cool. I love the zombie culture and genre.) I’ve read this from the CDC and have actually planned some of this . And it actually does translate well into other types of disasters. In fact, I think that’s what I love most about the idea of a zombie apocalypse: the drastic shift from the ordered, mundane world to chaos. Good times!

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face, Amy. Nice job. πŸ™‚ <—– See? Smile.


    • I’ve used that CDC website in some of my classes (writing), and although students find it hilarious, they really get it. I’m not sure who in the CDC came up with that strategy, but it definitely has merit. I was writing somewhere in the comments here that we don’t have the threats of nuclear attack like we did during the Cold War (I’m just old enough to remember those drills in school), so we have to put preparedness in a guise that works for 21st century people. Who knew zombies would be that way?! Glad to make you smile! I was smiling to just finish that Z post for the A-Z Challenge!

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    • I always wonder why there aren’t more Twinkies on The Walking Dead and the zombie movies. A person could survive on those things forever–may not have any teeth left, but who needs ’em? πŸ™‚


  3. I am in The Walking Dead withdrawal, and this was a fun substitute for Rick, Michonne and the gang! I’m feeling pretty solid about not needing to be prepared for quite this specific an emergency, but their plan has wide applicability for emergencies brought on by the living and the undead. Thanks for a fun read.


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