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If zombies attack this Halloween, recall the CDC's emergency advice

October 25, 2011 - 02:17 PM
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A true transportation obstacle. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Halloween is coming now in just under a week. Do you have your costume ready?

The October 31 holiday is a time of ghouls and fears and, perhaps above all, zombies. I thought Halloween would provide an appropriate occasion to remind you of some government advice. Our U.S. government recognizes the threat that a zombie attack poses and officially enshrined this concern on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website earlier this year. "The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen," the CDC states. "The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder 'How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?'"

Exactly right, CDC. How do we do so? Envision the National Mall covered in staggering decaying zombies, their lifeless corpses lurching up through Chinatown and Dupont Circle and U Street. Even the White House and Pentagon could be threatened if zombies were to arise from their graves.

So as Halloween 2011 comes upon us, let's turn to the CDC's advice. They share tidbits on how you should have a stock of food, water, and other emergency supplies. Most importantly from a transportation perspective: "Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step." The District has already endured both an earthquake and hurricane in recent months. We don't want to be caught off guard by another major problem like the undead. Such an attack would create innumerable problems on the Metro, on our roads, and amid our bike lanes and sidewalks. As the CDC encourages, your household should very well develop an emergency plan on where to meet one another so you don't get trapped in transit chaos — just in case.

The government wants you to do this, D.C. Get on it ... Halloween is coming soon.

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