What To Do In Case Of A Zombie Apocalypse

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In a tongue-and-cheek move to get more Americans prepared for "real" emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are urging citizens to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Host Scott Simon has the story.


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SIMON: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all Americans to...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

SIMON: At least a zombie visit. They even put a to-do list on their "Public Health Matters" blog. The guidelines don't much resemble the rules of survival in the movie "Zombieland."


JESSE EISENBERG: (as Columbus) Rule number one, cardio. Zombies lead a very active lifestyle. So should you.

SIMON: They just advise keeping water, non-perishable food, a change of clothes and basic first aid on hand, though the CDC concedes it would be hard to survive a zombie nibble. Is the CDC really worried about zombies? No. But they hope the jocular posting will get more people to know how to prepare for real emergencies like hurricanes, earthquakes, for vampires.

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