Forget SARS and bird flu. What about the zombies?!
It’s likely that future generations will remember Dr. Ali Khan as not only a rear admiral and an assistant surgeon general, but also the first federal official to answer the question: “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”
In a May 16 blog post (bit.ly/lweXhd) on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie apocalypse,” Khan detailed the horrifying facts: His favorite zombie movie is “Resident Evil.” It is helpful to create an emergency kit with basic supplies. Preparing for a zombie apocalypse can help people prepare for “real emergencies.” Oh, like zombies aren’t a real emergency! Among his suggestions for your emergency plan: “Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department and your local zombie response team.”
Khan also laid out the CDC’s likely futile efforts to contain an infestation of the dangerously undead and his own selfless plans in such an event.
“Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work),” he wrote.
Alas, Khan’s words of warning quickly faded in official Washington as evidenced by a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee hearing the next day on “Strengthening Medical and Public Health Preparedness and Response” that never even mentioned zombies.
But someone noticed. Last week, the blog site was crashing intermittently because too many people were trying to read the post. Or was it the zombies?
Must ... eat ... brains.