Zombie Fun From CDC?
I don't know about you, but when I think of clever humor, federal agencies always come to mind, especially those wacky pranksters at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those guys crack me up! Well, the king clown, the Asst. Surgeon General of the US, Ali Khan, is at it with another one...
Fox News reports that a recent official CDC blog post from ASG Khan dealt with planning for a zombie apocalypse. Here's the full text of the blog post.
Aside from wondering why CDC is putting out this message instead of FEMA (duplication of efforts can't be good for the taxpayers' bottom line), I actually like this. Zombies are very popular right now. Video games, movies, and books about zombies and surviving them are all coming out at a record pace. Personally, I'm not in to zombies, but you can't miss the zombie walks, zombie survival forums, and flash mob Thriller dances.
General Khan (do you think he's tired of the Capt. Kirk imitations every day in the CDC employee cafeteria?) uses a tongue in cheek way to present sound advice about preparing for real disasters such as hurricanes and pandemics. There are a lot of people who might otherwise not pay attention, but this way makes it "cool." It can reach younger people, and can open up conversations among others.
That being said, I think that those of us who talk and practice preparedness should avoid using zombie apocalypse as a reason. Our relatives, neighbors and coworkers already think we are a bit off, and it takes a gradual, subtle approach to reach them. They might fail to see the humor if we start talking about zombies as the CDC has done. I say leave that talk to the professionals, and we continue on our normal, non-zombie path of preparedness and spreading the word.
I'm curious what you think about this? Is the CDC approach a good one? Would your brother-in-law be more likely to listen to you talk about preparedness if you used zombies as an example? Will your Aunt Sally be more likely to put away some food and water if she can joke that it is for the zombies? Please leave a comment, I'd really like to know.