StormSerge 2011, Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

We are in the heart of Hurricane Season and you know what that means? The radio, television, and local papers reminding us on how to stock up and prepare in the event of a local disaster.  Although I agree we need to be safe, it does get a bit old hearing the same thing time and time again. Luckily, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention feels the same way.  And what better way than to incorporate the most serious threat our nation (or any nation, for that matter) faces?  Zombie Apocalypse.

There will always be a debate on the type of Zombie we will encounter.  Will it be a real-life back from the dead being?  Or will a new super virus create a real monster among us (see 28 Days Later)...No matter your belief, the CDC was able to use this to its advantage.  So, let's see how the total loss of property and even lives in the Z-War and Hurricane Irene can be minimized...
So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable food items)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)
This mass hysteria could have been
avoided had they planned their
alternative escape routes better...

After you pre-game, you and your family or house mates are going to need an evacuation point.  It is critical to have a close proximity and a far proximity locale.  In other words, the mailbox in front of your house can be a perfect rally point in the event there is immediate damage or threat among your house, but a meeting point in another state is critical because it would remove you from the danger zone.  And do not just know the points, but know how to get there.  What if the bridge is down or the streets are flooded or the undead are massing on the corner of 24th and Church Street?  Knowing how to get to your rally spot, as well as having alternative routes, is clutch.

The CDC states on their website that in the event of a Zombie attack similar to 28 Days Later, they would conduct an investigation just like they would any other outbreak.  In my opinion, although their intentions seem sound, I would not put all my radioactive eggs into that basket.  I've seen enough Zombie documentaries...err, know that chaos ensues within the first 48 hours.  Don't expect that to be much different in the heat of a Hurricane or other disaster.  If Hurricane Irene, or any other hurricane strikes the coast with a devastating blow, the masses are like lost sheep.  This is why having everything ready before a natural disaster...or unnatural important to not just your safety and well-being, but for the safety of your friends, families, and loved ones.

Stay tuned next week to learn how to be even more safe in a tornado and how it is eerily similar to protection from an alien abduction. 


  1. Very funny! I look forward to reading about tornado/alien survival! Great blog!

  2. This is the best blog ever!

  3. If there is a zombie apocolypse at hand, shouldn't you add "an armory" to the list? I'd say, forget the I.D.--grab an M.G.