Zombie Apocalypse – What Your Attendees Need to Know

meeting planners and zombies
Photo: TalkToMeJohnny (not sure where he got it)


OK, seriously. The people at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) are either really bored or know something that we meeting and event planners do not as they now have a blog and section on the coming Zombie Apocalypse. They at least have a sense of humor.

Here is an excerpt:

Better Safe than Sorry

Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.

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 items that you eat regularly)
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)

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. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.

What they have left out here are the implements of mass destruction that you are really going to want like shotguns, hand guns, machetes, knives, baseball bats and so on and so on.

Attendees take note, if this happens while we are on program, all activities are cancelled, the buses will not be running and the keynote was probably eaten anyway!

Check out the CDC Page on Zombies

Update (yes, there is an update)…

@soundloft shared a tweet with a link to an article “The Scientific Roots of the Zombie Threat” and why the CDC has this information on their website (if you are prepared for Zombies, you are prepared for anything is how the story goes).

The article also details some of the science behind Zombies (the real ones) and how preparing for this threat could actually do us some good!

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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