The Centers For Disease Control was featured in the first season of The Walking Dead, and now the actual government organization headquartered in Atlanta is encouraging Americans to prepare for a real zombie apocalypse. Sort of.
According to Forbes, the CDC says preparing for a walker takeover could actually be beneficial. While zombies roaming the Earth isn’t exactly a fear the organization has, they think that if people are prepared for an apocalypse that means they will also (by default) be equipped to deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, and other more common catastrophic events. “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack,” says Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan, MD, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
The CDC has even created a campaign around zombie preparedness that has been one of their most popular and successful campaigns to date. The effort makes use of eye-catching posters like the one seen above in an effort to get people as ready as possible for a wide array of life-threatening events.
The campaign was actually started in 2011, but it has gained traction over the years, much like TWD itself. “What first began as a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform,” the CDC notes.
And as can be expected, the campaign has been designed to appeal to as many people as possible in a variety of age groups. The effort has a strong social media presence and even includes a graphic novella, Zombie Pandemic, which is designed to look like many of today’s most popular YA novels.
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.