CDC has instructions for how to be prepared for a zombie (pandemic) preparedness. Their graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" is available as a free download. "Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies."

Tell us how you plan to survive the invasion of zombies.

My Zombie survival list:
A sharp axe for head removal.
Rule #31
The formula for homemade soap.
I would become/pass as a zombie that sells soap.

CDC has instructions for how to be prepared for a zombie (pandemic) preparedness. Their graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” is available as a free download. “Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies.”

Kinemortophobia is a real condition, the person is afraid of zombies or afraid of becoming one.

Originally, Zombies were only found in Haiti (Haitian French: zombi) among people who practiced Vodou (Voodoo).  Like the unforgivable, Imperius Curse (Imperio) the deceased would be unable to control his actions. The bokor would capture the person’s soul and then be able to control the reanimated individual. The  person’s soul had to be reclaimed by God for the person to be set free.

The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook in 1929 was one of the first books to bring the Vodou zombie to Western culture.  This is the sensationalized account of a narrator who encounters voodoo cults in Haiti and their resurrected thralls. According to Time  the book “introduced ‘zombi’ into U.S. speech.”

Arthur, Wade Davis who, in his travels to Haiti in the 1980s, claimed that this ‘zombified state’ could be induced  through the use of compounds such as tetrodotoxin (toxic substance derived from puffer fish). This paralyzing agent is thought to reduce heart and respiration rates to such an extent as to leave the subject displaying symptoms of clinical death, and, hence, they are treated as such. Having been buried, it is believed that the subject is then exhumed and partially revived by its possessor who then uses the ‘zombie’ for their own personal gain (i.e. manual labour etc.). The understandably intense trauma suffered by the victim may play a major role in the manifestation of their zombie-like attributes (confusion, limited speech, memory loss etc)… The definitive history of zombies. Can be found on the website Zombies Defined.

Haitian zombies were slaves doing the masters will, a product of magic and evil.

Black and white movies gave us zombies that walked with arms outstretched. They were reanimated for the purpose of killing. While they seemed to be without intelligence, they were always able to figure out how to bust through doors and windows. The survivors had a sharp axe and the strength to swing it.

My Zombie survival list explained.

Magic has given way to the reality of epidemics and pandemics. Now viruses turn people into flesh eating, brain eating, intelligent beings, fortunately they can still be killed with an axe.

People in horror movies never look into the back seat before they get into a vehicle. Someone in your group will be forced to say, “How could you not see the person/thing in the back seat?” So, remember rule #31, Tallahassee (Zombieland)said, “Check the back seat.”

In the future, people are dirty. A nuclear reactor can be repaired with bubble gum and string, but they can’t seem to make soap. When the living population becomes covered in lice and filth, my homemade soap can be bartered for supplies. Lavender scented money!

Liv Moore (iZombie), doesn’t have it that bad. My skin is already pasty white, passing wouldn’t be that difficult.

It turns out, with a few exceptions, that if you are prepared for one apocalypse, you are prepared for them all. You can find a list of items you need on the CDC zombie preparedness website.

A free Zombie Preparedness poster is available for download here.

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