But at least you’ll be able to use Amazon’s game developing software, Lumberyard, to write code for medical equipment, nuclear reactors, and military operations. Under Lumberyard’s terms of service, you’re not allowed do so unless the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (or its successor body) declares a zombie apocalypse.
Also on the bright side, the CDC has prepared instructions about how to prepare for such a disaster. Five years ago in May, the organization published “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” a blog post by Rear Admiral Ali Khan, the head of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Several months later, the organization produced a graphic novel with similar tips.
By some strange coincidence, those same preparedness tips are useful for more mundane types of emergencies, like a hurricane or influenza pandemic.
Khan’s blog recommended you start to prepare for a zombie apocalypse by building an emergency kit.
“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,” he joked.
It also recommended you add maps of the area, a radio and tools like a utility knife and duct tape. Keep money and copies of important papers with the kit too.
Next, the blog said, make a plan.
It’s a four-step process. First, identify the types of emergencies that might hit your area. Second, pick meeting places for your family. There should be one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
Third, identify emergency contacts, including local authorities and one out of state person you can call to let your family know you’re safe (and haven’t been infected by a zombie bite).
Finally, plan an evacuation route. Make sure you have alternate routes.
“When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e. brains),” Khan wrote. “Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance!”
By the way, according to the graphic novel, anti-zombie vaccines would first be sent to centralized evacuation points. So make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full so you can get there without having to take the time to siphon gas from abandoned vehicles. And keep a first-aid kit in your car too, so you don’t have to improvise basic health care with unclean supplies.
The CDC does not recommend weapons because, hey, it’s a public health organization, not a law enforcement one. For other ideas about how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, consider “The Zombie Survival Guide,” by Max Brooks.
And, uh, if you want more information about how to prepare for a slightly more likely emergency, consider the CDC’s emergency preparedness site or the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s emergency preparedness site, ready.gov.
And of course, check out Emergency Essentials at beprepared.com for our wide array of zombie-survival paraphernalia.
How are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse (or other emergency)? Let us know in the comments!