Preparing for the zombie apocalypse

Working on restoring disaster damaged photos for Operation Photo Rescue reminds me that I still need to put together an emergency kit for the house. Or, because it’s much more fun, a zombie apocalypse survival kit!

Heck, even the CDC thinks preparing for the zombie apocalypse is a good thing. As this blog post by the CDC says, if you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse you’ll also be ready for most other emergencies.

I follow the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response on Twitter (@CDCReady) and just yesterday they tweeted a link to a video. First part of our “Zombie Nation” series is up, see how Hawaii gave zombies the starring role http://go.usa.gov/VuU #CDCZombie

They also had a contest asking trivia based on the video. I was one of the people who responded so the CDC is sending me my very own zombie! They actually said zombie prize, but I’m just assuming it’s a real zombie. I don’t know if that’s really a good thing or not though. The Zombie Apocalypse plan & survival kit means I’m prepare to avoid & survive if zombies attack, not keep them as pets. My back yard isn’t even fenced…

Anyway, emergency kit.

The CDC has lists of suggested items for the kit on their website. These are the basics:

Assemble the following items to create kits for use at home, the office, at school and/or in a vehicle:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3­day supply for evacuation, 2­week supply for home)
  • Food—non­perishable, easy­to­prepare items (3­day supply for evacuation, 2­week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery­powered or hand­crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
  • Multi­purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Since we aren’t prone to disasters requiring evacuation (such as hurricanes) here in Minnesota, my kit will be stored down in the basement. And just to make it more interesting, this is the container I’ll be using to store it:

How cool is that? It’s an actual Cold War era drinking water storage container from the Office of Civil Defense. It’s in pretty darn good shape, and you’re supposed to use a liner in it if you use it for water anyway so I’ll pack the disaster kit into it along w/plastic liners and  we’ll be good to go!

My awesome Dad acquired this barrel & when he asked me if I wanted it of course I said yes! A quick look on ebay shows them going for about $20-60. Of course, if you can’t find one near you the shipping would probably suck.

A generator would also be useful in case of disaster, but be don’t have one of those. Luckily the power went out on our street last summer. I still had to walk Rex even though we had no power, so I make sure to note which houses had generators running. That way when the zombie apocalypse or other disaster hits if they are killed or don’t make it back home I can go take the generators. (J3141 & J3033).

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