Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a blog entry outlining how you can prepare for a zombie apocalypse. The post proved to be tremendously popular and spurred the CDC to launch a contest for members of the public to submit 60-second videos showing how they’re preparing for a range of emergencies situations.
Now the government agency has introduced a graphic novel titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” to demonstrate in an entertaining way the importance of being prepared. According to a recent USA Today story:
The comic begins with a couple, Todd and Julie, watching a news story about a strange virus that causes slow movement, slurred speech and violent tendencies. The newscaster says the CDC recommends the public avoid those with symptoms, gather emergency supplies and make an evacuation plan.
Todd checks the CDC’s website where he finds information about the new zombie virus and a list of items he’ll need for an emergency-preparedness kit. Just then, an infected zombie neighbor shows up at the door and tries to attack him.
The scene shifts to the CDC, where scientists are working around the clock to create a vaccine. In a cameo appearance, [Ali Kahn, director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response] barks, “No, tell CNN I’ll call them back later…” into a phone as a Dr. Greene calls the Strategic National Stockpile to prepare to release its supplies of medicine.
Todd and Julie make it to a shelter, where trucks of vaccine arrive just as a horde of the undead crash through the doors.
To find out if Todd and Julie survive the zombie pandemic, download the full graphic novel here.