Last week, just in time for NY Comic Con, the Centers for Disease Control went live with a graphic novel following up on their May blog post “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” The head of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response was on hand at NYCC this past weekend, where he handed out hardcopies of the comic and even spoke on the “Zombie Summit” panel.
In the story, readers follow Todd, Julie and their dog Max as they learn of a virus, take appropriate preparedness actions and fend off the attacking zombies. Readers will also learn about how the CDC worked feverishly on a vaccine to combat the virus. By the end of the story, the vaccines are distributed to Todd and Julie, who are hunkered down in a shelter. Stay tuned for a surprise at the end!
This outreach program has been recognized as an effective, popular way to educate Americans on emergency preparedness. Using a scenario that could apply to anyone, all readers can realize that preparedness isn’t just for people living on coastlines, in Tornado Alley, or in urban areas. It’s important to be prepared!
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to view a PDF of Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. You can also visit the center’s social media page for badges and widgets, and this site for free posters to share with others who you might feel aren’t yet prepared for the pandemic.
View GeekMom Jessamyn’s post from this past May about the CDC’s original blog post about being prepared for a zombie apocalypse.
Patricia Vollmer is a geeky meteorologist mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 9 & 11. She is currently teaching mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, playing her violin, needlecrafts and exploring the world with her boys.