Essentials For the Zombie Apocalypse

1. Water

1. Water

Make sure you have one gallon per person, per day.
2. Food

2. Food

Make sure your food supply is non-perishable and free of human brains.
3. Medication

3. Medication

Stock up on any prescription and non-prescription medications.
4. Tools and Supplies

4. Tools and Supplies

Carry a utility knife, duct tape, and a battery-powered radio. (But maybe leave the axe at home)
5. Sanitation and Hygiene

5. Sanitation and Hygiene

Stay clean! Take some household bleach, an extra towel, and soap. Lots of soap.
6. Clothing and Bedding

6. Clothing and Bedding

Make sure every family member has a change of clothes and some blankets.
7. Important Documents

7. Important Documents

Always carry your driver's license and passport.
8. First Aid Supplies

8. First Aid Supplies

Unless it's a zombie bite, you can still treat cuts and lacerations with supplies from a first aid kit.
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As Halloween weekend gets under way, and the undead prepare to walk the Earth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some advice for you and your patients to help prepare for a zombie apocalypse — or any other emergency — for that matter. Our thanks to Ali S. Khan, MD, for his emergency preparedness kit tips, found on the CDC's Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse page. When he first posted the guide a few years ago, Dr. Khan's post went viral faster than a Walking Dead spoiler, and many clinicians have since remarked how the zombie blog takes a serious topic — preparing for an emergency that could pose an infectious disease threat — and makes it engaging. We at Infectious Disease Advisor agree and we hope you'll share it with your patients and friends this Halloween season.

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