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The world-ending theories that surround the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, range from solar flares, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis to extra-terrestrials, black holes, alternate dimensions and climactic religious battles between good and evil.
However, pop culture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seem to be betting on zombies. AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead,” and countless movies, comics and books frame the idea in different ways and chronicle the survivors’ stories. The CDC embraced the popular idea of preparing for the undead masses and produced its own blog about how to prepare for it as a way to encourage citizens to be ready for any natural disaster that might hit them.
They want people to make sure they have at least one gallon of water per person for a few days. Food is the next important item. Make sure to stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly. Also have necessary medications: this includes prescription and non-prescription drugs that family members may need. Their kit calls for tools and supplies like a utility knife, duct tape and a battery-powered radio. They also suggest people include sanitation and hygiene necessities like bleach, soap and towels. Make sure to have a change of clothes for each family member and blankets for everyone. Important documents like copies of your driver’s license, passport and birth certificate along with anything else that may be pertinent are also suggested. Lastly, have first aid supplies.
These supplies won’t help you if a zombie does bite you, but having these around will help you make it through a large storm or tornado.