When you hear the renowned Centers for Disease Control is issuing advice about a zombie apocalypse, you might think "it's possible, the end of the world is near."
But not so fast.
The CDC's guidelines are a tongue-in-cheek effort to get people ready for emergencies.
We'll get to that in a moment, but what about the "end of the world" hype you may have heard recently?
CNN reports listeners of Family Radio in California claim Saturday will be the Day of Rapture and the beginning of Judgment Day, which they claim will not last 24 hours but five months.
They claim those who are saved will go to Heaven and those who aren't will be in bad shape here on Earth, according to CNN, and the group talks about earthquakes and the world ending completely on October 21.
Believers of this event have traveled in RVs to spread their message. They've put up billboards.
CNN reports "it's the kind of belief that riles up churchgoers who insist no one can know when Judgment Day will come, and the sort that many say does a disservice to Christianity. And it’s the kind of message that delights the types who are planning tongue-in-cheek End of the World parties and are responding to a Facebook invitation to attend a post rapture looting. Rapture events, including one at a tiki bar in Fort Lauderdale, are being hosted by American Atheists. News outlets, comedians and even Doonesbury can’t seem to resist a good end-of-the-world prophecy."
CNN even traveled around with some of the believers. CNN found them firm in their beliefs. CNN also found a "sea of skeptics."
Back to the CDC and zombies: A recent posting on the organization's website drew lots of attention. And that was the point. Reports indicated the website crashed because of people trying to read the report. We had to load it several times before we got the whole version.
"There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for," the website reads. "Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That's right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you'll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency."
Turns out the supplies you need to survive a zombie apolcalypse are the same supplies you need to weather a hurricane or other disasters, like water, food, medications and so on.
The CDC also advises you to plan your evacuation route.
"When zombies are hungry they won't stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast!" reads the website. "Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don't have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast."
While zombies aren't on our horizon, hurricane season is. Check out the CDC article to get some important reminders of disaster preparation and maybe have a few laughs while you do. The link is below, as is a link to the CNN article on the end of the world group.