Zombie Apocalypse preparedness: Don’t forget your “go-bag”

Consumer Reports News: May 20, 2011 03:13 PM

Now, we don't really think the world will end tomorrow. On the other hand, you never do know when disaster will strike. So, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out yesterday, it does make sense to plan for the worst, whether from zombies, hurricanes, or nuclear emergencies. That means knowing the needed steps to take, practicing with your family, creating a communication plan, stocking supplies, and being ready to act.

Consider storing the following basic supplies in a “go-bag” for home use or evacuation:

• At least three days' worth of nonperishable food, water, and essential medicines
• Toiletries and clothing
• Iodine tablets or bleach to disinfect water if you can't boil it
• Candles and matches, flashlights or battery-powered lamps, and a battery-operated TV or radio
• A first-aid kit and book
• Extra eyeglasses, keys, cash, and batteries
• Copies of important documents (such as birth certificates and passports).

Also, Consider keeping separate go-bags (excluding the documents) at work and in your car. You may also want to keep your car's tank at least half full, since gas pumps may not work if there's no electric power. And don’t leave your beloved pets high and dry. Pack a supply kit in advance, including pet food, leashes, and veterinary records.

See our advice on everything you need to prepare for a disaster, exactly what to pack in an emergency kit, and what to do in an emergency if you have a baby.

The CDC offers some need-to-know zombie-apocalypse tips, too.

Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Ginger Skinner

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