Why the CDC Shared Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guidelines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers advice to teachers on how to educate pupils about a zombie pandemic.

The tongue-in-cheek section of the national health organization's website provides school teachers, scout leaders, and public health officials with the information they need to handle a situation in which the dead come back to life.

The CDC admits the scenario is fictitious, but says the advice is still useful for teaching legitimate emergency preparedness skills.

In one of the sections, teachers are asked to tell their students they need to prepare a report for a government agency because "a zombie apocalypse is imminent."

The students are then assigned to research a real disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, the Chernobyl catastrophe, or the H1N1 outbreak, and see what they can learn about the preparedness measures used in those cases.

In another lesson plan, students are told to act as members of an "Emergency Response Council for the City of Calamity" in which they each step into a role such as mayor, chief of police, and director of public health.

They are then briefed about the zombie outbreak, in which the living dead are slowly moving towards the downtown area of the city.

The students are instructed to put together a community plan, answering questions such as where citizens should go, what they should bring, how people with disabilities should be transported, and how to communicate all of these plans with people who do not speak English as a first language.

The lesson plans also come with an emergency kit checklist that the CDC says is for "all hazards."

It includes a gallon of water, nonperishable foods, a battery powered or hand-crank radio, batteries, medications, emergency blankets and more.

The CDC's zombie apocalypse advice has made headlines recently amid reports the late French philosopher Michel De Notredame—also referred to as Nostradamus—predicted a zombie apocalypse would happen this year, based on a passage he allegedly wrote.

Many of the reports state that the passage reads: "Few young people: half−dead to give a start. Dead through spite, he will cause the others to shine, And in an exalted place some great evils to occur: Sad concepts will come to harm each one, Temporal dignified, the Mass to succeed."

Yearly-horoscope.org claims Nostradamus wrote the passage, but does not specify where. The website notes Nostradamus wrote many predictions in his book "Les Prophéties," which it says contains thousands of quatrains—a poem consisting of four lines.

Newsweek was not able to find the quote in a collection of the quatrains that are published on Nostradamus.org.

In April last year, a Reuters investigation found there was "no evidence" to support claims Nostradamus had predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

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A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Edward R. Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia on April 23, 2020. Tami Chappell/AFP/Getty