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If New Yorkers Plan for Zombies, They Will Be Ready for Any Emergency

As the 2012 hurricane seasons kicks into high gear, New York residents are reminded of the destruction hurricane Irene caused last year.  To help New Yorkers get ready for another hurricane, or any emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging residents to prepare emergency kits.  These kits will also help residents be prepared in the case of a zombie invasion.

The government agencies, in an effort to raise awareness of the serious dangers of being ill-prepared for emergencies, chose to show Americans how preparing for a zombie attack, or other fictional disasters, can provide useful tips to get prepared for a real disaster.

The campaign started last year after the agencies took to social media to find out what types of emergencies people were prepared for.  When zombie attacks started cropping up alongside real emergencies such as hurricanes and fires, the CDC decided to use zombies as part of their marketing plan.

The CDC developed a novella, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic,” to demonstrate the importance of being prepared “in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy.”  The CDC explains that if zombies did start roaming the streets, the agency would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak, and it would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation.

In all seriousness, the CDC recommends preparing an emergency kit with the following items:

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach,  soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

Our Binghamton personal injury attorneys applaud our federal agencies for presenting critical information in an entertaining, attention-getting manner.  We encourage all New Yorkers to take this information seriously and to put together an emergency preparedness kit so you are ready for the next hurricane or winter storm – or zombie attack.

About Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney handles all types of personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and boats. The firm also represents clients in actions for wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases. In 2008, the firm reached the $100-million mark in combined lifetime verdicts and settlements. The firm features offices in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. For more information, call (800) TALK-LAW or use the firm’s online contact form.

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