The CDC will prepare you for the Rapture

Get ready for Judgment Day with Zombie Apocalypse tips!

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published May 20, 2011 6:21PM (EDT)

Attention: Rapture shoppers. If you are among the considerable number of people concerned that all that biblical stuff will be hitting the fan on May 21, then you already know that today is basically the Christmas Eve of End Times.

But if you've been too busy partying like it's 1999 -- which by the way turned out to be a real bust, Götterdämmerung-wise -- there are still a few hours to pop in an educational DVD like "I Am Legend" and read up on some tips from the Centers for Disease Control. Yes, the CDC.

In an adorable post this week on "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse," the CDC attempts to answer questions like "Where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much?" before segueing into a sneaky -- and smart -- plug for why you should have a disaster kit in your home. Have you set aside a few gallons of water, non-perishible food, and your important papers? For real? Because you never know when "zombies ... or hurricanes or pandemics" might hit.

The end may not be nigh. But terrifying disasters happen all the time. And while the world will likely not turn into a Kirk Cameron movie over the weekend, all this insanity is a very sane reminder that just in case, you ought to make sure you have everything you need to tide your family over until you can find the nearest "zombie-free refugee camp."

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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