The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put together this free zombie survival guide comic book to educate the public about disaster preparedness. Click here to download the free zombie survival guide now as a PDF.
The reaction to this comic book was mixed. On the one hand, it’s reaching audiences that may not have otherwise considered preparedness seriously.
On the other, is it responsible for the CDC to blur the lines between fiction and reality in an age when there is so much misinformation on the Internet already?
The topic was examined in-depth last year in Living Ready‘s article, The CDC’s Zombie Survival Guide PDF Could Cost Real Lives. In a nutshell, it’s better to draw a clear line of distinction between reality and fiction when it comes to disaster preparedness. Just as Jaws stoked paranoia about sharks – one that actually impacted shark populations – the blurring of entertainment and reality can become a problem.
At Living Ready, zombies are treated as pure fiction. There’s no confusion between what is real and what isn’t. Even in the recent article, 5 Best Zombie Gear Items for the Apocalypse, there’s no mistaking reality for fiction.
Where the line tends to blur is with survival gear and information designed specifically for zombie preparedness. Zombie ammunition, zombie guns, zombie knives, zombie everything.
Should someone actually use those items on another person, the legal consequences would be severe.
Self-defense cases, even where a person is justified in using force, will examine every aspect of the situation. Zombie gear calls into question the mental faculties of the defendant. You can bet a prosecutor will exploit that for all its worth.
Don’t bother with zombie-themed survival gear. Stick with the perennial products that don’t hinge on fads. They’ll probably work better anyway.