If you’ve been a prepper for very long, you’ve probably had some people poke fun at you about preparing for a “zombie Apocalypse”. Unfortunately, many people think that preppers are a little bit on the wacky side but that’s only because they don’t understand us.
Today I’ll be talking about what the term “zombie Apocalypse” actually means to most preppers and I think you’ll be quite surprised with what you learn. That is, of course, unless you’re a prepper already. In that case, this article might not be new information to you but I think you’ll still find it interesting.
Popular television programs such as “The Walking Dead” and movies such as “World War Z” are extremely popular in this day and age and for a good reason, they’re fun to watch! Unfortunately, they are also the primary reason for so much misinformation about what a zombie apocalypse actually is.
What Is a “Zombie” According to Most Preppers?
While this isn’t true in all cases, most preppers use the word “zombie” as a way of referring to someone who hasn’t prepared for a natural disaster or a major emergency. We believe that if a major crisis ever does take place that leads to a doomsday type scenario, the unprepared will end up wandering the streets in search of any food, water, medical supplies, or shelter that they can find.
Most of us don’t agree with the way movies or television programs portray zombies as the walking dead who wander around eating the faces off or the brains out of the living.
The Truth behind What a Zombie Apocalypse Would Actually Be Like
In a world filled with millions of people who haven’t prepared for emergencies, there will be widespread hunger, poverty, pillaging, looting, and marauding. It’s these people who will be wandering the streets wreaking havoc that will create the “zombie apocalypse” that most preppers are actually preparing for.
Now that you know what a zombie apocalypse really is, is there anything to worry about? Well, I’m afraid the answer to that is a resounding YES! If you’re a prepper, and you’re doing all that you can to prepare for this type of a scenario, these “zombies” may pose a real threat to you and your family.
No, they’re not going to be wandering around trying to eat your face off but they WILL be looking for any food, water, and other supplies that they can get and they’ll take them using whatever means they have at their disposal.
But Wait, Doesn’t the CDC Say That Zombies Are Real?
Back in the year 2011, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention published a blog post on their website called Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse that caused a whole bunch of people who were already wearing tinfoil hats to say, “see, I told you they were real!”.
According to FOX news, a CDC spokesman by the name of Dave Daigle said, “It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek campaign… We were talking about hurricane preparedness… People are really dialed in on zombies. The idea is we’re reaching an audience or a segment we’d never reach with typical messages”.
The following is a direct quote from an article on the CDC website called Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness regarding the matter, “The numerous parallels between zombies and rabies, as well as other infectious diseases that are a threat to public health, enable the use of a popular media creature to promote the prevention and control of a public health problem“.
So, if you have heard rumors that the CDC has made statements to the fact that zombies are actually real, understand that this agency is simply using pop culture as a motivational tool to convince people to become prepared for emergencies. The way I see it, if their campaign convinces people to start prepping, it’s a good thing, even though it may have caused a lot of confusion.
So What’s the Bottom Line, Are Zombies Real or Not?
My understanding is that there are medical and mental conditions that cause people to behave in a way that is similar to the way pop culture portrays zombies. That being said, according to the CDC, it’s not likely that such conditions would spread across the entire world in the form of a pandemic virus that transforms millions of people into zombies.
Let’s Hear Your Thoughts!
I’m sure this article will spark some debate among preppers who happen to believe that the possibility of a pandemic illness spreading across the globe transforming people into flesh eating zombies could actually happen. I welcome your comments and opinions so if you have one, take a minute and leave it in the comment box below.