Summer movie time.

I beg a thousand pardons of those who get miffed when I do anything about Sarah Palin as we should let her quietly just go away.

But, I am sorry. This is too good to let pass.

The only decent zombie movie, as far as I am concerned, was “Night of the Living Dead” with anything after being just a cheap knock off, and only having basic cable, I have never seen “The Walking Dead”. Of course, I really do not have to watch it anyway since some friends I keep in contact with on Facebook are constantly referring to it, making predictions, and expressing surprise at certain plot twists that pretty much keep me informed.

But, as popular as zombies are at the moment, and no matter how eye catching the CGI special effects might be in the latest zombie movies and cable network shows, I certainly do not think we will be facing a zombie apocalypse any time soon, and I am sure I am not alone in this thought.

Who would take such a thing seriously anyway?

You guessed it.

Because of the present popularity of the “Walking Dead” cable series, and other zombie related genres, as a way to hook onto that, Dr. Ali Khan, assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, created a tongue-in-cheek blog post to address emergency preparedness. .

Its purpose was to first pique people’s curiosity, and then give instructions and advice about the necessary preparations for routine emergency situations that many people need to do, but haven’t.

"The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder 'How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?'
"Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!"

Take note of the last sentence that clearly states the purpose of the post, and obviously makes it clear that the reference to zombies was not serious.

The post went on to advise people to assemble emergency survival kits that include water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, tools, medications, cleaning supplies, vital documents, and a first-aid kit.

It is basically what we on Cape Cod are always being told to do when hurricane season begins and when winter seems to be shaping up for another Blizzard of ’78 scenario.

And, just as with routine house fires and disaster preparedness, the blog post also advised families to create an emergency plan detailing where to go, where to meet up, and whom to call.

Even though, in keeping with his Zombie hook, Dr. Khan relates all this to a zombie attack, he included, "you can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake or other emergency."

Ms Pallin, however, obviously missed the tongue-in-cheek approach to get good information out, and on May 22 of this year posted the following on her Facebook page for her millions of followers:

“As unbelievable as it sounds, your tax dollars are funding the federal government's Zombie Apocalypse Plan. I kid you not. (Google it; it really is the strangest thing. It’s not like government isn't trillions in debt and wasting billions of your dollars everyday)”.

I went to Sarah's Facebook page and read not only this posting but those that preceded it, and there is nothing to indicate that this was a facetious post.

The Centers for Disease Control spokesman Llelwyn Grant reacted to this by explaining there is no such zombie apocalypse plan, "Nor do we conduct any research or know of any viruses or other conditions that would result in zombie-type behavior".

The Zombie hook actually worked for the CDC as instead of the usually small number of hits on their page about emergency preparedness, whether because of word of mouth or social media, the zombie post has resulted in over 4.8 million hits in the two years since its original posting where the usual number of CDC hits for that same information in that same time frame has been between 1,000 and 3,000 hits on what is usually a quiet page.

So while most rational people saw the CDC/Zombie thing as the informational campaign it was. Poor Sarah has found a “scandal” she has to warn her Facebook friends about.

Did I have to blog on this?

You betcha.

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