There are many realistic threats to people living in the US: terrorism, disease, war, famine, weather.
I have no problem with realistic preparations but this is simply stupid (and no, the site is dated September 27, 2012 so its not some Halloween or April Fools crap).
Good money spent on Zombie blogs, Zombie preparedness, and so forth.
Let's make kids think that disaster is fun!!!
While grandma starves to death in her 5th floor now a walk-up we yuk it up about Zombies.
I expect that the people in NYC affected adversely by hurricane Sandy would prefer to see things about making water safer to drink, tricks to take care of food during electricity outages, and so forth.
They might have actually been able to use it.
When I was about 11 or 12 years old my cousin, who was about two years older than me, managed to get hold of some US Army survival manuals.
This was real information about how to deal with adverse situations: weather, heat, fire, survival, eating, first aid, all of that.
The idea was survival.
Similarly with Boy Scouts info - info on camping, knots, ropes, starting fires, first aid, etc.
As kids we thought about what to do in disasters. Of course as kids you have (or at least kids used too have) a lot thoughts about things like armies attacking and nuclear war.
We had knives, camping gear, mess kits, things like that. Were they really useful in a disaster?
I don't know. There wasn't any disasters but at least we tried to be prepared.
Of course in those days people were much less dependent on things like grocery stores. Most of our neighbors had freezers full of meat, gardens, and pantries full of home canning products.
Not the sort of things you find on the FEMA or CDC sites.
To wit, FEMA says: "Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area."
Right. I shouldn't use my natural gas stove?
What moronic nonsense.
It says this so people don't realize that instead of paying, no doubt in government housing, a huge electric bill for heat each month they could instead just use the gas stove to heat the place (in fact you saw this on the news in NYC).
Of course, if using your gas stove was actually dangerous that 12 hour Thanksgiving turkey roast would be killing many Americans.
But it doesn't.
(Sure there was a gas explosion in Indiana recently but it was unlikely the result of someone cooking, i.e., no one was home at the time of the blast.)
This is not the first time I've seen nonsense on the CDC web site. I wrote "Flu Shot's and Magical Thinking" a few years ago about more stupidity there.
The bottom line is that rather than doing something useful this has all become an industry for people to find busy work, a.k.a. "Zombie Preparedness," to keep themselves employed.