It’s not enough that we have to deal with the Rapture on Saturday. Now the Centers for Disease Control has put out a warning about the need for preparedness for the other apocalypse, the one that is actually more likely to start on Saturday than Harold Camping’s:

There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

Read the full post for further details. And don’t say you weren’t warned–this is important, people!

UPDATED: Hey, you think this is a joke? Here’s the proof from Atlanta:

From Pittsburgh, where they’ve invaded a mall:

From Washington, where they’ve occupied one of the most impressive buildings in the city:

This last shot is especially horrifying, and the critters there are the most dangerous of all. Beware!

UPDATE: It occurs to me that the zombie apocalypse really needs a theme song. REM’s “End of the World As We Know It” is way too obvious. Given the nature of the event, with survivors hiding out in a constantly threatening and violent environment, how about Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” (lyrics are here, in case you can’t get them all)?