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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/20/2011

‘Zombie Apocalypse’ CDC post crashes site

When you think of humor, the Centers for Disease Control may not be the first place that comes to mind. So when the public health agency wrote a post on its social media blog with the title, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” it brought the house down. Literally.

The small article on disaster preparedness saw so much traffic, it crashed the site, The Washington Post’s Blog Post reported.

On Thursday, it was trending on Twitter, a development CDC spokesman Dave Daigle called “overwhelming.”

A typical CDC blog gets about 3,000 hits a week, but 30,000 people tried to see the zombie apocalypse post.

The post is part of a larger — clearly effective — initiative to get younger, more media-savvy readers to the site and spread the word about disaster preparedness in advance of hurricane season.

Tips that work for zombie and non-zombie disasters include stocking up on water, food and medical supplies. Essentially, the post says that if you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse, you’re prepared for anything.

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