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No, really: Government warns of ‘zombie apocalypse’

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Steve Marcus

Customer Samantha Kramer tries out a bottle of “Zombie Repellant” in the Zombie Apocalypse Store, 3420 Spring Mountain Rd., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. The store, which opened last November, sells survival gear, ammunition and Zombie-themed products.

Are You Ready for Zombies?

An informational poster is displayed in the Zombie Apocalypse Store, 3420 Spring Mountain Rd., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. The store, which opened last November, sells survival gear, ammunition and Zombie-themed products. Launch slideshow »

The Homeland Security Department says "The zombies are coming."

The federal government, tongue firmly in cheek, is urging citizens to start preparing for a "zombie apocalypse." It's all part of a public health campaign to get people ready for genuine disasters and emergencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency figures if people are ready for a zombie attack, they'll be ready for a real disaster.

Among the government's recommendations are having an emergency evacuation plan and a change of clothes, plus keeping on hand fresh water, extra medications and emergency flashlights.

A few of the government's suggestions tracked closely with some of the 33 rules for dealing with zombies popularized in the 2009 movie "Zombieland," which included "always carry a change of underwear" and "when in doubt, know your way out."

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