‘The ZOMBIES are coming!’

Batten down the hatches, the zombies are  coming – at least according to the government.

In a bizarre public health campaign, the  Homeland Security Department has warned Americans to prepare for a zombie  apocalypse, in a bid to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and  emergencies.

To get ready for the living dead, they urge  citizens to stock up on food, batteries and water, and to keep a spare change of  clothes and medication on hand.

Zombie alert: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a public service poster on Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic, pictured

Zombie alert: The Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention have released a public service poster on Preparedness 101: Zombie  Pandemic, pictured

The theory behind the tongue-in-cheek  campaign is that the same preparations will come in handy during a real  emergency — whether a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist  attack.

The campaign’s tagline is ‘If you’re ready  for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for any emergency.’

On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management  Agency hosted an online seminar for its Citizen Corps organization to help  emergency planners better prepare their communities for disaster.

Zombieland: Some of the recommendations in the campaign are reminiscent to the 2009 film 'Zombieland', pictured

Zombieland: Some of the recommendations in the campaign  are reminiscent to the 2009 film ‘Zombieland’, pictured

And they were encouraged to use the threat of  zombies – the frightening, brain-munching creatures of horror films – to get  their point across.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention first launched the zombie apocalypse social media campaign last year  and are running with the same tactic again.

They also believe Halloween being around the  corner may help make people engage with their efforts.

Real disasters: The theory behind the campaign is that if people are ready for a zombie attack they will be prepared for genuine disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, pictured

Real disasters: The theory behind the campaign is that  if people are ready for a zombie attack they will be prepared for genuine  disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, pictured

Among the government’s recommendations for zombie preparedness were 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.

These included ‘always carry a change of  underwear’ and ‘when in doubt, know your way out.’

The  CDC confirmed to the Daily News that it wasn’t aware of any zombie-like virus or  condition going around.

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