And the forecast calls for zombies

The normally staid Centers for Disease Control is helping the masses preparing for the Rapture, coming Saturday in case you didn't know, which is potentially putting a damper on your summer plans. 

Yes, the CDC has compiled Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse which is obviously, given the lowly number, a beginning course. Or, as a zombie might put it, a gut class.

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Your federal tax dollars are hard at work, folks.

Among the CDC's suggestions: stock plenty of water, bleach (good for the blood problem) and, of course, duct tape, necessary in all international and inter-species emergencies.

"If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak," the site advises.

The Rapture is supposed to hit around 6 p.m. Saturday, an hour before the Phils scheduled game against the Rockies. We should get back to writing our Sunday column but then again....

--Karen Heller