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US government vs Zombies

zombie-apocalypse-titleThe US government has been preparing against zombie apocalypse. No it is no joke. First time i heard about it was back in 2011 when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an educational comic entitled Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic   which aimed through a fictional storyline to entertain while informing the public on the course of action they should follow when faced with highly contagious virus outbreaks. There is also a check list of items that should be included in emergency kits (which should be at each home) thus preparing the public for any disaster, even zombie outbreaks.

I find that the creative minds behind this campaign to be right to employ current trends like zombies so as to involve the public in prevention. It is said that their main goal was for the public to be prepared for the hurricane season, through the use of this allegory. Homeland Security Department has also used the threat of the walking dead in order to caution the citizens by stating that “zombies are coming”. Public Service Announcements will never be the same after this zombie-zombieflyer_forhumanscraze.

On October 2012, HALO Corp security firm announced that 1,000 military personnel, police officials, medical experts and federal workers will be trained on dealing with a zombie apocalypse, as part of an annual counter-terrorism summit. While all government officials can not stress enough that zombies are not real, they do however believe that they represent a good training scenario that will expose the troops and first-aid teams on how to deal with a pandemic which turns people crazy, violent, and fearful – just like in all the zombie movies we have seen. Since in the movies everything goes terribly wrong, it does not hurt to plan ahead and be prepared. This will be a real life exercise not a big costume party or walking dead flash mob.

It is good to know that the US government is addressing this issue.

Nevertheless this is not the first time that a trending fictional threat has been used as an example for forming strategic planning; back in 2001 DC’s Center for Strategic and International Studies issued a paper on Biological warfare and the “Buffy Paradigm”. The use of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer was employed as an example to describe that when dealing with biological threats and warfare, one should have in mind that everyday there is a predictable threat followed by an unpredictable one, presenting various characteristics that can be accounted for, while there are others that no means of preparation can provide a fail-safe scenario.

So when someone tells you that watching fictional television shows is a waste of time you can counter argue that the US government does not think so, and that you are researching on approaches to deal with end of the world scenarios. After all, it never hurts to be prepared for any kind of scenario – even hollywood inspired ones.

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