Government ‘zombie apocalypse’ plans aren’t literal
In recent years, there has been a buzz around the existence of “zombie apocalypse” plans in various government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pentagon. While the idea of a zombie outbreak might seem like a fun pop culture reference, these plans have a serious purpose.
The concept of zombie plans originated from the CDC’s “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” campaign in 2011. The campaign used a fictional zombie outbreak as a way to get people interested in emergency preparedness. The idea was that if people could prepare for a zombie apocalypse, they could also prepare for other emergencies like natural disasters, pandemics, or terrorist attacks.
The CDC campaign was a hit, and the idea of zombie plans caught on. However, some people have taken the concept too literally and have spread rumors that the government is preparing for an actual zombie outbreak.
The truth is that these plans are not meant to prepare for a literal zombie apocalypse. Instead, they are emergency preparedness plans that use a zombie outbreak as a fun and engaging way to get people interested in disaster preparedness.
For example, the Pentagon’s “CONOP 8888” plan, also known as “Counter-Zombie Dominance,” is a training tool for military planners that simulates a zombie outbreak to help them plan for real-world emergencies. The plan is not meant to prepare for an actual zombie apocalypse, but rather to help military planners think creatively about how to respond to unexpected emergencies.
Similarly, the CDC’s “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” campaign was a way to engage people in disaster preparedness by using a fun and engaging topic. The campaign included a blog post, a graphic novel, and a social media campaign, all focused on emergency preparedness.
In conclusion, the idea of government zombie plans is not a literal one. While the concept has been used by government agencies as a way to engage people in disaster preparedness, these plans are not meant to prepare for an actual zombie outbreak. Instead, they are tools to help military planners and the public think creatively about emergency preparedness.