Security Firm Launching 'Zombie Apocalypse' Training

California terror summit to include bout with the undead

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 16, 2012 11:36 PM CDT | Updated Sep 17, 2012 12:05 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Those of you who lie awake nights worrying about a massive assault by the undead can rest a bit easier. A California security firm is offering training next month at its annual counterterrorism summit on repelling a zombie attack—though it is a bit tongue in cheek. More than 1,000 military, government, and law enforcement personnel will attend the five-day San Diego summit, and they'll grapple with different "terrorist scenarios" on a 44-acre training site—from Mideast bombers to zombies, reports the Military Times. Participants in the "Zombie Apocalypse" are "going to see a lot of stuff go down," promises the president of the firm, HALO.

The anti-zombie training was inspired by last year's Centers for Disease Control campaign urging American to be ready for anything, from natural disasters to pandemics (even the brain-eating kind), and a similar campaign in Canada. Next month's "whimsical" scenario will actually serve a real-world function, says HALO's prez, by helping train emergency responders to deal with extreme medical situations when people can become "crazed and violent," triggering widespread panic.

Looking for some tongue in cheek.
Looking for some tongue in cheek.   (AP photo/Scanpix Sweden, Erik Martensson)
Get ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.
Get ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.   (?possan)
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