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Homeland Security Encourages Americans To Prepare For Zombie Apocalypse (Because of Reasons)

The Homeland Security Department told us we should be prepared for a zombie apocalypse in an online seminar this past week. Do they know something we don’t? 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosted the seminar on Thursday and yes, we’re completely serious when we say they told people to prepare for a zombie attack but they weren’t completely serious.

ABC writes, “A few weeks before the government’s Zombie Awareness Month in October, FEMA’s monthly webinar Thursday discussed the success of the Centers for Disease Control’s zombie-preparedness campaign and how other centers can use pop culture references – even fictitious ones like the walking dead – to promote gearing up for real disasters.”

Their idea is, if you’re prepared for zombies, you’ll be prepared for real disasters and emergencies like terrorist attacks, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, or some real infectious disease outbreak.

“Zombie-preparedness messages and activities have proven to be an effective way of engaging new audiences, particularly young people who are not familiar with what to do before, during or after a disaster,” said Danta Randazzo, a member of FEMA’s individual and community preparedness division. “It’s also a great way to grab attention and increase interest in general.”

“We have a very small office and an equally small budget, so we had to do something that wasn’t going to take a lot of man power or dollars,” said Maggie Silver of the CDC.

The CDC has previously issued a statement about what they would do in case zombies started appearing and put out a comic book guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse. But they were also the folks who very seriously denied a zombie outbreak a few months ago when zombie-like attacks occurred within weeks of each other. Agency spokesman David Daigle told the Huffington Post, “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”

FEMA’s seminar came just a few weeks ahead of Zombie Awareness Month and hoped some of the 400 emergency-management professionals who listened in would use their more creative tactics in their own efforts to prepare citizens for real disasters.

Of course most of their advice makes sense, having extra medicine, fresh water, flashlights etc. on hand but I’m not quite sure my katana is going to come in handy in the event of a hurricane. Better safe than sorry though, right?

(via Yahoo)

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  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    I, for one, am tired of government agencies using the threat of a zombie apocalypse to sneak in general disaster advice. When the dead start rising form the graves, people are going to to be thinking, “Okay, what did FEMA say to do?” and quickly realize that they never covered the unique and specific dangers of a zombie horde.

    Lives will be lost… :(

  • Brian Sorel

    I have all my Zombie Apocalypse clothing from
    They are prepared for the madness!

  • Digital One Studios

    I have 12 Years worth of green beans in my hidden basement, so I like to know what is new????

  • adam

    Don’t these idiots have anything better to do??? This is our tax dollars at work here.

  • Anonymous

    Prepare for zombie attacks?
    Does this mean we all need to go out and buy saw-offed shotguns, axes and chain-saws?
    I’ll stash them next to my DVD box set of “The Walking Dead”

  • Dash

    Not so fast! The liberals are passing ‘Zombie rights’ legislation, which even provides rights for undocumented zombies.


    Brains duude many brains will be lost.


    This is for real did you not watch the republican convention..

  • Brian Adkins

    Do you really have a katana? cause that would be cool. lol

  • Asha Stasia

    The Zombie Apocalypse is actually a pretty good model for a major disaster. The one factor that it really offers is the destructive and selfish nature of people. Go look at black friday sales . . . then thrown on the concept that what they are going after are the last few cases of water, possibly for miles. We will mindlessly destroy things and hurt each other. Do you have a small stash of food that you aren’t sharing? People will come in and take it from you, violently if necessary.
    The reality is that, in a truly severe disaster, they have no more than 36 hours to really get boots-on-the-ground to (1) start bringing in supplies, (2) begin dealing with major damage and (3) maintaining civil order.

  • diane

    Better than engaging people in preparing for natural disasters? Yeah, that’s awful. They should stop being useful like that.

  • cutty sark

    What are they thinking?

    Following Katrina II, a bedraggled group of flood refugees from the Ninth Ward will get mowed down in a wall of gunfire as they attempt crossing a bridge to safety.
    At the trial of the shooters, the defense attorneys will argue for acquittal based on a doctrine of self-defense under the FEMA zombie campaign.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I do!

  • chris peters

    The Government knows something! All of the recent zombie
    alerts and training exercises back up what we already found, that America has
    become overrun with Zombies. You can find out more on our documentary series
    about zombies and zombie culture in America.

  • Anonymous

    But still couldn’t be found! What are they hiding from us!