It will probably seem like a Hollywood film when zombies invade a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special operations forces, soldiers, police, firefighters, and others, but rest assured, it’s just a drill.
Brad Barker, president of Halo Corp, the security firm hosing the Halloween (October 31) training demonstration during the summit near San Diego, insists that, despite the fun nature of a mock zombie invasion, the demonstration is plausible (though maybe minus the zombies), reports Fox News.
“This is a very real exercise, this is not some type of big costume party. Everything that will be simulated at this event has already happened, it just hasn’t happened all at once on the same night. But the training is very real, it just happens to be the bad guys we’re having a little fun with.”
The scenario will be watched by hundreds of military, law enforcement, and medical personnel. They will watch as a VIP and his personal detail are trapped in a village that is surrounded by zombies. When a bomb explodes and the VIP is injured, his team will have to dodge bullets and shoot the invading zombies to escape.
Yahoo! News notes that some members of the team will be bitten by zombies, requiring them to be extracted to a medical facility for decontamination. Barker added:
“No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly no one knows what a terrorist will do. If a law enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, ‘Freeze, get your hands in the air!’ What’s the zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.”
Since the announcement of the “Zombie Apocalypse” event, Barker has had calls from “every whack job in the world” about whether the US government is actually preparing for a potential zombie infestation.
While probably not possible, the exercise is following the example of a Centers for Disease Control campaign launched in 2011 which urges Americans to prepare for zombies, highlighting the importance of preparing for emergencies.
The Homeland Security Department has jumped on board as well. They have told citizens that if they are prepared for a zombie invasion, they will also be ready for real-life disasters like a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.
So, while a zombie invasion isn’t likely to actually happen, we can rest assured that, following the conference, at least many military, law enforcement, and medical personnel will know what to do if it ever happens.