We know that our governments have plans for national emergencies, but perhaps the UK plan in case of a zombie attack is one of the most bizarre – or is it?
A member of the public made a ‘Freedom of Information’ request about what plans were in place if there was an attack by the grizzly creatures.
The government responded in surprising detail. The Cabinet Office would lead emergency planning and would coordinate plans to “return England to its pre-attack glory”.
The Ministry of Defence replied “In the event of an apocalyptic incident (eg zombies), any plans to rebuild and return England to its pre-attack glory would be led by the Cabinet Office, and thus any pre-planning activity would also take place there. The Ministry of Defence’s role in any such event would be to provide military support to the civil authorities, not take the lead. Consequently, the Ministry of Defence holds no information on this matter.”
A city council official where a request was made responded ‘In response to your request for details of Bristol city council’s contingency plans for dealing with zombies, I can now release to you the following strategy document. Please note that this document contains various redactions as it has been considered that some information contained therein must be redacted for the purpose of safeguarding national security.’
The ‘top secret’ document contained information on the four alert states should a zombie attack occur, from ‘Ambient zombie’ level where the country would carry on as usual, to ‘Zombie pandemic’ level where infection levels would be in excess of 30%.
Health and safety guidelines urged staff to ensure they follow the correct procedure for killing zombies ‘Fully disconnect the brain-stem from the body through either blunt force or full head removal.’
Under the heading “procurement implications”, the memo said Bristol city council had ordered suitable equipment for tackling the undead, “where possible, in line with our buy-local policy”. It added: “A catalogue of standard issue equipment – cuffs, stun guns, protection suits, etc – is available on the staff intranet.”
In another city, Leicester, the response to a ‘Freedom of Information’ request from the local council was that it had no specific zombie epidemic plans, but that aspects of emergency planning would apply to any disaster.
But the UK is not the only country to consider tackling zombies. In the US last year there was a major training exercise of military and police personnel in the US who used a zombie apocalypse as the theme for emergency response training.
Although the UK request was a bit of fun (we hope) there have been critics that requests for information about zombies, vampires, and other fantasy demons are wasting taxpayers money – spoilsports!!