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article imagePolice, military personnel prepare for 'Zombie Apocalypse'

By Greta McClain     Sep 17, 2012 in Health
It seems like everyone is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse, from the Center for Disease Control to police officers and now members of the military.
HALO Corp, a security training company, will begin training military personnel, police officials, medical experts and federal workers on the ins and outs of a zombie apocalypse, as part of an annual counter-terrorism summit at the end of October. The summit will transform a 44-acre private island into "a counter-terrorism battle lab for immersive training exercises, live-action demonstrations and course education," according to HS Today.
The CDC has already issued recommendations on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, saying citizens should do the same as they would do in the case of a hurricane or a major pandemic.
Bruce Churchill, president and CEO, InfraGard San Diego, said the purpose of the summit is to “mitigate criminal- and terrorist-based threats, risks and losses. In doing so, we involve the private sector in the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure. The HALO Corporation is one of the companies leading the charge to improve security by working with the government, law enforcement and intelligence communities. The HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit is a unique and comprehensive training event that aligns well with our efforts to address terrorist threats, natural disasters and man-made events. The Summit will provide a collaborative forum that fosters information-sharing among our Sector Chiefs and peers in the national security apparatus.”
Brad Barker, president of HALO Corp, told Military Times the summit will create several terrorist scenarios and have "immersive" Hollywood sets including a Middle Eastern village and a pirates’ haven. Scenarios will depict active shooters inside a hospital and downed pilots behind enemy lines. The “Zombie Apocalypse” scenario is intended to add some light hearted fun to the otherwise intense scenarios. Baker said “the Zombie Apocalypse is very whimsical,” and should be an "attention-getter" for those that attend the summit.
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