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Military Security Firm Training For ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

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An unprepared citizen sharing a park bench with zombies  (Photo credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyImages)

An unprepared citizen sharing a park bench with zombies (Photo credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyImages)

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS Atlanta) – Gun enthusiasts and video game nerds have been ready for years, but now the military is finally getting trained for a potential zombie apocalypse.

The Military Times reports The HALO Corporation, a security firm, is going to include zombies in an annual counter-terrorism summit in San Diego.

The event that’s thrown by HALO Corp. every year is a five-day event that trains military professionals by using demonstrations, classes, and lectures.

HALO will be taking over a 44-acre resort in San Diego’s Mission Bay district and will build a series of “Hollywood” sets, including a Middle Eastern village and what the Military Times describes as a “pirates’ haven.”

Brad Barker, president of HALO Corp, calls the scenario “Zombie Apocalypse,” aptly enough.

Barker says it is meant to be more lighthearted and fun compared to the other scenarios HALO is putting together, such as hostage situations and downed pilots across enemy lines.

Barker says participants are “going to see a lot of stuff go down.”

In the scenario, actors playing zombies will roam the set and cause havoc for the participating troops and medical professionals. Barker says that the point of it is to challenge these professionals with an extreme situation where people can become demented and violent.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the “Preparedness 101” program to get the American public ready for any sort of disaster.

On the “Zombie Preparedness” website, CDC Director Dr. Ali Khan stated: “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.”

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