Aug 16 2011
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Zombies Attack - Are You Prepared?

file Bill Ochester plays a zombie at Drexel University

"Zombies" took over Philadelphia yesterday, in an effort to make sure public health planners can be prepared for any situation that might arise, according to a news release from Drexel University.

Drexel University hosts a weeklong certificate program in clinical simulation, to help public health educators plan simulated emergency events to help train public health and clinical staff. The program typically kicks off with a simulated emergency, like a fake explosion. But what better way to create the chaos and confusion that accompany such emergencies in real life – than to unleash a staff of trained actors dressed like zombies?

The goal was to show the attendees what it is like to participate in a simulation as a student with no idea what to expect, and to model the aspects of a useful public health emergency exercise. The zombie-themed event was inspired by a campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past spring that used the tongue-in-cheek threat of a zombie apocalypse to drive buzz around disaster preparedness.

Read the full release here, and more coverage and photos of the event here.

Tags: Emergency preparedness and response, Disasters