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Zombies Attack - Are You Prepared?

Aug 16, 2011, 3:09 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

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.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.