Though it may seem like something out of Hollywood rather than the Pentagon, some members of the military will soon be receiving training on how to respond in the event of a zombie apocalypse. The initiative is led by security firm HALO Corp, which will incorporate the training into its yearly counter-terrorism summit, according to Military Times.
The event includes a number of other scenarios soldiers and other emergency personnel might face, and organizers spare no expense in making the situation as real as possible with Hollywood sets and special effects around every corner.
While the zombie apocalypse may seem tongue-in-cheek, HALO Corp is not the only organization to use the fictional scenario as a way to highlight the serious nature of a pandemic. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used zombies as a way to encourage Americans to be prepared to every emergency situation, regardless of how far- fetched it may seem.
Despite the inclusion of zombies, the summit as a whole is a useful tool for troops and first responders. They will also get a crash course on cyber terrorism and practice drills in recreated scenes from Iraq and Afghanistan.