Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special operations forces, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.
"This is a very real exercise, this is not some type of big costume party," said Brad Barker, president of Halo Corp, a security firm hosting the Oct. 31 training demonstration during the summit at a 44-acre Paradise Point Resort island on a San Diego bay. "Everything that will be simulated at this event has already happened, it just hasn't happened all at once on the same night. But the training is very real, it just happens to be the bad guys we're having a little fun with."
Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel will observe the Hollywood-style production of a zombie attack as part of their emergency response training.
In the scenario, a VIP and his personal detail are trapped in a village, surrounded by zombies when a bomb explodes. The VIP is wounded and his team must move through the town while dodging bullets and shooting back at the invading zombies. At one point, some members of the team are bitten by zombies and must be taken to a field medical facility for decontamination and treatment.Fox 43 reports on a similar exercise in Franklin County, Pennsylvania:
The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services used a zombie apocalypse theme for an emergency preparedness drill Saturday.
"What we're doing is a pod exercise, which is appointing distribution. This would be used for any kind of major catastrophe. If you've been bitten by a zombie, you are going through and getting medication, which is M&M's," said Meghan O'Brien, Assistant Director for the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services.
The zombie bite is a metaphor for any kind of medical emergency. Depending on what it is, volunteers would then tell those affected what kind of medication they would need and how to take it.