A worried member of the public has forced Leicester City Council to admit it is unprepared for a zombie invasion.
The authority received a Freedom of Information request which said provisions to deal with an attack, often seen in horror films, were poor. The “concerned citizen” said the possibility of such an event was one that councils should be aware of.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you’re concerned about having your flesh rent from your bones, you need to invest in your own good quality shovel. I favour aluminium – you’d be surprised how heavy steel shovels can get from constant swinging at zombie’s heads.
More on the BBC website.
** UPDATE **
It looks like the Midlands is lagging behind the South-West of the country. Unlike Leicester, it appears that Bristol City Council has fully developed zombie plans: http://www.bristol247.com/2011/06/15/bristol-council-reveals-zombie-attack-action-plans/
‘Intelligence’ gained from a source that has been kept secret on national security grounds suggests that Whitchurch Park, Shirehampton, and Totterdown have an “enhanced zombie prevalence”, according to the document. Stokes Croft, meanwhile, has special undercover investigations going on.
The document goes on to say that special codewords have been issued to council staff to look out for on TV and radio in case of zombie attack. The codewords have been created to avoid general panic and alert staff to go to their designated emergency positions.
Elsewhere, the plan includes:
- Advice on best practice for killing zombies;
- Reference to an area of the staff intranet where appropriate equipment can be found;
- Annual training schedules for staff;
There is, finally, a note warning that “due to urgent operational considerations, it is acceptable to suspend some elements of normal best practice in customer service standards when dealing with a zombie outbreak”.
I’m hoping my aluminium shovel advice is ratified in Bristol’s best practice guidance.