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MYFOXNY.COM - The Pentagon has a plan to deal with a zombie apocalypse. Yes, it really does. The document, called CONOP 8888, outlines how the U.S. military and the American people would respond in the event that zombies rise up, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

The 2011 U.S. Strategic Command document even reads: "this plan was not actually designed as a joke," according to FP. 

A Pentagon spokesperson indeed confirmed the existence of the non-classified document.

But the caveat is this: Pentagon planners designed the contingency as a training exercise and chose a zombie apocalypse instead of a realistic scenario with a real potential adversary so that it wouldn't ever be mistaken for a real plan. For example, the planners didn't want a document about how to respond to a hypothetical invasion by a real country to be mistaken for a real plan, thus leading to political and diplomatic embarrassment.


In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a preparedness plan on how Americans should prepare for a zombie apocalypse. The tongue-in-cheek public-awareness campaign was meant to generate headlines (and it did) so that people would actually stop and take time to plan for real emergencies.

"So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house," The CDC's blog states. "This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored)."

Click here to read more details about the Pentagon's zombie plan.

Click here to read about the CDC's zombie plan.

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