Saturday, March 9, 2013

FEMA Censors Information About Bizarre ‘Zombie UFO Crash’ Exercise

Information pertaining to a bizarre FEMA exercise based around a fictional “zombie UFO crash” in Idaho has been censored after criticism that the drill was a waste of money.
The exercise, scheduled to take place on the 27th of April in the city of Moscow, Latah County, will involve all first responders in the county as well as surrounding counties, in addition to Community Emergency Response Teams under the auspices of FEMA.
The drill will be centered around “2 scenarios: mass casualty and a rope rescue,” and will include a total of 100 participants.
David Lorry Vanderbeek, a candidate for Governor of Nevada, contacted Latah County CERT representative Sandy Collins asking for more information on the drill, but received no response.
“Do the leaders of our nation believe in UFOs and zombies really?” asked Vanderbeek. “If so, what is their proof? They must have proof in order to spend money on drills? If they have proof, they must provide it to the general public? What is the threat? How imminent is it?”
After Vanderbeek published an article on the issue, FEMA scrubbed details of the exercise from their website, although it was saved in the screenshots that can be viewed below.
This is not the first time that the federal government has invoked zombies as part of its preparedness programs. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) produced material based around fictional zombie attack, noting, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.”
In September 2012, the Department of Homeland Security got in on the act, calling for citizens to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse, an approach DHS officials said was a good way of encouraging Americans to prepare for natural disasters, pandemics or terrorist attacks.
In October last year, US Marines and Navy special-operations forces took part in a DHS drill on an island off the coast of San Diego based around the premise of a zombie invasion. The exercise was also attended by former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden.
The exercise involved 1,000 US military personnel, police and other officials repelling a “zombie apocalypse,” which officials claimed was a “whimsical” spin on a standard anti-terror drill.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn later criticized the event as a waste of money, noting that it did “little to discourage potential terrorists.”
However, speculation has raged about why the federal government and the military is really training to fight “zombies,” with some concerned that the drills are a way to desensitize troops against killing or subduing large numbers of people during an emergency or extreme civil unrest.

However, here was a response to this that explained it all:
Don’t believe EVERYTHING you read, folks, hook, line, and sinker. My husband is a volunteer for the Moscow fire department and here is the REAL scoop, not people getting hysterical over a perception.
Here is an approximate chronology on how this evolved:
1. The impetus for the emergency training event came from a member from within the local FR community. They do this occasionally to learn what their existing limitations are, and to develop ways of communications and assistance. This will consist of agencies such as the Latah County Sheriff’s Department, Moscow Police Department, Moscow Fire Department (and possibly others), and local hospitals.
2. FEMA became ‘involved’ when a member of the FR community suggested that they see if the were any funds available to help offset the costs of the exercise. This is how the event ended up on the FEMA website. FEMA was never invited to be a participant in the exercise.
3. The decision has been made to not ask for the FEMA money as this has raised quite a stir in some circles.
4. The exercise will be done as planned in April.
5. If any locals are interested in observing the exercise, you are welcome to.
6. The Zombie UFO thing was a poorly conceived PR attempt to try to ‘lighten up’ the perception of what was being planned. Information as to what the “incident” will be is not released to the participating agencies, as they are attempting to create, in as real a fashion as possible, a scenario to which they would have to respond. They need to be “unprepared” and caught “unawares” as this is what would occur in any true emergency situation.
8. Why Zombie UFO thing? The agencies needed kids to be involved as participants in a school shooting scenario. Concerned about how some volunteers would react, and to be sensitive to the young participants involved, “zombie” and “alien invasion” were used to make it less scary for the kids.

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