Should you train for a "Zombie Apocalypse"?
Zombies aren't real, right? So would it be foolish to plan for such an event?
Still, to each his own, right?
But what about when it comes to your tax dollars at work supporting a military plan to deal with a Zombie Apocalypse?
Despite the fact zombies aren't real (or are they?), it appears the United States Air Force has drawn up a "Counter-Zombie Dominance" plan dated 30 Apr 2011 for our military to respond to the threat.
Revelation of the plan earlier this week sparked outrage from conservative and libertarian pundits and their followers on social media.
What a waste of tax dollars! What a colossal waste of time! What were they thinking?!?
This Time I Agree with the Government
No, I didn't just turn liberal. And I agree with many of those conservative and liberal pundits on many real issues. Just not this one.
Look, it's easy to bash the government.
Truth is, to err is human. But to really foul things up takes a trained bureaucracy. And ours is top-notch.
But before you join the chorus of voices against such lunacy as a plan to fight a Zombie Apocalypse, don't you think you ought to take moment to look at the actual plan?
In the plan's disclaimer, the author admits, "this plan was not actually designed as a joke" although it's obviously based on a fictional scenario.
However, continue reading and you'll find it DOES serve a useful purpose in training new planners.
You see, this plan everyone is outraged about is simply a classroom tool used to explore the various concepts used in real world planning. And by using such over-the-top subject matter, the exercise becomes more fun. Which makes it more memorable.
Memorable is one of the keys to learning.
And guess what? The reason you're even hearing about the plan is because it was deliberately placed on the Internet for the purpose of providing a tool for others to use in their own planning.
So Where's Your Zombie Survival Plan?
Planning ahead is the mark of a good prepper.
While most preppers don't believe a Zombie Apocalypse is coming anytime soon, taking such a far-out concept and thinking through its ramifications does have purpose.
First of all, it helps you think outside the box. Since the premise is somewhat known yet completely fictional, we naturally lose many of our inhibitions against thinking about the scenario from different angles than we may normally.
Second, planning to survive "big events" like a Zombie Apocalypse also prepares us to survive less challenging events. It doesn't have to be a "Zombie Apocalypse," either. It could be planning to survive a multi-year grid down scenario from an EMP event (which is far more likely than zombies). The same planning which helps you survive an EMP can help you make it through a week or two without power after a big storm rolls through.
Finally, it's fun. If zombies aren't your thing, pick something that is. By making a learning environment fun you're more likely to continue learning and remember what you learned.
So get out there and prepare to fight some zombies!