Official: British city vulnerable to zombies

A British local authority has been forced to admit it does not currently have plans to deal with a zombie invasion.

The admission came after a man signing the letter as “Concerned Citizen” made a request to Leicester City Council under freedom of information laws. He asked ” Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion? Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for.”

Under British law, the council has 20 working days to formally reply to the letter. It has not done so yet (beyond an acknowledgment of receiving the request.) However, Lynn Wyeth, who heads the team dealing with freedom of information requests, addressed the issue on local radio this week.

She said the council was still considering its response, noting that the question could be answered with a single line noting there are no specific plans for coping with zombie invasion. However, ” you could look at it in more depth and say, ‘Which parts of the emergency plan could you apply to a zombie invasion?’ as it would have the same impact as perhaps some other disaster or attack.”

It turns out that the “concerned citizen” is a man named Robert Ainsley who works “in the web industry”. This is actually the second request made by Ainsley under freedom of information laws in recent months. Disappointingly the first was a little less exciting and dealt with the tendering process for a local tech industry business centre.

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17 Responses to Official: British city vulnerable to zombies

    • A waste huh? The CDC didn't consider it a waste to use 'zombies' as an excuse to promote its most  recent disaster awareness campaign. In fact, hopping on the zombie bandwagon made it the most successful such campaign for the CDC. This council could easily do the same thing, and use this letter to raise awareness of their disaster preparedness plans. In fact, it seems like they are doing just that.

  1. I can answer that easy all britons head for your nearest army base and get tooled up for a splat fest ! Mine's an sa80 with susat if you please with a nice challanger tank.

    • Except for the little fact that you're probably gonna be eaten along the way. My suggestion, or rather my plan is to get supplies and a car. Preferably one with good gas mileage and excellent storage space. A Magnum, perhaps. Once I've collected all my provisions, I'm hitting the road. Hard to eat a moving target.

  2. @bde343a2de329f274172956662962864:disqus , How can you be sure that its not possible? At the rate genetic science is going, who's to say its not completely possible? If drugs can induce rage, mental deterioration and other effects similar to "Zombies", how is it a waste of time for this man to simply ask what he has?

    • Actually, if I had to take a pot-shot guess at what would be most likely to cause "Zombies", it would be a mutated form of Rabies.
      Transmitted via bite and body fluids. Causes extreme pain and suffering, causing the victims to become enraged, lethargic, unpredictable, ignore all self-preservation instincts and likely to attack (unprovoked) with bites. The only catch with Rabies at the moment is that if a human is infected, they tend die within a few days (unless treated within 36 hours of the initial bite), before you see the symptoms like the ones seen in wild animals. We don't know why, but it seems to just outright kills us instead of using us to spread – just the opposite of the predictions of books like "The Zombie Survival Guide" of how an actual zombie plague would operate.
      Even so, that probably means it's only a mutation or two away from becoming what we could call a real world Solanum, Rage or T-virus.

    • Actually, if I had to take a pot-shot guess at what would be most likely to cause "Zombies", it would be a mutated form of Rabies.
      Transmitted via bite and body fluids. Causes extreme pain and suffering, causing the victims to become enraged, lethargic, unpredictable, ignore all self-preservation instincts and likely to attack (unprovoked) with bites. The only catch with Rabies at the moment is that if a human is infected, they tend die within a few days (unless treated within 36 hours of the initial bite), before you see the symptoms like the ones seen in wild animals. We don't know why, but it seems to just outright kills us instead of using us to spread – just the opposite of the predictions of books like "The Zombie Survival Guide" of how an actual zombie plague would operate.
      Even so, that probably means it's only a mutation or two away from becoming what we could call a real world Solanum, Rage or T-virus.

    • Actually, if I had to take a pot-shot guess at what would be most likely to cause “Zombies”, it would be a mutated form of Rabies.
      Transmitted via bite and body fluids. Causes extreme pain and suffering, causing the victims to become enraged, lethargic, unpredictable, ignore all self-preservation instincts and likely to attack (unprovoked) with bites. The only catch with Rabies at the moment is that if a human is infected, they tend die within a few days (unless treated within 36 hours of the initial bite), before you see the symptoms like the ones seen in wild animals. We don’t know why, but it seems to just outright kills us instead of using us to spread – just the opposite of the predictions of books like “The Zombie Survival Guide” of how an actual zombie plague would operate.
      Even so, that probably means it’s only a mutation or two away from becoming what we could call a real world Solanum, Rage or T-virus.

  3. Except their preparations are almost laughable.
    They neglect to suggest to carry a weapon of some form (which most disaster preparedness course recommend – if it's bad enough, people will want what you have and, unless you can defend it, they will take it).
    Also, their suggestion of bring 1-gallon of water per person, per day is a bad one. It will slow you down (a gallon of water weighing just over 8lbs – so for a family of 4 that's over 25lbs of water a day). You're better off bringing several Nalgene water bottles (not those POS aluminum ones – they never last. Forget the stupid BPA stuff, it's only a concern when heated above 212F – and what about heating plastic to that temperature seems like a good idea? It's a cold drink container), a water filter (Like one used by outdoor enthusiasts and Ultra-light hikers) and a way to sterilize the water (either a chemical like Iodine, or a pot to boil and cool the filtered water in).

    All portable two-way radio is also a good idea, preferably one with long range and that runs off disposable batteries – either that or have a solar charger to go with it. A crank AM/FM/World-band radio is also a good idea, that way you'll always be able to get whatever news there is to get.

  4. i too think i was a waste of time…everybody knows that zombies eat brains so there will never be a zombie attack in the UK

  5. If you want to be taken seriously, ask a serious question. Sure, a "zombie attack" scenario contains real world elements that they should have contingency plans for. Things like an epidemic, rioting mobs, shutdown of essential services, shortage of supplies, even a military invasion. But if you ask about something that is so ridiculous, you will be ridiculed.