Zombie outbreak simulated for emergency preparedness

Pennsylvania's Franklin County used a zombie-themed apocalypse last week as a means of emergency preparedness.

The drill, held on Saturday by the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services, used a zombie bite as a metaphor for any kind of medical emergency, including anthrax attacks, Fox43.com reports.

"What we're doing is a pod exercise, which is appointing distribution," Meghan O'Brien, the assistant director of the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services, said, according to Fox43.com. "This would be used for any kind of major catastrophe. If you've been bitten by a zombie, you are going through and getting medication, which is M&M's."

The zombie "bites" were classified as different emergencies, with volunteers directing the affected to the correct medications and explaining how to take them.

"If there was an anthrax outbreak in the county we could use this," O'Brien said, Fox43.com reports. "Any kind of West Nile Virus, anything like that. If we had a major weather event and it knocked out power and people didn't have food for days, we could use it to hand out food."

The event also coincided with Hurricane Sandy's impending arrival, giving emergency response personnel the chance to inform citizens how to keep themselves safe.

"Making sure that they have enough basic supplies to get them through anywhere from a three to seven day period," Emergency Response Specialist Allen White said, according to Fox43.com.