Date: 11th June 2011
That’s right. The Zombie Invasion. Now we have no problem with planning. In fact we love planning, but leave it to the Brits to be concerned with plans for a zombie invasion.
A British Council gets serious about plans for a possible zombie invasion plans by a prpactive (?) resident. Here’s the story.
Leicester City Council was asked to explain its emergency plans to tackle a zombie invasion, in a bizarre Freedom of Information request.
A “concerned citizen”, Robert Ainsley, lodged his query on Tuesday, asking: “Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion?”
He added: “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.”
The authority has yet to formally respond but has indicated that there are no specific references to zombies in its emergency plans.
Leicester City Council has 20 working days to answer but its head of information governance, Lynn Wyeth, took to local radio yesterday to address the issue.
She said: “We’ve had a few wacky ones but this one did make us laugh.
“It’s one of those questions that you could do a one-liner saying there is nothing specifically in the emergency plan to state a response to a zombie invasion.
“But 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.”
She told the BBC: “If it’s specifically about zombies then I would say, from my recollection of the plan… then unfortunately there’s nothing in there… saying how we would respond to zombies.”
Ms Wyeth said that the council was required by law to respond to all requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.
She said: “To you it might seem frivolous and a waste of time… but to different people it actually means something.”
Originally published by The Telegraph, Emily Gosden, 10 Jun 2011
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