The Pentagon actually has an emergency plan for a zombie apocalypse

Should we be relieved. Or worried?

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If you’ve ever laid awake worrying about a zombie apocalypse – and let’s face it, who hasn’t? – then you’re going to want to read this…

It turns out the US government actually has an emergency plan in place should the population ever come under attack from an army of the undead.

The Pentagon reportedly has operations in place that would help to “preserve the sanctity of life” following a zombie outbreak.

Foreign Policy discovered the news after finding a document from the US government agency’s files.

The document, titled ONOP 8888, reads: “Because zombies pose a threat to all non-zombie human life, [Strategic Command] will be prepared to preserve the sanctity of human life and conduct operations in support of any human population – including traditional adversaries.” 

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The plans actually have practical implications, as the document says: “The hyperbole involved in writing a ‘zombie survival plan’ actually provided a very useful and effective training tool.”

Serious thought has gone in to the plans, which are split into different levels of threat – one of which outlines ways to defend against a highly-transmissible outbreak.

Bizarrely, the document also warns of “chicken zombies”. Undead hens are apparently “the only proven class of zombies that actually exists”, and can dig their way out of graves.

Zombie chickens? If you weren’t scared before, you definitely will be now…

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.