If zombies do eventually rise from the dead and take their long-awaited revenge against humanity, Quebec's public security department plans to be ready.
Participants at an annual symposium on civil security next week will be discussing, among other topics, how they would handle a zombie attack in the province.
The zombies, of course, are purely hypothetical.
But a department spokesman says the exercise has a serious purpose: the living dead-themed drill is meant to simulate a real-life catastrophic event.
"When we're talking about zombies, we're talking about a training concept," says Denis Landry, director of disaster recovery with the Quebec civil security department.
Hypothetical zombie attacks are becoming a popular emergency preparedness teaching tool. Even the Centers for Disease Control in the United States has used the tactic. It has a graphic novel on its website dubbed, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic."
The idea behind the exercise is that if you're ready to fend off the flesh-eating undead, then you're probably ready for any other disaster that may strike.
"Just about every U.S. state has adopted this type of exercise, whether it be workshops or simulations," Landry said. "It's essentially designed to prepare authorities for any kind of disaster, right up to pandemics."If all the exploiters of zombies actually paid royalties to the government of Haiti, it might have enough money to fund proper cholera reporting by the Ministry of Public Health and Population...with plenty left over for earthquake and hurricane relief. After all, zombies are Haitian intellectual property. And what's intellectual property theft if not brain-eating?