Fla. university has zombie survival plan

Oct. 2, 2009 at 4:38 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- University of Florida officials said a zombie attack survival plan posted online was meant as a humorous stress-reliever for employees.

The plan, which was removed Thursday from the school's e-Learning Web site, listed medical information about "zombieism" and included forms for university employees to explain why they were forced to kill co-workers making "references to wanting to eat brains," The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported Friday.

"Some employees may prefer weapons such as chain saws, baseball bats and explosives that have been shown to be effective against zombies," the plan said. "Given the stress on staff to be anticipated during a zombie outbreak, employees should be given the flexibility to choose their own weaponry thereby diminishing anxiety."

"Obviously it was meant to be humorous," said Doug Johnson, the plan's author and manager of the University of Florida's e-Learning Support Services. He said the document was designed to reduce stress by making people laugh.

A University of Florida spokesman said officials ordered the plan to be pulled from the Web site Thursday, but no disciplinary action is planned against Johnson because he wrote the document on his own time.

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