As questions mount regarding its responsibility for providing aid in the event of zombie attacks, FEMA remains relatively quiet in response to the public outcry.
This past Wednesday FEMA director, John Wade, deflected questions regarding his organizations preparedness for assisting victims of zombie attacks.
As reported through multiple sources, zombie attacks have been confirmed in Pleasant, PA and Rumberdon, OH leaving scores dead and many with life threatening injuries. The National Guard and Red Cross have quickly responded to these outbreaks, yet FEMA does not have a presence in the affected areas.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assistance) is a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security whose primary responsibility is relief and support of local authorities during domestic disasters.
“Our understanding is that FEMA and the NDMS (National Disaster Medical System) would be obligated to assist people who have been victimized under such an assault,” proclaimed Rumberdon Mayor Roy Swisher. “It is outrageous that the federal government, Congress, and military have not acted swiftly to provide aid to the inflicted.”
The most pressing problem facing the towns of Rumberdon and Pleasant are from skeptics who have doubts such attacks are actually taking place. It has been suggested by the scientific community that the recently dead are not rising. Instead, the prevailing theory implies that these communities are falling victim to an infectious disease similar to the swine flu.
“If you rationally take a step back and consider where the outbreaks have occurred, the answer to what’s going on becomes obvious,” said Dr. Sidney Moore, former NASA director and the current President of Heartland University. “Given the source of the infection has been identified as Pleasant, PA, it certainly indicates the source is swine. It’s a strain that we haven’t seen before, and one that must be dealt with but I am confident it can be confined.”
When confronted with the report that eye witnesses saw the recently deceased attack the living, Dr. Moore simply smiled and stated he had no time for such ‘nonsense.’
The analysis of Dr. Moore and others in the scientific community give little comfort to residents of Pleasant where chaos and panic have overwhelmed authorities. The unprecedented act of declaring martial law has been established in the small rural town located in the center of Pennsylvania. All roads leading to the small community are under 24-hour surveillance by the Natioanal Guard in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the town. This has added to the growing frustration of residents and has become a catalyst for rumors of a government cover-up.
The pressing question facing FEMA Director Wade entails what should what course of action should be taken if this is truly a pandemic. Is the National Disaster Medical System equipped to handle this situation?
“Let’s just forget for a moment that people, or whatever they are, continue to hunt, kill, and eat the living,” said Mayor Swisher. “We not only need to contain this thing, we need to get people out of there. Send military vehicles, buses, anything that can move people from Rumberdon to safety. That should be our primary concern and responsibility.”
Not so fast says, Doctor Moore. “My heart breaks for the people of Pleasant and Rumberdon. However, we must study the inflicted and ensure this outbreak does not spread. FEMA and NDMS will get there eventually. They need to assess the situation and act appropriately. This isn’t New Orleans – these government agencies are addressing the situation swiftly and appropriately. Our worst scenario is a national or worldwide pandemic.”
Meanwhile, the pressure on FEMA continues to mount. Without FEMA the Center for Disease Control is limited in its ability to make assessments of the outbreak. The CDC will not risk potential exposure to its teams of doctors and researchers until it is certain order can be maintained. FEMA would play a key part in this process. Without FEMA intervention, the CDC believes it would be overwhelmed and limited to conduct research safely.
Whether it is a strain of the swine flu or actual zombie attacks that are occurring in Pleasant or Rumberdon is of little consequence to town residents. They simply desire federal support and safety.
“I won’t rest until every resident of Rumberdon is secure,” proclaimed Mayor Swisher. “We owe them that much in the wake of this tragedy.”