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Monday, September 27, 2021

A UF E-Learning guide to zombie invasion was posted among other plans for disasters by an employee. The document, meant as a joke, was removed Thursday evening after receiving national attention.

The document details a UF response plan for an on-campus outbreak of "zombie behavior spectrum disorder," including creating a UF police response team.

Signs of an impending invasion include "identification of difficult to kill, flesh-eating perpetrators" and "documentation of lots of strange moaning."

Several sections poke fun at the office environment, including one note that the zombie symptoms may include "lack of rational thought" that could lead employees to confuse zombies with managers.

Readers are encouraged to watch zombie preparedness documentaries, such as George Romero's "Dead" series, along with "Shawn of the Dead" as a guide to dating during an outbreak.

The guide advises employees on weapons to defend themselves from zombies.

"Some employees may prefer weapons such as chain saws, baseball bats, and explosives that have been shown to be effective against zombies. 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."

The guide ends with an "infected co-worker dispatch form" for employees to fill out after every zombie encounter. Check boxes for zombie symptoms include "large areas of decaying flesh or open wounds" and "other flu-like symptoms."

UF spokesman Steve Orlando said the exercise was written by an employee at the Office of Academic Technology and was designed to "add a little bit of levity" to disaster preparation discussions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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