The CDC’s plans for zombie outbreaks
If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).
Now I really doubt that the CDC actually has plans for how to handle a zombie outbreak, but when I read this I wondered what other events some government agency has actually planned for. Do they have plans for deflecting killer asteroids from Earth like shown in the movie Armageddon? Do they actually have plans for how to handle an invasion by aliens like shown in the movie War of the Worlds? (H. G. Wells' book did indeed come first, but I'd guess that any plans are based on the movie version, not the book version.)
What about more realistic, yet very unlikely, threats? What happens if a clever hacker finds a way to break the ubiquitous RSA encryption algorithm? What happens if a hacker manages to get into the air traffic control network? I wouldn't be too surprised if things like these are planned for, but I'd also guess that the plans are classified, so we'll probably never quite know what our governments have planned for us.