PunditFact: Sarah Palin's 'Zombie Apocalypse' claim

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Are tax dollars really being spent on a plan for a zombie apocalypse? It sounds crazy, but former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin recently posted about that on her Facebook page. That page has more than four million followers.

"As unbelievable as it sounds," she wrote on her page, "your tax dollars are funding the federal government's Zombie Apocalypse Plan. I kid you not." Palin went on to plug her new show "Amazing America" on the Sportsman Channel.

PunditFact looked into her claim of a federally-funded zombie plan and found there was a Zombie Apocalypse Plan created by the Centers for Disease Control in 2011. But PunditFact found that the plan was really a marketing stunt: a new way to package disaster preparedness and capitalize on the popularity of zombies.

As it turns out, preparing for a zombie apocalypse was pretty much like preparing for a hurricane or other natural disaster. The CDC advised putting together a survival kit with water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, vital documents and a first aid kit.

As for the cost of the plan, PunditFact found it was minimal.

"The initial expenses up front were about $87 for the rights to stock images of zombies on posters and things like that," says Katie Sanders of PunditFact. "But they were expecting the campaign to really just last a couple of weeks."

Thanks to social media, the campaign became incredibly popular.

"It ended up stretching more than a year of interest," says Sanders. "So once the campaign became really popular, they invested about $20,000 -- we found out -- on things like posters and more postcards for use in things like libraries and Boy Scout troops."

PunditFact found there is no real government plan to deal with a zombie apocalypse, so they rule Palin's posting FALSE.


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