According to the newest studies Canada is beginning to suffer from the ‘doughnut’ effect. This is a way of describing how the population is situated though out the country. Basically it means that much of the population lives within 100 km of a major metropolitan centre where they work but that metropolitan centre has very little in the way of actual population. This is one of the major reasons for the horrid traffic jams many of us sit in day after day on our way to and from work.
So what does this mean in an emergency or disaster situation? Basically if you are in the city when the dead rise you’re screwed. It will take about 30 seconds for all of the major arteries out of that city to get clogged with thousands of commuters trying desperately to get out of the slaughter house which was once a bustling metropolis leaving you stranded with noway out. In Canada our cities are relatively small when compared to the metropolises of NYC, Tokyo, London, LA, and the like but that doesn’t mean they are not just as dangerous. In some cases I would argue they are more so. A smaller city will not have the infrastructure of a major centre so there will be fewer ways in and out.
Now the big question, what are you supposed to do about it? The answer is surprisingly simple. Have an escape route planned. Actually plan several. Take the time to find ways out of the city you are in that do not include major routes. Stick to side streets and minor roads. They are far less likely to be filled with panicked commuters trying to get out. Baring that have a safe house picked out and a route to it planned. If this is the case may I suggest that if all possible it is with in walking distance of your work place, can easily be secured has a land line (for those of you who have never seen one, that is a phone that plugs into a wall jack) and you can store 72 hours worth of food and water. If you can’t get out of the city then you will have to stay put until it is clear to leave. Or or as I like to put it, ‘All the stupid people are eaten’.
This all sounds very easy to do but I can tell you that I have been trying in vain for the last year to come up with a fool proof plan to get out of Halifax in an emergency. Of course this is kind of irrelevant for me as I will probably be going out to meet the legions of undead head on when the time comes, just because that is my job. However I do have a family and I want them to be able to get out safely even if I have to stay.
While looking for this illusive escape route I have come to the conclusion that Halifax is probably the absolute worst place in Canada you could possibly be during a zombie uprising. There are literally only 6 routes out of the city proper, 3 to the east and three to the west and they are all jammed solid by 17:30 every evening. Then god forbid there is an accident on one of them. I am sure that once you start looking at your escape route you will feel the same way about your city.
Don’t forget to actually drive your escape route once you come up with it. Everything may look good on a Google map but you won’t know for sure until you actually drive the route. The thinking expressed in the blog post ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ really does apply in this case.
Keep all of this in mind tomorrow while you are at work; take a second to look around at your city, the throngs of people swirling about you and ask yourself… Are you prepared?