Philadelphia Zombie Survival Part Three

As Matt pointed out in his last post, a lot of first responders will be killed during the initial attack and if not killed they will be turned into victims of the virus and eventually turn into zombies themselves. The news of the attack will most likely be delayed by these deaths and cause a whole lot of panic, eventually though an emergency broadcast will be released over radio and television instructing people what they need to do in this time of emergency. The main base of operations for handling this crisis will be The Spectrum.

Why The Spectrum you may ask, well that is easy. The Spectrum is located in primarily an industrial section of South Philadelphia, can house close to 20,000 people and is quite well fortified. The arena built in 1967 was built with a noticeable lack of low level windows. The main access points are easily fortified from within and it also has tunnel and docking access.

The lack of low level windows is important, because while zombies may be brainless and appear to have no discernible patterns they will attempt to get at fresh meat. I’m not sure if it is a sensory thing or maybe a natural zombie trait but zombies have historically congregated where there are survivors fortified. Be that a mall, an old farmhouse, or even a local bar it seems as if zombies can track the uninfected. Once they have tracked the uninfected to their place of solace, they will repeatedly pulverize any barricade. As glass is highly breakable, a lack of low level windows is highly important.

With the lack of low level windows to fortify, fortification must be done at all the access points. While the Spectrum has many access points, all are easily blockaded from within. Being able to fortify the entrances and then monitor them easily (the Spectrum while large is round) allows additional resources, that may have been forced to patrol and keep watch more frequently, a chance to help out with the roughly 15,000 people that The Spectrum will be holding. Now, you are all doing the math right now and are realizing that 15,000 only constitutes roughly 1% of the city population. This has been taken into account and alternate “survival” centers have been set up throughout the city (we’ll get to that at some point during this feature) but The Spectrum will hold as the base of operations.

The final point that was considered when choosing The Spectrum as the main base of operations was the tunnel and docking access that the arena has. If The Spectrum were needed to stay in operation longer due to the infestation progressing beyond control the tunnel and docking access would be needed for three things. The first is supplies. Being able to back up a large tractor trailer to a docking bay is a much needed safety feature. The same is also true for escorting survivors into the base as well as (if need be) escorting them out of the base to a safer location.

Join us tomorrow for another piece of the Philadelphia Zombie Survival plan.

1 Comment so far

  1. Matt (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Eastern State Penitentiary caught my eye as another location. It’s built like a fortress. Looking at the picture on the front page of the web site, though, the front gate looks huge. It didn’t seem that big at Terror Behind the Walls. When I first thought of bunkering up at ESP I thought that one or two cars jammed at the front gate would be enough to block it. I need to go back and take a look…

    The windows on the outside look like they’re about 6 feet off the ground. Closer to human height than I’d like, but still higher than a dried-out corpse should be able to jump up to.

    Other than the walls and high windows, ESP’s best feature is the open ground inside it. There’s enough space to write a message that would be visible from the air (“HELP”). I don’t know how healthy the soil is, but you could also give growing your own food a shot if you had to live there for a long time.



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