Just over two years ago a massive earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti, giving the world a tragic reminder that when disaster strikes hardest, abundant food and potable water jump to the top of the list of survival priorities.
Without water to drink, you can’t make it more than a week. Without food you’ve got a month, tops.
Weeks after the Haiti quake upwards of 15,000 U.S. troops were deployed to keep the peace, and their primary objective was to protect the precious relief that was being shipped in from all over the world. With a total Haitian population of just 9 million, that equates to one soldier for every 750 civilians, and still reports of violence and looting were rampant.
Why the chaos? Because a lack of food and water quickly leads to desperation.
To reach a similar level of military presence within the United States, the government would need to deploy 425,000 troops to the streets of every city and town from Florida to Oregon. As of 2008, there were only 543,000 active duty soldiers in the Army, meaning that a huge percentage of that force would be needed just to protect pallets of bottled water. If a zombie outbreak causes desertion rates to spike, it could reach 100% in no time.
Would you show up for work at a supply depot in Georgia if you knew your spouse and children were probably being threatened by a zombie menace at your home in Iowa?
Ultimately, in a zombie pandemic you are your own rescue. The Haiti disaster teaches us that Uncle Sam’s Army may not be there to save your life when the dead come clawing at your front door.