Forbes.com just published a list of the U.S. cities that are most and least prepared to deal with a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster, as compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Cities Readiness Initiative” (CRI). The local emergency management plans, protocols and capabilities of 72 metropolitan areas were analyzed and a score from zero to 100 was assigned.
According to the study, Albuquerque, New Mexico is the worst place to be in a large-scale disaster with a score of 50.6. By contrast, New York City was deemed most prepared with a high score of 99.6. But the Forbes list fails to take into account population density, which is arguably an important factor in any disaster situation, and certainly essential in evaluating zombie survivability.
For all that we don’t know about what the coming zombie plague will actually be like, a key ingredient in the spreading of the sickness is the availability of people to infect. Without people there can be no zombies. So densely populated groups of people are a recipe for utter disaster when the dead rise. With that in mind, we see that New York City is the fourth most crowded city in the United States, while Albuquerque doesn’t even make the top twenty-five.
When flesh-crazed ghouls roam to streets hunting innocent victims and endlessly adding to their ranks, would you prefer to be in a place with a world-class hospital system and a tightly-packed citizenship, or a place with very few people per square mile and large expanses of desert landscape in every direction? Hint: If you picked the hospitals and crowds you’re dead meat.
Check out the complete Forbes list HERE.