Status of Major Cities and Locales
Please make sure to check out the various maps to get an idea of the area around you or where you may wish to travel. Further detail can be found in the topics that correspond to the groups or type of location associated with the area.
The locations below have been compiled by survivor accounts. If you have an update for any location or want to add to this list, please contact Kat either with a private message or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles, California (City and County): The heart of the city is in utter disarray. There are reports of a few scattered survivors in downtown L.A., but the majority of that population was killed in a military bombing early on in the outbreak. As of July 2011, the entire area of Downtown Los Angeles was bombed and decimated from a calculated military strike from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.
It is said that the inner city / urban areas have pockets of resistance and survival due to the abundance of guns and weapons in the hands of citizens allowing them to defend themselves when the military and police were unable to do so. The outlying areas of the city and county are fairly intact, however overrun with zombies. The further from the city center, the more survivors. Most electricity and other utilities are lost, but there are a few pockets still serviceable and maintained by groups of people near to them. (Submitted by Kat)
Richmond, Virginia: The capital city of the state. Pre-Apocalypse, the population was large and therefore this area is overrun with zombies. The streets are completely impassable due to the mass of vehicles that were abandoned there and the zombies that roam them. Included in this area is Fairfax, County. There is a pocket of resistance in a few shopping malls and larger buildings, but their survival is in danger due to the lack of resources there since a year has passed. The more rural areas surrounding this city seem to be less dangerous, with only small patches of zombie infestation. Included is Spotsy County. (Submitted by Keena)
St. Louis, Missouri: Large town. The buildings are still mostly in tact. However, some buildings are down because of fires and other disasters. Lots of them are boarded up or have broken windows. The zombie population is still fairly large, making the survivors there are in the minority. The St. Louis Arch is still standing and in good condition. There are still pockets of untapped supplies in the area that survivors can use if they can get to them. (Submitted by Jenn Hansen)
New York (City and surrounding): The outbreaks spread fast due to the central locations of hospitals in Manhattan. When it became clear that the NYC could be overrun, the government’s first response was to blow up the access points in and out of the city, which are a core network of bridges and tunnels. But the virus had already spread beyond the boundaries of Manhattan Island. Panic spread, people became desperate as they were now trapped on Manhattan and Long Island. In the panic, further destruction ensued as the trapped police and armed forced tried to maintain control and help survivors. Large explosions of buildings and fires quickly spread throughout Manhattan and large fires went unchecked in highly populated areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Many people quickly became trapped in these locations.
Are there zombies? Hell yes. After the bridges and tunnels were blown, there were no further ways off these islands, and they have largely become a swarming mass of zombies. However there are surviving subway tunnels that were not blown, and some zombies have been working their way through them.
Statue of Liberty is untouched, and perhaps has either a few zombies or even survivors on this small island in the harbor of NYC (unconfirmed which is true). Empire State Building is surrounded by the sea of Zombies, but it is possible to have stranded survivors at the very top floors. Many other places are either exploded or burned out from the raging fires.
It is possible that survivors could be living out in the very eastern end of Long Island that was far less populated. There could also be small pockets of people at the tops floors of some of the larger skyscraper buildings throughout Manhattan. But at this point they would be in very desperate shape. The only way out of NYC would be through any remaining subway tunnels, boat or plane. (Submitted by Liz )
Philadelphia (City Center): Because of the location of all the major hospitals in the city, Center City Philadelphia was the major target and directly bombed by the military. The surrounding suburbs managed to avoid major structural damage, however still became quickly overrun by remaining zombies. Due to the rapid escape of the virus out of Philadelphia, the military next bombed the bridges to NJ and neighboring city of Camden in an attempt to control the outbreak.
In the heart of Philadelphia, the destruction was wide spread and very few zombies remain, however they have been returning over time from the outer suburbs.
Any survivors would have tried to cross into NJ via waterways or pushed deeper west into Pennsylvania. There would be very few if any survivors still living in Center City Philadelphia. (Submitted by Liz)
Houston, Texas: The city is in utter shambles. What was once the fourth largest in the country with almost 3 million people has been reduced to a few hundred -living- residents. About six months after the fall out, hysteria was running high in H-Town. So high that a group of radical extremist bombed all of the oil refineries in the city. It is reported that the group was convinced that by having working refineries, the zombies would be drawn to the city. They were a very odd and “simple” group. After the bombing, they recruited people to help block off the ship channel. Now no boats can enter or exit the city.
Downtown is completely off limits. The bums that were zombie-like before the fall out, are actual zombies now. Something about the downtown area draws the undead to congregate and at last guesstimate, there are thousands of zombies that constantly wander the area looking for prey. Some venture out for a small period of time, but it is never completely void of the undead. Going into downtown is suicide, plain and simple.
A little over half of the living population now inhabits the Galleria. The massive mall held up well to the hysteria of the “early days”. The community is strong and has adapted well to life in captivity. However, supplies are getting dangerously low and the group is seriously considering moving on. Reliant Stadium has been scouted the last few weeks. It seems, even though it is quite close to downtown, it is quite sound and zombie traffic is minimal.
The farther you get from Houston proper, into the suburbs, you will find little safe houses here and there. People are not very trusting and you have to really prove yourself for them to even offer you a piece of bread, let alone invite you into their home. (Submitted by Evie)
Maryland (Military base near Fort Meade, half hour from Washington DC): Base is a safe location, inhabited by military and civilians able to get there before lock down. Airport nearby is destroyed. Surrounding areas are infused with the undead and is unsafe for travel. (Submitted by Vaeh Kennedy)
South Kansas near Oklahoma border: Relatively safe. Lots of abandoned farms with minimal zombie activity in the rural areas. Small towns are taken over by biker groups and militant survivors. Camp Freedom overseen by military but may not be safe to all travelers.
Arizona bordering Colorado River: UDF scattered presence. Some safe camps (Lewiston near California border) are in place. Travel with caution.