Will Kuna and Melba Survive?
While the popularity of Zombies may have peaked in mainstream culture, people are still worried about what would happen in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Idahoans, however, should not be worried. In a recent analysis by the internet real estate company Estately, Idaho ranks 4th among states in the ability to survive an end of the world scenario where the undead eat brains.
Estately came to this conclusion by measuring nearly a dozen metrics that included the number of active military personnel and veterans, physical condition of the average citizen, number of martial arts enthusiasts, survival skills, citizen knowledge of zombies, the numbers of laser tag and paintball enthusiasts and paint (good shooters and ability to hide), the numbers of gun owners, obesity rates (fat people, ie. slower ones, make good zombie bait) and the number of triathletes.
What brought Idaho’s rankings into the top five of best states to be in were high scores in survival skills, playing laser tag and paintball and a fair number of triathletes. Idaho also scored high in gun ownership.
Looking at the top five, Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico (5th), all are in the Western United States, areas with vast landscapes and defensible territory. Gun ownership is also high in the west, not to mention the survival and camping skills one would need in this end of the world scenario. People in the west know how to hunt, how to make a fire, and are pretty good about not wasting ammo in a pinch. When you look at the next six states at the top of the list, four are western, Montana, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
On the very bottom of the scale, you wouldn’t want to try to survive zombies in New Jersey, Mississippi, New York or Georgia, ironically the location of the popular Walking Dead zombie television show.
What makes Idaho a special place to avoid zombies is that, except for Boise, there are no major population centers. Mountains and rivers make for great geographic barriers that could easily be defended.
How would Kuna do in the event of a zombie invasion, perhaps against brain starved Northenders shuffling out from Boise? Pretty good. When it comes to preparation, survival skills, defensibility and long-term survival, Kuna and Melba have some good points.
Reports of zombies have come out of Boise, it will take at least one day for them to walk this way as the crow flies, perhaps more if they’re going slow (pray for slow zombies, not fast ones) and wandering aimlessly. Farmers tend to have a lot of old wood and supplies around. Barricades of old tires, farm implements and wood to cover windows are readily available locally. Kuna even has its own lumber yard if more is needed.
Hank Williams Jr. said it best, “I can plow a field all day long. I can catch catfish from dusk ’til dawn. We make our own whiskey and our own smoke, too. Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do. We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine, and a country boy can survive.”
While some would question that the wide open fields north towards the population centers of Boise and Meridian are a negative, military veterans and hunters know that it would offer a clear field of fire. If the SHTF, residents can retreat south across the Snake River, blowing a bridge to prevent pursuit.
The biggest need for long-term survival is water and food. Fortunately, Kuna and Melba have their own water irrigation systems and subdivisions have not yet eaten up all the farmland yet. With Melba being the “seed capital of Idaho” there would be enough seed, land and water to keep farms going for quite some time.