Location: Small room in a two-story hotel in an unfamiliar coastal city (population 300,000).
Time of Day: Mid-Fall, late afternoon.
Supplies: Two days clothing (2 pairs clean socks, 2 t-shirts, 1 pair jeans, 1 leather belt, dress shoes, rain-jacket, light sweater), hotel furniture (single bed, dressers, nightstand, wooden chair, table lamp, television), bible and phone book from night stand, 4 wire clothes hangers, pillow mint, 2 towels (one dirty one clean), room key, bath kit (safety razor, comb, nail clippers, toothbrush and toothpaste), small 3″ pocket knife, and small canvas suitcase. No weapons, tools, or other gear.
Additional Personnel: 3 acquaintances from the night before (each located else where in the hotel)
Situation: The company you work for (GR Limited) has flown a number of employees, including you, to the coast for a special team-building seminar and celebration. Forced to leave most of your basic kit and Every Day Carry gear at home due to flying restrictions, you were able to sneak just one small pocket knife along for the trip, and now you’re glad you did.
The seminar went well and you made a few “friends” during the team-building portion of training. With two more days in town, and no other official work to be done, the four of you decide to check out the local bars. Losing track of time and count of beers, you down a few too many and barely make it back to your room to bed down for the night.
Hours later you drift from sleep and slowly rise from your passed out position on the bed. You’re still dressed in the clothes from the night before, and the sun is shining through the blinds of your second story balcony that overlooks the sea. You can’t remember much of the night before, but you know exactly where the pounding headache you have came from.
You get up to wash your face and refresh from the night before. Surveying the exhaustion and hang-over on your face you reach for the water tap and turn it on… but nothing comes out. You try the hot water and it’s the same. The shower isn’t working either. Frustrated and still feeling foggy, you try the hotel phone to call for room service and complain about the water - there is a dial tone but no one picks up at the office. Hanging up the phone angrily, you find your jacket and head out the door and towards the main office. The lights are off, door locked, and no one answers your calls or pounding on the door.
Back at your room, you slam the door behind you and try your cell, calling your husband/wife back at home. As the phone rings you try the lights and TV, but neither power on. Your partner picks up and asks if you’re okay in a panicked tone. They have been trying to call you for hours, but couldn’t get through because the lines were clogged. After being asked why they are worried and what is going on they tell you that there was an explosion at a medical testing lab nearby and that a cloud of chemicals swept over the city in the night. Reports are coming in that thousands of individuals have died, and that thousands more seem to be crazed and attacking other survivors, even eating their flesh. Officials are asking everyone to stay inside and lock their doors. Just then you hear hurried footsteps clanging up the iron stairs outside and look at your hotel room door. Propped open just a few inches from the force of the slam, it is clearly unlocked and open.
What do you do?
- You only have the supplies and personnel listed above.
- Keep it real, keep it clean, and do your best to survive.