Orland California. It’s a town with 5000 people, the center area has a lot of brick buildings and the roads aren’t too wide. I-5 goes straight through it, so we could easily get to other towns to forage if need be.
As far as resources, Orland has a TON of farming equipment, some construction equipment, and wood. I mean tons of it. There are lots of trees too, so once we run out of the already cut wood we can start getting more very easily.
It also has a small illegal firearms thing going on (The guy who runs the dollar store already got busted for it once, and his son got busted for dealing cocaine). As far as everyone knows, they learned their lessons and have stopped doing it, but chances are there are still automatic weapons and other powerful guns there.
For defense, we have a few options. We can fortify the schools and spread out our populations between all three of them, or we could fortify the center part of town.
If we fortify the schools, we can convert the fields into farms. The high school also has a school farm really close by that has walnuts, almonds, and other nuts, which we could clear out and replace with higher-yield crops, preferably vegetables. Topping the chain link fences with either razor wire or barbed wire would be easy as well, and would help keep people and zombies out.
If we fortify the center area of the town, we won’t be able to grow food quite as easily. It has some dirt areas, but they’re really rocky and pretty hard-packed. However, the farming equipment could be used to mitigate that. The center area has a hardware store, a 4-story brick building with barred up windows, and all of the buildings are right next to each other with easy roof access.
Orland also has scrap metal, and we could always cannibalize the cars and whatnot to get more.
Preferably, we would use spears made of wood and metal, and crossbows that fired metal-tipped bolts. We could use armor made of wood and cloth, since zombies are unlikely to be using weapons other than claws and teeth. We would want to save the firearms for when we get attacked by other armed people.
We could also raid the library for information on how to make or build things, as well as information on how to treat wounds or mend broken bones. Maps would also be very useful.
Orland’s population would also help. 5,000 people is enough to be able to get a lot done, but not so much that we are at risk of uncontrolled infection. It would be rather easy to quarantine individuals we expect of being infected.
If infection does happen, and we need to terminate infected people, we will need uniforms for the people who clean the “quarantine pits” as we will likely call them. I suggest thick gloves that go up to the elbow, motorcycle helmets with visors intact, a weapon of some sort just in case, and a thick cloak made of an easily washable material.
We will also need a place to dump the bodies. We can’t hold a funeral for every person that dies, not when we would be so strapped for time. I vote that we cremate all of our dead to avoid any risk of contamination.
I know this is a long read, but I’m bored, and honestly, a little bit worried by this recent string of cannibalistic events.
EDIT: Bring your computers if you can, as well as your routers and wireless receivers. After we get electricity working again, we can use them. Bring any games you can as well, since we will need something to do to keep morale up.