Hello and Good Wishes to the members of the other surviving teams
from Deb Snow (station medical reporter).

Here is the first report from the West Virginia team which is composed
of myself and my husband, Ed.

I was not on duty at the station the night it all went to hell. I was
doing volunteer work as a nurse at the ?????? Emergency Station. I
left for a meal and a break. When I got back the station had been
overrun with the Living Dead. I went home.

Ed and I agreed to leave the area. I had heard that "Flyboy" and
Francine had left in the WGON traffic helicopter. We loaded up my van
with all of the food and survival gear we had on hand (blankets,
flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, a .22 magnum rifle and
100 rounds). We headed west to try to reach my family in Wheeling,
West Virginia. Fuel was not a problem after we got out of Philly.
The pumps in the rural areas were open and nobody seemed to be very
disturbed. We kept our mouths shut and traveled down Hwy. 250 towards
Wheeling.

Wheeling had been a dying town for 25 years but as we approached the
area it was obvious it was more dead than usual (amazing - I still
have a sense of humor!). Although not in large numbers, Zombies were
moving through the vacant streets. Power was down. The water was still
running but I am not to sure about the quality.

We had used most of our ammo getting out of Philly so when we spotted
a deserted gunshop we stopped. It was obvious the locals had already
cleaned the place out. All that was left was a good supply of Pyrodex
powder, musket caps, and a number of inline muzzleloading rifles. Ed
fixed up two with telescopic sites and showed me how to use them. I
did find several handfuls of .22 mag cartridges that had spilled
behind the counter. The inlines are 50 caliber, so they are powerful,
but they are slow to load. Luckily the zombies are slow, too.

We are holed up in the basement of an old house just outside Wheeling
in what used to be Benwood, WV. We have a supply of fuel oil that we
are using for heat and light. We come out for water and to scrounge
food at night. So far we have been lucky and have only seen zombies
near the Krogers were we get canned goods. Ed has the muzzle loaders
sighted in and has killed a zombie with his. Let me tell you, a 50 cal
lead slug does a job on a human (sorry, zombie) head! But we envy the
Austin team with their M16's. More later....Deb.