Man, it's been a while since I've seen this much activity over here. I'm kinda excited.
Name: The Eerie Aerodome
This place wasn't originally supposed to be a settlement, and that fact is obvious to any passerby. It was originally known as the Clarence Aerodome, serving flyers from all over the Eerie county and beyond. However, during the fall of civilization, the FEMA DMAT Medical Team NY-16 set up a triage camp in the first hangar to treat the townsfolk. They were originally being deployed to Cleveland, Ohio to assist in rescue operations, but only got as far as the state lines before they were told that the city had been completely evacuated. Their attempts to regain contact with New York's FEMA branch failed, along with every other government organization they could think of. They had been abandoned, and the chaos of the apocalypse had finally reached the sleepy town of Clarence, New York.
The team gathered what survivors they could and fled to the town's edge and took up shelter in the town's tiny municipal airport as they watched the center burn for many nights. After things quieted down, the more combat-oriented members of the group tried to scavenge what materials they could from the rubble. The team was lost, and took with them what weapons and experience they had, leaving only the doctors and townspeople to fend for themselves on the dirt airstrip.
Slowly, but surely, they rebuilt what they could. With scavenged food, scrapped together tools, and the hope of a brighter tomorrow, the fearful survivors grew into a community that they could call home.
The FEMA team had a small group of soldiers to assist in their operations, but they were lost early on, and with them their precious military hardware. The rural town did have a small hunting population, however, giving them the blessing of a small stock of single-shot rifles and break-action shotguns to defend and hunt with, along with homemade weapons such as spears or knives.
Many members of the settlement have never fired a gun before and none have had the need to kill another person. While there might be one or two crack shots in the township, it wouldn't take much to overwhelm them all through sheer force.
The town has little in the way of training, and only simple single or double-shot weapons to defend themselves with.
The airstrip was barren at first, being only a small control tower and hangars surrounding large dirt field. Over time, however, the hangars have been converted into multiple-family homes, lightly reinforced against the elements. The largest hangar serves as the town's center, with plumbing and electricity to allow the townspeople to shower, escape the cold, and even come for medical treatment. The FEMA team has set up a small hospital with rudimentary monitoring equipment, beds, and even an operating table to perform surgery.
The airstrip had a few planes left when they had arrived, but they had seen years of neglect that left them unusable as flying machines. However, thanks to some clever engineering, some of the parts had been repurposed into wind turbines, generating a steady flow of energy to keep the lights on and the water pumps moving. On a windy day some townsfolk like to watch them spin feverishly on top of the former control tower, which is now used by the town as a watchtower. The colorful flags on top of the tower are raised and lowered in order to communicate certain messages to passerby, and a bullhorn kept under the desk is used to announce emergencies.
The airport's chain link fence has been replaced with a sturdier wall of wooden stakes that have been tied together using old scavenged rope. They come up to about eye level and are capable of only really keeping the wildlife away from their crops.
The town has running water and electricity in one hangar. A small perimeter fence of wooden stakes surrounds the settlement. They have a watchtower. The rest of the hangars are enough to keep the elements out and a roof above the people's heads, but nothing more.
Medicine/Scientific Knowledge: 9
Eerie's pride is their medical staff. Many of them are trained to deal with a wide array of possible injuries one can sustain after the end of the world. They are supplied with surgical tools, equipment, beds, bandages, and many pills and poultices to sooth and heal. There are few problems they can't fix, and that is mostly due to their lack of truly advanced medial equipment that would be available in a pre-war hospital. They have basic scanners and EKG machines, but to diagnose and treat more advanced diseases or surgeries, they would require more advanced technology first.
The small shacks and buildings may seem dirty and medieval on the surface, but inside the doctors of the settlement have made sure that they stay clean and relatively germ free. Water pumped into the main hangar allow the townspeople to shower regularly, ensuring that sickness is a rarity in Eerie.
Some of the townsfolk were teachers or scientists or engineers, and together they have been working to spread some knowledge of basic repairs and the advancement of science to the rest of the folk. Their knowledge is by no means cutting edge, but knowing how to build a house that will stand up to a stiff breeze goes a long way.
They have several doctors who are experienced and well-supplied. They are only held back by their lack of more advanced pre-Cataclysm medical technology. The townsfolk bring intermediate level knowledge of engineering and research.
Eerie is located nearby a lake and several streams, giving the town enough water to quench their thirsts as well as for use in other day-to-day tasks, but food sometimes runs thin as they rely heavily on fishing to feed their people. Being this far north means that the waters freeze in the winter, leaving them only what they had preserved or what they can forage in the snowy winter months. Small farming efforts have been started in and around the airfield, but the climate has been unforgiving and very few of the townsfolk have farming experience. Yields are small, but welcome none the less, and with each year they grow larger.
The town is fed largely by fishing, with some farming. They produce just enough to get through the year, sometimes not even managing that.
The Aerodome lacks a lot in terms of recreation, having been designed to house planes and not people. However, the small town spirit carried in with the evacuated townsfolk has stuck around. Small events such as horseshoe throwing contests and musical performances occur from time to time to break the monotony of survival. It's hardly what it was before the Cataclysm, more resembling the gatherings of medieval times.
Their entertainment is not very impressive, consisting largely of small festivals or gatherings. The people's morale is rather low, but they manage.
Eerie Airport here. All flights are delayed until further notice.