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The Event is an apocalyptic catastrophe that befell most of the United States and nearly destroyed the city of Haventon in I Am Alive. Details of the Event are never described in full, but entails a series of earthquakes and clouds of dust and ash blocking out the sky.
The exact cause of the Event is never revealed, but what is known is that a series of earthquakes, floods, and suffocating dust and ash clouds struck without warning and took place continuously without letting up. People sought refuge in makeshift shelters and some to emergency shelters. The government attempted to provide aid and maintain order, based on the presence of supply drops and abandoned military and emergency vehicles found throughout Haventon, but at some point these efforts apparently failed. Whether the government is still functioning or has collapsed is unknown.
A survivor named Linda reveals that the scramble to escape the city had the populace walking over each other to reach the crowded boats that would take them to the survivor camps and settlements outside the city where the air was cleaner and the environment was safer than the hostile city, though nonetheless strapped for resources. Those who were unfortunate enough to miss the boats were stranded in the toxic city, surviving as best they could on dwindling supplies. Those that dared to go outside and braved the dust rarely ever returned.
During the events of the game, aftershocks still rock the town of Haventon at random moments, but rarely last long. The protagonist must climb through the ruins of the town he once called home in search of the two he cares about most, his daughter Mary and wife Julie.