Reno is a city that supports itself on gambling and gaming, a playland. The necessities of life are imported, and the populace as well as visitors anticipate and dream about sudden and unexpected wealth, rather than cataclysms. Thus, the populace will be ill prepared for the coming pole shift, and will in addition find themselves inundated with desperate survivors from the West Coast, who will run from a land quaking and sloshing and heaving to what they deem the safety of the mountains. As the desert can scarcely feed any survivors, they will all starve, unable to travel any distance due to broken roads and downed bridges. Mountain men with survival skills may lead small groups to a semblance of survival, but those tagging along will likely doom even this possibility.