A few quick notes on bugging out.
Don’t Wait for Government Help, it always arrives late or not at all.
Don’t count on anyone but you and your own for your security and survival.
Survival is made or fails in the first few minutes of a threat.
Don any protective gear you have and keep it on.
Get yourself into safety if the threat is present.
Once there decontaminate yourself if appropriate.
Treat any injuries.
Change into your ‘survival clothing’.
Dress appropiately for the weather.
Locate your survival gear, and start your evacuation procedures or complete your security lock down.
You will stand a better chance if you have multiple evacuation plans, multiple routes, and various types of transportation.
Distances. Plan on a ground speed on foot of 2 mph.
Moving for 4 hours is only 8 miles BUT if it is safe to do so, plan your route with frequent rest stops (and an opportunity to top up your water). Make sure you can get into adequate cover BEFORE it gets dark. Or, if you choose to move at night, seek adequate cover no later than pre-dawn. Never push it unless forced. You need rest. During that rest always attend to toileting.
Before you go, and while you are on the move, try to find out as much as you can about the situation i.e. any blocked routes, contamination, and restrictions.
Use a broadcast radio tuned to the emergency broadcast frequency COVERTLY and wear an earphone.
Before you leave your shelter (CBRN contingent) top up on water.
Food you can do without, dehydration will render you incapable within three or so days.
Stay away from public transport, hazardous centres of population, bridges, tunnels, rail lines, and main routes.
Expect random mindless acts of violence.
Be aware that the basic engagement rules of law enforcement will consist of containment and martial law. For the most part they will be operating without a central control. They will be stressed and generally twitchy.
Thoughts on movement on foot.
So much has been written about the grey man.
Let’s simplify it. BLEND IN.
Don’t look well equipped even if you are.
NEVER show you are carrying weapons.
If everyone else looks grubby or torn up, try to copy it BUT without ripping or damaging your outer layers.
If everyone is carrying stuff in plastic bags, do the same.
Never volunteer information or sound knowledgable.
“You’re a sheeple”, lost in a melee of confusion.
Never run, walk carefully, be aware of the ground.
Make good use of cover.
Never use a route with only one way in or out.
Choose open spaces, wide walkways and streets.
Plan your route with safe places along it.
Those should NOT include anything lootable or with a hazard like chemicals or high voltages. Stay away from shopping malls. Be aware that the lights may go out at any time.
If you have to use maps or a compass, use them covertly.
What you need to portray is a poorly equipped confused sheeple.
And forget the GPS or smart phone. That screen shines like a beacon in the dark.
Night is your friend BUT if that’s when you choose to travel, try not to use bright lights especially head lamps. The idea is to see, not be seen.
Your situational awareness needs to be in overdrive day or night.
Push your personal space limits back to the maximum.
Distance is king when the SHTF and combat.
Thoughts on driving.
Your vehicle should look ‘non descript’ and appropriate for the area.
4×4 drive is acceptable today (nice if it has a diff lock) but a huge vehicle with loads of fog lamps in an urban area will draw attention.
It is however a good idea to have heavy-duty tires fitted, a towing eye on the front and a towbar on the back. Plus carry a heavy tow rope, jack, rescue knife, and a tire wrench.
When driving don’t speed, observe the rules of the road and drive very defensively.
Keep your windows closed and doors locked.
Never join a queue without leaving sufficient room to allow you to turn around. Avoid one way streets, large complex junctions, freeways, elevated roads, subways, bridges, and tunnels.
They all limit your options.
If your primary route becomes blocked and it is imperative to travel, use pavements, WIDE footpaths, and preplanned open spaces if you have to. Remember that vehicles work just as well on them as roads provided the surface isn’t too boggy.
Expect conflict if there are people around.
Remember if things get out of hand, you are behind the wheel of a ton of metal.
Off-road in an urban area means driving at walking pace or less.
Keep your lights low and put your ‘4 way’ hazard lights on if there are lots of people present.
Never force yourself through a crowd or use your horn.
Considering ascending or descending a ‘staircase’ or steps?
If you can turn your air bags off do so before trying this.
It is NOT a good idea to try to ascend a staircase unless you have a ‘full off-road suspension’, BUT provided you take things really slow, it is possible to descend sidewalk sized steps in a standard vehicle if it is not too overloaded.
If you have to ‘move’ a vehicle out of your way, never crash into it as it may disable your vehicle. Just push it out-of-the-way with the force applied directly to the wheel arch over a tire. If the vehicle will not move, try dragging it by looping your tow rope OVER the tire and use your front towing eye i.e. reverse away from it.
Remember reverse gear is the most powerful gear in the gearbox.
Your towbar will prevent damage to your vehicle and to a lesser extent the screw in front towing eye.
Don’t forget, if you have to release the vehicles parking (hand) brake to move it be careful. Once the vehicle is moving it doesn’t just stop because you have ceased pulling or pushing. Always keep that knife handy if you have cut your towing rope.
If you have to smash one, pick the side windows.
The front and rear screens are usually laminated and won’t shatter.