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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Urban Resources

Having a plan of action is critical in any survival situation. Any good Urban Survival plan should have a way to find food, water and other supplies within walking distance of your home. It should also include multiple routes to get out of Dodge should the need arise.
Plan of Action
Get a detailed map of your area (or download one from Google maps). Plot out all the routes to where you can find various supplies during an emergency situation.
WATER – Ponds, streams, rivers, wells or whatever other sources of water are near your area need to be plotted out in detail.
  • How far are they from your location?
  • How much water can you obtain from the source?
  • Are there water sources where you can bathe and wash clothes?
  • What are the risks associated with obtaining water from the source?
  • Are there safety issues that you may encounter and how will you overcome them?
  • Can you stay hidden along your route?
FOOD -
  • Where can you find wild game around your area?
  • Are there area where you can easily set traps & snares?
  • What are the edible wild plants in your area?
  • Are there farms in your area? Local gardens?
  • What are the risks associated with transporting food in your area?
  • Are there safety issues that you may encounter and how will you overcome them?
  • Can you stay hidden along your route?
ESCAPE ROUTES – Having multiple escape routes is extremely important and should not be overlooked. Make sure you study your routes, and know them well!
  • Find routes that have multiple other escape routes via the original trail.
  • Are there hiking trails in your area?
  • Are there train tracks in your area?
  • How easy is it to stay hidden while walking along your route?
  • Is there a river you can safely follow?
  • Make sure you also know where to find food and water along your escape routes.