posted on Jan, 9 2011 @ 08:45 AM
I have one more piece of advice for those willing to listen. Even if you can't get acquainted with the people in the area you plan to evacuate to you
can do some research that might help.
Search for a map on the population density of your proposed bug out area. You're looking for the lowest density you can find. Once you find a low
density of population load a satellite view of the area. Be sure to check out the elevations, terrain, visible water, and nearest towns and villages.
You wouldn't want to head west only to find out that the place you planned to cross had a 2000' sheer drop off to the river! You'll also want to
know that if you have to cross the river where the lowest points are and what's on the other side should you have to build a fire to warm up and dry
off. Try to build the smallest effective fire you can and be sure to fully extinguish any fires you build.
You want to get an idea of where currently occupied residences are - and if possible - avoid them unless you can bring something to them that will
help them accept you. Be careful. Not everyone will let you pass safely, I don't care what some on here say. Its better to avoid the confrontation
than it is to lose half or all of your party in a firefight.
Once you think you've found a decent location look up the area in the county extension office. That will tell you what, if anything, is typically
grown there and it will also give you an idea of growing practices for that area. Once you know what will grow where you're going pick up some seed,
some hand tools and a gardening guide.
Check the Dept. of Natural Resources page for that state and county to see what game is typically hunted there or what fish is commonly available.
While you have the satellite view open check the route(s) to your destination and pick out several alternate routes in case one/some are inaccessible.
Check the nearest town/city data for average temperature, rainfall, snowfall etc. You'll want to know according to the month and the typical weather
there what type of shelter you'll need.
Once you've decided on a location or several locations and the route(s) pick up a field guide to the flora and fauna in that area. You want to know
what is edible, what is toxic, where and how to find the wild foods you need, and how not to over harvest to the point of total depletion. You'll
want to know what are valuable medicinal plants, their identification, uses and "doses". Pick up a field guide to medicinal plants as well.
Print out the maps, satellite views, elevations and mark your routes on them and put them with the field guides and a good compass in your BOB.
And lets all pray you never need your BOB or the information you've gathered.