Originally posted by alternateheaven
Thank you for those. They were excellent tips. In particular the "track and cover your steps" I did not think about that. Yes, evacuation drills
also sound sensible. I would like to expand on this and others.
Which would be the most appropriate terrain to go to. The countryside, the woods, the jungle or the mountains. All have their advantages and
disadvantages I assume. The next thing would be to consider where exactly are we going to shelter when dislocated(caves, trees, farms?) The UK, being
a tiny country, there is not too much choice. As I have been a city dweller all my life, I have absolutely no clue, where to go. Another decision that
needs to be made, how far from home, are we willing to travel. In the event of a national emergency, there would be little time to go far, and the use
of transport cannot be relied upon. Leaving it to late is likely to be dangerous.
The most effective strategy would be to leave just before the national emergency is declared. That would be difficult to predict. The time frame of
the scenorio is November 9th 2004
, we have to assume we have no prior knowledge of this date, meaning we would have to deal with the logistics
of an evacation and evacuate in less than a month.
So, many who are considering moving out of the city, are going to have to make the very difficult
decision of when to move. Too early, and food
and water resources will deplete and time will be wasted. Too late, and the risk of losing the opportunity to move all together.
Yeah, crossbows sounds like a good alternative. If an airpistol was legal that would also be a good alternative(again, I have no idea where to obtain)
There would be no problem in getting a sword(an immediate problem in carrying one around in public) or a dagger, but these weapons only be effective
in close-range combat.
Would construction of weapons be a viable alternative? Do you know any resources on the construction of own weapons. Also, perhaps this is ambitious,
but could we be able to construct electronic weapons with easily obtainable hardware? EMP and microwave, electric guns, sound guns, or blinding light
Yes, I have absolutely no desire or inclination in having direct confrontations with police forces. Weapons are only for self-defence.
Backpacks or rucksacks:
I am ahead of you on this one. All the things you mention are very useful. This backpack would need to contain everything that is necessary for
sustaining our very basic needs. We may only get one chance of selecting what we need, and be stuck with that for years. We would also have to choose
carefully, as unneeded things will only take up unnecessary space.
I have a few questions for you on your item list:
Why would we need rope? It is probably something obvious, but I cannot think of it myself. Rock and tree climbing? Never did that myself.
What is a non-electric lighter?
You mention glow sticks, how long do they last, and do they provide adequate illumination?
I know a swiss-army knife or leatherman and a compass are musts, but as I have never used them, I don't really know what I would apply them for in a
survival situation. Care to enlighten me?
Food resources are very important, but how long will they sustain you for. If you are out in the wilderness for several months or even years, and your
only food source is what was stored in the back-up, will it be enough? I have considered MRE's, if it were possible to store 300 of these in the
back-pack, would they be able to sustain you for 300 days, by eating one a day?
Are there better alternatives?
Some additional items I would like to suggest:
- Walkie Talkies: Is this traceable or can it be picked up by the armed forces?
- Flashlites: Ideally, one with a lot of battery life and candlepower. An LED one with 3C batteries could provide more than 360 hours of continous
operation. In addition, a solar or dynamo powerd one could be useful.
- Sleeping bags and/or a tent
- Fishing line or net(Bait would be a problem)
- A small survival book
- A mosquitto net
- A pack of playing cards or some other games
- A pack of condoms: I am not kidding, the least we want, is an STD or a baby admist all the other worries
- At least one change of clothes
- In an event of nuclear, chemical or biological war: A face mask, a radiation detection device, anti radiation pills: Objects that many won't
consider or purchase, but potentially life saving.
[edit on 10-10-2004 by Indigo_Child]
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