Posts Tagged ‘evacuation’

Too many mint tins

Posted: April 9, 2012 by Sarge in Bug-out Bag, Preparation
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I obsessively eat Altoids mints at work.  I don’t mean I pop one in my mouth and enjoy the flavor as it dissolves, either.  I throw 3 or 4 in at a time, and then chew them like a five-year old with a Tootsie pop.  My excuse is that its cheaper than the smoking habit I kicked a few years back.

I save all the tins (I think that’s 3/4 of why I eat them in the first place).  I have 20 odd tins in the basement with my bug out bag, and another 5 or 6 on the workbench in the garage.  The ones in the garage get used to store small parts, nuts and bolts, and the like.  Of the 20 in the basement, only three have anything in them.  One is my “fishing kit”, with a handful of fish hooks, a couple sinkers, and some fishing line.  I’m hoping I can fashion a fishing pole and dig up some bait if the need arises.  Its better than no fishing gear at all, either way.  The next tin has a Bic lighter, a box of “waterproof” matches, and a pack of new flints and a wick for a Zippo lighter.  I also have a can of Zippo fluid, but it won’t fit in the tin.  The third tin has, well hell, I’m not even sure if I have stuff in a third tin.  I plan on setting one up with a hundred bucks or so and a credit card, with the idea that bugging out may be for a localized reason, and having something on hand would be really helpful in that case.

I use more of them for other small stuff that would otherwise be easily lost in a bug out bag.  My plan is to paint them all so that their contents is easily identified by their color, etc.  If and when I actually get to this point, I will post some pictures.  If you have other ideas for tins, write me a quick note.  I know there are other ways they could be useful.

 

 

Sarge

The Barbie Bug Out Bag

Posted: February 28, 2012 by Barbie in Bug-out Bag
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Honestly, I haven’t put a lot of effort into my bug out bag so far.  I’m sure that’s a deeply shameful thing to admit, but I’ve been planning with two major scenarios in mind:

1.  An extremely localized SHTF (think wildfire or hurricane) in which I can just hop in the car and drive across the state line to the Boy Scout’s house to wait it out.  In that case, my bug out kit basically needs to be a few changes of clothes, a day or two worth of dog food, road trip tunes, and a shitload of Skittles for the drive.

2.  A TEOTWAWKI situation where there’s not really anywhere else to go, so I might as well just bug the hell in and ride it out.  For that reason I’ve been stocking up on stuff I’ll need so the Chihuahua and I can just lock ‘er up tight and bug in.

I really haven’t prepared for some kind of ghillie suit wearing, machete swinging, Man vs Wild situation.  It’s not really my style.

Sorry, folks.  You’re not going to see me eating rattlesnake chitterlings anytime soon.

Leave me in my home situation, with my stockpile and my things, and I think I can survive for a pretty long time post SHTF.  If I have to go on some kind of wilderness adventure, I don’t see it ending well (nor do I really see a point).  I’ll do what I have to do to survive, but going feral is pretty much going to be my last resort.  That being said, my focus for the bug out bag is more along the lines of “what if I get stuck in really bad traffic during an evacuation and run out of gas.”

So let’s get down to the deets:

The bag is an old North Face backpack I picked up at a thrift shop for 2.99 – it’s got lots of room to store stuff, lots of hooks and straps to hang things from, and it’s super comfortable.  As an added bonus, it’s not overly tactical-looking so hopefully people will assume it’s full of clothes and lip gloss or something.  I’m pretty happy with it, espcially for the price.

And now for the contents.  So far, I’ve got:

Two pouches of tuna fish

A four day supply of dog food in Mylar with an O2 absorber

Four emergency Mylar blankets (actually, three blankets and one I made into a dog sleeping bag)

Two P-38 can openers (why, I’m not sure)

Two cheap emergency rain ponchos

A Zippo windproof lighter I scored off eBay

A tube of Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (go ahead and laugh)

A spare leash for the dog

A list of important phone numbers

Several Ziploc bags (for keeping things dry)

Spare socks and undies

A packet of baby wipes

A box of protein bars

Water purification tables

70 SPF sunscreen (seriously, I’m the whitest cracker on the beach – I’ve had sunburns that rendered me incapacitated for days)

 

Clearly, I’ve got work to do.  Without a lot of intense thought, I can already see where an LED head lamp would come in handy, and some cold gear like gloves and a hat are a necessity (70 degrees feels chilly to me).  I wouldn’t mind having a Katadyn water filter bottle either.  Some cheap sunglasses might be a lifesaver, too.  And some bug repellent, and maps, a basic first aid kit, more food…

We’ll be revisiting this.

How am I supposed to decide if I need to bug out, or stay put and settle in?  I had no idea how to answer the question, so I did what I do at work all day anyway.  I made Excel spreadsheets.  Why the hell not.  First, I built a spreadsheet that calculates a value for bugging out versus a value for staying put.  My idea was that the higher value would be the right choice.  I used things that I thought might affect the decision, dealing with preparation, availability of resources, etc.  I then averaged them for two groups, the stay and the bug out.  I then divided them by another factor, based on relative closeness to a major population center, and number of people in that population center.  Lets be honest, cities are going to be absolute mayhem when SHTF (Think post Katrina New Orleans).  I filled out the spreadsheet for my values, and this is what I came up with.

Then, just toying around, I built a table, creating a score for distance vs. population, where a higher score is achieved the further you are from a city, and the smaller that city is.  I then created two graphs to compare the effects of changing either distance or population changes.  Check it out.

There is no science invovled in either of these.  I don’t give a shit.  If you want a copy of either to toy around with, or if you have suggestions on how I could improve either, shoot me an email at survivorsarge@gmail.com.

 

Sarge

I was thinking about condoms recently.  Dont ask me why, but I started to think about what you can use them for.  I know fornication is the first thing that comes to everybody’s mind, but they can be used for other things.  It’s true!  If you think about what a condom was originally meant to do (keep two fluids separate, looking at it from a scientific standpoint) you realize that it has a lot of applications.  Ever been pushed into a pool and thought “man I wish my “insert electronic device” here was waterproof”?  Well a condom can be used to keep small things dry.  Lets say you have a watch that you’re fond of, but you need to ford a river.  If you had a few condoms in your BoB you could wrap up your watch to protect it.  really anything smaller than, well you know, can be stored in a condom to keep it dry and actually on second thought condoms have an amazing amount of stretch.  I mean check out this video of a kid pulling one over his head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vle-tpbJPs&feature=fvst.  You can store small fire arms in them to prevent rust or keep dirt out of the barrel of your rifle/shotgun.  Conversely if you need to keep something moist for some reason (I’m drawing a blank right now on something that needs to be kept moist other than cake, and I wouldn’t even go that far, but I suppose that you could do that experiment you do in first grade where you germinate some seeds in a bag except use a condom instead) it can be put into a condom for storage.  Condoms can also be used for water collection/storage.  Obviously they are not indestructible, or even particularly strong but they allow you to collect a sizable amount of water.  Condoms are extremely small and lightweight.  They can be easily stored and transported.  They are impermeable.  I mean really the uses are endless.  Laugh if you want but I going to keep a few with me.  And finally don’t forget to wrap you tool.

But really, don’t take my work for it.  Take his: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vle-tpbJPs&feature=fvst

On a side note I suggest un-lubricated latex condoms, otherwise things could get messy.

I’ll have to confess something.  The real purpose in my being involved in this blog, from my standpoint, is to force myself to think through and plan for whatever comes.  If this blog does not become the most talked about thing on the internet, I will be okay.  Thats not to say that I don’t want people to read what I have to say.  To the contrary, I would love input.  If you read something I’ve written, and you have a better idea, fire it off.  If I think you deserve the day’s Asshat Award for your comment, I will probably let you know.  Otherwise, input is both welcome and appreicated.

Onward to BOV prep.  I spent 4 years maintaining HMMWVs for the military.  14 months of that was in Iraq, with an infantry unit.  I spent weeks at a time driving around hostile territory with grunts, waiting for their shit to break down, so that I could try to fix it with few tools and fewer parts.  Grunts are hard on shit.  If there is a way to destroy something through use, they can and will find it, quickly.  Through experience, I figured out what my toolbox needed, what it might need, and what it did not need.

If you are not able to fix basic vehicle problems on your own, you shouldn’t bother bringing tools, or parts.  Hell, don’t bother prepping, cause you’re probably fucked anyway.  If you are able to fix basic stuff on your own, teriffic.  You may be able to extend your BOV’s range by a few hundred miles if something breaks.

To establish some basics, you are not going to rebuild an engine, replace a transmission, or change your brake pads while bugging out.  If your vehicle reaches that point, time to go it on foot.  That being said, don’t bother packing the manual, or the specialty tools.  The tools you do need include open-box wrenches in common sizes (8mm to 20mm if your shit is made in Japan, Europe, or is new, 3/16 to 1″ if your shit is made here in the US, and is a little older).  Be sure of which you need ahead of time, so that you don’t carry twice the shit.  Also bring 3/8″ drive sockets in the same sizes, plus a ratchet and breaker bar.  A pair of vice grip pliers, a pair of slip joint pliers, some needle nose pliers, and a pair of channelock pliers will be useful.  Various sized phillips and flathead screwdrivers will be lifesavers.  A decent prybar and a good sized BFH (Big Fucking Hammer, its a technical term) are always good.  I would also throw in a bottle jack (powerful and compact) and a wrench able to remove your lug nuts.  A razor knife is great in a pinch, and a cigarette lighter could prove useful.  A pair of jumper cables will help if you need to transfer vehicles, or get yours moving again.

To go along with the tools, bring an 8′ length of hose, at least 1/2″ diameter.  You can use this to siphon fuel from other vehicles.  Some 3/8″ hose would be good as well.  Between the two, you can replace a decent number of transmission/power steering type lines.  A selection of various hose clamps won’t do you wrong either.  Bring some solder and  electrical tape, as these combined with the lighter will give you the ability to repair wire damage.  Bring at least one tube of High Temp RTV Silicone, as you can seal all sorts of things with it.  Also, grab a can of WD-40.  You can use it to get water out of engine electronics or weapons, and you can protect metal from corrosion with it.  Get a spare serpentine/V belt that fits your vehicle, as that is a quick easy fix if it goes.  A tire patch kit is an affordable way to keep the rubber round, but you need a small compressor to go with it.  I have one that runs off my cigarette lighter socket in my car.  It kinda sucks, but it puts air in tires, so it stays.  Bring a gas can along so that you can gather as much fuel as possible whenever possible.  Also, bring a couple quarts of your vehicles specific engine oil, tranny fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid if you have room. 

Remember, you can always replace one vehicle with another on the road.  You can’t replace yourself.  If your shit is hard busted, leave it and move on.  You can always come back for gear if you need to.  If you don’t have room for a lot of tools and shit because you have a 5 seat car and 4 kids, two dogs, and a hamster to pack in, then don’t take the tools.  Tools without any parts won’t help you much, and parts with no tools won’t do shit for you either.

Just some thoughts,

 

Sarge

Up a Creek

Posted: February 10, 2012 by Sarge in Evacuation
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So we’ve established some basics.  You gotta plan.  You might want some supplies.  A vehicle would be great.  You might have to go it on foot.

Well there are other options as well.  I thought about using a bicycle to move about.  At first this seemed like a great idea.  Then I realized that I pack like a Kardashian, so my bug out bag will probably be somewhat heavy and ungainly.  In other words, I’ll be ass over tea kettle if I try to ride off into the sunset on a bike.  So fuck that.  If you have a way to use a bike to get away, good for you.

I thought about horses, but they eat a lot, and I don’t have one anyway, so thats out.  Same with donkeys, mules, oxen, and whatever else.  I have a 70 pound dog.  A 3 year old might be able to ride her for about 6 feet before she removes them, then removes one of their limbs, just to be sure it doesn’t happen agian.  No livestock riding here.

A motorcycle could work to some degree, but if you dump it, you better hope you either die, or have enough life left in you to put a gun to your own head, because you might otherwise become a living feast for coyotes, wolves, ravens, zombies, or rats.  Gross and painful.  If you’re staying put in your home, the bicycle or the motorcycle could be good for scouting and searching, but I wouldn’t count on it for bugging out.

A wheelbarrow seems like a good idea, until you think about how frustrating they can be to drive if you’re not paying attention.  A childs sled would be great if its snowy on your way out, and you could even ride your sled/BOB on the downhills.  A hand cart could be really helpful, as long as you are able to travel on hardball roads.  A garden cart that could be easily modified to be pulled, or a wagon, would really increase your cargo capacity.  You could even build a harness so you dont need to pull it by hand.  Make sure that harness comes off easily though.  If you’re truckin’ your shit down the road, and a horde of hungry city dwellers comes at you, you wanna be able to haul the mail, without having to… well… haul the mail with you.

The only thing I came up with that I thought would be kinda awesome was the canoe/rowboat.  A rowboat is great at times, but not as portable, so I’ll concentrate on the canoe.  Canoes are lightweight, which makes them easy to get to and from the water.  They can carry two adults with gear comfortably, and you could probably put a kid or two in there.  Two canoes would make for a lot of potential.  You can also tie an inner tube to the back and toss a BOB onto it, further increasing your ability to haul your shit. If you’re using a canoe on a river, and it gets to shallow, its easy to get it out of the water, carry it past the shallows, and mount back up.

Travelling by water is nice, because a river will do all the work for your lazy ass, so you just have to figure out how to steer.  If you’re out in the water, its harder for the walking dead to get to you.  Swimming dead, you say?  You’re on your own at that point.  In addition, you can fish from a canoe.  This opens up a lot more fishing area if you’re on a pond or small lake.

There are some down sides to water travel.  First, its a one way street, unless you are one brawny badass paddler, at which point you probably quit reading this a while ago.  Second, you don’t hit forks in the river all that often.  Third, you WILL end up in some body of water too large for the canoe to handle.  I promise.  If you’ve never tried to paddle a canoe on a good sized, choppy lake, its not easy.

Shop around at garage sales, and on craigslist, and you might just score a cheap canoe.  Leave it upside down under the deck, or hang in from the garage rafters, and you’ve got a quick get away watercraft.  You may want to ensure you have a paddle or two, and I would recommend taking it for a test drive before you commit your survival to it, but a canoe can really diversify your travel equipment for a very low price.

Sarge

P.S.  Keep Newton’s laws of physics in mind when entering, exiting, or standing in a canoe.  You’ll find out what I mean the first time you try out your new battleship, trust me.

Packing Your Bug Out Bag

Posted: February 7, 2012 by Sarge in Bug-out Bag
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If you have a bug out bag on your back, and you’re on the move, the shit has clearly hit the fan.  We can assume that things will be very unpredictable for you as you travel.  You need to be sure that you know how to get to what you need in your bag, when you need it.  When you get bitten by that wild animal, or winged by the crazy with the .22 in the woods, you have to be able to get to your first aid kit fast.  When you’re about to be overrun by the undead, ammo is going to be the ticket, and you had better have it close at hand.  Clearly you won’t die if you can’t get your hands on your clean socks or your energy bar in an instant.  Keep this in mind when packing.  Put things of lesser emergency importance at the bottom.

Now, on to packing.  I’m going to assume you have at least one pair of spare socks, one spare T shirt, and one pair of clean underwear (wouldn’t your mom be proud).  The socks are the most important part of this, but more on that later.  What I like to do with my clean skivvies is create what my DI called a gunny roll.  This takes little time to prepare, makes for a nice small item to pack, and keeps all your clean drawers in the same place.  This really only works if you have some tube socks or tall boot socks (I would recommend some tall boot socks, wool if possible).  It goes like this:

1)  Lay your tshirt out, folding in the arms on both sides so that the result is a rectangle about 8 inches wide (Clearly, if you’re wearing XXL shirts, you will  have to adjust your sizing accordingly)

2)  Lay your undies on top of the shirt, near the neck hole.

3)  Lay your socks on top, perpendicular to your shirt.  Place the toe ends on the shirt, with the top open ends laying off to the sides like wings.

4)  Roll that whole thing up like a big burrito, or joint, or whatever it is that you’re used to rolling.  The tighter you roll it, the smaller the resulting package will be.

5)  Take one end of one of your socks, and stretch it back over the whole roll.  Do the same with the other end.  When you get done, you should have what looks like a sock colored football.  Success!

Now you have a couple gunny rolls made up, along with all the other crap you intend to stuff in your bug out bag.  Here is where we create what I like to call “flotation chambers”.  This is another concept I learned from uncle Sam.  Everything going in that sack, that you don’t want getting wet, should go into a ziploc bag.  You can use a variety of sizes to fit different items.  This offers three benefits.  1, your shit stays dry when it rains or you fall in the river like a dumbass (pretend you won’t make some ass mistakes while bugging out.  I know I’m going to have to learn the hard way, often) 2, you have bags you can use to gather or store food that you find along the way, 3, your bag has a bunch of little water tight pouches in it.  These water tight pouches will help keep your ass alfloat when you fall in the river, or when you get in the river intentionally to cross it, or whatever.  Either way,  you’ve turned your bug out bag into a PFD.  Bonus!

Next up, lets line the bag.  This part is easy.  If you have some extra coin to spend, buy yourself a waterproofing bag at an outdoor store.  It needs to be big enough to fill the main pouch of your bag.  If you don’t have the coin, use two heavy duty garbage bags, one inside the other.  Once you have used your waterproofing bag to line the inside of your pack, load it like you would normally.  This creates another moisture barrier, and gives you some more bags in which to store shit should the need arise.

Now, one last suggestion for that bag of yours.  In the main pocket of the bag, right on top, you should have a list of what you have and where it is in the bag.  This way, if you forget, or if your spouse needs something, or whatever, you have a reference sheet.  Store it in a ziploc to keep it dry.  You may never use this list, but you might use it, and it might just save your life.

Sarge

“Lead, follow, but stay out of the zombies way’

Evacuation: The next step

Posted: February 5, 2012 by boyscout556 in Evacuation
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OK, so you made it out alive and in good shape.  The BOV is running like a champ, loaded with a few months’ worth of food, the family, fido, some extra fuel, and enough guns and ammo to take on Belgium.  You even managed to get out of the immediate area of the SHTF.  Now what?

Just because you have all the equipment and were even able to get away with it doesnt mean you’re home free.  Now you need somewhere to go.  This is where it gets hard.  Do you head to great aunt Mimi’s house in Pokipsy, or out into the forest?  Some of you may be better preppers/survivalists than I, and already have a cabin in some remote location in  woods, with your bunker, and a few years worth of food, and all the other equipment.  If which case, good for fuckin you, why arent you writing this and letting me learn?  But you better hope your Opsec was air tight or you might find someone that was just a little faster and is ready to defend what used to be your homestead to the last man.  In which case, you better have a back up plan.  For the rest of us that dont have a Bug-out Location (BOL), whether prepped by us or someone else, we need to have a plan.   Any plan is better than nothing, so you might as well start thinking about it now.  And truthfully I dont have a fucking clue as to where to go currently.  But I just thought of a way to remedy that.

I suppose the things to look for in a BOL are seclusion, easy access to resources, like water, food (whether it be hunted, gathered, of cultivated), defendablility, etc.  Well what better way to find someplace like this then start camping with the family.  Rather than taking your lard ass to someplace like the beach where you’ll put on a bathing suit that really shows off your back hair, and makes everyone else dry heave until they pass out, pack up some of you survival gear, go out in the woods, and practice your skills.  You can start to get a taste of surviving off the grid.  Better yet start backpacking with only your BOB.  It will allow you to test out how well you’ve packed it, get you used to carrying it, maybe show you why the gym might not be a bad idea.  Plus it will give you the chance to start scouting for a good BOL.  I would suggest a large forest, where you might find some wildlife and more of that nature shit.  And after you find your location, for the love of God, don’t go posting on Facebook how you just found the best BOL and these are its latitude and longitude.  Keep it to yourself, or maybe let your family in on it but make sure they wont go blabbing about it.  Better yet find a few different locations that can all be used, and rank them on their best attributes.  This way you have some options when the SHTF.  So for all of you that thought “Oh, I have everything i need to survive and a way to get out of dodge to boot” always remember, just because you can leave doesnt mean you have somewhere to go.

This could get a little bit tough. We all love our pets. Constant companions, always ready to greet you when you get home. Well, now the world is crashing down around you. So what to do with the four legged friends. If you have a farm, and subsequently farm animals, I have no experience, and I suggest you slaughter enough animals to sustain you for as long as possible if you have to leave.
If, like the rest of us, you have cats, dogs, hamsters, fish, and whatever else, I have a couple of ideas. First off, if its not a cat, dog, or perhaps monkey, leave it behind. Let rodents go free, flush the fish (who knows, they might Nemo their ass to somewhere happy). Actually, you could feed the fish to the cats to keep them fed for longer, or, if they’re big enough, just fry em up for yourself.

Back to the real pets.

Now, my first suggestion is to buy two bags of food for Fido next time you’re at the store. Every time he’s about to finish one, go buy another. If you rotate stock, this will ensure that you always have 2 or so months of fresh food on hand.
If you have cats, be sure you have a crate to keep them in, in case you end up leaving by vehicle. Keep an extra food and water dish handy. They will probably have to learn to shit out doors, but I’m sure they will figure it out when you don’t provide a litter box for a week or so. If, rather than fleeing by vehicle, you’re going it on foot, its time to let the cats be wild. Fill the bath tub with water, leave all their food in an accessible place, and take off their collars so that they can hunt quietly. I would say you could probably prop an outside door open a few inches, so that they have your house as a place to reside. They are hunters by nature, and have a decent shot at survival if left alone.
Now on to the dog. Traveling by vehicle, be sure to again have food and water dishes. Obviously a leash is required, but in addition, a nice section of rope will be helpful. Buy a 50′ section of rope, and tie a clip to one end, and a loop in the other. You can easily attach it to a tree, or the hitch on the truck, or whatever you have. This will give the beast a place to wander and run a little while you pillage houses of the dead looking for stuff to live on.
If you’re travelling on foot, take the dog with you. Whether it be a 5 lb Yorkshire Terrier, or a 130 lb mutt, your furry friend is going to be a life saver. A dog brings you a companion, which will help after having not seen a Living person in 3 weeks. Additionally, the dog provides a means to pull stuff (if its a big dog). A sled in the snow, or a cart in the warm months, will significantly increase your equipment capacity. I would reccomend you pratice with the dog ahead of time, by the way.
The other thing that a dog brings to the table is a powerful set of ears, an incredible nose, and another set of eyes. This will help while avoiding aliens, zombies, or potential tagalongs as you travel. The dog could additionally be used to scare up birds to shoot, etc, and may even smell out some food.
If you get to the point that you cannot travel and maintain the dog, let him go. He might follow along of his own accord, but will wander off to find food, and maybe a pack of other mutts to fall in with.

Any choice you make concerning your pets will probably be tough, but remember, think of them as a tool to your survivial. (I’m not saying eat your dog or cat, but honestly, if it gets to that point…)

 

Sarge

“The living will envy the dead, and the dead will envy you…”

Evacuation: Whats your Plan?

Posted: January 30, 2012 by boyscout556 in Evacuation
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A nuclear bomb explodes in the city next to you.  The zombie Apocalypse starts in downtown Manhattan.   A hurricane is barreling towards your house.  What do you do?

Chances are that whatever the emergency, when it happens it wont happen all around you, and if it does you’re pretty much fucked to begin with.  Either you will know its coming (like a hurricane) or you’ll know where it started and therefore where its coming from and about how long you have until it hits you so you should have at least a few hours to organize and head out.  So, where do you go?  hop on the interstate like every other unprepared dolt?  People cant even get to work without running out of gas or crashing into each other so you think during a panic it will be better?  That thinking means all the other preps you’ve done are worthless, but at least you can share with all the other assholes stuck on the road.  Chances are everyone will be headed in the same direction, taking mostly the same roads, jamming them up like Newman’s arteries.  A little planning might allow you and your family to get out while everyone else is sitting in a parking lot that used to be called route 66.  Think of every disaster movie you have ever seen.  There is always that scene with the cars all on the highway at a standstill, and then some asshole in the front thinks he can run faster than drive and everybody abandons their cars.  Sure that means there is plenty of gas to gather later but getting to safety should probably come first, just saying.

With that in mind I think I’m going to check out the maps of the local roads (google maps pretty much kicks ass for this) and plan an escape route in each of the major directions, and then take a weekend and go explore them.   Sure the speed limits on back roads are slower, but who’s gonna stop you, the cops? I think they’ll have enough on their plates attempting to shoot zombies in the face.  If you explore your local area now, finding smaller side roads that most people will overlook, you will be able to pick your route based on what all the other lemmings are doing, and keep off the jammed up roads and on the smaller back roads that will allow you to get out alive at least for now.  You might also want to pack a few maps in your Bug-out Bag because if you think you are going to be able to rely on your Garmin or Tom Tom, you apparently haven’t used yours very much.  Those things are great when you have a long trip on interstates but get them on back roads or downtown in a city and you might as well have a hundred dollar brick.  Plus who knows how long those things will still be reliable after the SHTF.

So along with food hoarding, bug-out bags, and which guns to bring, you might want to plan a few routes so when its time to get out of dodge, you actually can, leaving all the other bastards to be the zombies’ first course.   Mmmmmm brains.