What do I mean by a real-time disaster?
Simple…how about these?
- A suitcase nuke or dirty bomb is detonated in your area
- A category F6 tornado a mile wide flattens your city killing hundreds
- A virulent strain of bio-germ is released affecting thousands and killing in a matter of a day or two – that is what I would call a real-time disaster
- An electro-magnetic pulse wipes out all electronics for a thousand miles and stops all electronics – no banking, no electricity, no running water, no sewerage, no traffic controls or mass communications – nothing electronic works
This is where your life is forever changed especially the last one.
Without communication police cannot be summoned, fire alerts do not ring, robberies go off without an alarm sounding and the bad guys are having a field day, people in dire situations cannot get an ambulance.
Worst of all motor vehicles will not run as their electronics are fried and unusable.
How do your prepper actions help you now?
Smart prepper’s build Faraday cages around critical electronics but around motor vehicle parts affected it cannot be done. So many buy old pre-computerized cars and motorcycles from the early 60’s and 70’d which remain unaffected.
I have a 1968 Triumph Bonneville 650 that is a kick start motorcycle. That is my means of getting out of Dodge carrying myself and what goods I need to escape to safety.
You don’t have one of those…what do you do?
A bicycle can be outfitted with rip-stop nylon carry bags capable of transporting you and 100# of gear and tools to fix a flat when needed and wearing a 40# backpack with a built-in hydro pack you’d be able to make a steady 10 miles per hour for between 4-6 hours with a bit of training over about three months. That training would allow you to ride 40-60 miles away.
With a bicycle you could go just about anywhere, around the tightest obstacles, avoiding congested roadways and abandoned cars and at a fast pace when needed you could make 25 miles per hour out running a person on foot with intent to harm you.
Good Old Born with Bi-pedal Transportation – Walking
Yeah I know you think walking is for the birds but truth be told with about two – three weeks of walking regularly three to five miles a day you can physically keep a steady 5 miles per hour pace for between 4-6 hours carrying a 40# backpack outfitted with enough supplies and gear to get you to safety and sustain yourself for a week and more if you pack an additional 10 pounds of food.
A 50 pound pack with take a month of training to build up your leg and back strength so you can get to where you need to go.
Walking out mainly at night will allow you to remain in the shadows as much as possible avoiding danger and making between 20-30 miles a day and with more training and depending on your age a good deal further.
For a bicycle trek or a walking adventure what is the absolute necessities you take with you?
- Good quality backpack – 4 pounds
- Food – dry foods, raisins, power bars, dried fruits, peanut butter, canned meats (tuna, chicken), vegetables – dehydrated – 20 pounds
- Water at least 1-/12 gallons evenly distributed in a 100-ounce hydro pack and halogen bottles in pouches on your pack and waist pack – 12.5 pounds
- Water purification gear and extra filters – 2 pounds
- Sleeping bag good to zero – 20 degrees – 3 pounds
- Extra change of clothing, under wear and socks, toothbrush and soap – 4 pounds
- A hat – wide brimmed – 6 ounces
- Gloves – 3 ounces
- Shoes – durable made for walking distances – 2 pounds
- Fire starter kit – 6 ounces
- First Aid kit – 1 pound
- Handgun and ammunition – 2 pounds
- Rifle and ammunition – 5 pounds
Optional: A towable, wheeled gear bag or wire shopping pull able for groceries loaded with 2 gallons of water (16.6 pounds), 20 pounds of food and a 4-man dome tent – 5 pound (you need a place to sleep and store your stuff at night out of the elements and away from critters).
Ok even with the extra stuff I’m pulling how long can I survive?
Water – Hydration is your main concern – you are going to need a quart every 3-hour’s while you walk or ride so one gallon a day, if it’s hot outside more.
Food – you easily would have enough with rationing to last a month maybe more.
Hygiene – I cannot stress this enough staying clean, brushing your teeth and ridding yourself of germs and bacteria will and can save your health and life.
How far should you walk or ride – with a pre-planned route 50 miles is not out of the question but doing your homework, using Google Earth Pro and MapQuest so you had the route mapped and knew exactly where you were going.
You need a good source of water the best is a running stream which is better than still water like a pond or lake, using your water purification system you should easily be able to effectively hydrate to fulfill every task you have ahead of you.