Jul. 13, 2017

Hey where you going? (Part 2)

Hey, where you goin!? (Part 2)

All right, in part 1 we discussed modes of transportation. Now lets talk about route selection.  If you think you will just jump on the highway and leisurely drive to your safe spot, you will be sadly disappointed. For 99% of us that live in urban areas, that will not be the case.  Ok, so if you cant jump on the highway, how the heck do you get out of Dodge!?

There are lots of options, some may be dependent on the mode or modes of transportation you utilize. Lets start with land travel first. To some degree the type of disaster/situation and the amount of forewarning we have may buy you a little time. Lets assume it is a large scale, world altering event with no forewarning and most of us survive. If you don’t have an evac plan, your going to be in trouble. One huge element of evac is how your going to get out, what route is best.

Types of Routes to consider…

Land Travel

  • Highways
  • Side roads
  • Dirt roads
  • Forest service roads
  • Canal ways (canal service roads)
  • Railways and railway service roads
  • Trails

Water Travel

  • Inner coastal waterways
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Tributaries
  • Canals

Routes to avoid

  • Subways
  • Public transit of any kind
  • Tunnels





Selection criteria for routes

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a route.

  • Efficiency of travel – The easier the better, if you’re not in a vehicle, the less energy you have to exert is what you’re looking for whenever possible.  If you’re in a vehicle you want the road to be as easy on your vehicle as possible.
  • As direct as possible – the shortest distance is a straight line, try to make it as direct as you can given the environment.
  • Safety of travel – Try to avoid roads that are hazardous. Try to avoid areas where people are congested or may have a tendency to riot or gather. Try to avoid routes that may have high exposure to the elements (weather and bad guys).
  • Enroute resources – If you have the choice to pick between a route that you know has fresh water and food sources or a route that doesn’t, obvious choice.

Other considerations

Caching and resupply – Depending on the distance you need to travel, the terrain and any special needs it may be a good idea to store caches along your route. These caches could be food/water, medical supplies, clothing, security/protection or any special needs such as medications or pet supplies.

Travelling your route

Strength in numbers – Try to have as many members of your party together as possible. If your alone or have sick or injured you will be much more vulnerable.

Haste makes waste – You need to travel in an expedited manner, however your only as fast as your slowest member.  Whether a child or elderly member you will need to cater to them in your pace, think of ways to limit their restrictions.

Security – If possible and on foot try to utilize patrol tactics. Have a point, tail and flank security member to better protect the group.

Post route selection

Ok so you have everything dialed in and you know your route. Not good enough. You now need to enter what I call Recon, Rehearse, Refine mode.

Recon – Short for reconnaissance, you should periodically recon your route. Your checking for damage, closures, obstruction.  Changes to resources such as springs or other water sources. Check any caches you may have stored along the way.

Rehearse – Practice your routes, make sure all of your party knows the routes inside and out. Record times of travel from point to point.

Refine – Based on the above make any corrections to your maps and descriptions of your routes. If necessary make any changes to your routes.