Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Safety Map

Having a safety map is an essential part of any emergency plan.

If there's ever a earthquake or another natural or man made disaster having a place to go BOL (Bug out Location) or a meeting point for family members is important part of planing.

This great website helps you do that by creating and printing an online emergency map
go check it out at http://safety-maps.org/


  1. great resource dean as always. I'm there right now and looking to print out my safety maps for the wife and I...

    Thanks for passing along, and looking forward to see some more of your projects for 2012.

  2. That is seriously lacking in planning!

    Never have just ONE BOL!
    The location may be unreachable, 'hostiles' may be there or a number of other reasons that a BOL can't be used.

    Set up several, and make certain the children know to STAY on the nearest, unless it's 'unusable' and then to move to the next, in a KNOWN SEQUENCE. It is then up to parents to start at one end of the sequence and visit the BOLs to pick up the rest of the family/group. If more than one parent, the one who gets to the first BOL before the other will SIGN OFF with the time of visit, to let the other know he/she is OK.(Unless cell-phones work, of course)

    The same with Bug-Out Kits.
    It's bl**dy stupid to keep everything in one place.
    Spread the stuff over two or more locations, and for redundancy, have at least two of the more critical items.

    And WHAT should be in a Bug-Out kit?
    Wouldn't that depend on the reson to 'bug out'?
    If the Feds are knocking on the door, I'd assume unmarked banknotes, fake papers, makeup and a hairstyling kit...
    If it's an evac because of weather, I'd expect it to contain important papers, food for 2 days, a couple of changes of clothing, toiletries, emergency charger for cell-phones, probably something to read or otherwise spend lots of time.

    Then there's 'Sudden natural disaster'(earthquake, tsunami mostly) and 'Complete breakdown of civilisation'...
    Here you start on the camping gear, water purification, and continues with stored food, seed packages, hunting/trapping/fishing gear and end up with guns.

    Also consider what type of transport is possible.
    Will the roads be usable?
    A bicycle may not carry as much as a 4WD, but it can be carried over obstacles. You also won't be hampered by lack of fuel.
    If you live by the coast, a boat may be a better option.
    (Always have more than one option.)

    Feel free to ask yourself 'What would I miss or have problems replacing if my home burnt down right now'?
    (housefire or burglary is the most likely problem scenario for most people. Unless you live in a city located below the waterlevel, of course... )