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SURVIVAL PRIMER; It’s time to bug out... (Part 3)
« on: January 10, 2009, 06:56:05 PM »
SURVIVAL PRIMER; It’s time to bug out... (Part 3)

SURVIVAL PRIMER; It’s time to bug out, have you reviewed your tactics?



Tactics and considerations when bugging out as a party in vehicles

O.K., you’ve made the decision to bug-out via the roadways by vehicle.

You’ve packed your gear, briefed the plan, reviewed the evacuation atlas you’ve compiled, taken the time to back brief, and party members are assigned intelligently amongst the vehicles moving out.

Your initial tactical goals are as follows:

1.   Reduce the bug-out party’s exposure to roadway accidents and risks.
2.   Be ready to repel threats, but maintain a low profile as well.
3.   Act in concert as a set of vehicles managing the hazards encountered.

Note: you should always bug out in more than one vehicle if the size of your party permits this. Break downs as well as gear and personnel transfers are always a possibility.

Consider – The intelligence requirements for bugging by the roadways

Before heading off, review the situation you are driving into and back-brief it to each other as a team.

Is the route your taking through permissive areas or is there a chance that the area you’ll be moving through is semi- or non-permissive?

This is an important distinction to know before leaving your current position. You need to take the appropriate mental and physical posture from the get go. Decent intel will help foster this.

If it’s permissive, you should be able to keep your profile low enough to avoid unwanted attention and avoid most threats and roadway difficulties.

If it’s semi-or non-permissive, you need to know before even thinking of leaving…

You will have to elevate your defensive posture, if you decide to continue on in the set of circumstances given, be prepared for the possibility of violence, and/or interdiction by the authorities.

Ask yourself, is there an alternate route to increase security and safety, or is it prudent or even an option to wait it out where you are and move at a later date, or look to other bug-out options (going on foot).

Bugging out always has to be a well thought out decision taking into account all available and useful information and situational intelligence.

Remember, you’re goal is to reach your bug-out location “drama-free.”

Consider - The dangers of a false sense of security

When bugging out in vehicles, it’s easy to let the mind drift off and get distracted by the false sense of security of just being “safe” because you are inside a vehicle. Too much comfort can be an enemy.

Here’s some tips to consider in avoid that false sense of security vehicles tend to give us:

•   Never become complacent
•   Just because it has not happened so far does not mean it won’t
•   Always remember what the norm is and what dangers exist!
•   Nothing is ever as it seems, assume nothing
•   Trust your intuition; danger may be close

A false sense of security leads directly to the inattention of existing roadway dangers that will kill you or other party members. Don’t be a victim of distraction!

Consider – Knowing your vehicles capabilities and maintenance requirements

Everyone bugging out by vehicle should be familiar with the operation and care of the vehicles involved.
This is what every party member should know about the vehicle(s) before pressing out from your original location:

•   Know the vehicle’s operational controls, and be comfortable enough with them to assume the driver’s seat when called for.
•   Bugging out can be on and/or off-road at times, be familiar with your vehicle’s handling characteristics and general capabilities.

Maintenance is a subject to never overlook. Keep your bug-out vehicles up to maintenance and check their conditions daily.

The P.O.W.E.R.S. Acronym

Use the P.O.W.E.R.S. Acronym to help organize your daily maintenance checks:

•   Petrol(Diesel)
•   Oil
•   Water/anti-freeze
•   Electronics
•   Rubber (tires)
•   Safety mirrors and emergency equipment

Insure your bug-out vehicle’s road worthy condition. Your life and the lives of your party may depend on it.

Consider - Being aware of the road surface and related hazards

Never assume the road conditions are safe or have not changed since the last time you’ve taken a drive. Be cognizant.

The roadway itself can pose dangers to your bug-out convoy and must be given consideration.

Here’s some tips and observations concerning roadway dangers:

•   Always take into account the climatic effects on road conditions along your intended bug-out route.
•   Forward observations allow time to react; scan ahead of your vehicle’s intended route, often.
•   Always have an escape route; maintain a safety bubble around your vehicle so you can react to roadway hazards efficiently.
•   Look for Oil, debris, etc.
•   Scan for likely problem areas:

?   Brow of a hill or steep grades of ascent or descent
?   Bends, turns, and intersections
?   Reduced light or shadow covered areas
?   Look out for damaged roadside furniture from previous accidents as potential indicators for trouble.

Handling roadway conditions and hazards is often a common sense related affair. but too often taken for granted. Remember, it will be the time you dismiss their effects on your mobility that it bites you in the ass. This is the last thing you need on a bug-out.

More to come in Part 4…