Saturday, August 8, 2009

Survival Kit Essentials - Maps




Every survival kit should contain maps. Even though you may be familiar with your own area, there is a possibility of having to make detours because of traffic congestion, an accident, road construction or there may be roads which have become impassable due to weather conditions.

The first map you should have is a current state map. This will insure that you can find a suitable route in case you are forced to evacuate due to a hurricane, flooding or other natural or man-made disaster. This will allow you to alter your route if it becomes necessary.




The second map you should have is a good county map. If you need to take a detour, having a good county map may save you valuable travel time by affording you the option to take a road less traveled. You should also obtain county maps for any areas you may be traveling through on your way to your designated bug-out location.

The third type of map you should have is a good city map for your area. if you live in a large urban area, it is virtually impossible to remember all the possible routes you may use in order to leave town in a safe and timely manner. Many times you can get a combination map that includes both a city map and a county map.

You can often get a free state map from your Parks and Wildlife Department for your state. Many local chambers of commerce and public libraries often have free city and county maps available just for the asking.

No matter how familiar you may be with your area there is always the possibility of the stress caused by a disaster or emergency situation that may make it harder for you to remember all the different shortcuts you may be familiar with and a good set of maps will help to eliminate any confusion or problems.

Get a free Texas map here: http://www.traveltex.com/travelguide/order.aspx

Got maps?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

8 comments:

vlad said...

http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10096

DeLorme state atlas has a topo map of every county. The scale is 1" = 6.3 miles.
Take care that you drive each road in your planned evac route.

Ken said...

...maps are good...+1...compass too,gotta be with maps...

...vlad's right,gotta drive the routes too(roads anyway...there's lots of 'fields' i could cut thru depending on the weather)...lol

matthiasj said...

Most counties will give away free maps. I have a free one from my county.

matthiasj
Kentucky Preppers Network

Anonymous said...

Not sure if it would apply to your area's,but as fast as Phx is growing,a city atlas would be a big help.Should a bridge be out,or a road under construction,you can plan a route thru a residential area,if need be.
Dean in Az

riverwalker said...

To: vlad

Thanks for the great link! I was unaware that that there was a state atlas with topo maps of every county available. Great item to have around.

As usual, you are a step ahead of me! LOL

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Ken

I haven't gotten around to the compass yet but will soon...good item to have. Knowing the roads ahead of time is very important also! Thanks Ken.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: matthiasj

Yep! Free is definitely a good thing!
Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

A city atlas would be a definite advantage in a large city. Thanks.

RW

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