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6 Types of Bug Out Maps for Urban Evacuation
I never go anywhere off the pavement without a compass and topographical map of that area. But let’s assume an urban disaster hits scenario, where you need to leave your home. What maps do you need to get to safety? (And don’t just plan to rely on a GPS. They are only as reliable as their batteries, and constant use could mean the unit is soon powerless. Also, any electronic device can break or just quit working.)
Start your navigation plans with a good compass. I prefer one with a clear base plate that is designed to work on maps. Invest in a good one with declination settings, and then learn how to use it. The smaller compasses that come with some survival kits are only useful as backups and for giving you a general direction. The following is a list of types of bug out maps:
City map: Your evacuation from your home will start with this map, so get one with the finest detail possible. This map can help you figure out alternative street evacuation routes if bridges and/or overpasses are closed. Also, gridlock on major highways and freeways is a given, so you might need to plot a course around them.
Planning for times that you may be forced from your home in a disaster.
Evacuation Orders — Earthquakes and Tornados are all events that may force you to leave without time to gather your emergency supplies. Plan ahead now to prepare for those emergencies and be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
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