Want to survive a natural disaster? Make sure you have a portable GPS, Cell Phone and a crank powered radio with usb charger. Practice using these items by doing some backpack hiking! There are many forest preserves all over this country and this can get you in shape and mentally prepared for the day you may be living off the land.
Want to survive the end a bit longer? Throw away your GPS and cell phone, Some GPS(not the early ones, but for all we really know, maybe) and all Cell Phones are tracking devices! Or at least take out the batteries and bury them for future use. Get a whistle, keep the crank powered radio, get some maps for the area you plan on traveling and learn to use a compass!
Get yourelf a Little Eton These can be a valuble item during disasters. keep the size small to easily be stored in your BoB.
Simple terms and real life using lensatic compass… find a high spot.. point to another high spot you wish to goto using sights. With magnifier included, look down and turn dial ring(white line) to point to north arrow(which always points north). every time you look at the compass from then on, just align north arrow to white line again with no sighting needed.. head off into direction the sightline(black) is pointng..not the arrow..once to that spot, set another spot. All the rest is using map and no highspot sighting(line of sight) and extra knowledge worth learning. With these items you wont need a fancy GPS and will know exactly where you are, amazing huh..(little sarcasim thrown in) don’t depend on battery operated items to save your life.
Lose your Compass?
There are a few constellations that every navigator should be aware of. In the Northern Hemisphere, these are the northern constellations of Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper. The Big Dipper and Cassiopeia are visible all year round, revolving around the North Star. Take some time to become familiar with these two constellations so you can spot them any month of the year. (Remember, the stars revolve throughout the year, so at some times of the year expect to find Cassiopeia upside down.)
Enjoy learning about some of the other constellations as well. The zodiacal constellations mark the ecliptic, and their rising and setting can be useful for marking east and west, and determining the time and season of the year.
Watch the phases of the moon, which is a very useful guide. The phases of the moon depend on its relationship with the sun. A full moon, for example, is in opposition to the sun, and will rise exactly as the sun is setting.A new moon will always appear in the western sky. A new moon is a crescent with the points pointing to the left (or east). It is like the shape made with the right hand’s thumb and forefinger extended in a ‘C’ shape. A first-quarter moon will appear overhead, and a line drawn down from it perpendicular to the horizon, will mark south at sunset.
The zenith of the ecliptic, or highest point the stars travel as they appear to rotate around the Earth, will mark south.Locating the North Star
Once you’ve learned to recognize the Big Dipper, you can always find Polaris, the North Star. The Big Dipper somewhat resembles a frying pan, with a long handle and a rectangular head. Looking at the “head,” imagine a straight line from the two furthermost stars (see diagram). The line should extend perpendicular to the tail of the Dipper, and will point directly toward the North Star. You now have north.
Cassiopeia also points toward Polaris, and is on the other side of Polaris, opposite the Big Dipper. Polaris is almost equidistant between them. Cassiopeia resembles a W on its side. Polaris makes the form of an arrow with one of Cassiopeia’s points. (See picture.)
The North Star does not move, but appears to stay fixed as all the other stars rotate around it.
Measuring the angle between the horizon and Polaris will provide your latitude. The North Star is on the horizon at the equator (0 degrees), and directly overhead at the North Pole (90 degrees). The angle drawn between the horizon and the North Star for any location will yield the latitude of the observer.
If a protractor or sextant isn’t available, you can approximate degrees using your fist. Extend your arm toward the horizon, and make a fist. Your fist will take up approximately 10 angular degrees. This is constant for everyone, because people with longer arms typically have larger hands. This can give you a fairly good idea of your latitude.
Also worth noting: The full moon, when directly overhead, has an angular size of approximately 30 minutes of arc.
Pratice what you learn and do some stealth camping in areas you may wish to control in the future. You may find others are already using those areas today. How far can you do this going in the four directions? If south goes down can you move north? Have more than one option available.
Possibly look into Night vision scopes. Handhelds can be had as cheaply as $150.00 these days. Gen 1 will work just fine for surving. They are rated to detection out to 200 yards with more practical use of 75 yards. Rifle scopes can be had for as little as $350.00 these days and are much smaller than used during Vietnam era. You get what you pay for and plan on spending thousands if you care for a GEN III setup to push you out further at night.
Remember if you use the IR features of these scopes, you will be detected. Another “side effect” of Night Vision would be the loss of your natural night sight in the eye you use to view. Which will have you seeing like a cyclops at night. The trade off though to see clearly at night through the scope may just be worth it.
Thermal Imaging (FLIR) is becomming a standard. Are you capable of having a handheld device? (FLIR Scout about $3000.00) Are you capable of avoiding theirs? Rain and Fog is something to keep aware of and move in. These are a few ways to cut down drasticly on the chance of being detected but only through distance. A barrier between your body heat and mother nature is another. Something that maintains the same temp as your surroundings while not touching you to give off hot spots. Cooled wool blankets have been used successfully by afghan fighters to hide from detection in some instances. Acrylics and reflective plastics have been seen used as another deterrent of light or making you a ghost in IR and FLIR. Keep all skin covered! gloves, face paint, mud packs or shemagh all can be very helpful.
READ! Get books on what works in the field. SAS Survival Handbook is a good one. The recent killing of Bin Laden was an operation of perfection. The leader Admiral McRaven, commander of the Navy Seals already had a book out on Spec Ops (published 1995) and who would be better to read from? for the theory of Special Ops from the forties thru the seventies. Get Spec Ops to see how operations through the years have worked around the world and what formed Spec Ops into what they are today and how they think. Has your government already marked you as a dissident and tracking your moves? You might be surprised how easily you can make a list, even with your dedication to your countries values as you “thought” they are.