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Getting Home--- how to prepare?
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A lot of people are preppers and have a lot of research done on how to remain prepared for various contingency situations. I'm more curious about how people train and prepare for getting home in an emergency. I have a 30 mile hike through urban, suburban, and almost rural areas if I have to get home from work without a car. So I've been wondering what the best way to prepare is.

Physically I have done a lot to get into better shape over the past couple of years. I do both cardio and weight training, quit nicotine and caffeine, and have improved my diet. I know I could hike the 30 miles.

I also have a get home bag that I carry with me to work every day. I have what I believe I would need to get home in hot or cold weather (as long as I can get to my car before starting my hike).

But what should I do to really prepare? Any advice on what knowledge I need to gain, topics I need to study, activities I need to master, etc? I actually would like to do a dry-run hike home from work some day, or a 30 mile hike through the woods sometime as a test.
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#2
30 miles isn't all that bad in nice weather, but consider some of the reasons you can't get home. Maybe a tornado/hurricane wiped out an entire area or civil unrest breaks out. Maybe even a terrorist attack happens. Chances are you aren't the only one in that situation. We have seen how quickly mass hysteria envelopes people. Just grabbing your pack full of goodies and walking up the roads, you normally take home, might prove to be a really bad idea. In order to be safe from people who want what you have, your 30 mile trip might become a 40-50 mile excursion.

I would suggest, if you haven't already, keeping a good map, compass and shelter materials in you GHB, and learn how to use them, by practicing navigation and bushcraft. Prepare for the worst.
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spblademaker;155782 Wrote:30 miles isn't all that bad in nice weather, but consider some of the reasons you can't get home. Maybe a tornado/hurricane wiped out an entire area or civil unrest breaks out. Maybe even a terrorist attack happens. Chances are you aren't the only one in that situation. We have seen how quickly mass hysteria envelopes people. Just grabbing your pack full of goodies and walking up the roads, you normally take home, might prove to be a really bad idea. In order to be safe from people who want what you have, your 30 mile trip might become a 40-50 mile excursion.

I would suggest, if you haven't already, keeping a good map, compass and shelter materials in you GHB, and learn how to use them, by practicing navigation and bushcraft. Prepare for the worst.

The biggest thing I have seen evolve in my own mindset since I started taking this stuff seriously is the realism of my plans. I try to avoid the prepping subject in conversation, but there are plenty of people out there who just love to voluntarily bring it up and tell you every little detail of their plans whether or asked for it or showed any interest. All them them seem to have these elaborate bugout plans that they are just itching for an excuse to execute. It made me realize that, in addition to the sheep jamming up the roads scared out of their minds waiting for the government to tell them what to do, there's going to be a lot of armed crazy people walking around the woods whispering "the zombies are coming".

My absolute biggest prep and lifestyle change has been to make sure that I am already home when there is reason to believe something big could happen. Whether it is the coming of a freak storm, the possibility of civil unrest, ebola, etc. Trust me I do realize that is not a realistic thing that everybody can do. Not everybody can work from home or say hey I'm not coming in today because I'm afraid there's going to be riots.

Beyond that I don't have much to offer, but I will be keeping an eye on this thread to see what everybody else has to say.
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csmith;155783 Wrote:
spblademaker;155782 Wrote:30 miles isn't all that bad in nice weather, but consider some of the reasons you can't get home. Maybe a tornado/hurricane wiped out an entire area or civil unrest breaks out. Maybe even a terrorist attack happens. Chances are you aren't the only one in that situation. We have seen how quickly mass hysteria envelopes people. Just grabbing your pack full of goodies and walking up the roads, you normally take home, might prove to be a really bad idea. In order to be safe from people who want what you have, your 30 mile trip might become a 40-50 mile excursion.

I would suggest, if you haven't already, keeping a good map, compass and shelter materials in you GHB, and learn how to use them, by practicing navigation and bushcraft. Prepare for the worst.

The biggest thing I have seen evolve in my own mindset since I started taking this stuff seriously is the realism of my plans. I try to avoid the prepping subject in conversation, but there are plenty of people out there who just love to voluntarily bring it up and tell you every little detail of their plans whether or asked for it or showed any interest. All them them seem to have these elaborate bugout plans that they are just itching for an excuse to execute. It made me realize that, in addition to the sheep jamming up the roads scared out of their minds waiting for the government to tell them what to do, there's going to be a lot of armed crazy people walking around the woods whispering "the zombies are coming".

My absolute biggest prep and lifestyle change has been to make sure that I am already home when there is reason to believe something big could happen. Whether it is the coming of a freak storm, the possibility of civil unrest, ebola, etc. Trust me I do realize that is not a realistic thing that everybody can do. Not everybody can work from home or say hey I'm not coming in today because I'm afraid there's going to be riots.

Beyond that I don't have much to offer, but I will be keeping an eye on this thread to see what everybody else has to say.

True. It really boils down to having the most amount of control over your environment. Control will reduce your stress, quell feelings panic and dispare, motivate, etc... This can only be achieved through education, experience and failure/learning. Just like driving a car or learning your trade.
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#5
I'm in a similar situation as you as far as having to go through an urban environment. I took the school of fish approach where I chose my gear carefully so as not to stick out. No tactical bags or cammo that would draw the attention of a violent opportunist or a panicked sheep. Grey man all the way.

Practice runs are not really a reasonable option in my situation considering it would take me some some nasty Philly neighborhoods or onto active railroad right of ways. I've been slowly working my way up to a 20 mile trek by doing shorter 5 mile hikes with full kit to see if my gear (and my legs) are up to the task.
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#6
I'm basically screwed, at any given time I can be in Maryland,New York or Jersey. Yesterday was clarksburg wv
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goofin;155864 Wrote:I'm basically screwed, at any given time I can be in Maryland,New York or Jersey. Yesterday was clarksburg wv

^^^^^defeatist attitude^^^^^Big Grin. If there were two things I learned as a Boy Scout, one is to be prepared, the other is to be prepared. Wink
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#8
If you have a wide geographical range that you travel in, why not travel with a bike in the trunk or with something like roller blades? Both make it much easier to travel great distances.
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#9
goofin;155864 Wrote:Yesterday was clarksburg wv

WV is very gun friendly I thought.

But yeah, the trifecta of commie minded states doesn't bode well.
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Camper;155984 Wrote:
goofin;155864 Wrote:Yesterday was clarksburg wv

WV is very gun friendly I thought.

But yeah, the trifecta of commie minded states doesn't bode well.

It is, just a example of where I was. Carrying a bike is out of the question. I would die faster using it.
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