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Four more maps for emergency evacuation survival

Four more maps for emergency evacuation survival

A recent post “Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations” was very popular. Here’s four more maps.

by Leon Pantenburg

Last week, we published a story on six basic maps to have when planning an urban evacuation. Apparently, a lot of you were interested – the post went viral, and got thousands of views.

Along with the views came feedback and suggestions.

Here are four other maps that may work in your areas:
From Weedhopper: Railroad map. Check with the department of transportation office for your state. Virginia will give you one for free…just email them in Richmond. (Get your own area by going here: http://fragis.fra.dot.gov/GISFRASafety/)

From ME: Sectional Charts or Aviation Maps. VFR maps are accurate and show visual points of reference such as railroad tracks, bodies of water, rivers, power lines,major roads, cities etc… You can actually download the whole maps free through the FAA, or buy them for about $8 each on-line. They show all the towers too.. which are great points of reference. (Here’s the link: https://skyvector.com/)

From Steve: Another source for FREE maps is the USGS. They have topo maps, rainfall maps, and plenty of others also. If you live in Texas then you can use University of Texas library for topos that you can customize for your area. (Check them out here: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/)

Irrigation district maps: Every irrigation ditch probably has an access road that goes along it. In Central Oregon, this road can take you through a lot of isolated desert areas, where this may be the only road. For those of us in arid areas, these roads could prove to be an uncrowded route away from a population center. This is what my area irrigation map looks like: http://coid.org/files/2613/7047/2416/COI_shadedrelief2.pdf)

Disclaimer here: Don’t rely on a GPS or any electronic device as your only navigation tool. They are as reliable as the batteries in them. Get a good baseplate compass to go along with your map, and know how to use it.

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  1. Keith

    08/19/2016 at 10:46

    I really enjoyed the final disclaimer…do NOT rely on electronic devices!!! AMEN!!! Great advice and SO SO happy to read that on there!!! Fact is…I would not rely on them AT ALL!!!

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Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn't claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newspaperman and journalist for three decades, covering search and rescue, sheriff's departments, floods, forest fires and other natural disasters and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense might have changed the outcome. Leon now teaches common sense techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters. His emphasis is on tried and tested, simple techniques of wilderness survival. Every technique, piece of equipment or skill recommended on this website has been thoroughly tested and researched. After graduating from Iowa State University, Leon completed a six-month, 2,552-mile solo Mississippi River canoe trip from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico. His wilderness backpacking experience includes extended solos through Yellowstone’s backcountry; hiking the John Muir Trail in California, and numerous shorter trips along the Pacific Crest Trail. Other mountain backpacking trips include hikes through the Uintas in Utah; the Beartooths in Montana; the Sawtooths in Idaho; the Pryors, the Wind River Range, Tetons and Bighorns in Wyoming; Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the Catskills in New York and Death Valley National Monument in southern California. Some of Leon's canoe trips include sojourns through the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, the Big Black River swamp in Mississippi and the Boundary Waters canoe area in northern Minnesota and numerous small river trips in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Leon is also an avid fisherman and an elk, deer, upland game and waterfowl hunter. Since 1991, Leon has been an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Bend, and is a scoutmaster wilderness skills trainer for the Boy Scouts’ Fremont District. Leon earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and competed in his last tournament (sparring and form) at age 49. He is an enthusiastic Bluegrass mandolin picker and fiddler and two-time finalist in the International Dutch Oven Society’s World Championships.

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