Getting to know your Area

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Getting to know your Area

Post by Murph » Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:45 pm

After recently moving, I realized that I don't know my new town as well as I should... I came up with a short list of things that would be good to know where they are. Did I miss any?

Hospital
Police Station
Fire Department
City Hall
Local Airports
Red Cross
Emergency Shelters
Traffic Routes (and Alternates)
Evacuation Routes
Water Company
Power Company

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Bus stations
Train Stations
Metro Stations
Sea Ports
Military Installations (NG Armories)
Stadiums/Event Centers
Other Major Resource Points of Interest

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Gun Store

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Nuclear/Chemical plants
Bad Neighborhoods

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Schools
DOT Depots
Hyrdo Dams and Waterfalls
Major Bridges
Train Tracks
Water Pipelines
Satellite Dish Farms and TV Stations
Nurseries and gardener/farm supply stores.
And ALL Industrial Areas

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Pharmacy

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Public Transportation Schedules
Important Phone Numbers
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Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by BobtheBreaker » Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:52 pm

I would probably replace Airports with a more generic "Transportation Hubs", so that you also include Grey Hound stations, Train Stations, large Metro transit locales and ports.

Any Military Installation, including NG Armories.

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Stadiums/Event Centers

AND

Other Major Resource Points of Interest (eg. In San Diego, we have a several million gallon Gasoline Distribution Facility right next to the intersection of 2 major freeways)
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by doctor_ocks » Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:02 pm

Gun store :D
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Lynxian » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:53 pm

Local titty twister bar?
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by dogbane » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:12 pm

It would be good to know where any nuclear or chemical plants, if any, are located in case of terrorism or accidental release. Also a good idea to know where the bad neighborhoods are. You don't want to end up like Reginald Denny when you're trying to bug out.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by ironraven » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:23 pm

School.
DOT depots.
Hyrdo dams and water falls.
Major bridges.
Train tracks.
Water pipelines.
Satellite dish farms and TV stations.
Nurseries and gardener/farm supply stores.

And ALL industrial areas. Around here, the big ones include an IBM fab. Ok, they make chips, not big risks, right? Sure, a few thousand gallons of florine and chlorine compounds, either liquid or gaseous, on high ground, less than a half mile from a river that flows into the lake, and several significant bridges cross that river. No, no risks at all from having heavier than air shit that will dissolve your skin heading your way. :)

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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Murph » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:11 pm

Looks like I have some "homework" to do. Good suggestions so far, keep them coming!
Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Sounds » Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:42 pm

My house is North of Palo Verde, so I'm interested in knowing where the huge water run off pipes are located in town. There is one about two blocks from my house - while not the best fall out shelter, it is certainly better than my house.

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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Space Jockey » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:29 am

Maybe this is impractical for you, but when we would go home from school, we would sometimes cut through orchards, buildings, people's yards and various other places to get home. There are roads a couple miles from my house that wind around and end two or three houses away from me (That's two houses away across other people's property, no roads in between). It's concievable that in an emergency you would need to find a way to get to the road, or get to your house without using traditional concrete road methods. Just something to consider.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by zephyrkyuubi » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:45 am

This is a good thread.

I know where 80% of the locations listed are in my town. Now I have to find where the other 20% are.

You would definitely want to know the locations that are near your BOL as well.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Lynxian » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:49 am

Space Jockey wrote:(...) we would sometimes cut through orchards, buildings, people's yards and various other places to get home.
Just a quick heads-up: tresspass through my yard and you will get a shovel in your face.

Seriously, didn't you ever get people running after you, cursing?
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Lucretius » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:34 am

Pharmacy! [sp?]

Of course, any prescription you know you'll need you should already EDC, but you might need some really unexpected drug. If TSHTF I'd also try to stock up on ANY medicines, if only for later bartering etc.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by herbalpagan » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:50 am

All of this info could go in a notebook...train-bus-metro schedules, important numbers, and all of that. It is good to know the most vulnerable and dangerous sites, but in a large metro area, it could be hard. I'd also include the locations of any military installations.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Murph » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:40 am

Updated the first post/list and gave credits.
Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by dogbane » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:44 am

Murph wrote:Updated the first post/list and gave credits.
I also mentioned bad neighborhoods.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by zombieassasin » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:09 am

Natural gas pipelines
Airports (private and commercial)
Radio/cell towers
LEO Substations
Flood/washout prone roads
Areas of known gang activity
High tension powerline cutouts (rural areas)
Local bikepaths/horesback/hiking trails (rural areas)

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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by ais4122 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:04 am

I found that knowing your immediate surroundings is important. I lived in a neighborhood for 10 years, but when I got a dog and started walking him around the area, it was a real eye opener. Nothing beats walking the terrain, use a dog, so people don't thnk your a nut :D
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Necrowerx » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:21 am

I know where most of that stuff is in my area, but why would I want to know where the water company is? Are they going to give out free jugs if SHTF? Or are you talking about raiding it?
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Wolfdude87 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:35 am

How about a military surplus store? Those are full of handy things or maybe something like outdoor world or gander mountain.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Chef » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:06 pm

How about avalanche slides and lahar flows?
I found that knowing your immediate surroundings is important. I lived in a neighborhood for 10 years, but when I got a dog and started walking him around the area, it was a real eye opener. Nothing beats walking the terrain, use a dog, so people don't thnk your a nut
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Diesel2 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:14 pm

Might be wise to know where the local wildlife reserves are...good source of available food. Especially in the "off season".

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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by bonanacrom » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:18 pm

Road maps, topo maps and aerial photos can give some insights to your area.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by Diesel2 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:05 pm

Even knowing where the museums are could be quite beneficial. Depending on the type of exhibits, some have a wealth of useful items from primitive weapons to pioneering/homesteading tools.
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Re: Getting to know your Area

Post by suntzu » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:23 pm

Wild fruit bearing trees. Blackberry bushes. Maybe start some of your own in a "wild" area of the forest around you. Potatoes maybe.

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