Mobility is a category that is an important aspect to the AmCon mission. Thom Rigsby has said, “have 15 people within 30 minutes or 30 miles from you that you can depend on when things go bad”. If that 30 minutes is by vehicle, that is a lot different than walking to those people. If you have to walk to the location that you planned on driving too, that adds a whole new dimension to the equation.
Keeping your vehicle in top running shape is not only a safety aspect you should take seriously, but could be the difference in life and death in an austere situation. Same with having recovery or life saving equipment on your vehicle is also very important as well.
In todays society we relay on the GPS for most of our navigations. Do you remember how to read a road or topography map? Do you know how to use a compass to get where you are going on foot?
Depending on the situation, you may find yourself a part of search and rescue mission where your presents is vital in an area you are searching and you need to be able to walk a long way. Having the knowledge to take care of your feet and choose the right boots are very important because people are counting on you to help with the search.
Here are somethings to think about.
- You had 24 hour notice that you had to evacuate. What goes with you? What stays behind? Is your Vehicle ready for an evacuation? Is your family?
- You’re planning a trip with two small children to apart of the country you haven’t traveled before. What must go in the car? What do you plan for?
- You’re planning a trip that includes extended time in the outdoors. What do you take? What do you plan for? What do you need to insure you can communicate with civilization in emergency?
As we go forward with the videos realize that they offer a little bit of information and that you will do more hands on skills with your local group.
INTRO VIDEO HERE
GET STARTED VIDEO HERE
Skills to be done at local group;
- Check each others vehicles to make sure they have the minimum safety equipment (as seen in Mobility Get Started Video).
- Map reading; Identify water, contour intervals, man-made objects, vegetation, depression, and hilltops. Find north seeking arrow, legend and declination.
- Use a compass; Shoot an azimuth, find a point in the woods.
- Plot something on a map using Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) and Latitude/Longitude.