When America’s infrastructure comes crashing down over our heads there are sure to be some areas of the nation that would not be safe to maneuver in. In fact, to be honest with you some of those areas are not safe now to be passing through. It only stands to reason that in situations such as these we as survivalists would try to avoid them completely.
Even as a group profile one may consider it prudent to go in opposite directions to these highlighted locations. Reasons relating to these decisions could range from the safety of our group to preservation of our supplies and equipment. Prior planning before the balloon goes up can often identify those areas and allow you to make appropriate plans to go around them in an emergency. Naturally, the best intel information that you can gather would be cultivated from an assorted selection of sources such as local police or government agencies.
Gathering intelligence can originate from several sources. Scanners are often extremely useful during periods of civil unrest, identification of hazardous material accident locations, as well as various checkpoints established by the military or local police authorities. Keep in mind you would need to have a listing of the important frequencies at your disposal to use these radios effectively.
There are two types of scanners that you should perhaps consider at this point. The first is the base station variety or home unit. These units frequently have an external antenna connected to them in order to provide any sort of range. The second type is the version which I personally utilize and that is the portable unit. I would like to bring up an important point at this time that in all reality you should check your state laws concerning scanner use in your vehicle. In some states it is illegal to carry a portable scanner unless you are a member of an emergency team while in others you may have a scanner legally in your vehicle however, if you commit a crime it automatically becomes illegal for you to carry it.
One of the problems that you are likely to encounter with any type of scanner whether it is a home version or a portable is that countless times the authorities will encrypt their messages so that they can not be heard on your equipment. In other circumstances you may only be able to hear one side of the conversation.
Maps represent another resource that should not be taken lightly. These documents represent a valuable resource and you should not merely collect them and deposit them in your vehicle bug out kit, but use them and learn to use them proficiently. Maps come in several different versions each for varied purposes. I would suggest that you obtain both the topographical versions as well as the usual “run of the mill” road maps. During your travels you can readily use them for your normal navigation while at the same time in conjunction with your scanner make use of these maps for marking specific areas that you may wish to avoid. By using the more specialized topographical maps you are afforded the opportunity to identify locations where perhaps checkpoints may be set up or a location where ambushes could take place.