Today’s “Tip of the Day” over on Zombease.com was to always have an alternative route when traveling during a disaster. When your life is in danger and you’re trying to survive, becoming trapped or lost could easily be a death sentence. Having an alternative route every time you travel is key to avoiding such a situation. This is something I believe in and try to be aware of every time I leave the house.
There are only two roads that lead to my house, and one is highly susceptible to flooding. Knowing how to get from the flood point and back to the other road that leads to my house is an important thing. It’s even more important if you live in an urban area where roads could become extremely congested, making travel extremely difficult if not impossible. Most of us know what it’s like to be trapped in traffic backups on the freeway; in a disaster or apocalypse type scenario, having an alternative route out of the city or back to your home is something everyone should consider.
“Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.” – Cullen Hightower
I included the quote by Cullen Hightower to illustrate another point. Very rarely are we ever completely trapped. Even if you may not know right off the top of your head where all the exits are, taking time to pause and think can reveal a lot more than you think.
The next time you go to town, plan ahead and think about how you could get to your destination if your current path suddenly became blocked. Try to avoid roads that have very few adjoining roads. You can also practice the same when on foot. As you walk down the street or through the mall, look for the exits. Look for alleys along the street that don’t end with dead ends. Look for roof access ladders. Manholes. Anything that could potentially be used to evade an attacker or to reach your destination when other routes are blocked. Basically, just be observant.
As you practice the skill of observing your surroundings, it will eventually become second nature. Much like blinking or breathing, when you walk down the street you’ll start noticing things subconsiously that just might end up saving your life one day. And that’s something worth working on in my opinion. Let me know what you think and how you’ve used such skills in the past.
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