by E.P., Survival Blog:
Yesterday, we began this article series on traveling to your safe haven during a without rule of law event. We touched on two major issues. These issues involved how to identify and communicate a WROL event within your group, unite your team’s commitment to its mission through a mission statement as well as agreement upon standard operating procedures and rules of engagement.
Issue 3: Traveling by Vehicle, Standard Operating Procedures
First things first. The suggestions below are just my opinion based on experimentation with several groups over a period of years. Use them as a starting point for your group’s discussions, or don’t use them at all. You may want to handle things differently. That’s fine. Only you and your team know your final location and what you may expect during the trip.
Moving Large Numbers With Least Amount of Casualties
You will be most vulnerable traveling in a vehicle during an WROL event. Unlike a military maneuver, where hardened vehicles and air support are readily available, there will be no resupply or medical evacuation. For these reasons, the discussion below focuses on moving a large number of civilians by road to a safe haven with the least amount of casualties.
When To Travel
When to travel? Experience tells us it’s probably safer for the group to travel at night and to begin traveling late in the evening. If you must leave during the day, drive to a safe location, a group rally point, and wait for other group vehicles. When your allotted group has assembled, begin the drive in earnest at night. This intermediate safe location could be an initial rally point for the group.
The Two Groups You Are Most Likely To Encounter At Night
Most people, except government agents and hostile survival groups, will be slow to change their basic behavioral patterns during the initial phase of a WROL event. Government agents will be better prepared, since they will have the benefit of training and up-to-date information. Likewise, hostile survival groups may well be on the lookout for traveling mutual assistance organizations. These are the two groups you are most likely to encounter.
Fewer people are likely to be on the road at night. In addition, checkpoints and roadblocks are more likely to be either under-manned or the guards inattentive during the late evening and early morning hours. Use the night to your advantage.
Driver Needs Night Vision Device
In order to do so, every driver will need some form of quality night vision device. As a practical matter, every member should be equipped with either night vision or a thermal device. I personally use a Gen 2+ monocular to practice driving in a rural area at night, lights off and cabin lights fully dimmed. I am able to maintain both near and far vision through the glass of the windshield and windows. Note that thermal scopes cannot be used for driving. Window glass will not effectively pass thermal energy.
Non-Drivers Employ Thermal Optics, FLIR Thermal Scopes
Night vision is only required for drivers (because of the glass window issue). In my opinion it’s fine, and maybe even preferable, for non-drivers to employ thermal optics. If a hostile situation arises, and the vehicles are forced to stop, and the team engage with a hostile force, one or more members with thermal scopes can have a significant impact in a night-time encounter. Again, from personal experience, the lower-end 19-25mm objective lens FLIR thermal scopes are just about perfect at identifying and engaging man-sized targets out to 300 yards.