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Odd items to keep around in case of the apocalypse.

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I am not a "prepper", but I think having an emergency plan in place is important. There are always lists floating around of items you need to keep or at least find if something happens.

One thing I think people miss is the good old yellow pages. If things happen, this is a buffet of info as to where to look for items outside you immediate knowledge.And if things are really bad quick, Google might not be an option.

What are some odd things you guys think of?

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Yellow pages is a good idea. To add to that line of thought I'll say paper maps. I keep a couple in each vehicle and an atlas on the bookshelf. 

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35 minutes ago, Wingshooter said:

Yellow pages is a good idea. To add to that line of thought I'll say paper maps. I keep a couple in each vehicle and an atlas on the bookshelf. 

I bought a Rand McNally laminated book for TN and a few surrounding states I travel in. They cover all but the smallest roads and are easy to mark up and wipe off with a dry erase marker. Those stay in my car, but are easy to grab.

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43 minutes ago, Raoul said:

Not a thing. I just keep 911 on a card beside the phone.....:whistle:

I think you left a 1 off that 1911 :)

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You know, that's something many of us probably hadn't thought about. Maps, especially laminated forms. That's a great idea to add some to the bug. But for old folks like us, even in the suburban area, unless it's a desperate situation, we will probably stick it out here if at all possible.

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2 hours ago, hipower said:

You know, that's something many of us probably hadn't thought about. Maps, especially laminated forms. That's a great idea to add some to the bug. But for old folks like us, even in the suburban area, unless it's a desperate situation, we will probably stick it out here if at all possible.

I hadn't thought about paper tri-folded and folded again maps in years. As I recall Dad had great maps for the Eastern seaboard, neatly and properly folded

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6 minutes ago, Raoul said:

I'm still a map guy. I hate GPS for whatever reason. 

Oh not me, I have embraced the gpsr since I first used it to find the exact spot a C-130 was to drop a load of Rangers in Africa in the middle of the night.  But I still keep up with my map reading skills just in case the lights go out.

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I love GPS, and unless the satellites go down, it is still usable.

 

Unless there is an EMP.

 

Or you have no power...

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I have no animosity toward gps, and I have to admit that the younger I get the more I am aware that it would help my aging brain, but I just like maps. I will say that I truly believe the quality of maps are declining.

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4 hours ago, peejman said:

Maps are much more useful with a compass. 

I have one in each of my bags. Lol But the maps I have are road maps. Not that I would travel the roads, but following them makes sense.  Roads are traditionally in routes that take advantage if the geography. I live in an area that is a little too populated for my liking, so moving to a more remote family members location would make sense for me.

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4 hours ago, hipower said:

You know, that's something many of us probably hadn't thought about. Maps, especially laminated forms. That's a great idea to add some to the bug. But for old folks like us, even in the suburban area, unless it's a desperate situation, we will probably stick it out here if at all possible.

In one way I am thinking of the yellow pages amd maps more for supply runs. No matter how much you have, if you can get more without negative interaction,  might as well. If everything goes totally south, no one issling anything new for a long time.

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I have spent a large part of my adult life telling people where to go in a polite and professional manner.

 

That is a Transportation Dispatcher.

 

GPS is an AWESOME tools, as are Google Maps. 

 

With that said, I can read a map like most folks can a comic book. That is what I did for a living for a very long time. The ability to rapidly use GPS, maps and Google Maps/Street View to navigate off location/sight to a distraught driver is a an acquired skill. It also translates directly to real world. I rarely get lost. 

 

With all of that said, I still love GPS, as long as they are updated constantly. And I would never trust Tom Tom maps. Garmin all the way. I have several third party offline maps that are not nearly as reliable as Garmin and Google. Google Maps in my professional opinion are the industry best and most user friendly. Via voice operate Google Searches and a Smart phone, I can find anything.

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This may not be accurate, but I thought I read somewhere that in event of War, the GPS satellites can and would go into a encryption mode where only the military and the government could use. 

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Free paper road maps of TN from the state are available here: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/map-ordering You can also get them at most Interstate rest areas with a Visitor Center. The laminated ones would hold up much better, of course.

As for GPS and wartime, here's an article on the subject: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=86656&page=1 Since it's a military system, anything's possible, but the points in the article pass the smell test. Plus there's the GLONASS system

 

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14 minutes ago, monkeylizard said:

Free paper road maps of TN from the state are available here: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/map-ordering You can also get them at most Interstate rest areas with a Visitor Center. The laminated ones would hold up much better, of course.

As for GPS and wartime, here's an article on the subject: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=86656&page=1 Since it's a military system, anything's possible, but the points in the article pass the smell test. Plus there's the GLONASS system

 

The thing is that there was, prior to 2000, ways to mitigate Selective Availability such as land and sea based stations.  So when Clinton ordered SA to be turned off, it really wasn't a big deal to large companies and foreign governments.  When we invaded Iraq,  our helicopters noticed that the GPS receivers went a bit wonky in certain areas so we reported it up the chain to target the signals responsible.   Turns out the Iraqis had purchased jammers, probably due to the pounding they got with precision munitions in Desert Storm, so this will probably be how gps will be handled in any future big war.

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1 hour ago, Ronald_55 said:

In one way I am thinking of the yellow pages amd maps more for supply runs. No matter how much you have, if you can get more without negative interaction,  might as well. If everything goes totally south, no one issling anything new for a long time.

Yellow pages, white pages, phone books in general might be very handy.

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27 minutes ago, hipower said:

Yellow pages, white pages, phone books in general might be very handy.

When you stop using them to hunt supplies, they could be repurposed for T.P. lol

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36 minutes ago, Ronald_55 said:
36 minutes ago, Ronald_55 said:

When you stop using them to hunt supplies, they could be repurposed for T.P. lol

When you stop using them to hunt supplies, they could be repurposed for T.P. lol

No...that's what the Sears&Roebuck catalog is for. What? There is no more Sears catalog? Then use the Nashville Tennessean. That's about what it's already full of.

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I thought the Sears catalog was for the bra and panties section. We'll have to revert back to old-school when the p0rn sites are down. ;)

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Just the other day I was looking at a new TN atlas road map in Walmart that is imposed on Topo. With Christmas here I didn't have the 20 bucks it cost.  Once I get straightened out after Fed taxes, I'll have to own one.

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