What I would like to ask is how Monkey's have addressed area mapping in their preparations? Are you doing this sort of planning including a detailed local/regional area recon and noting with maps as a tool for survival? I know as we get older our memory gets- let's say forgetfull. Under stress you can forget the basics in an emergency situation or evacuation by foot or vehicle. If you do not have a plan in place and reminders, notes, sketches and good maps depending on your need, your families safety and well being including security could be jeopardized. If you are compromised, captured or killed does your team have that detailed knowledge as well or that loss of Intel may jeopardize their survivability? These maps would be for use in either a post SHTF area detail for static bug-in's or in a bug out scenario where you need to have planned with travel routes, danger areas and resources such as food, water, shelter, fuel, spare parts, tools and all things survival oriented. With copies in both your bug-in kit as well as part of your BOB for quick and easy reference. A good point to note is- acquire all items in your prep now, including tools and spare parts- lack of preparation in advance could be your down fall. The basis for my map planning and recon consideration are on how to operate and survive under a martial law or a total collapse of law & order situation. Where do you get resources for re-supply missions (how do you move them back to your AO), how do you by-pass check points and danger, how do you get to external family and friends to pull the team together, do you have co-op plans for your neighborhood's security (range cards, hasty defensive barriers) and food resources (community garden's, hunting grounds and so-on) how does that fall into your map plan- all valid items to contemplate and prepare for. In a bug-out what is your primary, secondary routes and additional routes if available and have you actually walked them and recon'd in detail to ensure the plan/route will work for whatever your end objective may be? Where are the choke-points, large population areas to avoid (sites such as schools that are typically used by the .gov for HQ's, rally points, food distribution and relief camps), bridges and un-passable terrain for whatever reason. Abandoned structures, caves, and areas with good cover that you can build a shelter that may fall within your routes including availability of water (stream, lakes, ponds, irrigation canals and such). In our area wildlife such as deer and elk have a pattern of sorts, that we know of, and will use these areas as part of our renewable food source planning. They routinely graze and bed in traditionally un-huntable areas around here that would be available if needed later on. Have you studied your local edible plants to able to identify them easily and do you know where the naturally growing food sources are- have you plotted them? It is better to know these area now than to expend energy and resources trying to find them later. Living in the regional Seattle area we have lot of obstacles to navigate such as large bodies of water, bridges everywhere, and very mountainous terrain when moving out of area mostly East. You can not swim across a river or other bodies of water most of the year in the event of a downed bridge or secured by hostile forces. The water is very cold and runs too fast to swim or forge across . Hypothermia is the number one killer for people out here when they go in the water. You fall out of a boat on the Puget Sound you only have minutes to get back in or you are not going to make it. What is your plan if confronted with this type of obstacle that has to be crossed and can you navigate around it? Maps used for this purpose can be created or purchased in many forms: local area sketches- used primarily for close in area detail; highway/roadway maps; city detailed maps for urban/suburban areas where available, as well as topographic for cross country use. There are on line satellite maps available as well to give much more detail in a localized AO. Once your maps are created there are many ways to keep them safe and dry- remember that aspect as well. A wet map without protection will soon be useless. Plan now and execute- all success should be based on good planning and not luck. Note*** A recent thread discussed knowing what resources were in your neighborhood. Unfortunately the thread started under the incorrect and wrong premise of potential scavenging off of your neighbors resources in a SHTF scenario. The intention of this thread is not along that same premise and if it comes across that way I apologize in advance as that is not the intent. Survival to maintain your families and co-op team's security and maintain property including what preps you have in a static location or while in movement for buggin out is the primary concern to plan for.