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Post by Ady on 6th December 2013, 07:06

Due to the really bad weather in the UK today, Gale force winds (70+MPH), heavy rain, snow freezing temperatures and flooding and evacuation in some areas.


So i will give you the scenario, you re faced with all of the above, and you have an hour to decide your strategy, how would you cope in this predicament,  what kit would you take or how would you set up to cope with the issues that could arrive


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Post by Toten VT on 20th December 2013, 05:03

priorities.
Flooding : head for ground at least 30m higher than the nearest water course.

High winds : Dig in, look for a leeward slope and dig into it forming a flat area about 7 feet by 4 feet, if possible use the earth removed to fill sandbags to form a partial wall across the front to reduce wind chill. roof is made of cut wood with a mylar blanket placed over the top and turf added for insulation and weather proofing.

cold: Fire, if you cant build a fire due to extreme conditions in the above shelter even a tea light candle should raise the temp above freezing. Use vegetation as a flooring medium ideally at least 4 inches thick to stop cold striking up from below, extra layers above help retain body heat.

Rain/hale : simply get out of it under shelter, drier the better, wet clothing is the fastest way of getting hyperthermia, consider removing wet layers that are in contact with skin and using what dry clothes you have till the others lose most of the wetness.

Snow: great building material and insulater, its possible in a snow cave or igloo with the aid of a tea light to maintain upto 4C while outside its minus 20C. Traveling is easier with snow shoes which can be made from woven saplings and twigs, fixed to boots by a single fastening just behind toe level so the fixing hinges and allows your foot to tilt forward leaving the snow shoe horizontal. ( flip flop style).

Forced evacuation : have a 72 hour bag ready for each person in your group containing the bare essentials for survival including food and water, remember that large blades may be frowned upon as most forced evacs are by order of the law, a small folding blade is more explainable than a bowie.
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Post by Ady on 20th December 2013, 06:10

A really interesting post, and lots of useful information in it too, especially the idea of taking a folding knife over a large fixed bladed one, (especially with the paranoid police force and crazy UK knife laws). 


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