Below you can find some NATO markings
This may be useful to know these standard NATO signs used during urban combat. Especially building clear and medic ones. Bud booby trap mark can also save your live.
These markings can be fabricated from any available material.
These marks would be seen in building windows during combat operation. These are portable ones so after operation troops probably remove signs.
But inside buildings marks advised to be made with at least with semi-permanent writing materials which are not affected by moisture. So after troops leave area these signs remain for a while especially in upper left side of doors or other places that will be possible to spot them during passage through entry. So why not to use this information.
Some marking devices are described here. Military claims chalk is most common as has a lot of advantages. It is light and easily obtained.
Wolf tail is also developing as marking device.
Rat farm is solution for SHFT short food supply
Nowadays eating rats is a taboo. But in many countries rats are main and easy source of proteins.
Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Vietnam, France, West Virginia and Valencia are places where rats can be easy found as food.
Why rats are so good to considerate to be a food source?
First rats can eat almost anything. So can be fatten with parts uneatable for human.
Rats are very resistant to biological and radiation thread.
Quite resistant to ambient condition. The only places in planet rats are no present are desserts and Antarctica.
Can be kept in small spaces so it is easy to hide your food supply.
Average weight of adult rat in wild is about 10 oz, but when kept in far can reach 30 oz!
Reproduction cycle is very short and population growing factor is impressive.
All mentioned above makes rats breeding forth to considerate.
Be aware of wild live rats. Wild rats can carry a lot of pathogens. These pathogens can promote in human population s well as rat farm so make sure to isolate you and farm from wild rats.
After you collected your town ruins scavenge tools and signal urbans SHTF set, this is god time to think about additional item s which can make your action easier after city collapse.
First it might be good to have some more personal protective equipment as joints (elbows and knees) protectors. Ruins is not friendly environment and during ruins exploration a lot of injuries may occur. Especially knees and elbows are exposed.
This is good to have googles. When your hammer strikes rubble splashes may hurt eyes.
Ear protection as small and lightweight and can make your life easier.
This is good to have some sand bags to reinforce after SHFT shelter and/or protect from bullets.
Nails, wood saw and small hammer are useful during small wooden structure building. Metal wire and different tapes is good supplement of all set. This is good to have urban camouflage tape.
And in the end. Item which really can save your live is mirror. This is much saver to explore unknown rooms behind corner using mirror instead of exposing yourself to be a target of hidden or surprised attacker.
Now with all this equipment it will be easier to scavenge on civilization remains. What about looking for useful items in abandoned cars?
See what is worth consideration.
Urban SHTF signal set
There is a big crisis of public services including information exchange in all SHTF situation. Set proposed below, allows you to keep some information exchange abilities.
This is not global system but in crisis situation any information can be helpful.
Depend of nature of cataclysm most important is to attract rescue groups. So chemical lights and infrared markers are good and easy choice. Big HELP sprayed on building roof or parking place can be also helpful. Duct tape can do the same.
This is good to stick a sheet of paper on destroyed building which used to be your permanent stay place. Put your name, date, reason of displacement, number of persons their condition and direction of movement. So permanent marker and field notepad is perfect.
Use duct tape and or double-sided tape to stick them to surface.
Drawing chalk is perfect for markings on rough and absorbent surfaces.
Try to know some marks recognized by most peoples in the world to share information or be able to read them for your benefit here.
These are low tech items but in SHTF situation less technology is more.
After you gave signals to rescuers try to find some resources. Read what tools are most effective in city scavenge here.
Any other ideas of affordable and handy signal devices?
Imagine what you can scavenge in places other are not able to reach without 10 simple tools.
In crisis situation this is essential to be prepared to increase your chances to reach more areas than unprepared ones.
Tools on drawing are cheap.
This is easy to buy axe, fire axe, pry bar and hammer.
Nowadays these 4 tools can be combined in combo tools. This is advantage to have one multiple usage tool as this is lighter to carry. This is good for escape scenario.
But when this tool is lost or broken you immediately lose 4 tools.
For longer stay at city or when you are stacked in sieged city this is better to have some redundancy by having 4 separate tools.
Glows for hand protection is minimal level of personal protection. Some more you can find here.
This is good to have also some rope and or hooked ladder to reach or escape height exposure or depth areas.
Lightweight anchor helps to reach objects.
There will be also a lot of steel rods and other metal wires in ruined buildings. So bolt croppers and pliers can help to clear the way and allow you more efficient scavenge.
This is good to have signal set to make marks for you and or your team at least to mark scavenged areas.
By using these simple powerless tools you can reach more places blocked by rubble. Some places are too high or in deep holes. This is good to have some advantage to make a way.
I believe these tools can be also helpful in normal life so this is good to have them even before SHTF. Any other tools ?
Some not that obvious ideas what to scavenge from car after SHTF.
Car is not just a junk after is wrecked after disaster. It is full with valuable resources you can reuse.
CAR TRUNK – is a treasure chest. Try to check as many trunks as possible. You can find tools, food, clothes and all people forgot to take away.
CAR GLOVE BOX – the same as trunk.
SEATS – source of strong fabric. Used to make clothes, bags, ropes and strings. Foam may be used for insulation and good fire starter. Frame and springs for construction
MIRRORS – for signalization, to make tactical mirror, periscope, smaller glass pieces as knife or fish bite – best after SFTF item
SEAT BELTS – very strong ropes, bags, plaits
HEAD LAMPS – usually equipped with lens and spherical mirror as fire makers. Smaller glass as cutting edges
WIRES – cupper and other metals source. Allow you to build other electrical equipment
BULBS – 12V alternative light source
BATTERY – energy source but also acid and lead
ALTERNATOR – allow you to produce energy to power ie bulbs. Utilize as electric engine.
TURBINE – as a fan, as a source of hard plastic, as wind or water turbine
WINDSHIELD – green house walls. Sun drier, sun heater.
LID – big piece of steel. Construction, sleds
TIRES – burning fuel, smoke makers, construction – fill with soil. Wheels for carts
FUEL – this is obvious. Try to find oil too.
Please share if you have more ideas of cart parts which can be used in survival situation after SHTF and describe nature of usages.
This may by much easier to scavenge abandoned cars with tools described here.