Small Unit Survival Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP’s)
On early Friday morning, with rush hour underway on the west coast, and just about over on the east, a previously undetected asteroid impacts the Mississippi river valley in what is at the time St Louis. The impact triggers the caldera that is Yellowstone National Park to erupt; with a domino effect of the impact and the eruption, causing a massive tectonic plate slip in California. The magnitude 10.0 quake creates a new inland sea encompassing the entire San Joaquin Valley with a depth up to 350 feet.
The Grid is down. Permanently.
You and your Family/Friends survive the quake and flood due to your homes in the foothills, but you are unable to remain at your home due to the closeness of the previous north/south main foothill highway that will start to attract survivors and travelers. You have previously prepped a get-away retreat location up in the Sierra Nevada’s at about the 5000’ level. This location is your bug out, survival retreat that is fully equipped for all of your family and friends.
You start out with your family and rendezvous with your friends on the way. With road blocks, wreckage, and roving groups of dazed, lost individuals, it takes what would normally be a 2 hour drive, the majority of the day. All you and yours have with them are their individual Bug-out-Bags/Patrol Packs and weapons.
About 5 miles from your retreat your access route is missing. A massive rock slide has taken out over a quarter mile of 4 wheel drive roadbed. After secreting your vehicle so others are not attracted to your secret location, it’s time to walk.
The mission: You must find a common ground with your group’s skills, organize, assign roles and responsibilities and make it to your retreat safely. You find within a few minutes of hiking that there appears to be others in the immediate area. They do not appear lawful or friendly. There is a recently deceased body lying in the bush adjacent to the path you had planned to travel in on. With obvious signs of foul play.
Using navigational skills, and topographic maps to find an alternate route; you and your group must organize, move stealthily, be ever mindful and practice security. Since not all members have any military experience, quick reaction drills must be trained, basic movement techniques, and patrol tactics must be taught and implemented. Alternative rally points in case of E&E must be established.
Darkness will catch you with miles to go. Stop early enough to establish camp. During your trip you have established that there is a possibility of the lawless group having technology. Your camp must be hidden!
Sometime during the trip you must find and purify water, navigate off trail, deal with other groups who are moving into your route of travel, and survive. You must employ and practice noise and light discipline and your camp must use IR/Thermal mitigation techniques, as well as NVG detection prevention. Camouflage is the main concern. Proper sentry/watch rotations throughout the night must be maintained. Proper security and awareness must be maintained not only at night, but in fact all throughout the hike, esp when dealing with the “other groups”.