Do you have a backup plan for transportation if vehicles weren’t on the road either because roads are impassible because of a natural disaster, or if vehicles are disabled from an EMP attack? If you had to travel 10 miles today without using motorized transportation, could you do it?
Many people’s long term emergency plan don’t involve travelling more than a mile or so from home, with the home being where all the supplies are. But what if you needed to evacuate your house because of fire or water, what would you do? And would you even be able to?
As a last ditch effort, going on foot is the last resort way to go, if you absolutely have to leave the relative safety of your home. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that you know do not cause blisters and you can walk in long distance in them. Some people swear by comfortable flip flops and sandals for walking distance, but if you need to traverse over rough terrain, such as broken roads or collapsed buildings, one can easily fall off or your foot can be damaged on the sides or top from debris. The last thing you need is to get an injury on a vital part of transportation.
Small wagon or cart
If you needed to go on foot but needed to bring your supplies with you, do you have a wagon (think red flyer wagon or Little Tikes wagon for toddlers to ride in) that you could pull stuff in? Or easy access to a nearby grocery store to get a shopping card, keeping in mind that many others will have the same idea and you’d need to get there first. You can use them for transporting not just supplies but kids as well – it may not be as comfy as a stroller, but it will fit more supplies than taking a stroller, not to mention much more durable.
This is a great way to get around, but you will need to carry extra tire tubes and pump. However, because of a relatively fast speed in a vehicle-less society, you could be the target of theft, and thieves won’t always be nice about trying to get it from you. Buy the strongest bike lock you can afford and remember to always lock up on the most secure thing you can find if you absolutely must leave your bike somewhere – these will be grabbed by anyone who sees them. Do remember you need to have good backpacks or a trailer you can attack to a bike for this to be a viable solution for long-term use. If you need a trailer but don’t have much money to spend, check out kid’s consignment stores for bike trailers used for small kids.
I’ve seen them for as cheap as $25-30 when they have been faded by the sun, and in a TEOTWAWKI situation, some faded canvas on a bike trailer will be the least of your worries. Don’t forget locks so you can both lock the zipper (although it won’t prevent a determined person from getting inside, it will prevent a quick dash and grab) and the trailer to your bike.
Again, a great way to get around and to get your supplies around, but in a broken down society, they could be targets both for transportation and food. It isn’t easy to lock a horse up as it is to lock a bike up!
If you live near the ocean or lake, this can be invaluable, but they will be stolen quickly. Do not leave unguarded if at all possible. And don’t forget most boats have some kind of long-term food cache on board, when food becomes scarce.
We all probably remember One Second After and the old VW van and his mother-in-law’s car still working. Do you have access to a vehicle from the pre-electric parts era that would still be working in the event of an EMP attack? Don’t forget gas likely wouldn’t be an issue for quite some time, since you could syphon gas from the tanks of disabled vehicles, provided there are vehicles near your location. There are quite a few forum threads on various survivalist forums that talk about EMP proof vehicles, or converting vehicles post-EMP attack.