To practice drills to get your home ready for possible attack would be good. Say you are busy working in your vegetable garden and you hear people shouting and screaming. You look down the street and hundreds of people are looting houses. No time to leave. You run into the house. In SA the gate would be locked already, electric fence on.. You start filling the bath with water – in case they try to burn you out. Fire extinguishers ready with pins pulled out. You move furniture to block the windows. Hopefully your vehicle is parked facing the gate but locked away. Hey, you might be shooting your way out or sneak out pretending you are looting with them. Or they might move on realizing they are gonna get killed.
Getting ready to leave your home to a more safe location. Hopefully very well stocked over very long period of time and far away from nearest city – more than a full tank..location. I look around when ever I drive in any direction. At rivers (what happens upstream that could pollute the water) Places to hide until it is safe to move again. Which road they might block to prevent people from leaving. Interesting fact that all..ok, most airports in SA has got informal settlements right next to them… both sides of the road.
Then – where ever you might land up for some time. You will have to protect that area, or know when somebody has been there or planning on taking your spot. I’m going to copy an paste the following info from the old Selous Scouts, also used by South African Recces. These technique’s are still being used by game rangers tracking poachers and some farmers that we now train.
” First, psychologically and physically prepare for the hunt. You should be in good physical condition with excellent reserves of stamina, alert, reasonably well fed and above all confident in yourself and your men. You may be forced to travel for days under adverse conditions, without food and with little water, at a fast pace and tinder tremendous mental stress. Tracking requires intense concentration, stamina and an eye for detail.
As you are tracking, look for evidence (track signs) of disturbed grass; bent blades will reveal the direction of travel. The top of the grass will point in the direction the person is walking. If the enemy has passed through after sunrise the dew will be disturbed and a faint darkened area will reveal his trail. Watch for broken spider webs or cobwebs. When examining spoor always keep your head slightly up and look 15 to 20 yards ahead of you. It will enable you to see the spoor better, determine the direction of movement, and keep alert for likely ambush areas, If the terrorist knows or suspects he is being followed, he will try to set you up.
Be alert, patient, and careful. Watch for rocks that have been overturned. The dark side will be up or you will see the impression on the ground where it once rested. Although mid-day heat will dry the rock quickly, it tells you the terrorist is only hours ahead of you. If you find it in the morning, then he has been moving prior to sunrise. The darker and wetter the rock, the closer your quarry.
Much of’ tracking means noting what is out of context in nature and realizing the cause. Move from sign to sign and always be sure of your last confirmed sign before you move on to the next. There are, of course, the obvious: footprints in the mud near streams and water holes and along sandy rivers; leaves on plants that have been broken, knocked off, or turned so that the light underside contrasts with the surroundings; scuffed tree bark or mud scraped from passing boots and the impression of rifle butts being used as crutches or canes up steep slopes. Of course, there is the old favorite, blood on the vegetation and trail.
Watch for discarded ration packages, food tins, and even dropped or discarded documents. U.S. troops in Vietnam were easily tracked, not by recently cut jungle foliage but by their inevitable trail of Kool-Aid packages. Once you have identified the spoor, try to identify the type of foot gear. Often different guerrilla groups wear different type boots. Terrorists in Rhodesia have been killed and captured carrying two or three types of shoes and wearing two or three shirts and pants, at the same time! Make sure the print is not one of your own people or security forces and keep a record of the different type prints you encounter. Plaster impressions, drawings, photos or even a copy of the soles themselves should be on record with local intelligence people. The Rhodesians and South Africans make copies of all terrorist footwear and distribute these drawings to the local population. Village police, hunters, and farmers walking in the bush have often discovered the trail of terrorist gangs who have crossed from Zambia or Mozambique and have alerted the security forces.
The depth and space of the tracks will also tell you something about your foe. Women take smaller steps, as do heavily laden men. People running will leave more space between tracks and men walking in each other’s tracks will make deeper impressions. Also, they will cause the edges of the tracks to be less distinct. Drag marks could indicate wounded. Once you have identified your particular track, follow it even if the group splits. Sometimes guerrillas will split up or bombshell, until you are left following one set of tracks.”