Contributing Author – Kevin Reeve

KevinReeve-002Kevin Reeve is the founder and Director of onPoint Tactical Tracking School. Kevin has provided training to law enforcement, SAR teams, and the US military in the arts of tracking, survival, escape and evasion and urban operations. Prior to founding onPoint Tactical LLC, Kevin worked for one of the top tracking schools in America. Kevin spent 8 years as a Director of the tracking program and supervised the instructor staff there. Kevin has also provided corporate organizational development and executive coaching, as well as platform training and curriculum development.

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  1. Observations on Escape From Tucson.

    * Because Preparedness is about things that have not happened (to us) yet, it requires imagination. This makes a novel/fictional story/ a good device for teaching preparedness.
    * Tucson is a particularly risky place with regard to future disasters, one from which evacuation may well be needed, and from which it will be unusually difficult. The high mortality of wetbacks who die in the desert trying to get to Tucson attests to this. The mexicans who brave the desert are particularly tough, acclimated, and prepared, and yet some die every year. Therefore Tucson is a good choice of story setting for wilderness survival; and having lived there many years I was particularly interested to see what you would make of it.
    * If you are writing for your own amusement the quality of the prose is nobody’s business; but if you are writing to engage the public and promote preparedness you really should have an English major proof-read your text before posting it. The frequent misspellings, grammatical errors, and other typos are very off-putting, distracting, and cast doubt on your credibility.
    * Starting out with an equipment list, including brands and model numbers, smacks so crassly of payola that my wife and I both would like to know, in all seriousness: did the manufacturers of those items pay you to mention and brag about their products in your story? In any case it was very tacky, and not a good way to teach preparedness.
    * WWIII will start with an EMP, but not just that. No realistic enemy would whack the civilian infrastructure and leave the military intact. Tucson is unquestionably a military target. Consider what is there:
    Davis-Monthan Air Force base.
    The Boneyard–a major storage facility for Air Force surplus equipment.
    Raytheon Missle Systems–supplier of some 70 different missiles, cruise missiles, and other weapons systems.
    Tucson International Airport–another military grade runway, taxiable from Davis-Monthan, and home to the Arizona Air National Guard.
    The Electric Power Plant for the valley.
    I-10–major east-west corridor between California and Florida.
    I-19–major north-south corridor between Mexico and Phoenix.
    A 24″ gas pipeline from the Texas oil fields to California parallels I-10, and there are large fuel storage yards.
    Southern Pacific Railroad, supplier of sulphuric acid for the mines, among other things, and a great deal of industrial commodities also passes through this east-west bottleneck.
    The transportation corridor through the Tucson valley supports heavy industry which has sprung up to service the military and military contractors.
    University of Arizona–military/DARPA research contractor, and headquarters of Kitt Peak National Observatory and NOAO. The Mt. Lemon U.S. Naval Observatory is headquartered there, as are NASA research partners, USGS, etc.
    The Border Patrol is garrisoned in Tucson, and they have guns even if they are only allowed to use them on US citizens.
    The Pima County Sheriff’s office is on the south side of Tucson near these other targets.
    The two dozen Titan missile silos in the valley have supposedly been decommissioned and filled with gravel, but the Russians may not trust that, and still target each one of those individually. Except for the missile silos, all the above strategic targets could be taken out with a single well-placed high-yield nuclear weapon–ground burst–and it is unreasonable to suppose they would not be. Therefore your character realizing that an EMP has occurred should high-tail it north, away from these targets, and crosswise to the prevailing winds. His survival skills will not matter if he gets caught in the fallout of the inevitable mushroom cloud, and your story line takes him toward ground zero, and then right along the track where the heaviest fallout will likely occur. Realistically he would have to go north, get underground, build a fallout meter, wait out the radiation, then take a parallel course to the east, perhaps along the Gila River. The advantage is there are fewer hostiles, more potential friends and more water.
    A nuclear attack on all the military targets being so likely makes risking ground troops to smash airplanes with dump trucks seem pretty silly.
    * The encounter with the mexican gang member is in a white middle-class part of town. If you want it to have credibility, at least move it to South Tucson.
    * When EMP actually occurs there will be many travelers caught in similar circumstances. Your character does a weak job of cannibalizing the hotel room, which could have provided many useful items. This would be worth teaching. Alternately, that hotel is right across the street from the Tucson Mall, the largest mall in Tucson. There is a WalMart there, and many other resources. Post-EMP the stores will be closed, but in the hours before, given some warning such as the invasion of South Korea by the North, how would a savy prepper utilize such a resource in a pinch?
    * The desert is full of life, and anyone walking through it is going to have many encounters with the wildlife, which would get mentioned in a diary of such detail. Almost every day he would have seen coyotes, javelina, deer. In three weeks time a bobcat or two and a mountain lion or bear would be normal sightings. They do not generally live in the desert, but often cross through the valleys from mountain to mountain. Walking at night, even along a railroad track, there would have been frequent close encounters with rattlesnakes and other types of snakes. Since they hunt at night they wouldn’t necessarily rattle until it was too late. Walking through this terrain in the dark is quite hazardous in this regard–fun with a good flashlight, but really nerve-wracking without one. Although some snake bites are “dry bites,” in a survival situation they are greatly to be avoided.
    * You mentioned the scorpions, but under-appreciated them, I think. They are the factor that would most intimidate me. Sleeping on the ground in the desert, day or night, would involve frequent interruptions from crawling things. In the daytime big red ants (they are everywhere), velvet ants (which as children we called “cow-killers”), tarantulas (though May is a little early for them, as they don’t get really active until the rains come in late June), bees (including the africanized bees), tarantula wasps (if you don’t bother them they won’t bother you, supposedly, but they are big, lightning fast, and nobody messes with them), black widow and brown recluse spiders. Yes, the spiders are reclusive, but that is part of the danger: while you are sleeping or sitting on the ground they can crawl into the darkness of a pant leg or shirt collar to hide, then animate your gait when you move and squeeze them.
    * At night the scorpions are active, as are the centipedes; and of course they climb. In Arizona the centipedes get to be a foot long–they hunt and kill mice, lizards, and small snakes, and if they latch onto you they leave scars that look like you had stitches without the incision. Gila monsters are also nocturnal, but you’d have to step on one barefoot to get bitten. The big problems are rattlesnakes in the dark at night, and all the things that would climb inside your shirt collar if you tried to sleep on the ground in the daytime.
    * Where there is water there are mosquitos. The mosquitos along the river in Benson are pretty bad.
    * I don’t recall your mentioning cactus. It is everywhere, and someone walking in the dark at night for weeks at a time is going to make good use of a pair of tweezers and pliers–pliers for the shoes and tweezers for the thorns that miss the shoes or get through them. This will not be an insignificant part of the experience. Having grown up in that environment and paid my dues, I can usually walk all day in the desert and not get stuck; you just learn to keep a close eye on where you are putting your feet. But walking at night, night after night, I know I wouldn’t get away with it.
    * You mentioned water tanks. Even if the water flows straight from the windmill to a steel trough it is a potent biological brew. Mosquitos breed in them, and cattle drool in them when they drink. This would be a challenging test for a water filter, and I wouldn’t want to be the one to do it. The main problem is that most of the “tanks” on the topo maps are in fact not steel or concrete vessels, but just muddy little ponds. The cattle don’t just drool in them, they do everything in them. It is the ultimate microbial stew, and in May many will be dry or mere mud holes. Only as a last resort would I drink water filtered from a trough, and not even to save my life would I drink from one of those ponds, filter or no. The trip, however, is still doable, because there are natural springs in the mountains along the way. Admittedly they are hard to find, since the flow is small and they usually go only a short distance before sinking back into the sand. It is to these that your intrepid traveler should resort. One of the particular liabilities of Tucson from a survivalist point of view is that there is no surface water. The domestic water is all pumped from wells using electricity. Which takes us back to EMP, and how deadly that will be to Tucsonans.
    ~ Be well.


    • Well Eric…you appear to be an arrogant little twit. I would highly suggest that you not be a website visitor, I am sure there are a lot of other websites out there that would appreciate you. We are not one of them. Actually, why don’t you start your own website and impart all your preparedness skill and knowledge to one and all. And FYI…I guess you couldn’t tell that AH Trimble is writing Escape from Tucson not Kevin. AH (Yup, you caught me on a cranky night. Bye!)


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