An ESC is a large, waterproof, double sided chart that contains 4 topographic maps, and a lot of other survival information in the margins.
If an ESC is not available for your area yet request one by emailing Requests@EmergencySurvivalCharts.com. Please tell us your state in the Subject line until we can figure out a better way to keep you informed.
MSRP is $99.99. The material and printing is expensive but we want to make the ESC affordable as possible.
An ESC is not just a map. First of all, it is four maps that are not easy to find. They would cost you over $100 alone... for an electronic copy or on paper. Paper absorbs moisture and falls apart quickly so if you wanted it printed on something better that will cost you too. We can take that a few steps further to include waterproof, high color, high definition, double sided, wide format printing on Tyvek. Additionally, if you consider the amount of time I put in researching and compiling all this info (somewhere between 3000-5000 hrs) the cost of the first ESC would be ridiculous. It is not a novelty item... it is a piece of survival equipment.
The naming of an ESC can be broken down into three parts: The PRODUCT IDENTIFIER, the UNIT NUMBER, and the SERIAL NUMBER.
PRODUCT IDENTIFIER + UNIT NUMBER = SERIAL NUMBER.
The PRODUCT IDENTIFIER can be broken down further and we will use ESC-TX-DAN-001-00007 as an example. It consists of the product (ESC...), and the state it covers or the the state of the largest city on the ESC if it covers more than one state (ESC-TX...). Next, is the 3 letter area identifier, which is the NAME of the ESC, like "Dallas North" or "the Capital of Texas." It includes four maps (in this case, Dallas, Sherman, Texarkana, and McAlester) that are already named by the mapping agencies that produced them. Therefore, we have to we give them a unique name when we put them together (ESC-TX-DAN...). The final part of the PRODUCT ID is version number. Every time a major revision is made to an ESC it will get a new version number (ESC-TX-DAN-001). Version 001 is the initial version.
The UNIT NUMBER is the 5 digit number that identifies each individual ESC. Remember, there are many ESCs that cover different areas so a number alone will not suffice.
The SERIAL NUMBER is the PRODUCT ID and the UNIT ID put together (ESC-TX-DAN-001-00001).
Jason got the idea for an ESC from a similar product he encountered while in the military. The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), which is now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), created similar products. In fact, “The history of the evasion (chart) goes back to charts printed on rayon during the 1940s, and to cloth "blood chits" printed in various languages that identified American airmen and offered rewards for safe passage during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.” Now NGA produces similar charts which are 1:250,000 scale and cover different geographic areas of the world (sorry, not the US). This product line was called an "Evasion Chart" and was developed for the Air Force Intelligence Service in 1990 on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is designed to assist in survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) by military personnel. Get the full story at nga.mil
The ESC is a derivative of that product but it's designed more for survival and self-reliance than for evasion. It's also not meant for military personnel serving in a far away land but for the average Joe in someplace like Texas.
Facebook- Yes. Twitter: Yes. EmerSurvCharts. All the rest... No. I just got this thing up and running so give me a minute. I really want to set up a youtube channel and demonstrate the info on the ESC but I'll let you know when that happens.
TOP SECRET? No. SECRET? No. CLASSIFIED? No. Everything is derived from open source information derived from the internet or manuals and books. All manuals and books that were used to produce this product were also UNCLASSIFIED.
Yes... probably. According to the government it has those properties but ESC LLC will be field testing products to confirm because you can't always believe the government. Read the Home Page for more info.
Tyvek. It is manufactured by DuPont. For more information about Tyvek, see the following:
Not yet. But give us a minute. We hope to hire veterans and outdoorsmen to demonstrate and train people on some of the info contained on the ESC. Check our youtube channel too.