Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Free Resources for Preppers

The following is a list of free resources that preppers and others may find useful:

1) Family Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness (link opens as .pdf), by Debbi D. Koontz, is an informative 12-page booklet in two parts. The first part is a brief introduction to food storage and emergency preparedness in the form of some comments and notes from Ms. Koontz. The second (longer) part is master list of food and supplies, along with notes on each item, that you will want to consider in your plans. {1/26/2016 NOTE: Both the link and the associated website are down. I have no idea when or if they will return.}

2) The Public Library. Perhaps this goes without saying, but public libraries are a fantastic free resource. My small town library has books on gardening, homesteading, food preservation & canning, small engine repair, auto repair, home repair & DIY projects, botany, wildlife identification guides, cookbooks (including for fish & game), first aid, personal finance, and many others of interest to preppers, survivalists, and other folks seeking self-reliance.

Libraries are also a wonderful source of free entertainment. In addition to books and magazines, many libraries today also offer audio books, movies on DVDs, music CDs, and even board games that you can check out. Many have story times for young children and lecture series for adults you can attend for free.

3) Countryside and Small Stock Journal has a free online library of articles (around 200) relating to gardening, homesteading, and self-reliance.

4) Local Parks and Greenways offer lots of opportunities for free exercise, recreation, and family time. My local parks have walking/jogging trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, and even a lake for fishing at one one of the parks. Some offer free programs on weekends or during the summer. Hiking greenways is great exercise. Bring along some nature identification guides and turn it into a learning experience.

5) The You Tube Channel for Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy (Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP) has lots of videos on first aid and medical issues. The Altons are the authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook.

6) The Prepper Website is a great resource that I think of as "the Drudge Report for Preppers" - a collection of links to articles, blog posts, videos, and other information of interest to preppers, survivalist, and self-reliance folks. It is updated daily.

7) Totally Homestead is a website which collects links to recent posts on a large number of homesteading websites.

8) Cooperative Extension Offices are an agency of the US Agriculture Department, with local offices in every county in the United States. They are a great resource of free information, and free or low-cost services. Local offices can provide garden planting times specific to your area, soil testing, canning classes, and other information and services. Find your local office by clicking here and contact them to learn of the specific services offered in your county. They can also help you get into touch with 4-H clubs, gardening clubs, bee keeper associations, and other organizations in your area.

9) USGS Disease Maps tracks disease outbreaks in the US on a county-by-county basis.

10) ProMED-mail - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases - is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants grown for food or animal feed. Electronic communications enable ProMED-mail to provide up-to-date and reliable news about threats to human, animal, and food plant health around the world, seven days a week.

11) RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Service - provides maps and information on man-made and natural disasters worldwide. It tracks almost everything - droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, chemical spills, biological hazards, nuclear events, and more.

12) Popular Mechanics has both a DIY Projects and a Home How To sections on their website, with lots of greats ideas, projects, and information.

13) The Maine Prepper You Tube Channel is one of my favorite You Tube channels, and has lots of videos relating to homesteading, personal security, and self-reliance. Note: Maine Prepper has since suspended channel while he deals with some health issues. Please keep him in your prayers.

14) The Patriot Nurse You Tube Channel addresses a variety of medical, health, and prepping issues.

15) Permaculture - Sustainable Farming, Ranching, Living - by Designing Ecosystems that Imitate Nature (link opens as a .pdf) is a six-page introduction to the concept of permaculture.

16) The Xerces Society is a insect conservation group which provides a variety of fact sheets and plant lists for promoting native bee and butterfly populations, which are VITAL to gardening and agriculture.

17) Fernando Aguirre's You Tube Channel is another great source of prepping information. He is the author of The Modern Survival Manual, and comes from the perspective of having lived through the financial collapse of Argentina and the fleeing the corrupt government (dictatorship) that followed.

18) The Drudge Report is a constantly updated collection of links to news stories in the mainstream and alternative news media. I include it here because an important part of self-reliance and being prepared is being aware of what is going on in the world around you.

Finally, I humbly suggest this website as a source of free information, ideas, and tips on self-reliance and preparedness. Please take the time to explore the variety of articles and information found here.


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