Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Edition: FREE Resources for Preppers, Survivalists & Homesteaders

Welcome to the 3rd annual edition of FREE Resources for Preppers, Survivalists & Homesteaders. The 3rd edition updates the listings for the prior two years, and adds a number of new FREE resources fpr 2017.

1) Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearny - The 1987 edition of this classic nuclear survival guide is available for free download as a .pdf file or .html documents. 

2) Green-Trust FreeBook Download Page has lots of books available for free download on a variety of topics including energy-efficiency, solar & renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, and medical info. 

3) Selecting a Survival Battery of Firearms is an excellent article found on the Alpha Disaster Contingencies website. Check their website for many other articles.

4) Backwoods Home Magazine - Many  articles from back issues of this self-reliant living magazine are available online for free in their archive. 

5) Learn How to Save Seeds and Grow Food - Seed Savers Exchange has a section on their website devoted to teaching folks how to save seeds and grow food. 

6) A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency - This article is available for free on the Mother Earth News website. You can find other free articles on self-reliance, organic gardening, renewable energy and other topics by browsing the website.

7) LDS Preparedness Manual (you'll have to give them an email address to download) - The Mormons have taught/required preparedness and self-reliance of their members for generations, and have accumulated much practical knowledge on the subject, much of which is presented here.The link is to the current edition, but if you don't want to give them your email address, you can get the  2011 edition at this link (link opens a .pdf).


8) The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency (link opens a .pdf) by John Seymour. I found the link to the 1976 book edition of the book on the City Farmer News website, so check them out.

9) The Complete Outdoorsman's Handbook (link opens a .pdf)  A guide to outdoor living and wilderness survival by Jerome J. Knap.

10) Back To Eden Organic Gardening Film (link to the full documentary on You Tube): "Back to Eden Film shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The food growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. Never, until now, have Paul’s organic gardening methods been documented and shared like this!

11) Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees (link opens a .pdf) - a publication of the US Forest Service. Bees are, of course, very important to the pollination process, and our gardens depend on them. Its important to understand their role, and how to protect them.

12) Plans For a Complete Beekeeping System (several downloading options available) - Again, bees are important for your garden and fruit trees. Besides, I love honey. 

13) Basic Physical Health with Limited Resources (.pdf automatically downloads) - an LDS publication. Maintaining good health before, during, and after a SHTF event is extremely important.  

14) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I'm typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information.

15) LDS Nutritution and Diet Manual
(link opens a .pdf) - another LDS publication dealing with health and nutrition.

16) The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan for Financial Self-Defense for the Small Investor
(link opens a .pdf) - a famous, but now out-of-print, book from 1980. The Alpha Strategy presents a plan to protect your assets from both high inflation and depression, as well as high taxation and political manipulation. 

17) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I'm typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information. 

18) 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.

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

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

21)  Countryside and Small Stock Journal has a free online library of articles (over 200) relating to gardening, homesteading, livestock, poultry, and self-reliance. The also have a series of free guides to topics including beekeeping, dairy goats, raising ducks, and so forth. To get to the free articles, click on the "Daily Stories" tab on their website's menu. To get the free guides, click on the "Free Guides'$ tab on their menu. You may have to register (for free) with them to get access to the free guides. 

22) Article Archive of The Backwoods Home Magazine -  100s of free articles on homesteading, gardening, raising food, self-reliance, and other topics of interest to preppers and survivalists.

23) 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.

24) The Public Library - Use your library card. Libraries are a great source of free entertainment and free information. You can check out a wide range of books on gardening, country skills, food preservation & canning, sewing, health & first aid, home improvement, auto repair, small engine repair, fishing, hunting, nature field guides, edible wild plants, wilderness survival, personal finance, and so forth. Entertainment, too, can be had for free at your local library, and not just books to read. Many libraries today have movie DVDs, music CDs, board games, puzzles, and other types of entertainment that you can check out for free, as well as story times for kids and lectures for adults.

25) 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. Visit https://extension.org/ to find your local office 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 related organizations in your area.

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

27) 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.

28) 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. 

29) Exploit FREE information from the web. If you are reading this, you're on the Internet anyway. There are a lot of great websites and YouTube channels full of useful information for you to read or watch. This website is full of prepping & survival information. Other websites and You Tube channels I like include:
There are, of course, lots of other great websites and You Tube channels. The above list is just a few of my favorites.

30) 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.

31) The Liberty Mill is a great source of alternative news headlines aggregated from over 35 alternative news outlets. 

32) Finally, I humbly suggest this website (www.TimGamble.com) 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. 

32A) #HistoryHub - a part of my website, #HistoryHub has the text of over 40 primary historical documents, and over a dozen secondary sources. Whether you are a home schooler or just wanting to understand real history (not the ideological propaganda taught in schools), you should check it out. And keep checking back, because I frequently update #HistoryHub.

32B) My Foresting Gardening articles - Several years ago I wrote a series of articles on forest gardening (aka woodland gardening, food forests, or edible landscaping). I have since posted them on this website.

Friday, January 6, 2017

How To Talk To Non-Preppers Without Turning Them Off to Prepping

Do you know someone who is thinking about preparedness, but isn't quite sure they want to become a "prepper"? Perhaps your spouse doesn't share your enthusiasm for survivalism? Maybe you're trying to warn your brother/co-worker/friend/neighbor that he needs to get serious about building self-reliance and readiness for whatever the future might hold?  

Here's what not to do:
   1- Avoid too much doom-and-gloom.
   2- Avoid jargon. acronyms and "military" talk.
   3- Avoid politics as much as possible.
   4- Put away the tin-foil hat.
   5- Don't nag.

Preppers and survivalists are often unfairly portrayed as backwards, paranoid, right-wing nut-jobs, gun-nuts, conspiracy-nuts, or just plain nuts. This makes "regular" folks reluctant to hear the prepper message of self-reliance and commonsense preparations for any future difficulties. Don't confirm these stereotypes in how you talk to your non-prepper friends and neighbors! 

Many people (especially women) are also turned-off by too much doom-and-gloom and over-the-top scenarios. It is very scary think about end-of-the-world subjects (nuclear war, civil war, economic or political collapse), and some people simply tune out such talk rather than deal with such scary subjects. Instead of scaring them away with extreme dangers, emphasize building security and safety for more common situations (winter storms, hurricanes, the next recession, etc.).

You can also turn people off by always or only talking about prepping, survivlism, and similar topics. Sometimes its a good idea to just talk about the football game, or to have lunch together without mentioning prepping. Show an actual interest in them. Ask how their day is going, or about their kids, or what plans they have for the weekend. Pick and choose the best opportunities to talk to them bout preparedness. 

Here is what to do:

   1- Adopt a conversational tone. 
   2- Emphasize building security and safety.
   3- Use personal experiences & real-life events. 
   4- Remain calm.
   5- Use humor.

Have an actual conversation with non-preppers. A conversation isn't a lecture, an argument, or a dire warning. A conversation isn't riddled with technical jargon or acronyms that one participant doesn't have the first clue about what it means. A conversation is a two-way exchange of ideas, presented calmly and rationally. 

Pointing to your own personal experiences or actual real-life events works much better than abstract ideas about what might happen sometime in the murky future.  Sharing how you handled an unexpected job loss is much more effective in reaching people than trying to tell them how they should get ready for the coming economic collapse that the world's elites are intentionally planning. 

You can also point to what happened in real-life events like Hurricane Katrina, a terrorist attack, or even the current  economic disaster going on in Venezuela. 

What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How To Go From Completely Clueless To Totally Prepared  This is a great book for people who are thinking about prepping, and just aren't sure. It is a great example of what I have tried to explain in this article as the best way to talk to non-preppers without scaring them off or intimidating them.