Even more manuals, guides, and information that just didn’t fit anywhere else…
DISCLAIMER: Some of this information can potentially be dangerous, even deadly… attempt at your own risk! As such, you should always seek appropriate medical/legal/professional/expert advice whenever possible. Therefore, I accept NO liability whatsoever for your use or misuse of this information.
PREPAREDNESS MANUALS AND GUIDES
LDS Preparedness Manual [links to PDF File] – LDS church members are known for teaching and living a preparedness lifestyle. I would say they’re pretty good at it. The majority of the information is regarding food storage, although a variety of other topics are covered as well.
The Disaster Handbook (from the University of Florida Extension) [online book] – Covers a wide range of disaster preparedness topics as well as cleanup and recovery issues. Also includes details on what to do with regards to hurricanes, floods, and other select disasters.
Multiservice Service Manual 1999 [PDF File] – the survival manual the US Armed Forces use for wilderness training. If they use it to survive, you can too.
TheNewSurvivalist.com [online book] – A website that is basically a book; discusses everything you would expect such as food, water, shelter, communications, etc. Does provide some interesting information at times and, in fact, I link to specifics once or twice elsewhere.
The Free Online Survival Guide [online resource] – According to the author, “The Guide is a collection of articles related to survival and crisis preparedness. The Guide is intended to be a free online resource where you can find answers to questions that is commonly asked by those how are trying to prepare for crisis and survival situations.”
The Survival Handbook [links to PDF File] – Similar to the SAS Survival Handbook in that it attempts to describe how to survive in many climates, regions, etc.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES
Build It Solar – Many, many free solar plans and ideas. If you want to learn about something solar-related, start here.
ModernOutpost.com Solar Information – Quite a bit of information regarding solar power in a variety of situations. You might also be interested in this adapter that allows automotive lamps to be used in a typical a/c lamp socket.
Deep Cycle Battery FAQ – Detailed disucssion on deep cycle batteries including information on charging from solar or wind.
Sealed Lead Acid Battery Handbook [PDF File] – More details on SLA batteries than most people want to know but if you’re so inclined, then here you go!
Power Survival – Tons of solar powered gadgets and more.
Make Ethanol Fuel – Another website by Steven Harris (of Solar1234.com) that provides the equipment and info you need to produce your own ethanol for eventual use as gasoline. While I wouldn’t say this is very cost effective (even given current gasoline prices) it could prove useful in an extended grid-down situation providing you can supply your own electricity.
Mayan Pedal Power – Use human-power to get things done!
PrimitiveWays.com [online resource] – When you’re on your own you could be doing things the way your ancestors did… better learn how now. A large number of topics are covered, including stone age technologies, fire making and cooking, primitive tools, and shelters.
US Armed Forces Field Manuals – The largest collection of field manuals I’ve ever found freely available in one place. Take advantage of this wealth of information while you can!
52 Weeks to Preparedness – The folks at ReadyNutrition have put together a neat 52 week step-by-step guide to better prepare your family. Their free course covers everything I can think of and them some. Check it out.
Live Police, Fire, EMS Feeds Online – Listen to your local emergency responders live online. Just select your state and county and enjoy.
Assorted Free Downloads
100 Free Survival Downloads – includes Google Docs files for many subjects, including first aid, survival manuals, edible and medicinal plants, knots, military manuals, and more.
55 Survival Downloads and Handbooks – Pioneering, SHTF, Engineering, Urban Gardening, Defense, and more.
PermaculturePrinciples.com – A nice resource for understanding the basics of permaculture.
Permies.com – Forums and more discussing all aspects of permaculture.
Permaculture.org – An organization dedicated to permacuture.
Permaculture YouTube videos – Jack Spirko discusses his view on permaculture design principles.
40 Hours Free Permaculture Downloads – Free video downloads that reference a NC State website regarding permaculture principles.
Backpacking Resources (for Bug Out)
BackpackGearTest.org – A site where users submit their reviews of backpacking equipment after using it in the field. I’ve had occasion to use these reviews a few times and found them well worth my time.
Backpacking.Net – Information on lightweight backpacking such as how to reduce gear weight, how to plan your gear, gear recommendations, and so on. Also provides some useful basic information for beginners as well as links to books on how to hike with kids.
Life Straw Backpacking Water Filter – Very nice primary backpacking filter which can filter hundreds of gallons of water at a very low price of about $20. Compared to other backpacking filters this is an AWESOME deal.
Last But Not Least
The Amazing UV Paqlite – An interesting light (similar to glow sticks) that can be “recharged” many times over and requires no bulbs or batteries.
Snap Heat – Reusable heat packs that produce heat similar to traditional hand warmers but can be reused indefinitely. Definitely worth a look.
Homeowner’s Guide to Spiders [PDF File] – learn to identify those creepy-crawlies… ugh!
Insect Identification – Allows you to select bug features and determine possiblities by state.
How Much Electricity Do Household Items Use? – Figure out what your “necessary” appliances are REALLY costing you.