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How to Prepare a Survival Library

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

In case of a full fiscal or societal collapse the Internet and various other sources of information may not be available. Nowadays people simply do a online search to discover answers to many of their inquiries. If there was no Internet, let a lone no electricity, might you know how to butcher a pig? Or even can peaches? These techniques together with many other skills are the types of things that you ought to be collecting as a physical survival library so that you can reference it in an crisis. It doesn't have to get expensive or elegant, many books with precious information are available at lower price stores or possibly even rummage sales. Don't discard mags that detail many of these techniques, possibly rip out content to increase the library or retain the entire magazine. Print the website that you referred to for that home repair question, that way you will have it accessible if you are unable to access the World-wide-web.

Short Video loaded with survival ideas

Expand on these ideas in your survival library

A Survival Library Can Help Feed You

Rice and beans with a side of rat!?

Just in this short video you can get quite a few good ideas on things to do to survive.  Getting more details on the idea can be helpful.  When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes

 would be a great addition to your survival library.

This would be and excellent place to start creating a survival library, around survival skills.  Primarily ones that you might not have a good history in. Actually if you do understand a technique, it might be good to retain what allowed you to understand the technique, either for referring to or to have the ability to trade off to someone that might want to learn the technique. If it helped you should be able to help another.

Getting drinkable water needs to be the first concern when dealing with any type of economic or societal failure. Nearly all basic or survival techniques guides really should detail a minimum of one way, if not more ways, to get good water or purify the water you can access. It would be useful to get to know these strategies before they're required but if they are at least in the survival library they will be readily available as needed.

Another very good matter to include in the survival library is on homesteading techniques and more detailed info on gardening, seed propagation and animal husbandry. This particular knowledge will enable you to begin to generate some, if not all, of your own personal food. Food storing and preservation will also be useful to retain anything extra that is produced. This can also become a valuable barter item to trade to get something you simply can't produce yourself.

Reference material on health concerns should be included in a survival library. Basic first aid is really an obvious choice, but better material should be included, items like dentistry and medical examination manuals. You most likely are not qualified to make a diagnosis but with any luck , it may direct you to understand whether you should seek a more specialized opinion, if it is out there. In a real dire emergency when there is absolutely no hope of professional medical help, including internal medicine and surgery information.


An auto mechanic will have a head start on these skills. Simple auto repair skills may help to save quite a bit in garage charges, however like medical services may be minimal, so might mechanical services. However do not restrict a survival library simply to auto mechanics, be sure to include small engines and diesel also. Diesel engines are usually less complicated and endure longer than gasoline engines. With appropriate know-how you can also operate a diesel engine off vegetable oil, that may be produced as a renewable fuel.

The opportunity to develop and produce building materials will be important, especially if you are able to do it without power tools. There were eras of craftsmen that worked devoid of the aid of power tools and some of this knowledge ought to go a long way toward saving work and loss of materials in mistakes. Reference material on general building construction along with furniture and various other detail woodworking might help substitute finer furnishings when time and resources permit. Don't stop at just wood working guides, incorporate electrical and plumbing also. The ability to generate electricity in order to power a couple lights can be quite civilizing. And plumbing can help in cleanliness and simple needs for water inside a house. 

Things our grandparents and earlier generations did as natural will need to be learned over again. Details like building an earthen oven or creating a straw broom might be required abilities, not merely unique skills. Cooking in the earthen oven as well as over an open fire 

Mules for power

wont be novelty skills anymore, although everyday skills required for baking and cooking.  Working with a team of mules is almost a lost skill now, but if gas or diesel are no longer available a team of mules or oxen may be the only way to do things that require more power than a person to generate. This might be a more specific type of information to include in the survival library.

Go Beyond the Survival Library

Do not merely acquire the survival library, be sure to review a portion of it every once in awhile. Having the reference material available is only partially useful, it's also wise to attempt to possess the right tools and other materials available. You will need hand tools for carpentry and tools for working the garden. Garden seeds, from heirloom seeds, will also be essential to grow a garden. Using open pollinated seeds will enable you to collect seeds from one year's harvest to plant the following year.

It might not be possible for you keep a team of mules to work with, but maybe you can keep a couple chickens in the backyard.  Hands on experience with many of the things included in your survival library before it's needed can make you a lot more comfortable when called upon to execute them.



Apr 24, 2013 7:37am
You have a lot of good ideas there. Especially things to do with survival. We often take life for granted and not prepared for those not so good times or emergencies.
The way the world is today we have to think about how we will survive if we are unable to leave our home for a week.
Apr 29, 2013 12:06pm
With the plenty that surrounds many of us today few people realize how tenious a situation it is. The more I learn and read the more I want to be better prepared. How much stuff will be left on the grocery store shelf if truckers decide that fuel is too expensive and don't deliver for a week? Having survival information in a form that is easily accessible can be a life saver. So what if you have a first aid app on your smartphone, it's not going to be much good after the battery goes dead and you're stranded in the woods somewhere.
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