What are the most important reading materials for surviving SHTF scenarios where the power grid goes down, society collapses, and everyone has to fend for themselves? Dan Sullivan of The Survivalist Blog presents a list of 14 critical reading materials that any prepper and survivalist needs to download, print out, read, and memorize before the internet gets taken out.
Written by William R. Forstchen, the best-selling novel One Second After is about the aftermath of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the U.S. The realistic events described in this book is responsible for awakening most preppers to the fragility of this modern world.
One of the most famous and respected experts on preparedness and survival, Dave Cantebury shared his wisdom in his book Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival. You will be able to pick up survival skills very quickly thanks to his excellent way of teaching.
The EMP Protocol is another course by Dan Sullivan. After viewing it, you will know how to make Faraday cages that can ensure your electronics survive an EMP attack. (Related: Prepping for the unexpected on the go: 10 must-haves for your glove box.)
Recommended reading materials for bugging in and bugging out
Lisa Bedford is another big name for preppers. Her e-book Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios is great for getting your loved ones into the bugout mindset.
Still another work by Sullivan covers bugging in. How to Bug In Forever is for those preppers who prefer to weather out a post-apocalyptic world in the safety of their own homes rather than a risky trip to a distant safehouse.
The First Aid Manual of the U.S. Army has everything you will need to know about first aid procedures that can save lives. It will be even more effective if you take first aid classes as well.
For urban preppers, there is FM 3-06.11 COMBINED ARMS OPERATIONS IN URBAN TERRAIN, an Army manual that covers military operations in a hostile city. Practically all of the skills required for soldiers will be invaluable when you are bugging out in a city without rule of law.
Then there is the third Army manual in the list: MAP READING AND LAND NAVIGATION, the two most important skills for preppers who have decided to bug out of Dodge.
Growing, preserving and stockpiling supplies for the post-collapse period
Sullivan’s My Survival Farm is a complete course on permaculture. It will show you how to make a survival garden that pretty much takes care of itself, down to hiding from looters.
The Amazing Stockpile Challenge is another one of Sullivan’s educational courses. It is one of the best reference materials for preppers who want to start, maintain, and expand their stockpile of survival supplies. This will help you amass enough supplies to see you through years of hardship.
A copy of Canning and Preserving for Beginners: The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide is required for every homestead. Learn how to preserve food while avoiding the risk of botulism.
The Easy Cellar presentation will teach you how to build a sturdy yet affordable root cellar. It also covers how to get the most use out of the cellar.
At Home Canning for Beginners and Beyond is an excellent read for ambitious canners. Kendra Lynne’s video is a good complement to Canning and Preserving for Beginners.
When it comes to preparing and storing food, Gaye Levy is one of the best sources of information. Her book, Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage, shows the best way to preserve and stockpile food.
Prepping never ends. Don’t stop with just these materials. Keep gathering knowledge and reading new materials.
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