Top 14 Survival PDF Downloads You Should Have (Free!) by M.D. Creekmore on January 20, 2011

Here are fourteen Survival PDF Downloads that you might find useful – If you know of others please share with us in the comments below…

  1. It’s the End of the World As We Know It – and I Feel Fine – My free e-book covering, food storage, water, weapons etc. I put this together a few years ago and it received some great reviews, but I will admit it is in need of editing and reformatting. The book was a quick first draft without a lot of thought given to  spelling or grammar.
  2. FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual – How to find water, food, shelter, build a fire, first aid, navigation and other survival skills necessary to survive on your own in the wild. A must for any survival library.
  3. FM 4-25-11 First Aid - While I suggest everyone take a dedicated first-aid class under qualified instructors, this manual by the U.S. Army is a good start for anyone wanting to learn life saving first aid skills.
  4. Army Ranger Handbook (2006) – I picked this manual up at a gun show a few years ago it’s loaded with info on demolitions, booby traps, communications, patrolling, movement, battle drills, combat intelligence and other info.
  5. Principles of Home Canning – Excellent (and free) guide to canning your own produce. Did I mention that it is free? I like that word – Free…
  6. Where There is No Dentist - By giving a well-balanced mixture of illustrations and simple, succinct text in layman’s terms, the book provides valuable, hands-on advice for the most important oral health issues: oral health promotion in the community and basic oral care in low-resource settings. –Habib Benzian World Dental Federation (FDI)
  7. Where There is No Doctor - Covers all aspects of people’s health ranging from diarrhea to malaria and bone fractures and ringworm. Special emphasis is placed on hygiene, a healthy diet and vaccinations, and the book explains to readers what they can do themselves and how to prevent, recognize and treat many common sicknesses. It also shows them how to recognize problems they are unable to cope with and need to refer to a health worker. (description from wikipedia)
  8. NATO Emergency War Surgery – I hope non of us ever have to attempt any of the techniques detailed in this book – don’t get me wrong it is a good book, but performing many of the medical procedures presented without proper training would likely have disasters consequences, but so could doing nothing.
  9. A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening – The title says it all. Great book, if you must garden in a small area or have poor soil.
  10. FM 3-06 Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain - Combat techniques for an urban environment, including target engagement, situational awareness, crossing open areas, movement past windows, movement within a building, fighting positions etc. I hope you never need any of this but here it is just in case…
  11. Get Tough - How to win in hand-to-hand fighting. As taught to the British commandos and the U.S. armed forces W. E. Fairbairn.
  12. FEMA Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22) FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. Provides information on specific hazards including what to do before, during, and after each hazard type.
  13. Vegetable Gardening in Containers - Practical tips and techniques for container gardening including variety selection, planting information, and common problems.
  14. Backyard Composting - How to convert raw organic matter into finished compost.

With regular large scale disasters already causing problems in North America, it’s a good time to talk a bit about disaster preparation and how a 5 gallon bucket can help provide some good physical insurance against a catastrophic situation.

A well designed emergency kit will contain the best bits of modern technology and healthcare packaged neatly in a carryable 5 gallon bucket.

To learn more about bucket emergency kits and how to make your own read 5 Gallon Bucket Uses: Emergency Kit | Deirdre’s Stuff there is even a handy shopping list of essential items for making your own kit.

4 Tier Survival

4 Tier Survival

4-Tier Survival. The tiers are as follows:

  • TIER ONE: This is your everyday carry (EDC) on person. You should have this with you 24/7 or as close to 24/7 seven as possible. Basically, if you have pants on, you should have these items with you.
  • TIER TWO: This is your EDC bag. You should have this with you or within reach 24/7. Take it with you to work, the grocery store, running to the gas station, etc. If you walk out the door of your house, it should be with you.
  • TIER THREE: This is your 72 hour kit, bug out bag, SHTF bag, or any of those other catchy names for them. At a minimum you need one. If you only have the funds for one, so be it. But, eventually I would suggest having one for the house, the vehicle and possibly at work if you have the space to store one.
  • TIER FOUR: This is for long term preparedness. This is long-term food and water storage and procurement methods. Always prepare your home to shelter-in-place first. Then, if you have a secondary bug out location, prepare it. Depending on the disaster or emergency you may or may not be able to bug out. On the other hand, you may be forced to evacuate or bug out.

Before I go any farther in this article I want to give you a great piece of advice:Develop and hone your knowledge, ability and skills over the knives, tools and kits. A vast amount of knowledge and skills with a minimum amount of tools will keep you and your family alive a lot longer than a vast amount of tools and minimum amount knowledge and skills will.This may seem contradictory to what this article is about. But, do not lose sight of this advice. Everyone knows someone who has the newest, best whatever it is but no clue how to use it. This makes them look like a fool. Don’t be a fool.
When creating the tiers, I kept in mind the basic needs of a survival situation, shelter, water, fire, food and I am going to add protection. In a the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) situation, protecting yourself, your family, home, supplies and gear could be a paramount priority. The first three tiers will enable you to get to your fourth tier. We all find ourselves away from 
Now, let’s discuss the tools and supplies I feel are needed for each tier. This is by no means the end all, be all list of what is needed. This is what I have come up with for my kits. Feel free to add or take away as you feel necessary. This is based off of my skill set and my family needs. I wanted to condense a lot of information into a single article and basically get you thinking about what you will need. I want you to come up with your own kits. I also wanted to show you that all of the tiers are possible. They will take some time, energy and money, but anyone can do this.
Note: I will not get very technical in the types/brands of items to carry. Use your own judgment; remember, most times you get what you pay for. Also, I go by the mantra, “Two is one, one is none.”
TIER ONE: On-person EDC

  • Blades/Tools
    • Quality folding knife of your choice. Make sure it is sharp. You are more likely to injure yourself trying to cut something with a dull knife than you are using a sharp knife.
    • Quality multi-tool. There are many options available. Look at the type of environment you spend the majority of time in, consider your skills, and use this to decide the brand/style of tool you want to carry.
    • Lock picks/Bogota – I choose NOT to carry these as of now. Remember what I said about skills earlier. I know I don’t have the skills needed to use these. Now, once I develop the skills, they will be added to my EDC.
    • Small compass. Just to get a general direction if needed.
    • Pen and small notepad. I personally like the waterproof kind. Nothing like getting caught in the rain and losing everything you have made notes of.
    • Small survival whistle.
    • Cotton bandana.
    • P-38 can opener. I carry one on my key ring. I forget it is even there, until I need it.
  • Cell Phone
    • Pretty self-explanatory. Pretty much everyone has a cell phone that they carry anyway. [JWR Adds: It is important to also keep a 12 VDC cell phone “car charger” handy.]
  • Cordage
    • 550 Cord. There are lots of different, creative ways to carry. There are bracelets, key fobs, zipper pulls, belts, even lacing your boots/shoes with it. Learn how to braid your own items.
  • Fire
    • Small brand name lighter. Cheap and easy to carry way to start a fire.
    • Small firesteel. Another cheap, easy to carry way to start a fire.
    • Tinder. Could be a magnesium rod, dryer lint, or any brand of quick tinder that is out on the market now, you should know what works. I prefer magnesium rods; they take up less room and are light.
  • Firearm
    • I am not going to start the never-ending conversation of discussing brands and calibers.
    • Find a gun that you can comfortably carry and shoot.
    • Shoot, a lot.
    • Shoot from behind cover, kneeling, sitting, lying down, standing, off hand, from one yard to 25 yards.
    • Shoot some more.
    • Practice reloading, practice reloading behind cover, practice reloading standing, kneeling, lying down, off hand.
    • Practice some more.
  • Light
    • Small flashlight. I personally look for an LED version that runs off of AA or AAA batteries. Look for one that is waterproof or at the very least water resistant.
    • Keychain LED light. Look for one that has a locking on/off switch. These are easier to use in the fact that they do not have to have constant pressure on the switch to illuminate.
  • USB Drive
    • I use my USB drive to store all types of important documents and other information I run across and want to save. I have encrypted my USB drive in case it falls into the wrong hands. (I strongly suggest doing this.) Also, save the information under nondescript names. In other words, don’t save the file as: “Insurance Papers” or “Social Security Cards”, etc.
    • Birth/Marriage Certificates
    • Social Security Cards
    • Driver’s License
    • Insurance Policies/Cards
    • Vehicle Registrations/Insurance
    • Medical/Shot Record
    • Recent Check Stubs/Bank Statements
    • Stocks/Bonds
    • Property Description
    • Another option/addition to this is online file storage. There are many places available on the internet to store files on a remote server and be able to access from any computer or cell phone with internet access.

Some people I have seen carry as much as possible on their keychain. The only thing with that is if you lose your keys, you have lost a lot of your gear. I carry some stuff on my belt, some in pockets and some on a keychain. I have even seen and thought about carrying some items around my neck. Whatever you feel comfortable with and what works for you is best.

Tier two is going to contain pretty much everything from tier one except bigger and better.

  • Blades/Tools
    • Quality fixed blade knife of your choice. Again make sure it is sharp.
    • Sharpening stone.
    • Quality multi-tool. I would look at one to complement the one from tier one. A little larger and possibly features that the other does not have. I personally wouldn’t want the exact same model from tier one. Look at the ones that have the screwdriver possibilities.
    • Small entry bar or pry bar.
    • Larger more reliable compass. Possibly a GPS system if you are so inclined. If you are in a large urban environment, I would have a city map in my EDC bag.
    • Pens and notepad again. Plenty of pens and permanent markers.
    • P-51 can opener.(A scaled-up version of the P-38.)
  • Cell Phone/Communications
    • This is where I would keep a wall charger for my cell phone.
    • I would also think about one of the emergency chargers that run off of batteries at this point.
    • I also carry a pay-as-you go phone in my EDC bag. On some occasions when one service is down, others are still up and running. It’s a cheap insurance policy.
    • Radio of some sort. Depends on your location and abilities.
  • Cordage
    • I would carry no less than 25 feet of 550 cord in my EDC bag. The more the better. Again, options here, braid it to take up less space, key fobs, I’ve seen some braided water bottle carriers. Use your imagination
    • I have run across Kevlar cord, no personal experience with it. But, something I will check out.
    • I would toss in some duct tape and electrical tape here. You can take it off of the cardboard roll and roll it onto itself and it takes up very little room.
    • Possibly some wire, picture hanging wire works well.
    • Possibly some zip ties. Various sizes as you see fit.
    • I also have a couple of carabiners clipped to my bag.
  • Fire
    • Another cheap lighter.
    • Larger firesteel.
    • More tinder. Personally I prefer the magnesium, but whatever you are comfortable with.
  • Firearm
    • I personally don’t see the need to carry a second firearm.
    • I would however warrant the carrying of at least two spare magazines for the handgun in tier one.
  • First-Aid
    • Basic first aid kit.
    • Package of quick slotting agent.
    • Basic EMT shears.
    • Basic pain relievers, fever reducers, upset stomach tablets etc.
    • Small bottle of hand sanitizer.
    • Baby wipes.
  • Food
    • I always carry a couple of energy or meal replacement bars in my bag. If nothing else, I may have to work through lunch and need a snack.
    • Some people will toss a freeze-dried meal or MRE if they have room. Personally, I don’t.
    • A small pack of hard candy.
  • Light
    • I personally prefer a headlamp at this stage. You can use a headlamp as a flashlight; you can’t use a flashlight as a headlamp.
    • If you don’t go the headlamp route, choose a higher quality flashlight than tier one.
    • Extra batteries. On the subject of batteries, do your best to acquire electronic items that use the same size of battery.
    • Another keychain light. I have one attached to the inside of my bag to aid in finding items inside in low-light situations.
    • Some people carry chemical light sticks in their EDC bag. I have found battery operated light sticks that also have a small flashlight in one end I prefer to carry.
  • Shelter
    • I keep a packable rain jacket at all times and depending on the weather a packable pair of rain pants. Remember, your clothing is your first form of shelter.
    • I also keep a couple of “survival” blankets in my bag.
    • I keep a couple of contractor style garbage bags as well.
  • Water
    • I have a stainless steel water bottle that stays in my pack at all times. If I am traveling longer than my normal commute, I will toss in a small collapsible water container.
    • Ziploc bags.
    • Two-part chemical water purifier.
    • Filtering drinking straw.
    • Toss in a couple of standard coffee filters to filter sediment if needed.

Now, bear in mind, my EDC bag is not for long-term survival. I feel like I could sustain myself for several days if I needed to with the contents of my pack. However, that is not its intended use. All of the tiers are designed to sustain you until you can “make it” to the next tier.

My EDC bag is the same bag I use for school every day. Granted I cannot carry a weapon or ammunition into the school building. My point is you don’t want all of your Tier Two items to be so big and bulky that you can’t comfortably carry them. All of this stuff is in addition to my school books and papers and tablet. For those of you that are curious, I prefer a messenger style bag. But, again, whatever works for you and is the most comfortable.

TIER THREE: Larger rucksack or backpack

A lot of people would call this the 72 hour kit. I feel that this is a bit of a misnomer. Granted, 72 hours is a good figure for most people to shoot for. However, I feel that in this stage of the game, you should be able to carry enough to survive indefinitely.

  • Blades/Tools
    • Quality fixed blade knife. If you want you can double up from tier two. Depends on your requirements. Remember, two is one, one is none.
    • Small quality folding shovel.
    • Quality hatchet.
    • Small machete. If you feel that your knife is up to the task of clearing brush, no need for one. Also, if you are in a true bug out situation where people could be looking for you, you don’t want to clear a highway through the brush.
    • Some type of saw or saw blades. There are some nice pocket chain saws on the market now. Or you could carry blades and fashion your own handle or frame.
    • Tools for forced entry if warranted. Pry bars, bolt cutters, etc.
    • Tool kit. Depends on your location and environment. At the bare minimum carry enough tools to repair anything that you are depending on in a survival situation.
  • Cell Phone/Communications
    • Depending on the level of the disaster cell phones may or may or may not be working.
    • Again, depending on your location and abilities, depends on the type of communications you should carry.
    • One thing I have not seen widely talked about is two way radios. Obviously this would be if more than one person is in your party. However, now you start talking about batteries and chargers.
  • Cordage
    • At least 100 feet of 550 cord.
    • Depending on your environment, climbing rope, harness and gear may be warranted.
    • Tape, electrical and duct.
    • Zip ties, various sizes
    • Wire, picture wire.
    • Carabiners, various sizes.
  • Fire
    • Cheap lighter.
    • Firesteel.
    • Tinder.
    • Camp stove. Small, lightweight, portable. A lot of good information about this out there. Pay special attention to the type of fuel that the stove you select uses.
  • Firearm

This depends on the type of situation you are in. I will list the types of firearms I would have, not necessarily carry, and reasons why. If this is a true bug out situation obviously the adults in your party could carry at least one, more than likely two, long guns.

  • We have already discussed a handgun.
  • “Modern Sporting Rifle”. Be it an AR based platform, an AK-47, Mini-14 etc. I personally like the AR platform. However, A’s can be a bit finicky if not properly cleaned and maintained. Something you may not be able to do well in a TEOTWAWKI situation. So, I would grab an AK-47. Whatever your budget and preference lead you to.
  • .22 caliber rifle. There are many options, I personally recommend the Ruger 10-22. There are several collapsible stocks available. This is for hunting small game.
  • Home defense shotgun. I would suggest a 12 gauge. The options and setups are endless. You can go as mild or as wild as your budget and imagination allow. This is not something I would necessarily always grab. However, this is something I feel that no home should be without. The sound of a shell racking into the chamber of a pump shotgun is a sound that will deter most people without even firing a shot.
  • Extra magazines and ammunition.
  • First-Aid
    • More advanced first aid kit. There are pre-made ones on the market or come up with your own.
    • Quick clotting agent.
    • EMT Shears.
    • Pain relievers, fever reducers, upset stomach pills, etc.
    • A week’s supply of any prescription medications.
    • Any supply of antibiotics or narcotics that you can procure.
    • Knowledge of natural/herbal remedies. Here is a great area where knowledge can help you a lot longer than supplies can.
  • Food
    • If you want to put in a three day supply of freeze-dried meals or MRE’s. Go for it. But here is where procuring your own food will come in handy.
    • I would suggest some type of mess style kit for cooking. Again, your choice.
    • Fishing kit. Fishing line, assortment of hooks, sinkers and artificial bait if desired.
    • Fishing “yo-yo” traps. Can be set and left alone to catch fish while you are doing some other task. I feel these are a necessity. They are light and take up little room.
    • Snare kit. I would suggest several pre-made snares and supplies to create more.
    • Traps. Connibear style traps, an assortment of sizes. 4-6 is all you should need.
    • Frog gigs. Could also be used for spearing fish, depending on your location.
    • You also have a firearm for taking small or large game.
    • Knowledge of wild edibles in your area or bug out location.
  • Light
    • Again, I would suggest a headlamp and extra batteries.
    • Use your discretion for what else you may want/need.
  • Shelter
    • Two changes of clothes. One for warm weather and one for cool/cold weather. Again depending on your environment.
    • I would suggest at least 3 pair of underwear and 6 pair of socks.
    • Packable rain gear.
    • Quality bivy style shelter or tarp.
    • Quality sleeping bag. Again, do some research. See what fits your needs and budget.
    • Sleeping pad if wanted.
    • Possibly a pocket style hammock.
  • Water
    • Stainless steel water bottle.
    • Chemical water treatment.
    • Water filter/purifier. Again, look at your budget and needs. There are several nice options out there.
    • Coffee filters for straining out sediment.
    • Collapsible water storage.

TIER FOUR: Long term preparedness.
Even though this is the largest of all the tiers, I will probably go into the least amount of detail. There are many great sources of information concerning long term preparedness, being one of the best, if not the best, in my opinion.

  • Blades/Tools
    • Obviously any blade or tool previously discussed. Except full size versions.
    • An ax, saws, shovels, garden hoes, rakes, etc.
    • Possibly a plow, seeder, etc, for planting a garden.
    • Variety of hand tools.
    • Automotive tools, carpentry tools, etc.
    • Sewing machine, needles, thread, clothing patterns, etc.
    • Begin thinking of ways you can use your tools and knowledge to develop a skill that can be used for trade or barter.
  • Communication
    • Short wave radios, ham radios, etc.
    • Two way radios.
  • Cordage
    • Large amounts of any cordage or supplies under cordage already discussed.
  • Fire
    • Cast iron stove.
    • Fireplace.
    • Begin thinking now about how you will be heating your home in the winter. Think about how you will be cooking your meals. Also, think about how you will get fuel for your fire.
  • Firearms
    • We discussed in tier three the types of firearms I felt were needed.
    • Begin thinking about amount of ammo you can and are willing to stockpile.
    • Begin thinking about reloading your own ammunition. Begin thinking about stockpiling supplies. This can be turned into great bartering items.
  • First Aid
    • Begin developing a large first aid supply. Think about what you will need to do without a doctor present. Suture kits, surgical kit, trauma kit, etc. There will be no running to the emergency room.
    • Begin thinking about dental supplies. Again, there will possibly be no dentists to go to.
    • Again, knowledge is key in this situation. There are some good books about this type of thing. Take a first aid class, learn CPR. Learn as much as you possibly can.
    • Study about and begin stockpiling medications.
  • Food
    • There are many more articles to be written and read on this subject alone.
    • Start developing a small reserve of foods that you eat on a regular basis that have a long shelf life. Start with a week; go to a month, then three months, then a year, then longer.
    • Begin thinking now about storage. A year’s supply of food for your family will take up a considerable amount of space.
    • Expand on the amount of items you have from tier three. Increase the number of traps and snares you have.
    • Think about obtaining a variety of seeds to plant in your garden.
    • Again, there is a vast amount of information to be found on this subject alone. The main thing I want you to understand is this is doable, on any income. Start small and work your way up to larger quantities.
    • Do not get yourself into a financial burden by going out and buying a year’s supply of food at one time.
  • Light
    • Begin obtaining lanterns, fuel, mantles, etc.
    • Begin thinking about candles and candle making.
    • If you are so inclined, begin thinking about solar panels for your home or shelter location.
  • Shelter
    • Begin making those small repairs to your home. Things that may be fairly quickly and easily fixed now may not be so easily fixed later. I’m not talking kitchen remodeling; I’m talking leaky faucets, broken windows, drafty doors, etc.
    • Think about having a metal roof installed if you don’t have one already.
    • This is the time to think about a secondary survival location. A remote, rural location. Think of this as an investment. It could be used now as a vacation spot. Use it later as a retirement home.
  • Water
    • Begin storing water. Think not only about drinking, but also cooking and cleaning.
    • Again, start small. Begin with a few days worth; then weeks and months.
    • Start thinking about long-term procurement and storage. Gutters that empty into water storage, etc. Think also about purification on a large scale.
  • Miscellaneous Things to Thing About
    • Sit down and make a list of normal, everyday things that you do around your house, cleaning, washing, “personal” business, entertainment, etc.
    • These are activities that require items that you will not be able to run down to the store to get.
    • Toiletries. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene, etc.
    • Cleaning. Bleach, disinfectant, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.
    • Entertainment. Cards, board games, puzzles, books, etc.
    • Think about large quantity storage of fuel; for cooking, heating, anything with an internal combustion engine, etc.

Again, I have very briefly touched on long term preparedness. There are numerous articles and books on long term preparedness. Read them. This is meant merely as a primer to get you thinking about long term survival.

Having received numerous requests for information on pandemic preparedness, I decided to write up something quickly to explain the basics for preparedness. Keep in mind, most of the preparations for pandemic disease are the same as for any grid-down disaster. When preparing for any disaster scenario, there are a few basic requirements: food, water, shelter, security, and medical, plus miscellaneous supplies. There’s a number of sources out there, from FEMA to preparedness companies. Keep in mind many of them have a monetary agenda whenever you go out doing research. I have no agenda, so I call it like I see it from personal experience and study.

For starters, since everyone is highly interested in Ebola in particular right now, I already have posts here and here explaining a few things about the disease and about preparing the home for pandemic. Beyond that, I’ll explain basic disaster material preparedness. I’ll explain a budget option and the ideal.


FEMA suggests each household have 3 days of food and water stored. While this is a good start for average natural disasters, for a grid down situation it is wholly inadequate.

Budget: 30 days complete meals for each member of the family. Make sure you’re able to build complete meals: protein, carbs, vegetables, and lipids. Study nutrition and understand the effects of malnutrition to avoid it. Preferably store food in dehydrated form to take up a minimum of space. Average cost: $50.

Ideal: 1 year complete meals for each member of the family along with the resources to grow sustainable food supplies.

Also store some food additives and food prep items such as salt, sugar/honey, basic spices, powdered milk, baking powder/baking soda, etc. Salt in particular is critical to human survival.


Budget: 1 gallon per person per day for 30 days. In addition to stored water, you need to have some kind of rain catchment device, as well as water filtration/purification sufficient for an extra month of filtration. Water purification tablets or common bleach can work just fine, as well as filters. The biggest expense here is the storage device.

Ideal: 1 gallon per family member per day for 1 year for each member of the family along with resources to catch and/or pump water as well filtration sources.


1 Primary Firearm (preferably a rifle) and 1 Sidearm per member of the family; 1 .22 varmint rifle. (This could be its own post so I’m going to stick to the basics. Not going into separate hunting rifles, DMRs, and full combat kit.)

Budget: Mosin Nagant carbines can be had for $150 or less and ammo is cheap and plentiful. Handguns like the compact KelTec PF9 are inexpensive and fire cheap readily available 9mm ammo.

Ideal: AR15 or AK pattern rifle. Full-size handguns like the Glock 19, a 1911 pattern handgun, or Springfield XD.

Ammo stocks:

Budget: 250 rounds per primary, 75-100 rounds per secondary; 500+ .22

Ideal: 1000 rounds+ per primary, 500 rounds+ per seconcary; 2000+ .22


Ideally, in a disaster situation, you need to avoid leaving your home. That provides the bulk of your shelter. Should you be forced to leave, you need a sufficiently large tent or travel trailer to comfortably hold all the members of your group. Sleeping bags, blankets, etc for each member of your group are needed as well. Make sure sleeping bags and tents are rated to the climate conditions you can expect to face. In addition, have materials on hand to secure your home. Plywood boards at a minimum can be used to reduce access via doors and windows and provide for concealment, as well as make basic repairs; though labor intensive, sandbags can also add to defensive posture and provide cover. (Note: cover provides protection from incoming fire, concealment does not.) For pandemic security, check this link again. It discusses in detail what you need to have as far as PPE and the conditions for using it.


If you are currently dependent on prescription medications, you need to find a way to stockpile this. As a healthcare professional I cannot suggest how you can do this for legal reasons. You also need the following:

Gauze, tape, and topical disinfectant for wounds

Medicine to alleviant symptoms of cold/flu/fever/inflammation/diarrhea/vomiting/allergic reaction, etc. Look at the basic medications in your medicine cabinet. Now double or triple that amount of medication and store it separately so it isn’t used.

Isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide

30 days supply (per family member) of the following: amoxicillin, penicillin G, doxycycline, and/or sulfamethoxazole. (Note: antibiotics are useless for viral diseases like Ebola, but are critical for preventing secondary infections; also keep in mind if things get bad enough, you won’t be able to access basic medical treatment to get antibiotics.) How are you to get these, you ask? They can be ordered online, marketed as ‘fish antibiotics’. It’s one of the darker secrets of the pharmaceutical industry: the exact same pills that are marketed as fish antibiotics are given to humans, at a fraction of the cost and without prescription. The FDA-required markings on the pills match identically to those marketed for human consumption (I have personally checked this against both online drug guides and my own and so far have found no discrepancies). Do your research and check your dosages. Print off drug information ahead of time, don’t count on having access to the internet when the SHTF.

 If someone in your group has professional medical or even veterinarian experience, stock more advanced medical supplies such as IV supplies. If you are not trained to use advanced medical equipment like IVs, airways, decompression devices, and the like, you can do far more harm than good trying to use them. Some survivalists suggest stocking these supplies even if you can’t use them, in the event a trained individual becomes available but does not have supplies.

This, combined with the links I provided, addresses some of the basics for preparedness, but really only scratches the surface. If you have any particular questions, feel free to ask.


.22 LR Ammo storage

Many people are constantly coming up with ways to carry ammo around in their Bug Out Bags. Some of the more popular ways I’ve seen either include mulitple mags, or shoving the ammo in an old (cleaned and dried) Gatorade bottle. The problems with these method are both the extra weight and bulkiness.
Fortunately there is an easier and less bulky way to keep a plethora of small caliber ammo handy in your bug out bag (or even your range bag as pictured above).

Paintball Pods
Yeah you heard correctly… anyone with prior experience in this sport knows what im talking about, for those that dont- you can find them on amazon HERE.
As someone with prior experience in this sport, if you do decide to go the way of the pod, i recommend going with a smoked or non-translucent plastic, as the clear have a tendency to crack with any extended amount of time in the sun.

In one 140rd paintball pod you can squeeze well over 500 rds depending on how many silica packs (if any) you decide to put in there. I can fit two of these pods in the front of my RUGER 10/22 Takedown Pack (pictured above).

Stay Prepared, Stay Safe & Happy Trails!

Preparedness Not Paranoia - Pat McNamara 

My in and around town car for day to day use is pretty non-descript. I’ve got no flashy in plain view inside worth stealing and “Kill ‘Em All” stickers plastered on the outside.

The items in my trunk are for when “Shit’s Gone South”. It would have to be a really bad day if I’ve got to deploy and employ my items, but I’d rather have and not need than to need and not have. If an active shooter is reaping havoc in a venue where my kids are, and if my local guys are not on the scene, I am going into that crisis site like a scalded ape.

The big dumb reflective vest is to separate me from the shit head in the venue. The rifle’s sight has cross hairs as well as bats (in the event the bats shit the bed). The battle bag has eight loaded mags. Inside of the battle bag I’ve got water, eyes, ears and lube. In the Day and a half bag I’ve got more “Shoot, Move, Communicate and Medicate.” I’ve got also, grease pencils, multi tool, chem lights, reading glasses (that’s right), lighter, 550 cord, and a few other nick knacks.

Diasgree.  Every major city has a budget for emergency planning and — presumably — has contingencies for just about any scenario, including for storms that would cause major arteries to be shut down.

In this instance, the forecast was known well in advance.  A lack of snowplows meant that highways were likely to be slippery at least; iced over at worst.  And as any city planner knows, it takes just one vehicle careening into a highway divider to cause a chain reaction that would shut down major highways.  In Atlanta, this is precisely what happened.

The result?  Scores of injuries, thousands of stuck motorists — including a woman who delivered a baby inside a vehicle — and children spending the night trapped inside schools and school buses, unable to get home.  All of these are life-threatening scenarios, no matter how you look at it.  

You wanna talk “expensive”?  How much is a life worth that was endangered because of Atlanta’s poor planning?  That it is “unlikely” to snow in one of the biggest cities in the United States is not a fucking excuse.

Connecticut just declared a state-wide state of emergency for public health, which enables forcible detentions and other abuses of civil rights, in response to the Ebola pandemic despite the fact that no cases have been diagnosed (that we’re aware of) within a thousand miles of Connecticut.

This is not a drill. This is happening.

Caught Napping

For nearly 20 years now, I’ve had this same recurring dream with varying frequency — sometimes as often as once a month, but usually at least once every few months.

The details have been different through the years, but the plot is the same: it is exam week, and I have just discovered that I have to take an exam in a class in which I had forgotten I was enrolled. As a result, I never attended a single lecture and usually didn’t even buy the books. Since it’s the week of finals, it should go without saying that withdrawing from the course is out of the question. My only viable option is to go buy the books for the course (or borrow them from someone) and study my ass off in the hopes of achieving at least a passing grade in a subject with which I never have more than a passing familiarity.

When I had this dream while still in school, it was absolutely petrifying. There’re always those brief moments when you awake from a dream like that and don’t know for sure if it was a dream or if it was real, and those moments were always far more terrifying than the dream itself.

I’ve not been in school in over eight years, but I still have this dream — in fact, I had it last night. The first few times I had it after my last graduation, I’d wake up in a cold sweat and soon be laughing upon remembering that I was no longer a student — no longer in school, no finals to worry about, no course schedule or exam schedule to analyze and re-analyze a dozen times at four a.m. to convince myself it was just a dream.

But it’s not really about school, is it, this dream? No. School provides a familiar structure for someone like me who’s spent most of her life within the rigid confines of that schedule, but the dream itself speaks to a fear that continues well beyond the demands of professors with their grades and their textbooks. Regardless of your place in life, you will be presented with challenges — and where you are presented with a challenge, there persists the fear that you will be unprepared to meet that challenge.

I’m proud of my dream-self because, over countless iterations of this dream through two decades, one thing has remained the same: perseverance. No matter how terrifying the prospect, my dream-self always resolves to meet it head on, prepare as best I can, and give it my best shot — come what may. I’d like to think my waking-self takes after my dream-self, that way.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” — popularly attributed to Goethe

© 2014 by Jennifer R.R. Mueller


Bug-Out! Part I:

So yesterday evening at 5pm, I dashed out to my Jeep, grabbed the bug-out bag, and headed into the woods. The idea was to finally test what I have. I took nothing other than what I was wearing and the bag.

Overall, it was a cold, uncomfortable night. However, I learned a lot about what I have and what I need. In part II tomorrow, I’ll share those things and recommend a few items everyone should have.