We strongly urge our readers to download or print (or both) the following guides, which are available 100% free. Ideally, retain a paper copy if you have a survival folder, and save a copy to your reserve USB drive, which should be a component of your bug out survival bag or stored at your bug out location. For more good downloads, visit the Survival Database Download section of Modern Survival Online.
#10. FM 4-25-11 First Aid (2002) – Military First Aid Manual. First aid information is a must. Get training before you need it and use this manual for reference.
#9. Guide to Canning Being able to preserve crops to be able to provide for yourself and your family long after the growing season is over is important. This guide will help with that.
#8. Rangers Handbook (2006) Crammed with info on demolitions, booby traps, communications, patrolling, tactical movement, battle drills, combat intelligence and much more
#7. Where There is No Dentist – The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to: examine patients; diagnose common dental problems; make and use dental equipment; use local anesthetics; place fillings; and remove teeth.
#6. NATO Emergency War Surgery While this is certainly not a manual that would stand alone in most emergency/disaster libraries, it is a necessary resource if you expect to handle any type of trauma where immediate comprehensive medical care is not available.
#5. A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening This is not an all knowing gardening book, however, it provides a lot of information to the urban gardener before or after the SHTF. Best to get the experience and knowledge of gardening NOW rather than later.
#4. FM 3-06 Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain – Combat techniques covered in the manual which may be very valuable in a Roadwarrior-type world.
#3. 1881 Household Cyclopedia A massive resource of information that much of it has been lost over the past generations. From Angling to Knitting, it’s here.
#2. FM 21-76-1 Survival-Evasion-Recovery (1999) Excellent manual geared towards the soldier that finds himself behind enemy lines.
#1. FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual – This manual has been written to help you acquire survival skills. It tells you how to travel, find water and food, shelter yourself from the weather and care for yourself if you become sick or injured. This information is first treated generally and then applied specifically to such special areas as the Arctic, the desert, the jungle and the ocean.1970 Military Issue Manual. General Introduction and Individual and Group Survival Orientation Navigation, Finding Water In All Parts of The Globe. How To Obtain Food, Start a Fire and much more!
Here are a few more Must Haves for your library which can be purchased through a bookstore, Amazon.com, or at our retail store.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living
by Carla Emery, Cindy Davis (Illustrator), David Berger (Illustrator)
Initially self-published 20 years ago, The Encyclopedia of Country Living has become the trusted guidebook to sustainable, self-sufficient living. Filled with memorable anecdotes, crucial advice, and a generous helping of good humor, this compendium provides detailed information about food production — growing, processing, cooking, and preserving — together with hundreds of illustrations and recipes. With updates of over 1,100 mail order sources, including websites and email addresses, this revised edition is the definitive classic text for living off the land. “Carla Emery is certifiably one of the craziest, warmest, … funniest, wisest, most lovable, and idealistic zanies now walking the earth.” — Mother Earth News
SAS Survival Guide 2E (Collins Gem): For Any Climate, For Any Situation
by John “Lofty” Wiseman
Includes new case studies and survival scenarios. The experts’ survival techniques, based on John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s 26 years in the SAS. Practical, easy-to-follow advice with diagrams and color illustrations.
*Visit the Apple iTunes store to be fully equipped with the SAS Survival Guide iPhone App.
When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Healthcare in Uncertain Times
by Gerard S. Doyle
The fifth title in Process’ Self-Reliance series demystifies medical practices with a practical approach to twenty-first-century health and home medicine, particularly helpful in a financial downturn.
When There Is No Doctor is smartly designed and full of medical tips and emergency suggestions. At a time when our health system has become particularly susceptible to strain, it should be no further than an arm’s reach away in your household. This is a book about sustainable health, primarily having to do with your health and what you can do to protect it—in bad times certainly, but also in good.
I will help you ensure the health of those you love, yourself and, should you so choose, your community, if and when the world changes. The World may come to mean your little town or the whole globe. It could change for a few days or weeks, or for a few years. It could change because of a flood, financial crisis, flu pandemic, or failure of our energy procurement, production or distribution systems.
I will not teach you to be a lone survivalist who anticipates doing an appendectomy on himself or a loved one on the kitchen table with a steak knife and a few spoons, although I will discuss techniques of austere and improvised medicine for really hard times.
Gerard S. Doyle, MD, teaches and practices emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he also plans the hospital’s response to disasters.