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Free Manuals to Download on Survival and Edible Plants


Free Manuals to Download on Survival and Edible Plants via Preparedness Advice

Everybody likes to get something for free and here’s a huge collection of free manuals for you to download. I have not had a chance to review all of them so I can’t say that everything they suggest is accurate. Many of them are hundreds of pages long, so take your time reviewing them and making note of the books or pages in books that you may want to print out.

Urban Preparation Kit, Part 1, On Body Kit

Traps and Snares

Wilderness Survival Skills

Surviving Terrorism

Wilderness Survival

Survival Water Purification

Preserving Game Meats

Nuclear War Survival Skills

How to Build a Debris Hut

HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan

Combat Survival Evasion

Cold Weather Survival: A Way of Life

Cold Weather Survival

Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making

Alpine Living for SAR

Aids to Survival



Survival In Cold Weather Areas

Survival, Evasion and Recovery

NEWER US Army Survival Manual

Marines Individual Terrorism Survival

USMC Winter Survival Course

Wilderness Evasion: A Guide to Hiding Out and Eluding Pursuit in Remote Areas

USMC Summer Survival Course

Free Manuals on Edible & Medicinal Plants

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants Volume 2

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants Volume 3

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants Volume 4

Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada

Survival Medicine

Survival: How to Make Herbal Preparations

Edible Medicinal Plants

Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition

PDR for Herbal Medicines

Healing Pets With Alternative Medicine

Ethnobotany of the Forest Indians

Edible Wild Plants

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herb Craft

A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes & Herbal Medicine

Common Edible Mushrooms — Be careful here.…

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Free Manuals: Military Manuals & Books About Knot-Tying

Here are some free downloads of various books on knots and military manuals that you may find useful. You may want to consider downloading them to an older laptop and sticking it in a Faraday Bag. This will let you keep them handy, even in a worst-case scenario, without the expense of printing them.


Essential Fishing Knots

Pioneering Knots and Lashings


Knots, Splices, Attachments and Ladders

Knots, Splices and Rope Work


Free military manuals

Arctic SubArctic SurvivalB-GL-323-003-FP-001

Basic Food Preparation

Canadian Military Field Craft

Marine Land Navigation

Mountain Operations FM3976

Pressure Points Military Hand to Hand Combat Guide

TC 31 – Special Forces Caching Techniques 

Terrain Analysis

Topographic Operations

US Army fm31 70 Basic Cold Weather Manual

US Army Combatives hand to hand combat FM-325-150

US Army Field Manual FM 3-19.15,

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Common Mistakes Nearly Every Prepper Will Make (If They Admit It!)

prepper mistakes

After years of prepping, I’ve been reflecting on what I would do differently if I were starting to prep right now. I’ll bet some of my mistakes are pretty common among all preppers and survival-minded people. These are some of the mistakes I made. Do any of these sound familiar?

1)  I read too much Survival Blog when I should have watched more how-to videos on YouTube.

Survival Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in preparedness, but it also sucked my wife and I into near-panic attacks and bouts of despair. One day I came home from work to find her at my desk, still in pajamas, hypnotically reading article after article on Survival Blog.

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The Four Core Elements You Need for Wilderness Survival

I have always been taught that there are four core elements required for wilderness survival.  If you can master these four subjects, you stand a good chance of surviving under almost any conditions.  So what are the core elements needed for wilderness survival?  The following list is not necessarily in their order of importance sine that can vary depending on conditions.

Water is often number one, but sometimes fire and shelter can be of greater importance, depending on the weather.  First, look for surface water.  Second, look for hidden sources.  Learn how to locate water from watching the wildlife including insects and birds.  …

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A.B.C.s  of  Survival and Evasion

survivalThis article is based on information sent to me by my friend Ed who has some experience in the area of survival.

A – Accept your situation.  Denial of the fix you are now in is pointless.

B – Have something to drink, eat if you have food, stop and think.  To do this, you have to stop, gather materials, build a “hide” or daytime shelter, light a fire, etc. This gets your mind organized and doing something useful.

C – Consider your options. Stay? Go?  Reexamine your map? Signal? Wait? Make camp?

D – Decide on a plan.

E – Execute the plan, modifying it as necessary.…

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Survival Resources Found in Your Car or Truck


If you are lost in the back country or looking for resources after TEOTWAWKI, an automobile can be a gold mine of survival items.  Every year I see stories of people who get lost and die after leaving their vehicles.  This year two adults and several children were stuck in Nevada, and by staying with their jeep and using their resources were able to survive.

If you are lost and there is a search being conducted to find you, a vehicle is easier to spot from a plane or road.  It provides shelter from the wind and rain.  Lying under it can shelter you from the sun.…

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Hats, What Kind do You Wear?

In today’s sociality when the weather is to hot or to cold or any other adverse condition most of us run from our air conditioned house to our air conditioned car and simply avoid the bad conditions.  But what happens if a major disaster occurs, we may have to face the outside conditions.

Now most of us have the sense to have a good jacket.  However, in talking to some of the less prepared types one thing that they forget about is hats.  Remember, in the winter you can lose a significant amount of body heat from your uncovered head.  In the summer, you can suffer from heat or sunstroke from an uncovered head.…

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A Review of the Book “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag”

A while back, I received a copy of the book “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag” by Creek Stewart.  Creek is the owner of Willow Haven Outdoor a wilderness an urban survival training school located in Anderson Indiana.

This is over a 200-page book devoted to the subject of building and using a bug out bag.  Now over the years I have seen many good publications on this subject, but this is the best one.  It is broken down into 19 chapters that cover everything from choosing your pack to bugging out with pets.

One of the things that I liked about this book is that he writes about how to handle young children and older people. …

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More on The Psychology of Survival

The Psychology of Survival is something that you start work on now.  There are many questions that you can make your mind up on now.  For instance, will you eat a rat?  A lot of people think when I am hungry I will be probably be able too.  If they can’t answer an unequivocal yes, you have not made up your mind.

When I first went of the fire department many years ago they made us jump into life nets and climb into situations that we would probably never face again.  The same thing occurred in the military when we ran the confidence courses.  …

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Psychology of Survival or Will You Eat a Rat?

Today’s post is an excerpt from my book Emergency Preparedness and More.  As I see the changes that are occurring throughout the world.  I feel that the following section becomes more and more important.  Don’t forget the spiritual side of your preparations.


Psychology of Survival or Will You Eat a Rat?

 “Will you eat a rat?” is a legitimate question.  If your answer is no, you are not mentally prepared to survive.  Rats are a delicacy in parts of the world.  One of the first ideas the military teaches about surviving in a prisoner of war camp is no matter how bad the food, never miss a meal. …

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