Way back in the ‘70s I started my own 3 ring survival binder, which became binders over the years. Well, my house burned two years ago and poof, a lifetime of information collecting gone. Two strokes and my memory leaves something to be desired. Such is life…
We all have different families, challenges, live in different areas under different circumstances, but we all believe in being prepared or we wouldn’t be here. And we are all preparing for different scenarios. Some of us are preparing for floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, while others for a nuclear catastrophe or economic collapse.
No matter how extensive your library, no one book will cover this all! And there is so much valuable information out there, but how do you remember where it all is and what if the electricity goes off and the library is not available? A personalized survival binder is the answer.
When I started mine, the personal computer was science fiction! I hand copied information, cut and pasted magazine articles and photocopied from books. Today, most information you need is available on the internet and can be easily printed, or copied and pasted into a document. And there are so many excellent websites and resources available it can be mind boggling!
Three ring binders are inexpensive, especially if you shop at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. I use a hole punch and just the computer paper I am printing on, or photocopying onto. If I’m handwriting things, I like the pre-punched ruled notebook paper. You can also create a digital survival library, by downloading pdf copies of survival guides and handbooks, which can then be stored on a thumb drive, external hard drive, cloud drive or even emailed to yourself so you always have access from any computer.
I divided mine into categories like: First Aid, Water, Alternative Fuel and Energy, Recipes (beans and rice), Wild Edibles, Natural Remedies, you get the idea. Gardening and Food Preservation are separate binders for me. But you could easily have individual binders for all of your categories.
So, as you are wandering the Net and see good information, consider creating your own Survival Binder!
Hey, thanks for the plug, Bev! Good luck with your survival binder idea. It’s a good one but tough to pull off. While I wrote an Excel file to attempt to do what you’re talking about, I’m sure it still needs work. There are other alternatives that I’ve found, such as a survival binder that the ladies at foodstoragemadeeasy.net like to talk about on occasion. I look forward to seeing what you come up with as the more people who understand that planning for a disaster is among the first steps to take. :)
There are so many great ideas and articles on so many websites! How do you organize them all? A survival binder(s) is the only logical thing I can think of that you can personalize just to you and your family for what you are preparing for. And our whole effort here is to help people prepare. We’ll see what happens!
I have been planning on putting together a binder just like what you are talking about. I have all the stuff just have not gotten around to putting it together. I would very much appreciate any guidance that I can get. Having a resource to go to and download the proper information in a manner that makes sense would be wonderful. I look forward to seeing what you have in mind. Keep the good work going!!
Thanks for the support BadvoodooDaddy! We have articles coming up that will be posted in our “Basics” area that we hope will help people in their preparing.
But the big thing is that this is personal to YOU! YOUR families health, well-being, etc.