Survival & Emergency Preparedness Resources

Helpful emergency preparedness and survival information & resources

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Learn How to Tie Knots

Learn how to tie knotsAnimated Knots is an excellent website for learning how to tie knots. Follow along and watch as the ropes tie themselves, showing you just the essential steps, to allow you to master a knot in no time. Learn fishing knots, climbing knots, boating knots, surgical knots, and even tying a tie.



How Firearms Work - Animated Technical Videos

The following outstanding videos by Thomas Schwenke and Matt Rittman graphically display, explain and educate you on the mechanical workings of each of these types of firearms.


How it works: AR15

Source: Thomas Schwenke

How it works: AK47

Source: Thomas Schwenke

How it works: 1911

Source: Thomas Schwenke

How it works: Glock

Source: Matt Rittman


Best Homemade Solar Food Dehydrator Plans

Below is a link to a Mother Earth News article that includes plans to construct your own highly efficient solar food dehydrator.

Solar food dehydrator plans"Nearly two decades of expert testing, experimentation and refinement have gone into producing these solar food dehydrator plans. The resulting food dryer isn’t just efficient and off-grid — it’s also highly cost-effective for anyone wanting to preserve large amounts of food at home."

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Dennis Scanlin is a Professor of Technology and Environmental Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. For 30 years, he has coordinated the university’s Appropriate Technology Program where he and his students have built and tested many renewable energy systems.

Source: Scanlin, D. (2014, July). "Best-Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans." Mother Earth News.