Build A Survival Library
People tend to take things for granted and become complacent
when conditions have been pleasant. For some time the people in North America
enjoyed a time of relative calm and prosperity; disasters and emergencies
seemed like things that happened far, far away. This was never completely true, disasters
have always been possible, but the improvement in communications has allowed us
to find out about these things much more easily than before. Also, we now have the added problem of
terrorism, which theoretically can occur anywhere. If you have become aware of the relative
fragility of the world, you may not know exactly where to start to prepare
yourself and your family for the worst.
One of the best places to begin is with books – put the knowledge of
those with a great deal of practical experience help you prepare for almost
When a serious disaster or emergency has occurred, you will
often find that all the services and conveniences you are used to are
gone. Think of how primitive the
conditions in New Orleans became after Hurricane Katrina. When you are thrown back on your own
resources, it is much better to have some idea of what to do, rather than make
the emergency a ‘learning experience’ in itself. There are several excellent books that
address wilderness survival that will help you and your family to live through
a disaster in your own back yard.
Living & Survival Skills by John and Geri McPherson is one book that
you should add to your library immediately.
The topics covered deal with shelter, food, and how to make simple tools
if nothing else is available. The book
has plenty of photographs to assist you in learning basic survival skills.
U. S. Airforce
Survival Handbook by the United States Airforce can be added to the above
book to make a nearly complete survival library. This manual is so good that it is used by all
branches of the service to help their personnel survive under nearly any
conditions. It covers not only basics
like shelter and food, but also medical conditions that might arise. This handbook has over 1,000 illustrations in
black and white.
While the above books may well address first aid to some
degree, you may want to provide your survival library with some books devoted
exclusively to the topic. During a
disaster or emergency, it may be impossible to reach medical help, so having
some idea of how to handle not only small injuries, but also more serious ones,
can help to ensure survival.
Medicine For The
Outdoors by Paul S. Auerbach is not only useful in a wilderness situation,
but anywhere that medical help may not be available. Almost every conceivable injury is covered by
the doctor, along with diseases and delivering a baby outside of a hospital. This book is up to date in the information it
U. S. Army First Aid
Manual by the Department of the Army is another valuable first aid book
that should be in your emergency library.
Almost every type of injury possible will be covered, and easy to
understand treatment is provided. The
book is full of illustrations, most of them in color, to help you undertake the
procedures outlined without trouble.