by fren2ken » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:28 am
I am suggesting that as groups continue to network and then get together in the aftermath of SHTF, a concerted effort will be necessary to gather and centralize hard copies of reference books. It will require many pages of printed material, gathered by many sources. This is the origin and purpose of libraries. If we are fortunate enough to be in a location which has an existing library, or abandoned library building, we will need to safeguard it, and any remaining reference material. If there is no existing library available, it will be worthwhile to make one and protect it. This is the way to preserve the hard won technical knowledge of our civilization.
There exist many places online that technology books may be found. Some sites have free PDF files, which will require our printers to turn them into hard copies and bind them. Online libraries may not be available for long after the SHTF. There are other sites which will, for a small cost, send printed soft-cover books through the mail. One of these sites belongs to Lindsay Publications (http://www.lindsaybks.com) who carries a large selection of how-to and reference manuals (no …. I don’t get royalties from them). It well behooves us to consider what technical information we need to preserve.
The bottom line is, we need to add knowledge preservation to our preps. As we continue to network with other Preppers, let’s remember to compare the reference texts and the knowledge to use them they have collected that we will have available for future use. This is as important as finding fellow Preppers that have the basic skillsets that you, or your network, lack. For any group to survive over the longer term, this information is necessary. Let’s break out of our tunnel vision long enough to add this knowledge to our preparations and planning. Let’s attempt to prevent a second Dark Age where knowledge must be rediscovered and relearned the hard way by our children and their children.