Tips for building a hard copy archive of survival information
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Thanks to technology, we now have instantaneous access to information. Within seconds you can verify facts with just a few taps on your smartphone.

However, when SHTF you'll be better off with analog tools instead of digital tools that will require constant charging. If you're fond of reading online blogs or reading books on survival or prepping, you can also create your own archive so you'll always have access to data that you might need during a survival situation.

This doesn't mean you have to stop using your gadgets. You just have to make sure that you know how to use "old-fashioned" gear like a lensatic compass even if you prefer to use a digital compass when you're outdoors.

Remember that even if things seem to be fine, technology can be rendered obsolete when SHTF. It doesn't matter if the collapse is caused by an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) strike, grid failure/power outage, or a nuclear war since your digital and electronic libraries will be useless. (Related: Mental preparedness: How to think like a survivalist.)

Where to start

To back up the data on your digital/electronic library, start making hard copies today. A typewriter will prove invaluable as you start archiving survival information.

  1. Keep your notes in durable plastic bins – You can store your survival notes and books in durable plastic bins as long as they’re tough and water-tight. Wrap your notes and books in plastic to protect them from water damage, mildew, bugs, and fire.
  2. File similar subjects in one binder/common protector – This makes it easier to find what you need, such as first aid guides or data on medicine. Protect your files and keep them well-organized.
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  4. Print out important how-to’s and "archive" notes – While soft copies of survival information can be helpful, printouts are easier to access. Make sure your notes are accurate, compact, and organized.
  5. Store files in military medical chests – These sturdy and stackable chests are made of strong aluminum. They're also perfect for storing your archives and books. Wrap your books and notes in contractor-grade plastic bags at least 6 mils in thickness.
  6. Summarize books and other reading materials – When SHTF, you might not have enough time to scan a whole book so summarize it instead. Be brief and precise so the information will be easier to browse.
  7. Take notes when you're watching training videos/DVDs – Jot down key points and summarize the topics discussed. You can also add your own thoughts and some diagrams to make instructions easier to understand. Keep everything organized in a composition notebook.
  8. Duplicate everything – Once you're done with steps one to six, repeat everything so you have two copies of the survival information that you may need when SHTF. Keep one copy for your own use, and store the second copy in a safe place. Just in case.

Duplicating survival information you already have may seem excessive, but don't forget that your notes and reading materials aren't just for your own perusal. When you're gone, others can still put that data to good use.

You can also leave it for your children or even your grandchildren. This handy survival library will be a fitting legacy for any prepper.

Tips for getting a typewriter

If you're not sure where to start with your survival archive, get a manual typewriter.

Once you have a manual typewriter, don't forget these other items that you will need so you can start recording important survival data:

  • Extra ribbons – Even though typewriters aren't as popular today as they were before the age of computers and laptops, you can still order typewriter ribbons. If you can't get the same kind of ribbon for your typewriter, buy some with similar dimensions and unspool it onto the ribbon for your typewriter then secure both ends. You can also try re-inking the ribbon so you can keep typing longer.
  • Ink – You can get "roll-on" bottles that can be filled with a metal or plastic "roller."
  • A small tool kit and oil – This can be used to maintain your typewriter. Cover it when you're not using it. Lightly dust your typewriter and put a coating of oil in its "roots," or where the keys connect with the actual typeset-arms.
  • Paper – Make sure you have enough plain white paper.
  • Correction fluid and erasing supplies – Since most older manual typewriters don’t have a correcting ribbon, you'll need erasing supplies like correction fluid or paper.
  • Carbon paper – This will make it easier to duplicate or even triplicate your survival archive.
  • An instructional book on typing – If you still remember your typing lessons, good for you. But if you're interested in learning how to type faster, get an instruction book or take some typing classes.

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