Another small batch of books added to my prepper library before the end of the year. This time more focussed on self-sustainability and all in physical for apart from the one on vertical gardening. Previous posts about the library can be found here, here and here.
Latest library Additions
The Smallholder’s Handbook, Suzie Baldwin (Amazon)
The Smallholder’s Handbook is a detailed manual to start, plan and manage your own smallholding. Suzie explains the level of work involved, how much space you need and how to prepare your land.
There are chapters on keeping poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese), as well as pigs, goats and sheep, cows and bees. She also explains why having a variety of animals makes the best use of your resources and how many of each type to keep. Comprehensive advice includes choosing breeds, transporting, feeding, housing, daily care and wellbeing, as well as international legislation that applies to livestock.
Practical Self Sufficiency: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living, Dick Strawbridge (Amazon)
Everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series – It’s Not Easy Being Green – Dick & James Strawbridge
Want to save on your fuel bills, ready to grow your own, reduce your carbon footprint, and take the self-sufficient plunge?
Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life – without having to transform your lifestyle. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, the Strawbridges provide all the step-by-step advice you need for successful eco projects, large and small. Learn to grow your own fruit & veg, make a wormery, build a chicken ark, install solar panels and more. Each undertaking is realistic, achievable and sustainable. You won’t need to go the whole hog – just pick and mix to suit your needs, for long-lasting dividends.
Do It Yourself 12V Solar Power, Michel Daniek (Amazon)
If you want to introduce alternative power supplies around the home and garden or even live totally off-grid in your boat, caravan or yurt and need a practical introduction to solar power and 12 volt supplies, here is an essential guide to the subject. Not only will it save you money, it will show you how to run your lights, laptop, DVDs and music, and even your tools and household products, from a simple 12 volt system. Be in control of more of your home’s own energy supply, develop a low impact way of living and be prepared for power cuts and for power down situations in the future! Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power begins with a lesson in how electricity works and the main components of a DIY solar system.
The author uses clear diagrams and terms. There is, of course, more technical information as the book progresses, but don’t worry, this no-nonsense guide provides a useful, back-to-basics approach for the layperson. This is a reference book that will help you trouble-shoot and get the best value for money from what you can find hidden in the back of the garage. Quirky and humorous, it also shows you how to make a sun following system using just a bicycle wheel, a pallet and the motor from a CD player!
Compost Toilets: A Practical DIY Guide, Michel Daniek (Amazon)
Compost toilets reduce water usage, prevent pollution and produce fertiliser from a waste product. Built properly they can be attractive, family friendly and low maintenance. This DIY guide contains everything you need to know about building a compost toilet, plus proprietary models, decomposition, pathogens and hygiene, use and maintenance, environmental benefits, troubleshooting and further resources.
The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when help is NOT on the way , Joseph Alton MD (Amazon)
If you had to deal with an injury or illness in a disaster, would you know what to do? The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., the premiere medical preparedness professionals from the top ten survival website www.doomandbloom.net. The expanded third edition of the 3 category Amazon bestseller (Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, Safety/First Aid) is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios.
The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being.
Here are just some of the over 150 topics (175 illustrations) covered:
PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS – HISTORY OF PREPAREDNESS – USING ALL THE TOOLS IN THE WOODSHED – SPIRITUALITY AND SURVIVAL – MODERN MEDICINE VS. SURVIVAL MEDICINE – THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY – HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEDIC – LIKELY MEDICAL ISSUES YOU’LL FACE – MEDICAL SKILLS YOU’LL WANT TO LEARN – MEDICAL BAGS, KITS, AND SUPPLIES – HOW TO STERILIZE MEDICAL SUPPLIES – NATURAL REMEDIES, LIKE OILS, TEAS, TINCTURES, AND SALVES – THE MEDICAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM – THE MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT – THE ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT – PATIENT TRANSPORT – HYGIENE-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES – LICE, TICKS, AND WORMS – DENTAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES – RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS – GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE MASKS – FOOD AND WATER-BORNE ILLNESS – WATER STERILIZATION-DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND DEHYDRATION – DEALING WITH SEWAGE ISSUES – RODENTS AS DISEASE VECTORS – FOOD POISONING – PATHOGENS (DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS) – HOW INFECTIONS SPREAD – APPENDICITIS AND OTHER ABDOMINAL INFECTIONS AND CONDITIONS – HEPATITIS – URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS – INFECTIONS CAUSED BY YEAST – CELLULITIS – ABSCESSES – TETANUS – MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES – PANDEMICS – THE SURVIVAL SICK ROOM – HYPERTHERMIA (HEAT STROKE) – HYPOTHERMIA – FROSTBITE/IMMERSION (TRENCH) FOOT – COLD WATER SAFETY – FALLING THROUGH THE ICE – AVALANCHE PREPAREDNESS – ALTITUDE SICKNESS – WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS – SMOKE INHALATION – TORNADO PREPAREDNESS – HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS – EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS – FLOOD PREPAREDNESS – MARITIME SURVIVAL – NEAR-DROWNING – VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS – ALLERGIC REACTIONS – ASTHMA – ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK – POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC – RADIATION SICKNESS – BIOLOGICAL WARFARE – INJURIES TO SOFT TISSUES – MINOR WOUNDS – HEMORRHAGIC WOUNDS – PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD LOSS – HEMORRHAGE CONTROL – TOURNIQUETS – COMMERCIAL BLOOD – CLOTTING AGENTS – KNIFE AND BULLET WOUNDS – BODY ARMOR – THE MEDIC UNDER FIRE – SOFT TISSUE CHRONIC WOUND CARE – HOW TO SUTURE SKIN – HOW TO STAPLE SKIN – LOCAL NERVE BLOCKS – BLISTERS, SPLINTERS, AND FISHHOOKS – NAIL BED INJURIES – BURN INJURIES – ANIMAL BITES-SNAKE BITES-INSECT BITES AND STINGS – HEAD INJURIES – SPRAINS AND STRAINS – DISLOCATIONS – FRACTURE – PNEUMOTHORAX – AMPUTATION – THYROID DISEASE – DIABETES – HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE – HEART DISEASE – ULCER AND ACID REFLUX DISEASE – SEIZURE DISORDERS – JOINT DISEASE – KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES – SKIN RASHES – VARICOSE VEINS – HEMORRHOIDS – AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION – TRACHEOTOMY – CPR IN THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT – HEADACHE – EYE TRAUMA AND INFECTIONS- – NASAL TRAUMA – EAR INFECTIONS – PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY – ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION – SLEEP DEPRIVATION – OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS – PAIN RELIEF – ANTIBIOTICS – EXPIRATION DATES
When medical personnel are overwhelmed and modern technology is non-existent, The Survival Medicine Handbook is THE essential book for your library.
Vertical Gardening: The Beginner’s Guide to Organic and Sustainable Produce Production Without a Backyard , Olivia Abby (Kindle, Amazon)
Inside, you’ll find out how to join this growing movement and sow healthy seeds for tomorrow’s generations. You’ll learn how vertical gardening works, how to prepare for sowing your garden, and how to care for your beloved plants!