6 Quick ways to increase your survival education

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If you’re like me, you barely have an extra minute to spare when it comes time to do some research or just reading for enjoyment.  Some days are so crazy around here that I barely have time to change out of my p.j.’s!  Is that a bad thing?  Really?

On the journey to becoming more self-reliant and prepared, information is vital, but reading and research take time.  Here are five ways to maximize the time that you do have and zero in on specific areas of information, rather than floundering around via Google or slogging through a book that may or may not have the information you’re hoping to find.

  1. RSS feeds — I talked about how useful RSS feeds can be here.  They’re a lot like speed reading through your favorite blog headlines, picking out the ones that sound most interesting, and reading just those.  I subscribe to SurvivalCache, SHTFplan, and Survival Common Sense.
  2. Yahoo groups — These groups are helpful sources of information, and you can be as active as you like.  You can also choose to receive group posts by email, by going directly to the group’s website, or by subscribing to the group’s daily digest, a lengthy email containing all the group’s post on a particular day.  Some groups you might find interesting are Preserving-Food and CountryLifeandHomesteading.
  3. Phone apps — Survival information might be as close as your iPhone or other smart phone!  Did you know you can access WebMD, first aid and survival manuals, and even an app that allows you to listen in on emergency frequencies?  Read this post for more information.
  4. e-book — Yes, I’m still in love with my Kindle, but any e-book will do.  The reason they are great time-savers is because they can hold hundreds of books and can be taken anywhere.  It’s rare for me to walk out the door without my Kindle.  Why?  Because I never know when I’ll have a few extra minutes to get caught up on my favorite blogs or read a few pages of a good survival manual!  Or maybe one of the Percy Jackson books.
  5. Forums — These are especially valuable because they allow you to zero in on specific categories of information, post your own questions, and then receive the answers by email!  Some forums you might want to check out are Today’s Survival Show forum and Survivalist Boards.
  6. That SurvivalMom binder!  I hope you’ve been making hard copies of the great resources online.  If you have, you probably have reams of articles you want to read, “someday”!  Well, keep that binder in your vehicle and take advantage of spare minutes waiting at the dentist’s office, hair salon, or at the coffee shop.  This DIY resource guide is personalized to your own interests and needs, making it even more valuable.

Where do you go when you want to get survival information, fast?

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  1. LizLong says

    Why, I go to TheSurvivalMom.com of course! I also download survival podcasts and listen to them when I'm driving around.

    I go to my county extension center to check for local classes on things like gardening.

    As to staying in your jammies all day, that kind of depends on what you're doing. If you have a job interview, that's bad. If you're at home with the kids, I'd say you're fine. :-)

  2. says

    I still struggle with RSS – and I'm pretty good as a tech gal (I've even written three iPhone apps). I feel like an RSS moron.

    Yahoo groups and apps and forums – I'm with you totally on those. Invaluable!

    I find it curious, though, that you are an eReader who prints hard copied of stuff for a binder. Not that it's bad – just curious. 😀

    Thanks for the list!

    • TheSurvivalMom says

      Hey Ella! The printed stuff is what you might need to know in case of a power outage or an evacuation. For example, you might want to print out directions for dehydrating food, ways to purify water, that sort of thing. A lot of us don't even use phone books anymore! We keep all our contacts on the computer. We keep so much information stored on our computers, that if we did ever lose power, we'd be in a bind.

      • tom says

        I see your doing the webinars but only have room for 100. I have go to meeting which holds up to 1000. If you want to use it to do webinars we probably could work that out at no cost to you.

        contact me via e-mail at coachkeener@gmail.com or look me up on facebook.


      • bianca says

        Hi- i just found your website yesterday and it gives me hope that I can get my family prepared in what seemed like an overwhelming task. Quick question- I clicked on your survival binder but its not there. Is there another place its located on the site. Thanks so much!

  3. rightwingmom says

    Your site is one of the first I check every morning. Always excited to see if you've posted a new article with valuable info! I like the other sites too, but yours is my fav.! Less doom and gloom, more practical info.

    BTW ~ I'm con't. to update my binder. Just printed How to info. on skinning small game: squirrels, raccoons, even rabbits. Today I'm printing recipes. You never know WHAT you may have to eat to supplement your stockpile.

    • TheSurvivalMom says

      Thanks so much! This week we started our homeschool year, and boy, has it been rough. I'm using Switched on Schoolhouse for the first time, and for my kids it's been a culture shock! We've never used textbooks before — always learning via literature and non-fiction books written by experts in their area, so suddenly having to read info in a textbook format and then answering questions is a lot different. I hope to be back in my busy blogging mode by this weekend!

  4. wac72 says

    I go to American Preppers Network and sometimes Survival Monkey and here, although I'm very new. Always something to learn.

  5. Morghan says

    Nice list of RSS feeds. I find them to be the best way to keep up on things since my computer dies over a year ago. I just haven’t had the money to spare after taking care of my daughter to replace my computer, but I could scrounge up $10 for a good RSS app for my phone. Not only are the timely updates convenient, but a lot of feeds include all the content in a format that is easily readable when my only browser is on my phone.

  6. says

    I’ve just gotten started prepping and came across your site and am loving all of the information and resources available! I just wanted to let you know the links on the binder information are not working.

  7. Charlotte says

    Thanks for your hard work and sharing the info Lisa, Great Job!!!

    For those looking for info for the Survival Mom Binder, type “The Survival Mom Binder into the search box above or go to this link: http://thesurvivalmom.com/2011/11/24/action-step-ladies-start-your-printers/

    Be careful… this can be addicting – I already have THREE 2-inch binders filled and am working on the fourth – YIKES! I had to create a fifth binder that I have prioritized with JUST THE BASICS as my Grab and Go binder, because I knew I would not be able to carry all the info I have collected – LOL!!

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