Where Are Your References?

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We all need information. We depend on directions to get places, we use recipes when we cook, we follow instructions on how to make things, we use guidelines on how to operate equipment, etc. and etc.

We all need help in solving problems from time to time at home, in the garden, in our chicken coops, in the backcountry, and so on and so forth.

We need LOTS of information.

How do you get your information?

  • Friends and Family?
  • Experts you know?
  • TV?
  • Books?
  • On-line videos?
  • Websites?
  • Internet forums?

Carefully think through what sources you turn to when you need information.

Very few people have photographic memories.  That leaves the rest of us scouring available information sources to get the answers we need.   The problems come in when those information sources we depend upon suddenly become unavailable.  What then?

You need to gather information as you would gather supplies.

Think about it.

What if you were to lose your phone? You can’t look up other people’s phone numbers.

What if your computer were to be hacked or infected?  Any and all information you have stored could instantly become unavailable.

What if there was a major power outage?  Forget about accessing websites, forums, or online videos.

To be able to access the information you might need, you need to think “old-school.”  Think books, papers, and people.  These are the reference sources that could still be around in the event of any of the above scenarios.  In short, any information you would require to sustain yourself and your household though any short or long-term emergency should be accessible without any dependence on power or outside infrastructures.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Gather desired recipes and have them written down or copied for use.  (Don’t expect Pinterest to always be there for you.)
  • Keep instructions for any equipment you believe you may need to use.
  • Build a prepper library. Gather books, print instructions from the web, and accumulate any other written resources you think you may need to help you with any skills you plan to use for survival. (YouTube will likely not be there for you either.)
  • Make cheat sheets for yourself if you think you would find them to be useful. This is especially useful for a bug-out bag.
  • Last, but not least, people are some of the best references. If you surround yourself with others who have different skills and strengths than yours, you are more likely to have access to a wider range of information in the event of an emergency.

In any case, you need to ask yourself “Where are my references?”  If they are found to be dependent upon outside infrastructures, you should rethink your strategies for obtaining information when you think you would need it.
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  1. Such great tips. We definitely take for granted the fact that we have the answers to anything right at our fingertips. I’ve started writing the details of planting times, depth, distance between seeds and rows, on little post it notes for all the seeds I’m saving.

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