Survivor Library

22 Nov

Some EMP Links for Background:

[20]What is an EMP?

[21]What was the Carrington Event?

[22]The Congressional EMP Committee Report

Why a Survivor Library?

What is it and why should anyone care?

There are many websites, books, videos and classes that teach
“Survival Skills”. How to make water safe to drink. How to build
a
weather proof shelter from available materials. How to build a
fire.
How to operate in a tactical combat environment to neutralize
raiders seeking your food supplies.

All of them deal primarily with the immediate effects of a
disaster
and how to survive them. All of these are excellent skills to
have.
A year’s worth of food is an excellent way to help safeguard
yourself and your family in the event of an emergency or a large
scale disaster.

Unfortunately many large scale disasters such as Solar or
Nuclear
EMP events, Pandemic disease or Cyber warfare could result in
a
collapse of what has become an increasingly fragile
technological
and industrial infrastructure. The collapse of that infrastructure
means the likely death of the majority of the people affected.
Some
scenarios have expected death rates of as high as 90% within a
few
months.

The Survival Skills most often taught and disseminated will get
you
through the immediate danger.

Few if any of these resources focus on what happens
afterwards
beyond speaking of “planting a garden”.

What happens AFTER the Solar Flare that destroys the
electrical grid
and all electronics? AFTER the other 90% of the population has
died
from starvation, dehydration and disease. AFTER the roving
gangs and
raiders are eliminated and local communities form to provide
security and relative peace.

What Then?

The factories are gone. The transportation system has stopped.
Now
it’s time to start planning for the long term, for your children
and
grandchildren.

The infrastructure that crashed can’t be “turned back on”. The
local
power plant can’t be restarted when the coal it uses comes
from
several states away which was transported by trains which
depended
on diesel fuel refined in other states and delivered by pipelines
which no longer function. The infrastructure is too complex to
simply be switched back on.

Tools and equipment and supplies can be salvaged for a while
but
will inevitably run out. There is only so much fertilizer stored in
stores and warehouses. There are only so many batteries and
flashlight bulbs in inventory. It will all run out in time and no
one will be making replacements.

Which means you will have to build a new infrastructure which
can
eventually replace what was lost.

But how? No one has those skills or knowledge any longer. The
cell
phones don’t work and we can’t build digital radios any longer
and
we don’t know how to build a telegraph system.

The Library contains many books on telegraph systems. It has
numerous books on how to build simple radios. It has books on
how to
build a wire based telephone system from the simplest pieces
of
equipment up through how to build a telephone exchange and
lay
wires.

Once the fuel runs out the cars and trucks stop do you know
how to
build a carriage to put behind a horse? Do you know how to
make the
tackle with which to attach the carriage TO the horse? There
are
books on that. There are books on building sailing vessels and
steamships. Books on how to build steam engines to put in
steamships.

The library contains thousands of books on technologies that
can be
produced by most reasonably skilled craftsman using tools not
as
sophisticated as what can be found in many modern home
workshops.

Here is some more in depth discussion of the issues:
* [23]Lost Knowledge
* [24]Low Probability/High Consequence Events
* [25]Industrial Infrastructure
* [26]Technological Infrastructure
* [27]Insulation from Reality
* [28]Industrial Complexity
* [29]The Library Level of Technology

The Library is broken in many different categories. Some are
very
broad. Some are more specialized.

All of the books are scanned copies of the original book stored
in
PDF format. That makes it possible to both read the book and,
if
desired, to print it.

As the library has grown over time we’ve tried to cover both the
simplest, more basic self sufficiency skills such as growing
food
and raising livestock through the most advanced and
sophisticated
technology of the time such as aeroplanes and
communications systems
like telephone and telegraph.

Where there books on Industrial processes, methods, formulas,
techniques we included those as well. Even the more advanced
technologies of the periods are within the reach of people
starting
from scratch. Steam engines may seem primitive to most
modern people
but they powered the industrial revolution in much of the world
well
into the 1900s.

Basic knowledge of chemical formulas and processes are
recorded in
books from these periods ranging from the most basic
industrial
chemical needs through household materials in common use.

The Library in it’s entirety is a compendium of the
Technological
and Industrial Knowldge of the 1800 through early 1900s.

It is the knowledge needed to rebuild a technological and
industrial
infrastructure from scratch when the modern infrastructure
ceases to
function.

References

21.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/06may_carringtonflare/22. http://www.empcommission.org/23. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1648
24. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1650
25. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1652
26. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1656
27. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1658
28. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1662
29. http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1664
30. http://www.scoop.it/t/bazaar/p/4030613884/2014/10/28/survivor-library

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