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This FAQ intgegrates relevant material from posts subsequent to the previous FAQ:
*New* additions are marked. Where posts are best viewed in Whole Thread mode because of good discussion, I've added the Whole Thread tag to the link. As a board gets more and more volume, it becomes difficult to organize a FAQ in a way that serves as a useful starting point for new posters as well as an index for current ones. The easiest way for you to help is to check the current FAQ before posting, to see if there's a relevant thread already started, so that you can contribute to that one instead of starting a new one. Comments on better organization are requested.


TEOTWAWKI is an acronym for The End Of The World As We Know It. Most of the regular posters and lurkers here believe it is prudent to be prepared, to some degree, for the unlikely event of a major disruption in our way of life, for whatever reason. This FAQ contains links to threads that have begun on various relevant topics. If you have something to add to an existing topic, please add it to the existing thread instead of starting something new, so that new readers can use this post as a starting point for the discussions.

Politics are not welcome here. Think of it as METaR for people with tin hats. (Tin hat comments are also not welcome. Don't come to us when you're starving and cold.)


Three good posts going into more detail on the concept of TEOTWAWKI, from Desert Dave:

A comprehensive history and description of Survivalism:

Desert Dave's Guide to Buying Gold and Silver Coins:

Discussions about Peak Oil:

Liquid Fuels and the best way to store them:

Discussions on Retreats (where to go when it gets bad):

Literature and other Media

An excellent first-person account of survival in post-collapse Argentina:

TEOWAWKI Book Thread:

Link to an Argentine's Blog on Living Post-Collapse:

Backwoods Home Magazine:

Building your Bug-Out Bag

Good General Starting Thread:

Other good links to separate, product specific threads:

*New*The Easiest Firestarter:

*New*Solar Lanterns:

*New*Cheap emergency generator using your car:

*New*Solar Cookers:


On Creating a Sustainable Food Supply:

*New*Food Storage

*New*On Calculating Household Caloric Needs:

*New*Canned Food Shelf Life:

*New*Thread Storage of Bulk Grains:

I may have left some other good threads out on purpose (to better organize) or by accident. I volunteer to keep this FAQ up-to-date -- if you have additions, suggestions, or comments on the organization, please reply to this thread publically or privately and I will revise according to majority opinion.
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