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Rebuilding After Doomsday

  • Posted on Jul 17, 2017

You have spent a lot of time and effort in your doomsday prep but lets face it: doomsday prep that focuses on food, water, shelter, and security will only get you so far. A year supply of grain and a store of fresh water will definitely be the essentials that get you through the first doomsday wave. But today we want to spend some time discussing a more advanced topic of doomsday prep. What are you going to do once your homestead is set up and your food supply is self-sustaining? What do you do when you are faced with rebuilding society? This topic of doomsday prep is all about the long-term. Let’s avoid reinventing the wheel.
If you are the type of doomsday prepper who takes his or her job seriously, you are not going to be satisfied living in a desolate wasteland forever. Chances are, once you have been in the thick of it for a few years, you are going to want to start laying the foundations of a new civilization
(and hopefully get a few things right that didn’t go so well the last time around).
The key to this is not only the physical and material resources to build and develop, but also the knowledge and understanding of how to get it going. Politics, material science, botany, civil engineering, literature, linguistics. As ambivalent as you may be about any or all of these, the fact is we have come a long way in our society on the backs of forward thinking individuals who pushed us forward through education and research. Part of advanced doomsday prep is prepping against the loss of our society’s collective knowledge gained over thousands of years. So how can doomsday preppers shore up their bets against such a massive loss of progress? Let’s take a look.

Collective Knowledge

If you have read any of the classic science-fiction publish in the last century, you have likely come across a wide variety of schemes humans have come up with to store up knowledge and make information accessible. Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation”  series is doomsday prep of the future. In the story, a few people decide to create a single repository of knowledge when they realize the government is about to cave. They are successful and with their monopoly on knowledge, they themselves become the ones in charge. On a more ridiculous side of doomsday prep in science fiction, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy describes the Encyclopedia Galactica, which is accessible to anyone interested through a small electronic tablet that gets its owner out of any number of situations.
So what is the doomsday prep, real-world equivalent of storing up knowledge against the end-of-days? Well, the easy answer is Wikipedia. The non-profit organization employs some 50 people and it is one of the top 5 websites in the world. At the time of writing, the free encyclopedia has more than 5 million English articles on every subject imaginable. And it is all accessible through your iPad or your Samsung Note or any other internet connected device. If you prefer to go wireless, there is, of course, the Library of Congress. It claims to be the largest research library in the world with millions of books and articles on every subject.
So, is doomsday prep and its adherents satisfied to know that the greatest knowledge repo is being maintained and is accessible through the internet or located in three government buildings in Washington, DC? Not likely. You have already read about the threats that exist to the cyber infrastructure of the internet and you don’t need too look too far back in history to read about the great library at Alexandria being burned to the ground. So now what? As a prepper yourself, unless you decide to pitch camp on a university campus, you need a solution.

Offline Wikipedia

Luckily, there is a solution for every doomsday prep need. Let’s just download wikipedia! If that sounds like a tall order, you are both right and wrong. Let’s look at some of our options.
(Note: One obstacle in downloading the info is electricity. Chances are, though, since you are here on Survivalist Camps Blog, you know that even on doomsday, you can prep for your electrical needs by including generators in you Survivalist Camp package. With a steady source of electricity, you can actually be pretty confident you will have access to your offline wikipedia. )

Wikireaders

If you have ever seen or heard of the e-reader craze, you may recognize it for what it can be for doomsday prep. A low-power electronic library. If you look around you may be able to find dedicated offline wikipedia readers for less than a hundred dollars. These of course will not include updates so they will have to be purchased separately.

Build Your Own

If you are turned off by the unavailability of the wikireaders or the idea of buying a $30 card each time you want to update, you can actually get it all for free from the Wikimedia Foundation itself. Just navigate to your favorite search engine and search for “wikipedia database download” and you will get a full wikipedia article on how to get it for yourself and what computer skills you need to set it up. And it’s all for free.

Build yourself a Custom Book

If you are looking for a more immediate solution to a much smaller subset of knowledge articles for your doomsday prep needs, you may want to consider the built-in function of Wikipedia that allows you to create a custom book from articles on the wiki. For your convenience, Wikipedia has a built-in tool that allows you to add articles to a list and it will auto-generate a printable book to be read at your leisure.
These doomsday solutions may not give you all you need to reboot the nuclear program post-doomsday, but it will get you a head start on planting the seeds into inquisitive minds once things settle down.

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