Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Latest LDS Preparedness Manual - free download

In my prepping journey I have had some strange looks when I mention I am aiming for food storage for a year (I have a long way to go!)  Some people have asked if I've switched faiths and become Mormon - ah no.  I believe however 
they DO have the right idea when it comes to food storage and being prepared for emergencies.

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It makes perfect sense to me that being prepared is a wise way to live.  From the simple glitches in finances due to unforeseen circumstances to weather related storms and the further out-there scenarios that some call TEOTWAWKI - The End Of The World As We Know It.  Anything that turns our worlds up-side-down is bound to be easier to handle if we have some preparations in place.

Since the Mormons were pioneers in the Food Storage & Preparedness idea I take their research on how to store foods seriously.  They have researched HOW to store foods most effectively and have laboratory data to back it up.  The other articles fall naturally in place when you look at WHY you should have food storage.

The author/compiler writes: This book is NOT an original work.  Rather, it is a compilation of many different author’s works that have been gathered from the public domain of the Internet over the course of many years. These articles have been bound together and are presented here to simplify your access to them.

This is a FREE 509 page download - LDS Preparedness Manual

I've read many of these articles over the years on their respective websites and blogs and have a good sense that these are people who know what they are talking about.  This is a very worthwhile download!  

As the author/compiler writes in the forward:  this is NOT something to tuck away until something bad happens - this is how to get ready BEFORE something bad happens.

The contents are directed towards people who are LDS so there is some information about wards and leadership that don't apply to me so I just skip over it and carry on.

Here's a quick look at some of what this book contains:

Section 1: Emergency Preparedness. Why?
  • Normalcy Bias, It’s All in your Head, by Survivalmom
  • Understanding the Normalcy Bias Could Save Your Life, by Confab

  • The Five Principles of Preparedness, Phil Burns
  • Mental & Spiritual Preparations for Survival, by jc
  • How Long until You Starve?, by Mr. Yankee
  • General Preparedness Survey, by Christopher Parrett
  • Five Levels of Preparedness, by Suburbanprep

Section 2: Getting Started
  • LDS Church FAMILY HOME STORAGE KITS, by Christopher Parrett  
  • Food Storage, by Christopher Parrett  
  • BARE-MINIMUM Food Storage Requirements, by Christopher Parrett
  • Our Food Supply is Fragile, by Christopher Parrett
  • Do you Really have a Year’s Supply??, By Christopher Parrett

  • Food Storage Tools & References
  • Basic Food List, by Lynette B. Crockett
  • Long Term Master Food List, by Christopher Parrett
  • One Year Supply Guide, by Dealsonmeals
  • Monthly Food Storage Purchasing Calendar, by Andrea Chapman
  • 30 Day Emergency Food Supply, by by Robert Wayne Atkins
  • Real-World One-Year Emergency Food Supply , by by Robert Wayne Atkins
  • The Seven Major Mistakes in Food Storage, By Vickie Tate
  • Common Storage Foods, By Alan T. Hagan

  • Grains & Legumes
  • Grains and Flours, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Legume Varieties, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Availability of Grains & Legumes, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Moisture Content in Grains & Legumes, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Grains Cooking Chart
  • Basic Cooking Instructions for Grains & Legumes, by Zel Allen

  • Sugar, Milk Fats & Oils
  • Sugar, Honey and Sweeteners, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Dairy Products, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Canned Fluid Milks and Cremes, Butter, Cheese, Eggs, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Infant Formula, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Fats and Oils, By Alan T. Hagan

  • Cooking Essentials
  • Cooking Adjuncts, By Alan T. Hagan

  • Processing & Preservation
  • Storage Life of Dehydrated Food, By Al Durtschi
  • Shelf Life Studies, by by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
  • Pros & Cons of Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated, MRE, etc, by Skipper Clark
  • MREs, Meal Ready to Eat, By Alan T. Hagan

  • Sprouting
  • Growing and Using Sprouts, by Al Durtschi
  • Survival Seeds, by suburbanprep
  • Seed List

  • Storage
  • Storage Containers, By Alan T. Hagan
  • LDS Church Plastic Buckets for Longer-Term Food
  • LDS Church Pouch Sealer Instructions
  • Oxygen Absorbers, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Moisture Control in Packing and Food Storage, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Spoilage, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Recommended Food Storage Times, By Alan T. Hagan
  • Space Cramp, Where do I Put it all?? by Kim Hicken

Section 3: Every Needful Thing
  • Get a Kit, Make a Plan, by Christopher Parrett
  • Building the right Bug Out Kit for you, by Westfalia
  • OK, But what do I prepare for?, by Capt. Dave
  • Survival Priorities” The Rule of Three, by Thesurvivalmom

  • 72 Hour Emergency Kit (Get Out Of Dodge / Bug Out Bag)
  • A High Mobility 72 Hour Kit, by Ward Dorrity
  • Tools for your Vehicle, by Ward Dorrity
  • Get Out Of Dodge / Bug Out Bag checklist, by Chris Parrett
  • The Supply Table: The Master Preparedness List, by Chris Parrett

  • Evacuation
  • The 3rd Wave, Evacuation From A Disaster Location, by ST
  • Bug Out Trigger Criteria, by Mr. Jones
  • Understanding Everyone In the City Will Be a Refugee Post SHTF, by Suburban

  • Communication
  • Communications Family Ready, by Amy Loveless
  • Radio Spectrum, by Brian S
  • LDS Emergency Communications, by Dennis Bartholomew
  • General Radio Primer, by Bidah
  • Basics of Radio Communication, by Brian S
  • Sample Stake Communications Plan, by Brian S.
  • Survival Communications Primer, by Vector Joe
  • Sample Family Emergency Communications Plan, by Brian S.

  • Financial
  • Money, Edited by Christopher Parrett
  • Setting up and Emergency Cash Stash, by RusherJim
  • Debt and Preparedness, by iprepared
  • Get out of debt while you can, by preppingtosurvive

  • Medical
  • Medical Kits for Self-Reliant Families, by Jackie Clay
  • TEOTWAWKI Medical Kits, by Survival and Austere Medicine
  • Seven Antibiotics to Stockpile and Why, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD
  • Using Expired Medications, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

  • Defense
  •  Defense, Edited by Christopher Parrett
  • Selecting a Preparedness Battery of Firearms, by Sergeant

  • Heating, Cooking, Lighting
  • Survival Fire Safety, by Mr. F
  • Emergency Heating & Cooking, by Greg Pope
  • Emergency Lighting, by Robert Roskind & Brandon Mansfield
  • Emergency Electrical Lighting, by Robert Roskind & Brandon Mansfield
  • A Short Course on Batteries, by Brandon Mansfield
  • Off Grid Power, by Brian S
  • Electric Generators, By Steve Dunlop

  • Clothing
  • Clothing, Edited by Chris Parrett
  • Warm, Protected and Modest: What to Wear in Difficult Times, by Marilyn
  • Winter Clothes For Preparedness Survival, preparedness1
  • Clothing Checklist By Jessica
  • Washing clothing after TEOTWAWKI, by Kylene

  • Shelter
  • Emergency Shelter, by Larry Bethers

  • Sanitation
  • Emergency Sanitation, by Greg Pope.
  • Emergency Toilets & Garbage Disposal, by Alan T. Hagan
  • Emergency Sanitation – The Scoop on Poop, by Kylene
  • Controlling Odors, by Kylene
  • TEOTWAWKI smells bad, get used to it !!, by Suburban Prep

  • Testing your Preparedness
  • 3 Minutes without Breathing, by Mayo Foundation
  • 3 Hours without Shelter, by Jon Doran
  • 3 Days without Water, Bill Straka
  • Water, by Paxton Turner
  • 3 Weeks without Food By Ron Shirtz
  • Surviving in the City, Edited by Christopher Parrett

  • Babies and Small Children
  • Baby Gear for TEOTWAWKI, by
  • Getting Children Involved in Preparing, by
  • What Do You Tell the Children?, by
  • Avoiding Fear, by

  • Facts about Avian Influenza, US Government
  • Preparing for a Pandemic Outbreak (SIRQ) Plan, by Madison Hospital
  • Quarantine, Quarantine, Quarantine
  • Medical Quarantine Protecting Your Family from Infection, by Dr. Cynthia Koelker
  • Basic Pandemic Supply List
  • Isolation Room Setup

  • Terrorist Attack
  • National Security Emergencies, by National Terror Alert
  • What to do if Nuclear Disaster is Imminent, by Ki4U

  • TEOTWAWKI, by “Survivinghealthy”
  • The Precepts of My Preparedness Philosophy, by James Rawles
  • On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs, by LTC Dave Frossman
  • 100 Emergency Items: That Will Disappear First, by Tess Pennington
  • Some Ground Truth-The “Us” & the “Them” in a Societal Collapse, by RJ
  • Fears of a Prepper, by ST
  • Unprepared: Welcome to the Promissed Land, by Rod E.
  • I Am Your Worst Nightmare, by Dan at “”
  • The Thin Blue Line, by Deputy W.
  • The Overnighters: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You, by Frank C.
  • Why Prepare, when I can take it from the Mormons?, by Rambuff
  • Thoughts on Disaster Survival, post Katrina , By Anonymous
  • A Look Back At Katrina… An Expereinced Prepper Tells All, by Raptor
  • Lessons from Argentina’s economic collapse, By ferfal
  • A First-Hand Account of Long-Term “SHTF” Survival in Bosnia, by Selco
  • Society’s Five Stages of Economic Collapse, by “”
  • EMP, Electromagnetic Pulse, by Tom S
  • MZBs:Are you prepared?, by “”


  1. I've downloaded the manual. I believe, it should be quite helpful in preparing us for any emergency situation.

  2. I've downloaded this, read large sections over and over, then bought a copy in print format from the publisher. This really is THAT good. The depth and breadth of the material covered is impressive. This easily has many time the amount if useful information that I have previously paid for in less helpful books.
    Save your hard earned money and valuable time. Get this free download ASAP and get to work.

  3. Great article.
    We are entering troubling times.
    Save stuff you can trade.