07 July 2011

Learning about preparedness: finding alternate resources, part 1

As you're working on becoming more self-reliant and improving your emergency preparedness, blogs like this one are useful and inexpensive sources of knowledge. Still, blogs often focus on more general topics — the information is rarely specific to your exact situation or location.

You may find that you want to learn more about one area, say first aid, gardening, or primitive cooking. Perhaps you learn better in a classroom-like environment. Or, maybe you like self-paced learning, but you want more than you might get out of simply reading a book. Today, let's look at a few ways you can find alternate resources for your self-reliant and preparedness education.

First, start with the related blogs that you read regularly. I know, I know... I just finished saying that we're looking beyond blogs. That's true, but some folks who run preparedness blogs offer training or classes in related topics. Most likely, those courses will cost money, and sometimes, they're fairly expensive. Still, this approach can result in solid information from people who are actually doing the things they're teaching you. Of course, like anything else you buy, ask around to find out what past attendees thought or see if you can find some reviews or testimonials posted online.

If price is your major objection to that kind of training, then your goal is probably free (or very low-cost) training. One option to consider then is the Independent Study Program offered by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). At the top of that page is a link to a list of free, online, self-paced courses. For example, some of the listed courses are:
Of course, many of the courses presented are for professional emergency managers, so the topics are generally related to getting prepared, as opposed to developing self-reliance skills. However, you may still find them useful.

Most of the courses can be taken online, and you can view them even if you're not using them to get official Continuing Education Units (CEU). Many times, you can download the course materials for offline reference too, which is handy.

Maybe the FEMA training above isn't really what you're after, or you're looking for something a bit quicker. If so, then check back for part 2 of this post, where we'll explore some free online video programs before moving on to other resources.

In the meantime, what methods have you used to learn about self-reliance and preparedness? Are there specific topics that you want to learn about, but for which you can't find any training?


  1. Not sure how I missed this before, but it's a valuable post. Thanks for making the info available!

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I actually have three initial posts in this series, all with links to free (or low-cost) resources for building your preparedness and self-reliance.