12 July 2011

Learning about preparedness: finding alternate resources, part 2

In part 1 of this post, we discussed online training from FEMA that you can take for free. This time around, we'll be looking at some free online video resources as an alternative.

Maybe the FEMA independent-study classes mentioned in part 1 isn't really what you're after, or perhaps you're looking for something with less of an investment in time. If so, then video presentations may be a better choice. Most videos that I've encountered are a couple hours or less, meaning that you can get the information you want relatively quickly.

You can find helpful preparedness videos for free
with the Living Essentials series from www.byutv.org
For basic preparedness information, it's well worth exploring the free online shows at www.byutv.org, in particular their Living Essentials series. As described on the series' main page, the series "is full of helpful hints intended to enrich and simplify your everyday life."

The BYUTV videos are divided grouped into eight main topics, which can be filtered by clicking the "All Seasons" drop-down list near the lower-right part of the page. An especially useful "season" is "Emergency Preparedness," which includes 11 episodes that focus broadly on food storage and disaster survival information.

The other seasons for the Living Essentials series are also of interest to those enhancing their self reliance, covering topics like Resource Management (e.g., taking control of your income and debt) and Social/Emotional Strength (e.g., dealing with grief or depression, building mental skills, etc.).

Another series of interest at BYUTV is Fusion Grain Cooking with Chef Brad. This is a fairly new show (only 9 episodes online as I write this), but the shows focuses on how you can incorporate grains into your cooking. So far, Chef Brad has discussed "fusing" a different grain each time, including quinoa, kamut, teff, wheat, amaranth, barley, millet, popcorn, and farro. (The schedule currently shows upcoming episodes on buckwheat, spelt, and rice.) Whole grains are an ideal food for storage and preparedness planning. Since we need to regularly use what we've stored to keep things fresh, this show can be a great help in finding ways to incorporate our grains into our current diet.

Another university offering free online educational materials is the University of California, at www.uctv.tv. There are a massive number of online videos here, all pretty well organized and searchable. Two areas that I've found useful are their Home Gardening and Emergency Preparedness/Emergency Medicine series. Some of the videos are much like a typical television show, using interviews with subject matter experts to convey the information. Many of the programs are simply video recordings of university lectures. Some of the programs also have links to supplemental materials that you can download for future reference.

Online video resources are great, but there are other media formats available too. We'll take a look at some of those options in Part 3 of this post.

For now, what do you like (or dislike) about learning from videos? If you've tried any of the above, what do you think? What other video learning resources do you, or have you, used?

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