Resources

Last updated 4/30/15

SPTV Survival And Prosperity’s YouTube Channel, where TV shows I’ve blogged about and which might serve as a good resource may be viewed

Live Public Safety Audio Feeds

Broadcastify Broadcastify is the radio communications industry’s largest platform for streaming live audio for public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine-related communications. Broadcastify is a spin-off of RadioReference.com’s live audio platform. RadioReference reviewed here.

Critical Forecasts/Warnings

National Hurricane Center Website for the National Hurricane Center, which is part of the National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Discussed here.

TESIS Geomagnetic Activity Forecast Russian website with forecasts of solar activity and geomagnetic disturbances here on Earth. English site discussed here.

U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, both of which come under the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Discussed here.

The Library

Aviv, Juval. Staying Safe: The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business Aviv, a former Israeli counterterrorism intelligence officer and international security expert, outlines the essential tools for becoming personally responsible for the security and safety of yourself and your loved ones. Reviewed here.

Boy Scouts of America. Official Boy Scout Handbook, 12th Edition Still the go-to book for every Scout, but now with more information than ever before. Anniversary-year edition combines the traditional content of years past with modern-day Scouting needs. Reviewed here.

Orlov, Dmitry. Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) and moved to the United States when he was 12, and was an eyewitness to the collapse of the Soviet Union over several extended visits to his native land between the late eighties and mid-nineties. Drawing from his experience with the disintegration of the U.S.S.R., Orlov predicts an economic and political collapse for its old adversary- the United States- and identifies steps readers can take to lessen the pain from such a catastrophic event. Now on second edition (2011). First edition reviewed here.

Sherwood, Ben. The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life Sherwood “unlocks the secrets of who lives and who dies and shows how you can improve your chances in virtually any crisis.” Reviewed here.

Strauss, Neil. Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life Strauss shares his personal journey into the world of preparedness/survivalism. Reviewed here.

Wiseman, John. SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation Wiseman served in the British Special Air Service (SAS) for twenty-six years. The 576-page survival manual is based on the training techniques of this world-famous elite fighting force. Reviewed here.

Podcasts/Radio Shows

Armed American Radio The AAR radio broadcast focuses “on the second amendment and everything related to the topic.” Discussed here.

Financial Sense Newshour Free financial/market broadcast hosted by money manager Jim Puplava on the week’s market action, interviews with financial experts, and Jim’s personal perspective on the markets/economy. Reviewed here.

King World News- Broadcast Eric King of King World News (KWN)-fame interviews important people from business and finance. Reviewed here.

Preparedness Radio Network Live broadcast shows and downloadable podcasts revolving around self-reliance topics. Discussed here.

The Survival Podcast Free daily online audio show about self sufficiency and self reliance in the modern world. Hosted by modern survivalist Jack Spirko. Reviewed here.

Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk The only national radio talk show which covers the world of firearms, personal safety, and gun rights. Hosted by nationally-known firearms expert and television host, Tom Gresham. Reviewed here.

Video Blogs

The Schiff Report Peter Schiff’s YouTube video blog. Schiff shares his current economic forecasts, financial analysis, and general predictions.

Global Intelligence Reports

Geopolitical Weekly and Security Weekly– Free weekly intelligence reports compiled by STRATFOR, the “Shadow CIA,” as Barron’s once called Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or STRATFOR, a global intelligence company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas. Reviewed here.

Economic Data

Federal Reserve Economic Data, or FRED From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis comes 41,000 economic time series from 38 sources. Download, graph, and track economic data. Discussed here.

FreeLunch.com Moody’s Analytics’ source for free economic data. Users can quickly and easily chart and download economic data. Moody’s Analytics data services teams in Asia, Europe, and the United States update the site’s data as it is released by the primary source.

Alternative Economic Data

From John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics website:

Gross Domestic Product Chart
Inflation Chart
Money Supply Chart
Unemployment Charts
U.S. Dollar Index Chart

Remaining resources listed alphabetically by topic include:

Air(soft) Guns

American Airgunner TV show that airs on the Pursuit Channel which includes hunting and technical segments as well as an air gun challenge in which contestants use both skill and strategy to knock down and explode various targets with a multitude of guns. Discussed here. Old episodes on YouTube here.

Paul Capello’s Airgun Reporter Air gun-focused videos on Pyramyd Air’s website from well-known airgunner and American Airgunner TV show creator/host Paul Capello

Pyramyd Air’s Airgun Academy Educational videos for the aspiring to veteran airgunner. Reviewed here.

Pyramyd Airsoft Blog Pyramyd Air’s airsoft blog

Bank Safety Ratings

Bank Star Ratings by BauerFinancial

Safe & Sound by Bankrate.com

Weiss Ratings on TheStreet.com

Reviewed here

Weiss Ratings’ “Strongest & Weakest Lists for annuity insurers, auto insurers, banks and thrifts, business insurers, credit unions, health insurers, homeowner insurers, life insurers, long-term care insurers, and medigap insurers. Reviewed here.

Bottled Water

2011 Bottled Water Scorecard Environmental Working Group (EWG) “scorecard” helps “find brands that disclose the water’s source location, treatment and quality and that use advanced treatment methods to remove a broad range of pollutants.” Reviewed here

Crime

Maps

Trulia Crime Maps From residential real estate website Trulia. Discussed here.

Statistics

CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2014
CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2012-2013
CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2011-2012
CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2010-2011

Emergency Preparedness

Be Red Cross Ready American Red Cross’ one-page information sheet on general preparedness. Great starting point. Reviewed here.

Declared Disasters by Year or State Two tables on the FEMA website in which the number of disaster declarations since 1953 have been broken down by year or state

Disaster & Safety Library Formerly “Preparedness Fast Facts,” these emergency-specific checklists developed by the American Red Cross are comprised of the latest research, science, best practices, and expert opinion. Reviewed here.

Emergency Contact Cards Produced by American Red Cross. Real nice.

FEMA Map Service Center Flood maps and more

LDS Preparedness Manual Unofficial emergency preparedness manual of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (15th anniversary edition, 2012). Tons of information.

Local American Red Cross Offices Another source of information about local hazards, according to FEMA

National Hurricane Preparedness Week Information on how to prepare for a hurricane event, brought to you by the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center

National Response Framework (NRF), Department of Homeland Security, May 2013

“Safe and Well” Internet-based tool on American Red Cross website where “people within a disaster-affected area can register themselves as ‘safe and well’ and concerned family and friends who know the person’s phone number or address can search for messages posted by those who self-register.”

State Emergency Management Offices Where FEMA says to obtain information about local hazards

Taking Shelter from the Storm, Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business (FEMA P-320) Now in its fourth edition, FEMA publication P-320 “helps home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best type of safe room for their needs.” Interior/exterior safe room designs included. Discussed here.

Thoughts on Urban Survival 2005 essay by Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre about how he lived through Argentina’s economic crisis from 2001. Chock-full of information and lessons learned.

EMP/Solar Storm

Electronic Armageddon National Geographic special from 2010 about the danger a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse poses to the electrical grid. Discussed here.

“Getting Prepared for an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack or Severe Solar Storm” By electronics engineer Jerry Emanuelson on the Futurescience LLC website. Discussed here.

Financial Crisis Timelines

Timeline: Global Economy In Crisis, Council on Foreign Relations

The Financial Crisis: A Timeline of Events and Policy Actions, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Reviewed here

Firearms

American Handgunner Free digital editions courtesy of RMG Publications

AmmoSeek Ammunition search engine. Reviewed here.

“The Armed Citizen”– Detailed accounts of law-abiding Americans using firearms to halt or prevent crime. Published on the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine website here and on the NRA-ILA website here. Reviewed here.

ATSN’s Stop the Threat American Trigger Sports Network TV show which features a rotating round table of expert guest panelists as they offer an informed discussion aimed at armed citizens on legal gun ownership, the use of deadly force, and how one may avoid becoming a victim, or respond to a life or death situation. Discussed here.

First Person Defender Gun Talk Media production on YouTube that “takes regular ‘good guys’ and puts them in an intense, real life, self-defense situation.” Discussed here.

First Shots Program National Shooting Sports Foundation’s introduction to shooting program. Free seminars held across the country. Discussed here.

Gun Facts Version 6.2 Free e-book by Guy Smith that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment. Reviewed here.

The Gun Feed Drudge Report-style news aggregation website with links to firearm-related-news… with a smidgen of humorous commentary thrown in. “Gun and firearms news headlines… updated all day, everyday.” Discussed here.

GUNS Magazine Free digital editions courtesy of FMG Publications

Pursuit Channel “The most widely distributed, pure hunting and fishing television network,” which also has a good deal of firearms-related programming. Free live stream via VIDillion.TV here. Discussed here.

Shooting Industry Free digital editions courtesy of FMG Publications

Slickguns.com “Best deals on guns and ammo posted by users.” Index of deals across the Internet on firearms, ammunition, and related items as posted by Slickguns and site visitors throughout the day. Discussed here.

Steve’s Pages A ton of free firearm manuals in .pdf format

Student of the Gun Firearms-related TV show, radio show, and blog. “Student of the Gun will always strive to educate and entertain their viewers while offering them an insiders’ look at the worlds of firearms.” Discussed here.

Trigger Time TV Firearms-related TV show. “Trigger Time is a television show that brings together firearms professionals from across the United States to provide the highest level of firearms training and information to firearms enthusiasts across the country.” Discussed here.

WhereToShoot.org The web’s most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges. Managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s trade association, this site is updated frequently with range information in every state. Discussed here.

First Aid

American Red Cross’ Training & Certification web page- Register for a First Aid, CPR, AED, or other training class in your area here

Food

“20 Places to Find Local Food and Family Farms Near You” Links published by Heather Callaghan on the Activist Post website

eXtension List of state university extension programs that may have information on growing vegetable gardens. Discussed here.

Extreme Bargains Online Marketplace Independent discount and salvage grocery store directory

LocalHarvest Website for locating farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably-grown food in your area

Neighborhood Fruit Tool that “helps people find and share the fruits, nuts and vegetables growing within their communities. The site features interactive maps of backyard bounty and abundance growing on public land.” Discussed here.

PickYourOwn.org Local listings of pick-your-own (U-pick, PYO) farms in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries

Forecasts

Earth 2100 ABC production in which experts warn that unless we change course, the “perfect storm” of population growth, dwindling resources, and climate change has the potential to converge in the next century with catastrophic results. Reviewed here.

Prophets Of Doom History Channel production in which future threats to the United States are discussed by investigative journalist Michael Ruppert, economist Dr. Nathan Hagens, author John Cronin, investigative journalist/author James Howard Kuntsler, computer scientist Dr. Hugo De Garis, and executive editor Robert Gleason. Reviewed here.

Health

HealthMap Web-based tool facilitating early detection of global public health threats. Discussed here.

Housing

James Parsons U.S. House Prices, U.S. House Prices vs. Owner-Equivalent Rent, Major U.S. Metropolitan Area House Prices

Walk Score Free Internet-based tool for finding “walkable neighborhoods.” Reviewed here.

How To…

After Armageddon Docudrama about the Johnsons, a fictitious family from Los Angeles who struggle to survive in the aftermath of a deadly flu pandemic. Portrays what a SHTF (s**t hits the fan) situation might look like. Reviewed here.

Apocalypse Man Ex-Marine Rudy Reyes demonstrates a number of survival techniques in a SHTF scenario. Emphasis on urban/suburban survival. Reviewed here.

“Be Prepared for Terrorism: How to Survive a Suicide Bombing”– From R.P. Eddy at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

“Don’t Be A Victim,” SPIKE TV’s personal safety television series (episodes listed most recent to oldest):

Practical Tactical

• Driving Skills
• Self-Defense Weapons Training
• Civilian Crime Fighters
• How To Clear A House
• Home Invasion, Personal Safety & Pipe Bombs
• Martial Arts For Close Combat
• SWAT Tactics
• Home Security Inspection
• Taking Down Active Shooters
• Bank Robbery Survival
• Home Intrusion Defense Plans
• Home Fortress
• Edge Of Disaster

Because Lives Depend On It

• Better Safe Than Sorry
• Concealment and Cover
• Accessories and Options
• Training vs. Real Life
• Speed and Accuracy
• The Semiauto
• Shooting Forms
• Up Close & Far Away
• Multiple Target Acquisition
• Inside Your Home
• Low Light Tactics
• 9 MM vs. .45CAL
• Close Quarters Combat

What If?

• The Good Guys Hostage Crisis
• The Dartmouth Murders
• The San Ysidro McDonalds Massacre
• The Westroads Mall Shootings
• The North Hollywood Shootout
• The Mexican Drug War
• The Edmond, Oklahoma Post Office Shooting
• Golden Dragon
• The Holocaust Museum Shootout
• The Laura Black Stalking
• New Life Church
• Columbine High School
• Luby’s Cafeteria

Conceal & Carry School

• The End
• The Girl Next Door
• Right-Hand Man
• Prime Of Life
• Golden Years
• Terror On The High Seas
• Instructor
• SAC- Sisters Part 1
• Practice Makes Perfect
• Standing Tall
• Father Knows Best
• Leap Of Faith
• Don’t Fear The Gun

You can watch all these episodes on the SPIKE TV site here. Reviewed here.

Survival Database Downloads, hosted by ModernSurvivalOnline.com. Categories include:

• First Aid/Medical
• Books/Manuals
• Civil Defense
• Communication
• EMP
• Evacuation/Bugging Out
• Food/Water Storage
• Gardening
• General Survival
• Hunting
• Movies/TV Shows (Survival/Doomsday related)
• Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Warfare
• Off-Grid Power
• Survival Tools
• Terrorism
• Weapons/Firearms

Surviving Disaster, SPIKE TV’s personal safety television series:

• Survive an Avalanche
• Survive an Earthquake
• Survive a Fire
• Survive a Hijacking
• Survive a Home Invasion
• Survive a Hurricane
• Survive being Lost At Sea
• Survive a Mall Shooting
• Survive a Nuclear Attack
• Survive a Pandemic

You can watch all these episodes on the SPIKE TV site here. Reviewed here.

Popular Mechanics Survival Articles A compilation of survival-related articles on the Popular Mechanics website. Reviewed here.

Hunting

Hunt Channel Luverne, Alabama-based outdoor, hunting, and fishing TV network. 24/7 live stream here. Discussed here.

Identity Theft

Federal Trade Commission web page for protecting against identity theft. More on combating ID theft in this post.

Legal

Expandable Baton Laws- Chicago Metro Area (updated for 2015; Chicago legality blogged about here)

City of Chicago Municipal Code of Chicago, TITLE 8 OFFENSES AFFECTING PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 8-24 FIREARMS AND OTHER WEAPONS, 8-24-020 Sale or possession of deadly weapons
Cook County Cook County Code of Ordinances, Part I- GENERAL ORDINANCES, Chapter 58- OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS, ARTICLE VI. OFFENSES AGAINST THE PUBLIC PEACE, Sec. 58-172. – Disorderly Conduct
State of Illinois Illinois Compiled Statutes, Criminal Offenses, (720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 2012, “ARTICLE 24. DEADLY WEAPONS”

Pepper Spray Laws- Chicago Metro Area (updated for 2015; Chicago legality blogged about here)

City of Chicago Municipal Code of Chicago, TITLE 8 OFFENSES AFFECTING PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 8-24 FIREARMS AND OTHER WEAPONS, 8-24-020 Sale or possession of deadly weapons & 8-24-045 Noxious gas or liquid
Cook County Cook County Code of Ordinances, Part I- GENERAL ORDINANCES, Chapter 58- OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS, ARTICLE VI. OFFENSES AGAINST THE PUBLIC PEACE, Sec. 58-172. – Disorderly Conduct
State of Illinois Illinois Compiled Statutes, Criminal Offenses, (720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 2012, “ARTICLE 24. DEADLY WEAPONS”

Police

American COP Free digital editions courtesy of FMG Publications

Precious Metals

Gold & Silver Vault App Free “app” for the Apple iPhone/Android which lets users track their gold and silver investment value 24/7, courtesy of GoldSilver.com

Prepper/Survivalists

PrepperShowsUSA Website with comprehensive, regularly-updated list of prepper/survivalist conventions/expos/shows. Discussed here.

Prepper Website Drudge Report-style website with links to prepping-related articles, blogs, and websites. Discussed here.

Top Prepper Sites Prepper sites ranked by the preparedness community. “Here you will find the best of prepper, survival, bushcraft, homesteading, gardening, animal husbandry and any other site that is related to preparedness!” Discussed here.

Privacy

StartPage A private search engine. Discussed here.

Terrorism

American Blackout National Geographic Channel movie event “imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones… see what it might take to survive from day one, and who would be left standing when the lights come back on.” Reviewed here.

Country Reports on Terrorism Annual terrorism reports produced by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism

Mumbai Massacre Another documentary film about the 2008 Mumbai, India terror attack. Part of the “Secrets of the Dead” series on PBS. Reviewed here.

Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, June 2010, U.S. Government

Terror in Mumbai Award-winning HBO documentary film about November 2008 terror attack on Mumbai, India. Reviewed here.

Threats To Mankind

Last Days on Earth The world’s top scientists discuss the seven deadliest threats to humanity in this 20/20 (ABC television newsmagazine) science special that originally aired back in August 2006. Reviewed here.

10 Ways to End the World “Countdown of the top ten most chilling threats that could usher in the end of humanity as you know it.” Aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2012. Reviewed here.

Tsunamis

The Next Mega Tsunami National Geographic production which discuses the Cascadia Subduction Zone “megathrust” fault (running the coast from Vancouver Island North in British Columbia, Canada, down to Cape Mendocino, California) that presents a real threat for an earthquake and mega tsunami to strike the coast from Canada to California at any time. The December 26, 2004, Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and the March 11, 2011, Tōhoku, Japan, earthquake and tsunami was also looked at. Blogged about here.

Water

Food and Water in an Emergency American Red Cross/FEMA publication. Discussed here.

Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water Web page on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website with comprehensive info on a number of emergency water-related topics. Discussed here.

“Water For Health And Longevity” Water-related article written by Lawrence Wilson, M.D., a nutrition consultant. Discussed here.



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