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Online Preparedness Tools and Resources

While we don’t want to become reliant on high tech and broadband communications there are a number of excellent references and resources available for our use on the web.  Here are some of my favorites and those suggested by Prepography‘s readers:

Cognitive PreparednessCognitive Preparedness:

Communications Preparedness:

Water Preparedness:

Security Preparedness:

Concealed Carry & Firearms Law Research Resources

Ammunition Price Search Tools

  • Ammo Seek:  Ammunition Price Search Engine
  • Gun Deals:  Crowdsourced reference to find which stores/dealers have the best current pricing by caliber/gauge

Firearms & Accessories Purchasing Tools & Sites:

  • Gun Broker:  Firearms sales / Gun auction.  Pick up locally or have mailed through a local Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer

Transportation Preparedness

Mapping Tools:

  • Beacon:  Beacon is a Geospatial Information System (GIS) used by many local governments to track land ownership, fire protection services, ambulance districts, utility rights of way and of course…taxes.  It may be available to you if your local government subscribes.  Use for IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace Neighborhood) and for planning your own Operational Security (OPSEC).
  • Google Maps:  Mapping tool with overhead imagery capability and streetview allows you to do recon without ever leaving your arm chair.
  • Google Earth:  Google Maps on steroids….complete with 3d models of urban areas.  Probably capable of doing line of site studies (if you’ve tried it let me know).
  • Mapquest:  Another great mapping tool with overhead imagery capability
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Historical Topographic Maps:  Useful tool to check out your area of operations as important features such as caves and springs are sometimes left off of later edition maps to make room to depict other features.
  • NOAA Magnetic Declination Calculator:  North isn’t really North so this tool from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration helps you calculate the difference (declination) between Magnetic North and True North.

Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the Elements Preparedness:

Personal Health, Fitness & Medical Preparedness:

  • Prepography‘s Amazon Personal Health, Fitness & Medical Store
  • CitizenReady®:  A standardized, national disaster health education program created by the American Medical Association (AMA) to provide critical medical and mental health information to help individuals protect themselves in a disaster or other serious emergency.  Although the program is designed to be taught in person the lesson plans and materials are available online.

Food Preparedness:

Sustainable Agriculture

 

Financial Preparedness:

Precious Metals Pricing:

  • Coinflation:  Excellent tool for checking the spot value of precious metals as well as a source of melt value for current and historical coinage for US & Canadian coinage as well as select European Countries
  • PCGS Professional Coin Grading Service:  Many preppers end up with some collector grade precious metal coins in their collection.  Here’s an online tool to help you estimate your coins ‘grade’ both to assess it’s value and if it’s worth sending in for formal evaluation.

Others Tools & Sites:

Government Databases & Reference Sites

Government Surplus Websites:

  • GovDeals:  Lots of fire and police equipment as well as utility company and heavy equipment
  • GSA Auctions:  Sells everything from vehicles to equipment to lighthouses
  • IRS Auctions:  Seized property and real estate of all types
  • Property Room:  More general auctions but they want to be known for their seized items auctions

Dictionaries:

Andrew’s Note:  Know of a great online tool that we  haven’t listed below?  If so… go to my Contact Page, tell me what the tool does and why you like it.  Make sure and include the link.  If I like it and it’s Self-Reliant or Prepping related you might see it pop up on this page.