BETTER TIMES PRINTABLE FLYERSUse these flyers in support of grassroots mutual aid support work during disaster response -- especially if the disaster is so big government response is delayed or entirely absent.
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Print and copy them before a disaster so you have them available when they are needed and the copy shops are closed. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are, to meet the challenges of peak oil, economic irrationality, political criminality, and climate instability.
Nice Stove Instructions! This is a pyrolizing
stove that produces a hot flame with little smoke, and the
end product is biochar, which can be used as fertilizer.
a small slow sand water filter for individual use. Complete
plans, with pictures, for building this low tech water
purification/filtration device. Water purification in a
disaster is a big deal, and once constructed, this works
by the simple flow of water through its system.
Critical Infrastructure Maps. Identifies the
fundamental threat in a disaster situation as the
"six ways to die" -- heat, cold, illness, injury, hunger,
thirst. Illustrates the infrastructure that prevents
deaths from these fundamental threats from killing us at
these levels of complexity -- personal, family/household,
village, town, region, country, world.
Hexayurt -- this is a
simple emergency shelter that can be built with common
materials by amateurs.
Old Ways, New Ways -- sci-fi story about what happened to us in Kansas City, Missouri when civilization crashed (written in 1999).
These two sites archive enormous amounts of information, all of which would be useful if civilization crashes. Download and print as you have time, resources, and interest.
Gupta State Failure Management Archive -- this is a
very large archive of material compiled by Vinay Gupta
regarding options and management in the event of
"state failure" -- the collapse of existing systems.
of Useful Information -- access to more than two
gigabytes of useful how-to information, compiled by Bob
Waldrop, and added to at irregular intervals.
What are Printable Flyers and why are they necessary and useful?
The world is afflicted with unjust and irrational
economic and political structures. We face multiple
threats including resource exhaustion/peak oil, climate
instability, and economic irrationality and collapse.
An unsustainable system will not go on forever. Unless the stress is relieved and the system made sustainable, it will eventually collapse. We hope that a "soft landing" can be engineered for our currently unsustainable systems of economics and politics and lifestyle, but just in case we are wrong. . . or you get stuck in a disaster when help is delayed. . . or there's some sudden need to jump start a sustainable society real quickly. . .here is a selection of "printable flyers" we hope would be useful in such a situation.
Emergency service organizations have great contingency
plans for most "ordinary" disasters (weather events, other
localized disasters, etc.), but we should all be concerned
about the response of governments to what would be a
I asked around here in Oklahoma City and local government has no contingency plans for protecting the families of emergency responders in such a situation, so that the police and fire departments can go about their duties confident that their families are OK. How long will they stay on the job if their families are at risk?
Government emergency plans are based on bringing resources from other areas to help the area in trouble. They don't ask and thus they don't answer the question - what happens if no help is available from outside the disaster area, because the disaster is continent-wide?
As far as I know, these printable flyers are the only
community response materials for such a situation
available on the internet.
The time to make contingency plans is before the situation collapses, and the most basic thing you can do is to download these flyers and copy them in advance of problems so that they are available when they are needed.
And absent a collapse or destablized situation, they have
ideas about sustainable living and the importance of
knowing and working with your neighbors which are useful
for families and neighborhoods.
My theory on crisis leadership is that "they who get there the firstest with the mostest" have the best chance of carrying the day.
Imagine the situation, a few days after everything pretty
much slides into perdition. Maybe its been coming over a
period of months, maybe its quick, like an EMP attack.
Your neighbors get together to decide on what to do. You
show up with copies of the printable flyers. Immediately,
the flyers are
Besides your neighbors, think about your local
government. After you meet with your neighbors, send a
delegation downtown to city hall, and generally make
enough of a polite nuisance of yourself to get yourself
and your copies of the printable flyers in front of
someone with some authority. Here again,
To give yourself authority, give yourself authority. As
you print and copy the printable flyers, start an informal
organization. Call it "(Whatever the name of your town or
area is) Mutual Aid". My group is Oklahoma City Mutual
Aid. We've had a workshop to discuss our options in the
event of a collapse
The alternative could be a take-over by what Kunstler
calls the "corn pone fascists" or even worse. Disasters
always bring out the best and the worst, and if you wait
around and do nothing, you are at risk of being at the
mercy of the worst. Don't wait for the best to come out in
others, YOU are the BEST already.
But if you
don't download, print, and make copies now, you won't
have the instructions to use in your are when times
Printable flyers for promoting frugal livingFamily Food Security HTML ..
Saving money on summer energy bills HTML ..
How to make your own snacks HTML
Easy, very tasty recipes made with typical emergency pantry groceries HTML ..
The flyers are copyright 1999 - 2011. Permission is
hereby granted to download and print any amount of copies
for free distribution (tell your friends!).
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