Preppers have all sorts of data they will want to keep safe from disasters. From personal records such as birth certificates, home ownership documents, insurance policies, wills, and the like to preparedness documents such as e-books, and SOPs (standard operating procedures). Lifesaving or life renewing information needs to be kept safe. Here are a few ideas…
Printing out your preparedness documents is a great idea. No EMP can damage a printed manual or other prepper related information. Of course, personal documentation is usually already on paper, so no other work is required for them. While personal documents can be stored in a fire proof safe, those are usually bolted to the floor from the inside, not to mention the weight of a fire proof safe would be prohibitive for bugging out on foot. That’s not even taking a prepper library into account, which can sometimes occupy a complete bookshelf on it’s own.
A lot of preparedness literature is going to come in electronic format already. Many publications are sold online and will come in the form of a .pdf or some sort of e-book file. These are easy to copy onto electronic media. There are a couple of choices for this.
1 – USB Drives come with a lot of storage space for not much money these days. Simply plug the drive into a computer and all the information on it will be at your fingertips. USB drives are susceptible to EMP or even any magnetic source. One will also need to keep a computer safe from EMP, which I’ve gone over in earlier posts. Really though, building a faraday cage or getting EMP proof bags is easy and cheap.
2 – DVDs are my personal choice. They store a lot of data and are not affected by EMP. You will however, need to keep a computer with an optical drive safe from EMP as above. Again, that’s easy to do.
Now, for documents that are in paper form, one can scan them with an inexpensive all-in-one printer/scanner at home, but most will only accommodate letter size documents, while many will be in legal format. For those documents, most local copy centers can help. Bring them your documents and your preferred media and pay them a nominal fee to scan them for you.
Whatever you decide to do is fine, the important thing is to do something. In case you haven’t noticed, time is running out given all the chicanery going on right now across the globe. Get busy folks!