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How to Survive Hard Times
by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.



All the articles on this page (except items 35-37 and 82-84) are included in my book: Grandpappy's Survival Manual for Hard Times, Second Edition.
Items 35-37 are included in my book: How to Tan Animal Hides and How to Make High Quality Buckskin Clothing.
Item 82 is in my book: Ancient Board Games and Solitaire Games From Around the World, Volume One.
Items 83-84 are on my website: here.



Family Living in a Tent
    Water:
  1. How to Find Water and How to Make Water Safe to Drink - Revised October 11, 2012.
  2. How to Build a Very Effective Water Filter System for Approximately $75 - Revised October 11, 2012.
  3. Berkey Black Water Filter Elements - Revised April 25, 2016.
  4. Water Filter Recommendation - Revised August 5, 2013.
  5. Pasteurization of Water - Added April 2, 2012.
  6. Water Storage Options - Added August 1, 2013.

    Food:
  7. The Importance of Food - Added August 10, 2015.
  8. Why Should Anyone Buy More Food Than They Can Eat in One Week? - Added April 2, 2014.
  9. A 30-Day Emergency Food Supply - Revised May 2, 2016.
  10. An Affordable One-Year Emergency Food Supply and a Really Cheap One-Year Emergency Food Supply - Revised May 2, 2016.
  11. Important Factors to Consider When Purchasing and Storing Emergency Food - Added January 9, 2008.
  12. Ten Different Ways to Heat Canned Foods - Added September 1, 2010.
  13. Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Foods - Added January 1, 2014.
  14. Long-Term Food Storage - Added September 9, 2013.
  15. How to Get the Best Value When Buying Fresh Meat - Revised May 2, 2016.
  16. The LEM #10 Hand-Cranked Stainless Steel Meat Grinder - Added April 16, 2010.
  17. Black Pepper, Peppercorns, and Peppercorn Grinders - Added March 19, 2011.
  18. Pure Salt, Iodized Salt, Sea Salt, and Sea Salt Grinders - Added April 1, 2011.
  19. Coffee, Coffee Pots, and Coffee Bean Grinders - Added April 1, 2011.
  20. Grain Grinders for Wheat, Corn, Oats, and Beans - Added October 3, 2013.
  21. Grain: Wheat, Corn, and Oats - Added October 3, 2013.
  22. Parched Corn - Added November 3, 2015.
  23. Beans: An Important Survival Food for Hard Times - Added July 1, 2013.
  24. Emergency Vegetable Seeds for Hard Times - Added March 16, 2013.

    Traditional Skills and Equipment:
  25. Grandpappy's Homemade Soap Recipe - Revised March 12, 2008.
  26. How to Melt Animal Fat - Added August 14, 2007.
  27. How to Start a Fire Using a Match or a Butane Lighter - Added February 24, 2010.
  28. Firewood, Fireplaces, and Cast Iron Stoves - Added December 13, 2010.
  29. Cast Iron Cookware - Added June 23, 2008.
  30. How to Preserve Food Using Three Simple Old Fashioned Methods - Added May 7, 2010.
  31. Practical Cooking Options During Serious Hard Times - Added June 2, 2014.
  32. How to Build a Reflector Oven and How to Use a Reflector Oven - Added December 1, 2015.
  33. How to Make a Primitive Clay Pot and How to Cook in a Clay Pot - Added March 1, 2016.
  34. How to Make a Candle Using Animal Fat and Some Cotton String - Added August 1, 2016.
  35. Smokehouse Questions and Answers - Added June 16, 2014.
  36. How to Smoke Meat and How to Make Meat Jerky - Added June 1, 2012.
  37. How to Build a Simple but Extremely Practical Smokehouse - Added June 1, 2012.
  38. A Few Small Items That Could Be Useful During Hard Times - Revised February 1, 2014.
  39. Bicycles for Emergency Transportation - Added June 18, 2007.
  40. How to Build a Simple Sundial - Added May 20, 2011.

    Technology for Hard Times:
  41. Rechargeable Batteries and a Solar Battery Charger - Revised December 20, 2010.
  42. Flashlights - Revised September 12, 2013.
  43. Candles - Revised February 11, 2014.
  44. Two-Way Communication: Cell Phones, Satellite Phones, and Two-Way Radios - Revised May 2, 2016.
  45. The Basics of Shortwave Radio - Added April 10, 2010.
  46. A Simple Explanation of the GPS Coordinate System - Added June 1, 2013.
  47. Alternate Energy Sources - Added November 1, 2011.
  48. How to Build a Portable Solar Power Generator - Added December 1, 2005.
  49. Vacuum Food Sealer - Added October 1, 2013.

    Survival Strategies:
  50. A Simple But Effective Survival Plan - Added June 2, 2010.
  51. A List of 20 Common Mistakes that Should Be Avoided - Added January 12, 2011.
  52. How to Start Preparing for Hard Times on a Very Modest Budget - Revised February 24, 2010.
  53. Practical Items for Every Day Carry (EDC) - Added April 1, 2016.
  54. An Emergency Backpack or a Bug-Out-Bag - Added February 24, 2010.
  55. The Basic Rules of Survival During Hard Times - Revised November 11, 2008.
  56. Pets and Livestock - Added March 17, 2008.
  57. Charity During Hard Times - Added November 17, 2007.
  58. Realistic Self-Sufficiency: The Do's and the Don'ts - Added July 22, 2009.
  59. Emergency First Aid Books and Supplies - Revised February 8, 2014.
  60. How to Survive an Epidemic - Added August 16, 2014.
  61. Trade and Barter Items - Revised February 1, 2014.
  62. Simple Easy Strategies on How to Reduce Your Living Expenses - Added September 3, 2012.
  63. What to Do Right Now if the Hard Times Have Begun and You are Not Prepared - Added June 1, 2011.
  64. The Solution to Hard Times - Added January 2, 2012.

    Retreats:
  65. Use Common Sense to Compare Your Current Location to Another Location - Added March 1, 2011.
  66. How to Select the Optimal Retreat Location - Added November 2, 2009.
  67. During a Disaster Event Should You Stay at Home or Leave? - Added December 21, 2007.
  68. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Recreational Vehicles and Campers - Added November 1, 2010.
  69. Community Involvement and Community Long-Term Survival - Added April 2, 2012.

    Shelf Life Studies:
  70. Shelf Life of Canned Food and Dry Food - Revised September 1, 2010.
  71. Shelf Life of Medicine - Added September 3, 2007.

    Other Information:
  72. Hard Times and Acceptable Behavior - Added February 2, 2013.
  73. Sensationalism - Added July 2, 2012.
  74. Clothing for Hard Times - Added July 1, 2011.
  75. Shoes and Boots for Hard Times - Added July 1, 2011.
  76. Practical Suggestions That Can Help to Maintain Harmony with Long-Term House Guests - Added September 4, 2012.
  77. A Comparison of Five Leading Brands of Toilet Tissue - Revised August 1, 2013.
  78. How to Wipe When There is No Toilet Tissue - Added February 14, 2009.
  79. Ant Hills: A Simple Solution - Added October 1, 2008.
  80. How to Convert Human Waste into a Safe Garden Compost Fertilizer - Added December 31, 2008.
  81. Entertainment Options During Hard Times - Added April 2, 2014.
  82. Ancient Board Games and Solitaire Games From Around the World - Revised June 2, 2010.

    Recommended Reading (the following book summaries are on my website):
  83. Man and Society in Calamity, by author Pitirim A. Sorokin.
  84. The Pianist, by Wladyslaw Szpilman - Biography of a Young Civilian Who Survived World War 2.



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