Free Survival PDFs, Manuals, and Downloads [Prepper Library 2023]

Survival PDFs, Manuals, and Downloads

This is a dynamic prepping library curated by all of our authors. Survival PDFs, Manuals, and Downloads are constantly being updated with up-to-date and accurate information, so please check back frequently for updates and even more printable and downloadable PDFs.


There is a vast landscape of quality survival materials already existing that many people simply don’t have access to or don’t know where to look. Sometimes these resources also lose their online host, making them lost to all but those that already downloaded them. Rather than reproduce work on these topics, it is better to preserve them on a dedicated server.

This is why we are starting a prepping library or a repository of information that is useful to download and have on hand. We have plenty of resource space online, thanks to our faithful readers, subscribers, and supporters. Whether or not you choose to print or save to a mass storage device is up to you. If you have any suggestions on additions you would like to see hosted and preserved by us for free, let us know by reaching out to us on any of our social outlets.

As we add more information we will work on making it easy to find specific topics.

All the best, and happy library building.

-Rusty


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Military Survival Guides

These free manuals from the military can be a good starting point for your prepper library. They cover plenty of topics but are concise and easy to understand. The manuals are written for everyone- from privates all the way up to generals so they are easy for anyone to follow in stressful situations.


Survival Manuals

Survival manuals are an easy way to develop a deeper understanding of specific topics or skills.

Survival Skills

Nuclear and Radiation PDFs

  • Planning Guide for Response to Nuclear Detonation [FEMA, May 2022] – Updated recently to better cover non-ground impact detonations, but a long-running response guide that is very useful for planning.
  • Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearny [DOE, 1987] – Originating from the Department of Energy itself, this is one of the only nuclear guides endorsed by nuclear physicists that actually coordinated nuclear tests. If you only have one Nuclear manual, this is the one to have. Chapters 1 and 2, as well as the evacuation checklist, are timeless foundations for Nuclear survival.
  • Build a Protective Fallout Shelter – Not as comprehensive as Kearny’s Nuclear War Survival Skills, but this homegrown guide is useful in that it shows you how to build a fallout shelter with common construction supplies.

First Aid PDFs


Plan Checklists

Checklists make any plan easier to accomplish.


Survival Kit Checklists

Develop and maintain your kits with easy-to-follow checklists.


Preparedness Threat Guidance

Advanced preppers may explore ‘the why’ for preparedness, and these free pdf resources can help explain why certain preps are better than others.


Reference Pages

Quick one-page PDF guides for specific survival topics.


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Free Survival PDFs