During the course of writing anything, I tend to do a LOT of research. This page houses the various whitepapers (at least that's what I call them) that I've previously released as 'Notes' on my Facebook author page. I've also included some Google Earth files as well as some Google Maps files that I created or found while I was researching a land purchase. Use the zoom feature in the maps to get a good look at what's out there.
Feel free to download any of the files which may be of interest to you by clicking on the download button I placed under each file. (These files have been posted in chronological order as it pertains to when I researched the topic - they are not in alphabetical order.)
Available Food Sources 20 Years After
Where can you find food food 20 years after and major cataclysmic event? I had to answer this question, and many others, while writing Part IV of my Foreign & Domestic series. This PDF represents a wealth of information pertaining to the natural unencumbered ranges for the five types of deer (White Tail, Mule (Black Tail), Moose, Caribou, Elk, as well as Wolf, Coyote, Bison, Bear, and Big Horn Sheep.
Suppose everything goes to heck in a hand basket. Money is useless and the comforts of life are only attainable via barter. Do you think you'd be fairly popular, or welcomed in at the gates of some community enclave, if you had a wagon or cart of some kind that was laden with various fruits and nuts? Uhh, the answer would be an enthusiastic 'YES'!
Hydroponic vs. Soil... What's the Hub-Bub??
I want to an author and a farmer full time. My dream is to grow organic herbs and vegetables year round. Apparently some schmucks have sufficiently whispered in the ear of the USDA regulators. This whitepaper represents me researching my ability to grow organic hydroponic herbs and vegetables. Here's a hint... you can.
The Weight of it All
In Part IV of my Foreign & Domestic series, I have a character standing there, just staring at a pile of gear wondering how they are going to transport everything. When I came across this article, I just knew I'd found a way to solve my issue. As a result, I used this bit of research and some creative ingenuity to solve the matter... fictionally of course.
Ohio EPA - Bulk Petroleum Storage Sites
If you haven't noticed by now, I do a lot of research. This is particularly true when I am considering a rather large purchase... like land. I didn't spend a lot of time on this topic in my Foreign & Domestic series, but one of my principle issues, or fears, is that I spend my savings on a piece of land and something happens upstream from my water source. So, to help me in my decision making process, I started researching the Ohio EPA website looking for sewage treatment plants, wastewater treatment facilities, etc. I was intrigued when I also came across data for bulk petroleum. This type of facility never entered my mind. That being said, I'm going to have to assume that each state has a similar site where someone could do exactly what I've done which is to map all of the EPA permitted operations.
Ohio EPA - Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Believe me when I tell you that if you are considering a land purchase of any kind, you don't want to be downstream of one of these should there be an EMP style event.
Ohio EPA - Water Treatment Facilities
While these facilities pose a lesser risk to your water than a wastewater treatment plant, I'd still avoid any streams, rivers, lakes, etc. where these operations generate a discharge.
Ohio Fracking Map
I don't know why, but fracking scares the snot out of me. Is it a rational fear? Time will tell. I can tell you this though, I'd feel a whole lot better about fracking if the companies performing the work disclosed ALL of the ingredients being used to drive the natural gas to the surface.
Ohio EPA - Individual Wastewater Discharge Permit Information Map
This map is incredibly interesting and help me to realize that I can control absolutely nothing. The best I can do I make the best decisions possible and pray. You'll see what I mean when you see this map.
Tracking and Trapping
Many people don't know how to find food... period. They can possibly grow, collect, and store food (veggies, fruits, nuts) for the winter, but if they happen to be a meat eater and they were forced to find protein on the hoof they'd be SOL. This paper gives a brief rundown of some basic tracking principles that would allow you to place a trap/snare.
Disaster Preparedness Inventory - Sample
When I was first starting out, I found myself staring at James Wesley Rawles' (JWR) 'list of lists' Excel file dumbfounded. As someone who works with documentation day-in and day-out, the first thing I wanted to do was clean-up the file and standardize each of the tabs for easier reading/viewing. But that's not why I was looking at the file, so I moved on. The Excel file that I've provided here as a sample was inspired by JWR's file, but my file focuses on tracking what you do have vs. a wish list of things you DON'T have.
This file contains a generic equation and a relevant example to demonstrate just how much rainwater you could potentially capture from spring to fall. The equation does not account for the pitch of your roof.
Currency Options After a Collapse
Here's a brief exploratory look at what one might expect to be able to use as forms of currency post collapse. These types of currency could range from services rendered, flesh, barter, not to mention the usual human infatuation with gold, silver, and the like.
All About Seeds
I wrote this paper in the hopes that I could convey a smidgen of the information I knew about seeds. I've gained most of this information naturally, but my knowledge base was expanded and accelerated over the course of writing the series, Part I in particular. As you might have guessed, I learned a great deal about the GMO industry as a whole as well as the disastrous seeds they produce. The things they put in seeds should never be ingested by a human... like ever. Anyway, this article contains a wealth of information which includes sourcing, storage, harvesting, and starting seeds indoors.
Critical National Infrastructures Report - Executive Report
This download, as well as the actual report itself, has been used as source material so many times by so many authors that even the casual reader of the dystopian genre pretty much knows it forwards and backwards. The 'Executive Report' is a summary of sorts for EMP effects in the United States so if you just want the highlights without all of the minutiae, read this document.
Critical National Infrastructures Report
Click the button below to download the original US Government report on EMP's... 208 pages of sheer detail!
USGS Topographical Maps
Click on the View Map button below to view, zoom in on, and ultimately download for printing a USGS topographical map for your AO. It feels like Christmas every time I print one of these!