In this guide we will discuss how and why you should be a data prepper, one of the most overlooked elements of prepping. In my opinion, those who have data when the world ends will truly be at the top of the food chain. With this in mind we are going to go over the various types of data you can store, and what subjects you should store…
Why should you be a data prepper?
In this day and age common sense isn’t so common, and unfortunately academia is plagued with propaganda causing the generations coming after ours to not be anywhere near as educated as the preceding generations. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to the store and gave the clerk a ten dollar bill for something that was $5.65 and he or she wasn’t able to figure out the difference after they put the wrong amount in. My point is when the shit hits the fan, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be royally fucked.
When the SHTF there will be an entire group of people who will not know basic math skills, how to read, biology, mechanics, or anything else for that matter. As we all know, a dumb human is a dangerous human, and after the apocalypse…knowledge will be power. There will be those who who will need the knowledge you have, providing you priceless bargaining power that not many others will have.
“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” – William Shakespeare
Not only will you be able to bargain with the knowledge you have, but should you take the humanitarian route you will have the opportunity to help rebuild a nation of lost souls. There’s no telling how far of an extent the world will burn after doomsday, we could very well lose everything, including hundreds of years of knowledge.
How will we teach our children, rebuild the infrastructure, provide medical assistance, rebuild lost technology, and etc. without the data prepper? Honestly, we wouldn’t be able to reacquire that knowledge without it being safely stored for quite some time..
What types of data should you store?
You obviously can’t fit an entire library or an entire electronics store in your cramped little prepper bunker, so let’s stick to the essentials, and only a couple nonessentials. Essential types of data include primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational, and special educational books. Non-essential data would be art, music, dance, considered nonessential because such skills don’t need to be taught.
Essential data can be stored as a hard copy or a soft copy. While the aim here is to have essential hard copies of educational and instructional data, the reality is it has the potential to take up a lot of space. By having soft copies of data you can reduce the amount of space your data takes up, but this does have its disadvantages which I will attempt to address.
How to Store Hard Data
Hard data or books hate heat and should be stored in a cool room with low humidity (around 35%). Places like your attic or basement are terrible places to store your books because those are the two most likely places to bear the damage of environmental disasters i.e. flooding, tornado. Keep them out of direct sunlight, away from heat sources and vents. To keep you from having a million books in your garage I’ll list a few essential book sets that go over all five educational types.
- Preschool Curriculum Set teaching cognitive development, pre-reading and numeracy skills, language acquisition.
- Elementary Curriculum Set math, penmanship, health, spelling & vocabulary, phonics & reading
- books that include; biology, health, algebra, physics, engineering, technology, mechanical engineering, automotive, etc
- Tip: You can buy new or save yourself money by buying from local thrift stores and yard sales
How to Store Soft Data
While the biggest disadvantage to having soft copies of your data is the only way to access them is by using a laptop that requires power, and its susceptibility to electromagnetic pulses. With this in mind you should store your files in an external 2tb hard drive (which can potentially hold over a million field manuals, guides, videos, and everything else you deem essential) that is accessed by a laptop, and stored in a faraday cage. Just like books, you want to seal this up tight for when you need it, away from the elements, in a cool and dry area.
The cool thing about storing soft data is you can have millions of manuals, field guides, books, and more in something that only weighs five ounces. Not only that, but buying up a lot of books can be pretty costly while downloadable items are usually free or incredibly cheap. You’ll just need some power, which might be in short supply, so if you do prep soft data it would be best to have your ducks in a row having alternate power sources available such as the Anker dual port portable solar charger capable of powering/charging two items at once for around $50.
Nonessential Data Prepping
Above I listed many good examples of essential data you should store, but what about nonessential data prepping? While works of art, music, and literature may not be considered ‘logistically’ essential to survival that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t find a way to save them. Yes human beings are capable of being artistic on their own, but I can’t imagine a world where I can’t read the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ginsberg, or where I can’t see the beautiful paintings of Picasso, Dali, and Matisse. Can you? With this in mind you decide if such works should be stored/saved or not.
“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michaelangelo
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