How to Find Essential Resources in Your Area (Before You Ever Need to Scavenge)

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by Anonymous 411, The Organic Prepper:

Information Collection for the Prepper – Part 4
By Anonymous 411

What if things really went crazy and you were in a situation in which you needed to scavenge? Would you know where to find the things you might need, like food, drugs, or water? This useful article will help you find and record the essential resources in your area – while the information is still easy to obtain. ~ Editor

You need to know where essential resources in your area are located. During a disaster you never know what you might need, so grab every bit of free information about where you live that might conceivably be useful after the SHTF while you still can.

GPS mapping may or may not be available to you during an emergency so we recommend that you obtain the following addresses on paper, but also in computer files. The maps presented in Part 3 will be very useful in navigating your way to these locations should your GPS not be working.

You should also compile the following lists into computer files and print them out. I recommend you use duckduckgo.com for Internet searching because they don’t track or save your searches. Given that the local telephone book no longer exists you can try yellowpages.com/ for many of these.

Put all the lists in one or more 3 ring binders with tabs as appropriate. Store all the lists and the maps in one place. Also, store these maps and lists on USB flash drives or miniSD cards as appropriate to your needs. See Part 2 of this series for computer storage suggestions. If your phone will allow you to do so, you should also store selected files on your smartphone along with the appropriate app to read them.

You can now download Wikipedia pages as PDF files. On the left menu of all Wikipedia pages, under Print/Export, is a link “Download as PDF”. This makes a less than perfect PDF but the quality is good enough to have the information stored on your computer.

This doesn’t give you an option where to download the file. The file is stored in your Download folder. On Windows Explorer, this is under Favorites (on my machine). You can drag or move the file from your download folder to whatever folder you want it in (easiest if you open two Windows Explorer windows, one opening the download folder and one opening the folder you want to put the files in. Then you just drag them from the download folder to the destination folder)

Here is a list of methods to search.
The lists below are broken out into these categories, but you may have to search for some items using more than one of the other methods listed. Especially mom and pop businesses. Some of the items on the below lists will be harder to find than other items.

Wikipedia – Some people don’t like Wikipedia because articles can be edited by anybody so some of the articles might contain opinions or unpleasant facts. The information we are searching for is factual, not political, controversial, opinion, or history (although some articles will contain some history). Many of these Wikipedia articles will have links to the official website for the entity if there is one.

Official Websites – These include federal and state agencies, city and county governments, chain stores of all types, utilities, and much, much more.

YellowPages.com – or similar websites have replaced the local phone book that many of us once used to look up local businesses, government phone numbers, and individuals. Once names of organizations or businesses are found you can search for the official website.

Internet Search for xxx “Near Me” – Use search engines like DuckDuckGo.com that don’t track your searches. You can search on just about any of the list items below, for example, “restaurants near me.”

Drive Around and Look or Use Satellite Websites Mentioned Below – Some things you just aren’t going to find online so for these items you are going to have to get in the car and go look around or look on satellite websites. Be sure to write down the address, GPS coordinates, latitude and longitude, directions to or a descriptive location of these items when you find them. You can use the Windows Snipping Tool to copy portions of what’s on your computer screens, such as satellite images, maps, photos and more, and paste them in MS Word documents to save to PDF files.

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