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How to use your Kindle as a survival tool

Updated on October 21, 2014

What you need

One of the most important things you need in a disaster or survival situation is information. Knowing what to do, and how to do the things you need to do, can be the difference between life and death at the worst, or just being able to get by in good shape at the best.

Most people don't have the knowledge or they won't remember what they need to know when the time comes to survive or get through a disaster situation.

Your Kindle can store the information that could save your life or the life of a family member. The situation could be, a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster like an earthquake, tornado, flood, a hurricane, or just a widespread power outage for any reason.

You could be stuck in a snowstorm in your car, or snowed in at home. You could be out hiking and a friend or family member is seriously injured or gets very sick. You can see, there are many situations beyond your control where you may need help to survive. Do you know what to do in all emergency situations? No one does. That is why the Kindle is perfect for storing the information that you need. The Kindle is small and easy to always carry with you and have that information close at hand.

Beautiful wilderness

Can you survive if things go wrong?
Can you survive if things go wrong?
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Why Kindle

When you get in a tough situation the Kindle comes to the rescue. If there is no electricity there is no internet, cell phones won't work if the towers have no power, you may not be able to even go anywhere for help. You may need to be able to get through it with no outside help or information. You could have a library of books that you carry with you but that's not practical.

Kindle gives you an easy way to store hundreds of documents of information that will be readily available when you need it. The Kindle battery lasts for several weeks and can easily be charged by your car battery through a usb charger if no electricity is available.

I have over 100 documents on my kindle that cover everything from first aid to trapping animals, to what you can eat in the wild. Anything that you think could be of use to you in an emergency situation you can have access to at your fingertips, at the click of a button.

Anything you can download from the internet or can copy and send in an email, you can have it on your kindle. You can also store any other information that you may need. Personal information that you may need to access in an emergency can also be easily stored and retrieved. The Kindle can be password protected to keep your info safe.

How to get documents on your kindle. Anything you can email can be emailed to your private kindle email address and the kindle will format and store it for you. Any text document, word document, PDF, and Kindle format documents can be easily sent and stored on the Kindle.

There are thousands of government documents online that can be downloaded for no charge and sent to your kindle as a PDF, or you can convert it with Calibre software to Mobi format for Kindle. You can also convert it to text if that works better.

Building and having access to a survival kits and other survival tools are also essential to having what you need. Having information without any other tools will not be of much help. Look online and build or buy the survival kits that you need for the situations that you might get into. Set up collections on your Kindle and organize the documents into survival types of documents so you can find them quickly and easily when needed. Then make the Kindle part of your everyday survival kit.

Survival tools

What you should look for and store on the Kindle.

  • Government survival manuals

  • Top survival books

  • flood survival

  • earthquake survival

  • hurricane survival

  • how to purify water

  • how to build shelter

  • how to build a fire

  • first aid

  • medical help books

  • how to trap small game

  • how to clean animals

  • edible plants

  • how to navigate

  • survival tools

  • food storage

  • short term emergency

  • long term emergency

  • how to survive dangerous situations

  • how to use a compass

  • Fema guides

  • where to find water

  • U.S. Army survival manuals

  • Knots

  • Survival blogs

Don't let something so peaceful turn into a life threatening situation, be prepared
Don't let something so peaceful turn into a life threatening situation, be prepared

You need to know how to get the basic things that your family needs to survive. You need shelter, water, food, and fire for heat and cooking. You can't remember it all, so you need access to critical information and an easy way to store it.

For example, you can purify water to drink with regular household bleach, but do you know how much to add? Where can you find drinkable water? You need to know how to prioritize what you should do? Staying calm and in control is much easier if you know what to do.

You can learn a lot of great information by just reading, but will you remember it? Anytime anyone is put in a survival or life threatening situation, they likely never thought it would happen to them. Things do happen and being prepared is critical to getting through whatever comes your way.

The time to get prepared is now. You can carry an entire library of information in the pocket of your jacket in the kindle that you can easily access at any time, and the battery will last for weeks. Don't put it off, look for the documents you need and save them on your kindle now so you will be prepared when those things that you never thought would happen to you, suddenly happen.

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    • spease profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Minneapolis Mn

      I hope not to need them anytime soon either, but you never know. Things can happen to anyone, it's best to be prepared.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      While I don't expect to need survival tools anytime soon, I think that it's a great idea to have the references you mentioned stored on a Kindle. Thanks for the useful guides and suggestions for finding survival tools and for details on how to download documents to the Kindle. As a new Kindle owner, I enjoy finding new ways to use my new toy, and I'm amazed at how useful it can be.

    • Outbound Dan profile image

      Dan Human 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Great idea to prepare your kindle for survival. I always figured I'd grab mine in an emergency, if nothing else to have something to read. Just pair it up with a USB solar charger and you have a sustainable source of information.


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