50 FREE survival / prepper videos

OMG We’re All Going To Die!

(Yeah, eventually we will…but in the meantime our chances are better if we are prepared.)

These FREE films (courtesy of the United States government and the folks at Archive.org) seem like they’d sure be helpful in a homesteading or a SHTF survival situation. Most of these are gov’t films so your tax dollars already paid for them; you can watch them online or download each movie for viewing later on.

Here’s how to download: on each video’s page you’ll see a menu on the left hand side. Right-click your mouse on the link and choose SAVE AS to download it. MPEG4 (.MP4) is the most popular of the file types:

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  1. Aircrew Survival: Cold Land Survival FAA.
  2. Aircrew Survival: Hot Land Survival FAA.
  3. Aircrew Survival: Survival Kits, Rafts, Accessories FAA.
  4. Aircrew Survival: Survival Medicine FAA.
  5. Aircrew Survival:Surviving on Open Water FAA.
  6. Aircrew Survival:Survival Signaling FAA.
  7. Aircrew Survival: Tropical Survival FAA.
  8. Aircrew Survival: The Will to Survive FAA.
  9. Anchoring Home Fuel Tanks “illustrates the importance of securing home fuel tanks to the structure to prevent damage during disasters. “
  10. Animals In Emergencies (2007) FEMA: “The video is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies. It informs owners about the key points in developing a plan to evacuate animals or to shelter them in place and how to find resources in their community to assist them.
  11. Assembling a Can Sealer (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  12. An Ax To Grind – Pt 1 (1999) USDA film: “Hanging an Ax, Sharpening.”
  13. An Ax To Grind – Pt 2 (1999) USDA film: “Single and double bit, chopping, splitting axes, broad ax, broad ax hewing, adzes, hatchets.”
  14. Are You Ready? Another FEMA video; meh, but shows how to properly use a generator.
  15. A Better Way Program 149 USDA: “Program 149: How to grow good cucumbers; Home made toys; Pocket sandwiches; How to split wood and the tools to use; How to make pickles and relish at home; Tips on backpacking.”
  16. Canning Fish in Cans (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  17. Canning Fish in Jars (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.” (I think they mean jars)
  18. Canning Game Meat In Cans (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  19. Canning Game Meat In Jars (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.” (I think they mean jars)
  20. Collecting and Using Alaska’s Wild Berries (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “this DVD will help you learn to identify the many species of edible Alaska wild berries and show you how to avoid poisonous species. You’ll also learn to identify habitats where your favorite berries grow and, once you’ve picked them, how to clean, freeze and can them for storage.”
  21. Crop Tree Management for the Landowner USDA: “Understanding that trees compete with each other for sunlight, moisture, and soil nutrients is a basic concept for understanding how to increase the growth rate of trees. Knowing the tree species, how each species provides desired benefits, and being able to assess the health of each tree provides the basis for selecting “crop trees.”
  22. Developing Self-Reliance (1951) Old, but I don’t think this is taught any longer
  23. Direction, Orientation, and Location with a Compass (1967) “features and use of lensatic compass in map orientation, in finding direction and location, and in land navigation, by day and night.”
  24. Drying Fruits (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  25. Drying Herbs (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  26. Drying Vegetables (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  27. Forgotten Historical Activities (2009) Take a step back in time. How people spent their daily lives 150 years ago was very different from our current reality. Their ordinary activities mostly involved their survival needs of food, clothing and shelter. These things were common and necessary and we can now see their unique reality through this historical overview video.
  28. Grid, Distance, and Elevation “use of military grid system to locate positions; use of graphic scales to measure distance; use of contour lines to identify topographic detail.”
  29. Homesteading and Farming Activities (2009) Where did my people come from? America was founded and settled mostly by European peasants. They sought a new life, freedom, and land ownership. There are many stories of why and where your family came from and how America developed into what it is today. Native Indians, African slaves, Asians and many outside ethnic cultures were a part of this expanding melting pot nation.
  30. Hypothermia (1986) USCG: “Cold weather can kill as easily as a fall from a cliff. This program demonstrates the danger of hypothermia on a fishing boat, how to recognize hypothermia, what to do about it, and how to prevent it.”
  31. Indroduction to Communicable Disease Nursing (1975) Good basic nursing and hygiene practices.
  32. Infusing Vinegars (1999) “a thorough overview of basic canning and preserving processes for pickling foods”
  33. Jams & Jellies (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “how to make your own jams and jellies from fruits and berries. You’ll find out what equipment you need as well as necessary and optional ingredients, including sweeteners, liquids and pectin. You’ll also learn how to safely process your jams and jellies in a boiling water bath and how to cool and store your finished product.”
  34. Knots, Bends and Hitches (1973) “Teaches how to tie the square knot, figure 8, bowline, half hitch, timber hitch, rolling hitch, clove hitch, cats paw, single and double sheet or becket bend, fisherman’s bend, and double carrick bend.”
  35. Learning Again: Safe Rooms (2005) “In this program, the theory behind wind damage in tornadoes and safe room construction concepts is explored; also hear from a tornado survivor.”
  36. Living Off The Land (1955) Military film about “”how to survive under emergency conditions in the north temperate regions
  37. Making Fruit Leather (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  38. Making Sauerkraut (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  39. Making Sausage (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  40. Making Jerky (1999) “provides the information you need to get started making sausage and jerky.”
  41. Man & Safety “uses animation to explain how communications; physical limitations; physiological limitations; and supervision relate to the role of human limitations in accidents.”
  42. Map Symbols (1967) Army Traing Film “black symbols of cultural detail, boundary lines, blue symbols for water, green symbols for vegetation, and brown symbols for contour lines.”
  43. Nature’s resources for survival (2009) “For the land of the free and the home of the brave. The pioneers used all of natures resources for survival. Food that was not grown on the farm, was hunted and trapped. The animals were used for their fur as well as their meat, bones, and organs. Our ancestors understood that all the fundamental natural resources were important for survival and included: plants, animals, minerals, fuels, water, soil & rocks, air & wind, and the forests and pastures.”
  44. Overview of Drying (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  45. Past Military, Social and Leisure Activities “We the people. Americaâs melting pot of many cultures became one unique nation, with values, and a strong heritage. The new world was founded on the principles of life, liberty and justice for all. The military and government administered the law. Another important needed aspect of life were social and relationship activities. These things included music, holidays, playing games, dancing, and sports.”
  46. Pickling Vegetables (1999) “a thorough overview of basic canning and preserving processes for pickling foods”
  47. Prevention of Cold Injury (July 1, 1975) “When training in the arctic, the soldier must contend with that most ancient enemy of man–the cold. since clothing dictates much about how the soldier will perform in a freezing climate, how to dress and what to wear is given prime consideration in this film. too, proper foot care and hygiene is stressed, as is safety in handling equipment. “
  48. Principles of Field Medical Service (1966) “Medical facility and facility in field – litter team, aid station, division clearing station emergency surgical hospital, evacuation hospital, general hospital and large medical center in CONUS.”
  49. Public Shelter Living: The Story of Shelter 104 (1964) “a gem of a civil defense film from 1964. It begins with shelter manager Bob and his assistant, a chirpy blonde, counting people coming into a public Fallout Shelter to avoid the off-camera atomic attack. The thirty-minute black and white movie concerns the challenges of living in a shelter “for as long as we have to.” At one point Shelter Manager Bob tells everyone “That it won’t be any picnic in here. There’s going to be a certain amount of discomfort for all of us.” He then urges his captive audience to “sit down, remain calm and continue filling out those forms that were handed to you.””
  50. Residential Shelter In Place (2002) FEMA video about sheltering in place, in case of external threats.
  51. Rural Surveillance (1993) FBI training film “The video shows how to conduct a proper surveillance in rural areas. This includes proper camouflage, use of cover, and tactics as set down in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) policy.”
  52. Southern Hybrid Striped Bass North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: “this DVD covers most of the considerations for producing, harvesting and marketing of striped bass”
  53. Star Identification (1942) US Navy: “shows how to identify stars and constellations at various latitudes.”
  54. Sub-Arctic Winter Bivouacking (1955) US Army training film.

  55. Survivial Stresses (1955) Another DOD film about survival: “methods of detecting, understanding and combating such stresses as hunger, thirst, cold, fatigue, and fear. shows how to recognize and avoid dehydration”
  56. Vehicle Ambush: Counterattacks, ca. 1976 formerly “restricted” film about evasive countermeasures that a vehicle’s driver can take, against terrorist ambushes. Very 1970’s and I expected the Beastie Boys to show up at any minute. :)
  57. Water Purification Methods with Tony Nester and Outside Magazine
  58. What To Do In A Zombie Attack (2006) I think FEMA ripped this off recently.
  59. Y for Youth (A to Z of Bushcraft) “The future of Bushcraft lay in the next generation so Andrew trains a group of young people in building a debris shelter, walking silently in the woods and how to use a knife. They also learn how to cook and eat worms!”

Next post is going to be about free government films and documents about weapons.

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14 thoughts on “50 FREE survival / prepper videos

  1. john says:

    Nice list. thank you

  2. Nobody says:

    Awesome stuff!!

  3. nbm says:

    Very Nice Stuff!

  4. Bob says:

    Great line-up!
    Thanks for finding these.

  5. Ruth says:

    Keep ‘em comin’!

  6. Me says:

    Thanks there will be a new post on Saturday re: firearms. :D Glad you all are enjoying it.

  7. PrimalTroy says:

    That’s freakin A awesome right there! That’s what that is!

  8. Nor★Cal Survivalist says:

    Thank you!!!

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  13. Suburbanprep says:

    An excellent resource. I’ve put a link to this site.

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