Emergency Preparedness and Civil Defense eBooks
If you have a Kindle or other e-reader (or a computer, since you download a free Kindle
this link), there are a
considerable number of emergency preparedness and civil defense books available. Many of
those books are linked on this page.
- Civil Defense Publications for the Public
- In Time of Emergency A Citizen's Handbook on Nuclear Attack, Natural Disasters (1968) (free Kindle book).
This 1968 Civil Defense publication was widely distributed. It contains one section on
surviving a nuclear attack, and another covering a wide variety of natural disasters. This
Kindle edition, unfortunately, does not contain any illustrations. However, it contains
quite a bit of useful information, and it's free. A
Google Books version, with the illustrations, is also available.
- Protection in the
Nuclear Age is a 1985 FEMA publication, largely written for the public.
- Defense Against Radioactive Fallout on the Farm (at Google Books).
- Protect and Survive. British Civil Defense pamphlet.
- Manual of Civil Defence, Volume 1, Pamphlet 1, Nuclear Weapons (UK Civil Defence Pamphlet)
- Manual of Civil Defence Vol. I Pamphlet No.2 Radioactive Fall-out Provisional Scheme of Public Control(UK Civil Defence Pamphlet)
- Fallout Protection
- FEMA Home Shelter
- Nuclear War Survival Skills
Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny was originally published in 1979, and
contains a wealth of information, not only on the nuclear threat, but also on general
preparedness topics such as water, food, and medicine. The book was based upon research done
at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and is in the public domain. The book is available at a
variety of places on the web, usually in PDF format. Among the sources are:
The PDF format is not particularly good for Kindle, but I have found that by putting the
book in the landscape mode, it displays fairly well.
- Government and Planning Documents
- The Effects of Nuclear Weapons (1977) (full PDF at dtic.mil). This is
generally considered the definitive work on the subject. It is also available at
this link at fourmilab.ch as 18 separate PDF files.
- Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation is a 2010
publication of the Environmental Protection Agency. It contains fairly extensive information
on the effects of nuclear weapons, and information intended for policy makers.
Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms. FEMA, 2008, at Google Books.
- Effects of Nuclear War at defconwarningsystem.com
- Worldwide Effects of Nuclear War: Some Perspectives (free Kindle book).
- Structure shielding against fallout gamma rays from nuclear detonations (1980) (at Google Books).
- Electric Power Emergency Handbook (1980) (at Google Books).
- Rural Fire Defense in Wartime (at Google Books).
Severe Space Weather Events--Understanding
Societal and Economic Impacts Workshop Report
National Research Council, 2008 (at nap.edu).
- Effects of Nuclear War. 1979.
- How Nuclear War Might Start. 1988 Rand report on possible early 21st century scenarios.
- Nuclear War in Los Angeles 1980.
- Domestic Nuclear Shelters Technical Guidance
- Precautions Against Nuclear Attack (U.K., 1956)
- Recovery from Nuclear Attack
- Fallout Shelter Manager's Guide. Madison County, Alabama, 2010 revision.
FEMA Attack Enviornment Manual (1987)
- Survival of the Relocated Population of the U.S. After a Nuclear Attack, Oak Ridge National Labs, 1976.
- Maintaining nutritional adequacy during a prolonged food crisis Oak Ridge National Labs, 1979.
- Shelter Management Textbook. Office of Civil Defense, 1967.
- Military Documents
- For more documents, see listing at
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- For more documents, see listing at
- Popular Science and Popular Mechanics
Amazingly, every single issue of
Popular Mechanics and
Popular Science is available absolutely free on Google Books. These old magazines
contain a wealth of information, and can be downloaded to your e-reader with a minimum of
If you're looking for survival fiction, please visit my
TEOTWAWKI fiction page.
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