There are certain needs that must be met. These primary needs are food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. In planning for self-reliance, local organizers generally address these needs first. In PROUT, the economic sector that addresses meeting these needs is called the People's Economy. Given the advancement of our society, and the capacity of human beings today, the fulfillment of these needs should be the birthright of every citizen. No one should be denied the opportunity to meet these needs, even if they are disadvantaged in some way. When society ignores this right, it begets criminal behavior on the part of those who are lacking, and for those who have surplus income, it is in itself a moral crime to continue to ignore this right.
Relief and Emergency Preparedness
Health Care

Relief and Emergency Preparedness

Under certain emergency conditions everyone requires access to basic needs. Here are sources that tell communities and families how to prepare for such times.

Disaster Relief
Information on state emergency management offices Resources News.

Relief Net
Dedicated to helping organizations raise awareness and encourage support for relief efforts.

Emergency Food and Water Supplies
If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. By taking a little time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family. This brochure was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Family Protection Programs which provides information to help families prepare for all types of disasters.

Epicenter: Emergency Preparedness Information Center
Real Audio Survival series Disaster News How to Prepare Disaster Plan Check List Links list! Main Products index Basic Emergency kits Pack type kits Food and water Emergency related tools Books, audio and video First aid kits Fire Prevention General Safety Light related items Products Order form Preview new products View Tip o'da Week! What's new at Epicenter and more

Family Food Storage Catalog
Worldwide Source for Over 900 Quality Foods, Seeds and Supplies for those prompted to prepare for their future. Contains a price list.

Food Storage Planner
Food Storage Planner (FSP) is the easiest way to estimate, budget, and plan your food storage.
Events in recent years (i.e., hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and the worldwide grain shortage) have
borne out the wisdom in obtaining a year's supply of food and, where possible, fuel. But just how
much is enough? And what should you store? Download the software here for a donation.

Water Purification and Storage
This site contains a list of Katadyn Water Filters that are the filter of choice of the American Red Cross, Army Special Operations Units, US Navy SEALS, and US Forest Service. Also available are filter replacements, barrels, boxes, pumps, spigots and bottled water.

First Aid Kits
First Aid Kits and Related first aid Products designed for business, industrial, recreational, and home use.

Self-Defense Products
A source for: Child's DNA Kit Child-Watch Child Guard A Security "Kit" For College Coeds Stun Guns Air Taser Pepper Sprays Vests Alarms Emergency Lights Self Defense Books and Free Pamphlets Locks Surveillance Cameras Safes.

Emergency Shelters
This site provides access to all types of free standing instant structures.


Growing and processing locally grown food is a cornerstone of self-reliance. It is also a major step in keeping money local. Fortunately, food is one of the easiest basic needs to bring under local control. This is good because buying food from outside sources is also one of the greatest drains of local money. To grow your own food, is to save big bucks, which can be used to meet other necessities. The following sites are useful for the family and the community to help grow and preserve food for eating all year round.

Garden Net
A good Garden Center on the Net. Subscribe to garden magazines Resources for gardeners Links to over 300 seed catalogues (including Burpee) / Info and tips.

Web Garden
Over 4,000 factsheets covering all aspects of growing plants for family and business/ Plant Dictionary with links to over 285 ornamental plants (flowers, grasses, shrubs, trees etc. On-line classes in horticulture, plant biology, plant propagation and more.

Rot Web
Learn how to turn your organic garbage into great soil for your rooftop garden. This site contains an introduction to composting. How-To guide Compost ingredients Materials to avoid Compost bin systems Resources.

A Modern Herbal
This site contains an online book with detailed information on over 800 plants. Information about each plant includes: Name Botanical Name Family Description Cultivation Constituents Medicinal Action and Uses Preparations Substitutes Synonyms Part Used Habitat.

Food Storage and Safety

The National Food Safety Database
Consumer-Related Food Safety Materials Industry-Related Food Safety Materials Educator/Trainer-Related Materials

Canning, Freezing and Drying
General Food Preservation Information Preserving Wild Game So-Easy-to-Preserve Guide to Home Drying So-Easy-to-Preserve Guide to Home Freezing USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning. This includes seven on-line downloadable guides to canning: Principles of Home Canning Selecting, Preparing and Canning Fruit and Fruit Products Selecting, Preparing and Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products Selecting, Preparing and Canning Vegetable and Vegetable Products Preparing and Canning Poultry, Red Meats and Seafood Preparing and Canning Fermented Foods and Pickled Vegetables Preparing and Canning Jams and Jellies.

Food Drying
Of all food preservation methods, that of drying foods has received the most widespread and enthusiastic publicity in recent years. Actually, drying is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. Techniques have been passed from one generation to another based on what worked and what didn't. Methods used for drying food have become sophisticated over time. This site gives you the lowdown.

Food Storage Publications
This site contains an extensive list of publications on food storage. Many are available on-line through acrobat.

The Root Cellar Home Page
Root cellars are nature's way of storing fruits and vegetables. And they can be excellent storage areas for other things as well. A hundred years ago root cellars were one of the few ways they had of keeping things cool. People not only put potatoes and carrots in their root cellars, but their preserved meat, milk and cream, fruits and vegetables - literally anything they needed to keep cool. This site contains information on: How we used to do it and Modern root cellars or underground storage areas. Areas covered include: Root Cellar basics A modern underground storage area The Grandpappy of all underground storage areas.

Food Safety and Quality: National Initiative Program of CSREES
This site describes programs offered by the federal government to reduce foodborne illnesses. Pointers to training and grants in areas of food storage, food preservation, canning, drying, freezing, safe food handling, seafood safety, pesticide residues etc. Contact name given of national program director.

Community Gardening

Seeds of Hope: A Resource for Community Vegetable Gardeners
This is a great resource for putting together a community garden. It contains: Bookmarks Urban and Community Gardening Links Youth Gardening Gardening Directories Vegetable Gardening Soil Insects Animal Control Plant Diseases Sources of Seeds and Plants Food Preservation.

City Farmer
This is the site of Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture. It provides resources aimed at making urban areas self-reliant in food production. Information on Urban Home Composting Community Gardens International Urban Food Projects School Gardens Rooftop Gardens The Small Commercial Garden (a detailed book on how to grow $10,000 worth of vegetables on one-third of an acre of land and market it locally) Composting Toilets (even for office buildings) Garden Secrets Water Conservation Sprouting At Home Improving Nutrition and more.

Community Supported Agriculture
One of the fundamentals of community economics is access to locally grown produce. A relatively new concept for bringing local farmers and consumers together is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The community supported farm can be set up in differing ways to accommodate different situations but there are common themes. This site describes what these are.

Food Cooperative Resources
Farmers cooperatives are good for farmers. Food cooperatives are good for buyers. Producer and consumer cooperatives working together can build a local economy. This site contains a master list of cooperatives by state On-line vendors of interest to food cooperatives General resources Resources by state Boycott information.

Agriculture-Related Links
A very comprehensive list of on-line sites for agriculture and urban gardening.


EREN Buildings
An extensive list of sustainable building resources, mostly related to energy conservation.

Architecture and Building: Net Resources
This guide primarily covers architecture, building, construction, and AEC sites, and to a lesser extent design, real estate, housing, urban, energy, and environment sites. Resources by Topic include: Architecture and Computing Architecture Courses and University Catalog Information Architecture Instruction and Student Work Associations and Societies; Miscellaneous Institutions and Organizations Booksellers and Publishers Building Engineering (Lighting, HVAC) Building Industry Digitizing Projects, Image Collections, and Experiments in Design and Publishing Electronic Journals and Newsletters Energy Efficiency and Energy Alternatives Green Design
Library Guides Miscellaneous Design Disciplines Real Estate and Housing Research Centers / Networks Safety Services Sites Devoted to a Single Architect, Firm, Location, Building Type Standards Universal Design / Accessibility United States Government Information Sources United States Government Publications (Specific Publications) Urban Environment Virtual Galleries World Wide Web Link Collections Discussion Groups: Lists Discussion Groups: Newsgroups Indexes Library Catalogs

Group Living

Council of New York Cooperatives
Mainstream organization for condo and coop owners. Tracks legislation and financial information. Check out Worthwhile Links for information of interest to all home owners, home buyers and for those looking to move to a new area. Includes help on finding mortgage loans.

Intentional Communities
Site for information on all forms of community living arrangements including eco-villages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student coops, urban housing cooperatives and more.

Cohousing Network
Cohousing is a living arrangement in which private dwellings share common facilities like lounges, meeting rooms, recreation rooms, libraries, and sometimes even dining rooms and kitchens. Usually twenty to thirty families are involved. These might be called "intentional neighborhoods" This site contains links to cohousing groups and resources.


HUD USER is the primary source for Federal Government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related topics.

Habitat for Humanity
This is the homepage of the most well known volunteer home building organization. It has chapters in over 50 States and Nations and links to over 200 sites around the world. This site was established to serve as a starting point to find information about Habitat for Humanity and particular chapters that have web sites.

Housing Resources
This site contains an extensive list of sites on the topics of homelessness, low-income housing, housing assistance, housing coops etc. Quite good.

National Coalition for the Homeless
The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) is a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness. Topics include: What's New About the National Coalition for the Homeless One Family's Path to Homelessness Facts about Homelessness Homelessness: Current Legislative and Policy Issues Legislative Alerts Current Organizing Projects Public Education Projects Online Directory of State and National Homeless/Housing Advocacy Organizations Online Directory of Local Homeless Organizations NCH 1996 Calendar of Events Become a Member of the National Coalition for the Homeless Other Useful Internet Resources ARInternet.

Household Supplies/Furnishings

Sustainable Building Sources
An excellent source for information on "Green Building" including an on-line version of the "Sustainable Building Sourcebook". Great site.

House of Tools
Links to tool manufacturers of all kinds for home and small business. Includes woodworking, mechanical, electronic, machine tools etc. Over 23,000 tools.


Clean Clothes
Looks at the politics of the clothing industry. Links to web-sides on multinationals, garment industry and strategies for change!

Textile Dictionary
Learn about materials: Standard Cotton Fabrics Standard Worsted, Wool and Hair Fabrics Standard Silk and Silk Imitation Fabrics Other Cellulose Fabrics.

Textile Resources
Links to: Textiles Design--Apparel Textiles Industry and Trade Textiles Science and Technology.

Sourcing Web
Here you can find resources for making clothing. Links to sources for: Fabrics Construction Materials Trimmings Buttons/Fasteners Labels/Tags Equipment Services/Notions/Supplies Company Name Keyword.

Apparel Net
The on-line guide for the apparel industry. Links to: Accessories Catalogues
Clothing Designers Fashion Humor Information Malls and Marts Manufacturing
Organizations Retail Services and Products.

MacPhee Workshop
A Canadian company that offers workshops, clothing, retail franchises, and catalogues of patterns which can be purchased on line.

Tailoring, Sewing etc.
Links to: How to draft patterns for men's vests, men's pants, women's bodice & sleeve & skirt slopers, etc. Some info on alterations & fitting. Links to sewing \ tailoring \ fashion \ crafts \ etc.

Man-Sew Corporation
Site of a company that makes industrial sewing machines and attachments. You can order their catalogue by calling an 800# that is provided.

Clothes Moths
Clothes moths are major pests of fabric and other items made of natural fibers. Clothes moth larvae commonly feed on wool, feathers, fur, hair, upholstered furniture, animal and fish meals, milk powders, and most animal products, such as bristles, dried hair and leather. This site tells you how to deal with them.

Health Care

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
You are what you eat! The basics of good health is a good diet. Pointers to: Eat a variety of foods Balance the food you eat with physical activity -- maintain or improve your weight Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol Choose a diet moderate in sugars Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation Additional Information on Nutrition.

Personal Health Guide
This site contains a "Personal Health Guide". It's a handy tool to help you work with your doctor to stay well and keep your children healthy. It includes information on Weight Blood Pressure Cholesterol Immunizations Immunization Information for Parents Oral Health Care Breast Examination Mammogram Pap Smear Additional Preventive Care Personal Prevention Record Smoking Physical Activity Nutrition Safety AIDS Family Planning Alcohol and Drug Abuse Depression For More Information Medication Record
Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT)
Dehydration from diarrhea is a leading cause of death among children under five, killing an estimated three million children worldwide every year. Yet virtually all these children could be saved by a simple, inexpensive solution that replaces the fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhea. Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) is a mixture of water, sugar (or cereal) and a pinch of salt, that can be prepared by almost anyone and costs only pennies per dose. This site tells you all about this life saving simple treatment and who to contact.

MedWeb: Consumer Health
This site provides information for consumers on health related issues. Topics include: AIDS and HIV Alternative medicine Alzheimer's Disease Anesthesia Anesthesiology Biomathematics & biostatistics Biotechnology Breast Cancer Brochures Cancer Cardiology Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clinical Practice Conferences and Calendars Cystic Fibrosis Databases Dentistry Depression Dermatology Diabetes Directories Disabilities Discussion groups Diseases Documents Educational resources Electronic Documents Electronic publications Emergency medicine Endocrinology Eye Diseases Frequently asked questions Gastroenterology Genetics and molecular biology Geriatrics Guidelines Guides Gynecology and women's health Headache Health care policy Health care reform Hearing Hearing Disorders Heart Diseases Hematology Hepatitis Hereditary Diseases Human information Hypertension Immunology Infectious Diseases Informatics Institutes and agencies Lists of Internet Resources Lung Cancer Lupus Lyme Disease Lymphedema Medical Libraries Mental Health/Psychiatry/Psychology Microbiology and Virology Myasthenia Gravis Neoplasms Nephrology Neurology Neurosurgery News Nutrition Occupational health and safety Oncology Ophthalmology and Optometry Orthopedics Otolaryngology Patents Patient education Pediatrics Pharmacy and Pharmacology Plastic surgery Podiatry Preventive Medicine Prostate Cancer Public Health Radiology and Imaging Reproductive Medicine Respiration Medicine Rheumatology Sickle Cell Anemia Sites Skin Cancer Societies and associations Sports Medicine Stroke Substance Dependence Surgery Terminology Thyroid Diseases Toxicology Transplantation Travel Medicine Tutorials Urinary Tract Infections Urology.

MedWeb: Alternative Medicine
A list of sites that provide information on alternative medicine. Categories include: AIDS and HIV Consumer health Continuing education Dentistry Directories Discussion groups Diseases Electronic publications Ethnic Medicine Guides Headache Health Sciences Societies and Associations Health care reform History Infectious Diseases Lists of Internet Resources Neurology Nursing Nutrition Ophthalmology and Optometry Pharmacy and Pharmacology Preventive Medicine Radiation Radiology and Imaging Sites Societies and associations Sports Medicine Terminology Veterinary Medicine.

The Alternative Medicine Homepage
Alternative therapies include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: folk medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, and music therapy. Studies suggest these therapies are sought out by individuals that have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, arthritis, cancer, back pain, and other medical conditions. Links to: OAM, Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health Pennsylvania Resources Internet Resources Commercial Databases and Mailing Lists Newsgroups Related Resource.

Alternative Health E-Mall
This site promotes itself as "The directory of holistic, alternative and complementary medicine providers, pharmacies, organic food restaurants, alternative books, modalities, health insurance, fitness, organizations, herbs, vitamins, nutraceuticals, articles, journals, hotels & spas, camps, and household products.

Community Resources

Community Health Links
This site out of Canada contains community health resource information on many topics from many countries

Primary Care Resources on the Web
These are the sites: Medicine links at Yahoo The Virtual Library - Medicine
The National Library of Medicine Health Services /Technology Assessment Text
The Virtual Hospital U.S. State Department Travel Warnings The Safer Sex Page
AIDS information Gopher server.

Health Related Internet Resources
This site contains a list of sites that are primarily for the health care professional and other stakeholders. Sites are categorized as follows: Major Guides and Health Sites Government and Legislation Resources Health Research and Policy-Making Resources Community Health Resources Addictions Communicable Disease Dental Health Environmental Health Mental Health Nursing Nutrition Speech & Hearing Publications Online Libraries News Sources.

The Virtual Hospital
The VH provides invaluable patient care support and distance learning to practicing
physicians and other healthcare professionals. It also has a Handbook that provides information to the
general public on a variety of health issues.

Guide to Health Economics, Medical and Pharmacy Resources on the Net
Resources for primary care practitioners: Associations Commercial, Institutional and Government Health Care Sites Databases/Market Reports/Practice Guidelines/Formularies Education/Universities Employment Health Care Companies Health Economics, Policy and Medical Outcomes Sources Humor Journals/Articles
Libraries Other Interesting Medical Sites.

The Prevention Primer
This site is an excellent reference tool for prevention practitioners. It incorporates the principles of a public health approach to preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems in its summaries of issues and strategies. It provides a brief history of prevention efforts and an overview of key topics, issues, principles, and approaches that have proven successful.

Your connection to pertinent web servers, FTP sites, etc. pertaining to the fields of Trauma and Critical Care.


Jon's Homeschool Resource Page
What's new Newsgroups Mailing lists FAQs. Pointers to resources, organizations and people Other resources like maps, newsletters and general education. Also stuff for parents in general.

Project Appleseed
Project Appleseed is a national campaign advocating improvement in public schools by increasing parental involvement in all 15,000 public school districts in the United States of America. Project Appleseed's site on the World Wide Web is the education home page on the Internet. It contains more than two dozen links to education sites on the net.

Education Issues
This site contains a long list of annotated links. It covers just about every educational issue from the local to the national level. Also contains links to federal agencies, associations and organizations involved in the area of education.

Educational Research Information Center (ERIC)
This is the US Library of Education on-line service. It is a gold mine of information on curriculum, study guides, mini lessons, etc.

Community Resources

The Urban Source
List of great resources for urban schools including Educational Resource Sites Links to Educational Sites Links to School Sites Grant Opportunity Sites.

This site is for the professional educator and planner. Sign in and enter. At the next screen click "continue". Pointers include Profiles of School Districts Map Creation (of school districts etc.) Information technology Trends and patterns Strategic planning in schools Knowledge resources K-12 Curriculum resources On-line access to state, county, school district and school socio-economic data Software system resources Other links. Some information is restricted to members. Membership costs $9.95 per month.


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