The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Paperback – Jul 12 2011
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Bernie Carr has had extensive experience with surviving natural disasters and keeping her family safe. She writes The Apartment Prepper's Blog and resides in Houston, TX with her family.
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For the beginner who is overwhelmed by the idea that they have to go out and get a year's supply of food at $1300 per person this little book is the answer. Simply put, don't waste your money. The guide leads through easy stages to find what you need, where to get it, and how to store it. No huge outlays - you can successfully prep on $5 a week and this guide shows you how.
In each major area, the book takes you through the essentials and shows you what you need and how to get it. There is no attempt to sell you on this gizmo or that food supplier. It is a simple straightforward look at those things that one needs should the support structure that we have grown accustom to disappear.
Now, for the draw back. One of the reasons I am not a fan of most guides is that they don't contain enough detail. While this guide is better than most, no pocket guide can contain the background information that will help you understand the 'why' of something. It can tell you to use unscented chlorine bleach to make your water safe to drink but doesn't go into detail as what is wrong with the lemon scented stuff in the laundry room. It is a minor point and I would hope all readers would get interested and seek more information in every area. While I found the book accurate and often offering alternatives to critical needs, my bias says that being informed of the 'why' of a thing better equips you for survival.
With that caveat, this little guide is very helpful for both old and new preppers alike. It is small enough to be carried (do you remember EXACTLY how much bleach to use per gallon of water? It's in the book) so it should always be available. It is a great refresher for things you already know and a really solid checklist to see if there are any gaping holes in your preps.
The price is very reasonable and you can have a hard copy and a copy on your Kindle for under $20. I highly recommend it as an easy read with a great deal of information that just might keep you or a loved one alive.
Enter this nifty little book. The author has taken general emergency preparedness, and broken it down into 8 key areas, making it much easier to see the big picture. At the same time, the book acts as a checklist and/or plan for my prepping, which helps me keep all areas in mind even while focusing on one component at a time.
This book is not the be-all, end-all on the subject of prepping: it would be impractical for the author to try to cover each topic she presents in-depth. Some topics require--and are given--more coverage than others. What this book does do is give anyone interested in preparedness a foundation on which he can build to meet his own needs.
I, for one, have gone through the book, highlighting areas and ideas the author presents that I can utilize to improve my preparations. I'm sure before long the margins of my copy will be filled with notes. This book would be good to give as a gift, if you're looking for a way to introduce others to emergency preparedness, but is also a good resource for those already knowledgeable about the subject, as it condenses a large amount of information into one small package.
This book taught me things I did not know and reminded me of things I don't want to ever forget. This book will encourage you to get prepared, because each of the 101 things listed are so doable! If you do just half the things listed in this book and a disaster never happens, you would not regret it and your Grand-maw and Grand-paw would be proud of you. You will live a more relaxed life knowing you can take care of yourself, your family and even your dog or cat. I know one thing, I can't wait to try roasting my own coffee beans over a camp fire and following the instructions in the guide to make the perfect cup of coffee. When everything has gone wrong, who says you can't enjoy the good things in life.
Where I think this book really stands out is in the sections that pertain to water and food acquisition, storage, and preparation. I would estimate that approximately 50% of the projects in this book are dedicated to these subjects in one way or another. This may seem a little out of proportion until you think of the importance of these areas.
The other projects vary widely from fitness reality checks to waste disposal and much more. Many of the projects may seem simplistic and common sense, but it is nice to have them all listed and organized in one place to make sure that they aren't missed.
This book was well formatted for the kindle with the ability to quickly skip from chapter to chapter and access the linked Table Of Contents. This is essential for a reference book like this "pocket guide" and allows the reader to come back and quickly reference the different sections later.
This book is highly recommended for:
- Anyone looking for projects to help them prepare for disasters
- Anyone who wants to find out more information about water and food acquisition, storage, and preparation
- Anyone who is looking for a broad overview guide to get them started prepping
If you enjoy reading about survival and prepping, I also recommend Ultralight Survival: Make a Small and Light Bug Out Bag That Could Save Your Life for specific advice on creating the lightest and most efficient bug-out-bag possible (yes, written by yours truly).
It is aimed for the complete beginner and it is divided into eight sections: getting started, financial readiness, water needs, food supplies, ready your home, personal health and safety, when the power is out, and when you have to get out. Under each category there are several short topical articles that teach you how to do something or give you a list of important supplies to assemble.
Step by step instructions are given in a simple, non-scary way. I really appreciate this because a lot of books and resources you find on the internet are geared toward people who are only interested in really advanced survival skills. Besides being too expensive for the average individual, these sorts of things can really turn off the beginner and make them feel that it is pointless to even get started. The author also thought of important topics that mamy people wouldn't necessarily think of when it comes to preparedness, such as how to purchase footwear and prep for your pets.
Another thing I like about this book is that it you don't need to read it all at once. It is easy to look up what you are interested in and read just about that topic without losing continuity. Some of my favorite topics are avoiding common prepper mistakes, assembling a desk survival kit (for your cubicle at work), and how to assemble a 72-hour survival kit. The author tries to make each topic very accessible, often suggesting lower cost alternatives. Besides cutting costs, she also suggests low-space ways that people in apartments or other small spaces can prepare.
This book really provides a good starting point for anyone considering how to become more prepared for life. It would also make a good gift for anyone you care about.