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This review is from: Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens (Paperback)There are a few good pointers in here about being prepared for relatively minor things, and some good additions about things that should be considered for preparedness for major things, however if SHTF, and all you had was one book, this book would leave you out in the cold.
This book is too limited to live up to its title in being self-sufficient. Virtually every subject is too abbreviated to not require additional reading, and for anybody living in an urban setting, some of the information is impractical, if not downright unrealistic. As if I'm going to find a place to hook up a makeshift steel-barrel wood-burning furnace, just in case! Can you imagine the conniptions an insurance company would have?
I was particularly disappointed in the information about food supply. Really, if SHTF and there's a three week power-out, it's a good idea to sit there making yogurt? Why? There's very little information about estimating requirements and a lot about her using special equipment. It'd be nice to have a dehydrator, but what do I do if I need to use the sun? How do I go about salvaging the contents of my freezer without an extensive canning operation or a propane-powered appliance? The author lives in a (semi)-rural setting where she has sufficient space to set up a backyard garden large enough to grow luxury food items like popcorn. There's only the barest hint of information about small-scale gardening.
This book should be called "Everything You Should Have In An Ideal Situation Before the Unexpected Happens." I would highly recommend skipping this book in favor of the SAS survival guide and a couple books on urban homesteading if you're actually looking for How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens.