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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Original edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062089463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062089465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“In this impressively comprehensive manual, suburban mom Bedford helps readers learn about, prepare for, and respond to all manner of disasters...Bedford’s matter-of-fact yet supportive tone will keep the willies at bay.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Given the recent prevalence of floods, tornadoes, and power outages, this book comes at a good time. Bedford… discusses how to handle emergencies, from purifying water and storing food to making lists of financial records and establishing a safe room. [R]eaders… would do well to prepare.” (Library Journal)

“Lisa Bedford’s Survival Mom is a much needed resource of practical preparedness and survival knowledge that anybody (even ‘Survival Dads’) will find an indispensable addition to their self-reliance library!” (Ed Corcoran, Editor, Survivalist Magazine)

“Lisa Bedford has given every family an upbeat and useful step-by-step guide to getting through these alarming times. Hurrah for Survival Mom.” (Lew Rockwell, editor,

“This ‘stockpiled guide’ to self-sufficiency emergency preparedness is a wealth of information for both the novice and seasoned ‘survival mom’!” (Roxanne L. Griswold, Co-Owner, Ready Made Resources/Founder, Ready Made Woman Blog + No Candidate)

“Well-referenced, with fresh insights, Survival Mom is funny and well-written.” (Don Aslett, author of Is There Life After Housework?)

“Lisa Bedford’s book, like her blog, is full of up-to-date, useful information from reputable sources. Survival Mom is a good read, and has a place in any prepper/survivalist library.” (Leon Pantenburg, author of

“Lisa Bedford explains preparedness not just as a long term goal for the future, but as an everyday lifestyle for today. This manual is a great read for anyone concerned about their own well-being and security, and that of their loved ones.” (Paul M. Munsen, President, Sun Ovens International)

“Lisa Bedford has written an outstanding book! Survival Mom is chock full of valuable tips and perspectives that had never crossed my mind, showing me how valuable the female perspective is when it comes to prepping and survival! This book is a keeper!” (Matthew Stein, author of When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival)

“After you become a mom, your head often swims with ‘what-ifs.’ But you can ease your mind with a little preparation, says Lisa Bedford, blogger and author of Survival Mom : How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios.” (USA Weekend)

From the Back Cover

Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe and Secure—No Matter What

Undaunted by the prospect of TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It), Lisa Bedford tackles every what-if and worst-case scenario head-on, offering practical advice on how to prepare your family for whatever might come your way. From a few days without electricity to an unexpected job loss or total chaos after the destruction of a tornado, Survival Mom provides everything you need to become self-reliant and establish plans for your family, including:

  • preparing the home for a natural disaster
  • alternative sources of energy in a power's-out situation
  • everything you need to know about food storage
  • personal protection (do I really need to learn how to shoot a gun?)

Deep inside every mom is a Survival Mom whose passion for her family drives her to make the best of the present and prepare for the future. So tap into your Mama Grizzly instincts and channel your worries into action. Whether you're a full-fledged "prepper" or just getting started, with real-life stories and customizable forms and checklists along with Lisa's "you can do it" attitude, Survival Mom replaces paranoia and panic with the peace of knowing YOU have the power to keep your loved ones safe and secure.

More About the Author

UPDATE: Survival Mom is a Gold Honoree from Mom's Choice Awards!

I was always the mom with a case of water bottles and blankets in the trunk of her car and famous for saying, "Just in case..." Four years ago when I began to see signs of a deteriorating economy, I wondered, "Is there a way I can be proactive and get my family ready for an uncertain future?"

The answer was, "Yes!" and that's when The Survival Mom was born.

I've put my own research, mistakes, and successes together in my book because deep down, every mom is a Survival Mom. We all want the same thing: a safe, thriving family. You'll find hundreds of tips and strategies in Survival Mom for steering your own family through uncertain and uncharted waters as our 21st century continues to unfold.

A great companion to the book is my blog, Here is where I post up-to-the-minute articles, weekly Action Steps, and the always-popular Instant Survival Tips. You'll find hundreds of articles on topics ranging from finances to food storage to videos and humor.

If you can't get enough of Survival Mom, follow me on Twitter and Facebook. There are thousands of other moms out there just like you!

Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Shawn S. on March 15, 2012
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This is the absolute best preparedness book, ever, for average people in urban, suburban and rural areas. I've been following Lisa Bedford's "SurvivalMom" blog for a couple of years, pre-ordered this book and devoured it after it arrived. The comprehensive and well-organized guidance can take a person from zero preparedness to eclipsing 95% of the population with just one trip to the grocery store and a couple hours shopping on the Internet. Today I'm ordering copies for my sister and a couple friends who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the Pacific Northwest and recommending on Facebook for everyone else. Really terrific contribution to promoting and facilitating preparedness. This book is obviously a project of an exceptionally detailed-oriented person who has devoted years to assembling the latest, most useful information in an accessible, efficient manner. The author also helpfully relates her personal experiences in going from a mom focused on getting her family through normal everyday life to one steeped in emergency preparedness scenarios and practical strategies for persevering (comfortably, if possible) through events ranging from routine power outages to being stranded on the road as well as longer-term situations. She also does not shy away from matters usually associated with survivalists -- such as the need to not just be able to feed and shelter but also to be prepared to defend oneself and family. The Survival Mom book coupled with wilderness survival knowledge would put someone way ahead of the game (she briefly touches on some wilderness skills -- like fire-starters -- but does not, for instance, tell how to build a teepee, trap game or do other hard-core wilderness skills -- there are plenty of other books on those subjects). In sum, this book is a great value and a keeper.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Canard Pusher on March 13, 2012
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Living in California about 5 miles from the Hayward and San Andreas fault, you've got to think about the "what ifs". Think it can't happen to you? Think again.... I used to live in Michigan where an ice storm has taken out the power for 2 weeks in the dead of winter. No matter where you live, the unexpected can happen.

"Survival Mom" covers the basics including food storage, water purification, financial and medical preparedness and communication during a crisis. It goes way beyond the basics, however, with the addition of charts, checklists and worksheets to help you stay organized.

A great way to get ready for that 6.5 to 7.5 quake we know will happen someday in San Francisco.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. Burns on March 13, 2012
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I received an advanced copy from the publisher and I've got to say, this book does an outstanding job of filling a long standing need - a survival book for your typical homemaker. I have an entire floor-to-ceiling bookshelf full of survival books and my wife hates every one of them. This book however, is something she would sit down and read! Reading the book, it is immediate evident that it was written by a mom for moms. Not that men can't read it, it reads just fine for me, but it is very different in its tone and presentation.

If you've been wanting to get your wife more involved in preparedness then get her this book! She might finally understand what you've been going on about!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2012
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Are you confused with all the "prepping" or "survival" info out there? Wonder who or what to believe? Do you wonder why, how and where to start, or how to assess and beef up your prepping efforts? Do you want the hype-free message with no sale pressure?

If so, you will love this book, Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
by Lisa Bedford.

Chapter One sets the tone for the entire book, "Prepare More, Panic Less." This is the message that comes through loud and clear. It matters not what the motivation is for our family preparations (whether natural disaster, job layoff, illness or something bigger), Lisa Bedford takes us step by step from awareness to action, starting with her own story in the introduction entitled "From Suburban Mom to Survival Mom."

Let's face it, the media is grabbing ahold of this "prepping" movement and is bringing it into the forefront and making it mainstream. People who never thought about storing food, water or extra blankets are now taking cues from tornado and hurricane survivors and packing 72 hour kits. With the reality shows such as "Doomsday Preppers" (no matter what your opinion of it, the show is topping the ratings and people are becoming aware of the need to prepare) and its copycats "Doomsday Bunkers" and those to follow, there are some Doom-and-Gloomers out there who are preaching panic and preying on those who are panicking.

Lisa Bedford's message says not so fast! On page 15 she recites "The #1 Rule of Preparedness... Do your best where you are with what you have.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Martin on July 17, 2012
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Let me begin by saying I've not taken time out to write many reviews, but this book is so complete and well thought out that I felt compelled to write something. I am an avid fan of many different blogs on emergency preparedness and survival topics, and Lisa's website is one of my favorites. Since I have been an avid reader of Lisa's website for years, I doubted this book would have much new information-but I was so wrong. If you've been to her website, you'll notice that she's covered so many topics that you may think there isn't much left to talk about (at least that's what I thought). I was so wrong! I can't believe how much practical information she has gathered, all in one place, to help the average mom, dad, or even a single person survive anything and everything, from every day emergencies on up to more extreme emergencies.
This would be great even for singles; For example, I could have really used the chapter on "Staying Cool When It's Hot" when I was a single girl living in Florida through the (way too many) hurricanes-and I thought I knew everything there was to know about staying cool when it's hot (I didn't but I do now!). It's filled with the best checklists and planning pages I've ever come across in an emergency preparedness book thus far, and I have read most of them out there. I do admire Aton Edwards, James Rawles, etc, and those guys are awesome, of course. This is "Best In Category" of family preparedness, as it covers the most practical things for families in their current (possibly suburban?)situation. Meaning, if you don't have a fortune to just move out west to the Redoubt and start homesteading (though that is probably a option to consider...
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