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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: H C M Publishing (May 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967162491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967162492
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Prepper Next Door definitely ranks toward the top of my list of recommended survival manuals. I'd recommend it highly for both the new and the experienced prepper." Jim Cobb, author of Preppers Home Defense.

"I really liked the comprehensive information given in the book; you can tell the author knows his stuff and has done a lot of research." Bernie Carr, author The Prepper's Pocket Guide.

"Tons of knowledge, almost overwhelming amounts of information throughout the book." R. Morgan, founder greatnorthernprepper.com.

"The Prepper Next Door is chock full of useful information, presented in an easy to read, conversational writing style." Donald Green, ifithitsthefan.blogspot.com

About the Author

Charlie Palmer is the urban prepper next door. He believes Americans should prepare for disasters and emergencies. He shares his decades of knowledge and experience with new preppers in "The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning." His lifelong interests include: Firearms & Shooting; Do-It-Yourself Home and Automotive Repair; Martial Arts, Physical Fitness; Hiking, and Wilderness Survival.

More About the Author

In my new book, "The Prepper Next Door," I take a practical approach to prepping, recommending that Americans take modest steps to prepare for emergencies.

The first brief chapter, "Bug Out Or Hunker Down" introduces the world of prepping. As somebody who followed the survivalist movement from the early 1980′s, I see preppers as moderate survivalists. Most preppers aren't people who are going to move far out into the wilderness. They do make reasonable preparations for an uncertain future. The book is written for and about the typical prepper next door.

"Let Me Breath The Air" is a basic chapter about something we take for granted, breathable air. I write about forest fires, N95 masks, burning wood safely, and carbon monoxide. For homeowners, I wanted to touch upon a few subjects of environmental health, including radon in the home.

"Water: The Tonic of Life" is a longer chapter that discusses storing water, purifying water, collecting rainwater, and topics related to providing a supply of drinkable water.

"Food" is a brief chapter that encourages readers to store at least a few weeks of food for potential disasters. I write about canned goods and grain, protein, fiber, and calories.

"The Prepper Porta Potty Or Survivalist Sanitation" covers an unromantic topic that is of great concern to emergency rescue workers--providing sanitation after a disaster.

"Let There Be A Lot Of Light" addresses basic prepper utilities. I begin with a discussion of flashlights (and flashaholics) and end with discussing generators.

"Oh, My Aching Head" is a brief chapter about assembling a first aid kit and learning the basics of first aid.

"Guns" is a rather lengthy chapter, because I begin with the very basics of learning to shoot and move into more in-depth topics that might be of interest to more advanced preppers. For example, I discuss the differences between the 308 Winchester and the 7.62 mm NATO.

"Personal And Home Defense" is a two-part chapter. The main topic of the first part is hardening your home against intruders and making your home more secure. The second part talks about self-defense.

"Of Fireblocking And Basements (The Prepper's Home)" is a bit of a mishmash chapter going over topics I think prepping homeowners should know about. I write about basic plumbing repairs and gravity hot water heating systems (which don't require electricity). Here and throughout the book, I emphasize that homeowners should learn about the main systems of their home and learn how to service them. That way repairs can be made in an emergency.

"Getting In Touch With Your Inner Hoarder" is a brief chapter about stocking up.

"Your Bug Out Bag" covers assembling a "Bug Out Bag" or a backpack of what you'd take with you if you need to flee your home in an emergency. I emphasize that your bug out bag depends on you and your plans. I wanted the chapter to be useful to both those who are just evacuating to another city after a natural disaster or those who anticipate living under primitive conditions.

"Rescue Bag" is a brief chapter that discusses some of the things that professional rescue personnel use. Some of these items can be quite useful for other jobs.

"Road Warrior Or Road Trip (Your Bug Out Vehicle)" talks about fleeing an emergency by vehicle. I emphasize the importance of learning the basics of automobile repair so you'll know how to do these things if you don't have access to professional mechanics. I also talk about some supplies you should carry in your car when you venture into remote areas.

In the final chapter, "Not Everybody's Cut Out To Raise Chickens," I wrap up some miscellaneous topics related to prepping and survivalism.

I hope preppers will enjoy reading "The Prepper Next Door" and find that it helps them add to their preparations.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TraceMyPreps on August 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Charlie Palmer is a prepper. He writes as a prepper for preppers. His advice goes through his prepper filter, i.e. "From a pure prepping standpoint, I probably wouldn't spend the money..."

He begins each chapter with the basics-clearly defining terms-then delves to a level that covers the topic well, with good insight and understanding. I was pleased with how much I learned in each chapter. Then I really like how he ends his chapters with an action paragraph, i.e. "what's the minimum a prepper should do with regard to . . . ?", presenting a good summation of initial goals to reached.

Unlike some instructional prepper books this one was easy to read, and even includes some humorous insights and comments (more than once I laughed out loud)-Charlie definitely doesn't take himself too seriously.

I appreciate that he recommends specific brands. Sure we can all "Google" things ourselves, but it's nice to have personal recommendations that the author likes and uses. I also like that there are things he recommends, but admits that he doesn't use -- but would if he could (or needed to). And I completely agree when he stresses, a "...general rule of prepping, whenever possible, test your preparations. Things don't always work out as you'd expect."

However there are things I didn't agree with him on. For example, he believes you should only store a small amount of fuel for a generator and/or bug out vehicle, for safety reasons. I think you should do the math, figuring out how long you'd like to run your generator and/or how far you'd need to drive your bug out vehicle, then store that amount of fuel and have an established system to rotate it so it doesn't go bad.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Charlie's book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Ella Mullins on January 13, 2014
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The more I read, the less interested I became. Very in depth chapters for each specific topic. Some provide a bit more information than you need if you are a seasoned prepper. The writer went overboard explaining each topic - a good example was explaining how a toilet works and the importance of having a good wax ring seal.
This book was dissapointing for me as I expected more information that would prepare one in an urban setting.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Lebherz-Gelinas on December 20, 2012
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If Katrina and Sandy don't wake you up, nothing will. If you don't want to be caught in a disaster unprepared, grab this book and commence reading.
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By brady on January 6, 2013
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gave it as a gift he liked it blah blah blah blah blahb labh albha blah blah blah blah blah
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