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Editorial Reviews


Never with this much conviction have I recommended that a book must be purchased and read from cover-to-cover. 
--  Daisy Luther,

Tess not only writes about preparedness, she lives it.  The Prepper's Blueprint is packed with advice from an experienced prepper and is exactly what is needed in these crazy times!

The Prepper's Blueprint provides novice and experienced preppers with a ready set plan to get prepared, complete with "Preps to Buy" and "Action Items."  You won't find a more wide range of information in a compact format anywhere else.  I highly recommend The Prepper's Blueprint

-- Todd Sepulveda, Prepper Website -

Being prepared for the unexpected is sensible, but it isn't always simple. In The Prepper's Blueprint, Tess Pennington sets out elementary steps that anyone can take, even those on tight budgets or living in small spaces. Her suggestions are practical and prudent, and she avoids the hype and scare tactics so common on survival websites and in many survival books. Tess is a pro with a thorough understanding of what it takes to survive. I highly recommend The Prepper's Blueprint."
- Lisa Bedford, The Survival Mom -

Not often do I read a book that offers a practical, common sense plan for building self-reliance and preparedness for the common man and woman. Some writers in our niche rehash gloom-and-doom theory but fail to lay out action steps for Doing the Stuff on our journey to self-reliance.

-- Todd Walker,

There are a ton of prepping books out there and when you have read and reviewed as many as I have, the lines of distinction start to blur.  This book is different and will surely become one of the most useful and valuable prepping books in your library.
-- Gaye Levy,

From the Author

For the last few years, many readers have asked me for a downloadable version of my online series, 52 Weeks to Preparedness. As much as I wanted to turn the series into a pdf, I wanted it to be more - much more. I wanted to add even more information and organize and transform it into a book that encompassed all forms of disasters - both big and small. I even changed the name to The Prepper's Blueprint to help readers understand that preparedness isn't just about having a plan, it requires drawing out a blueprint to set a preparedness foundation you can build upon and rely on when the time comes.
I believe that to fully insulate yourself from a disaster of any kind, you need to have a layered effect with your supplies. This will create a well-rounded approach and ensure that you are prepared for the smallest disasters to the most severe circumstances. 
This 458 page resource starts your preparedness efforts from the beginning two week disaster and takes you through, step-by-step, to more longer term disasters. Packed with expert advice, supply lists, skills building techniques and supplemental resources, this book is the most comprehensive preparedness resource available.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; I edition (May 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496092589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496092588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since 2007, Tess Pennington, founder of Ready Nutrition, has focused on educating the public on topics including disaster preparedness, natural living, homesteading, emergency food pantries, food storage and ultimately self-reliance.

She is formally trained in emergency and disaster management response with the American Red Cross.

She is the best-selling author of two preparedness books. The Prepper's Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help the reader prepare for any disaster. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint coaches the reader in making sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

In addition to The Prepper's Blueprint, Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper's Cookbook, which has sold over 10,000 copies and focuses on helping the reader create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, and it includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, life-saving meals.

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By kat on August 25, 2014
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I have been following the author's on-line posts for years. Tess Pennington has a very good series on her web site: <> The series is titled "52 Weeks" and it is excellent. In order to prepare the 52 week series, Tess interviewed a lot of experts in the field; many contributed articles for the series. This book is based on that series. I recommend that you go to the web link above and check out the series. If you like what the author posted on her site, you will like this book.

We never know when we may have to "get by." We just had a very large earthquake here in the S.F bay area (Napa, CA). It knocked out power and water. Many people rushed to the store to buy water and, since they had no power and couldn't cook, many families left their homes to find a place to eat. There were problems because many stores and restaurants were closed. The roads were damaged. The local news reported that the roads were jammed. The earthquake left some homes uninhabitable. The news reported that the people who were unable to return to their homes had no idea what to do. They evidently hadn't given it much thought until the earthquake left them homeless. Flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes: bad things can happen to anyone. Tess Pennington's book will help you be prepared.

As I said, Tess provides all the information for free on her web site. That is very unusual. Most preparedness sites charge a lot of money for the information they provide. Although I have already read all of the information on her website, I felt this book would be a wonderful addition to my library. It also makes a great gift. I do want to note that "The Prepper's Blueprint" isn't a slick polished book.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stella LaRue on July 12, 2014
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Hands down the best prepping book I've ever read! The concept of this book is that prepping should happen in layers - meaning short term, medium term, and long term. You begin prepping for a short term emergency and then layer longer term preps on top of that base. Its brilliant and makes a very confusing process more accessible and achievable. The writing is exceptional, the to do and to buy lists are great. The book is well organized, and has a lot of "I never thought of that" information.

It will take you a while to read the whole thing because there is a lot there - but take the time and read every word. Its so worth it if you want to become prepared. Its even a great book if you've been prepping for a while the way I have - it gave me a much needed fresh perspective.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Doom And Bloom, Llc on July 22, 2014
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When I received my copy of The Prepper's Blueprint by Tess Pennington, I was impressed by the sheer volume of information in it. This book discusses just about any aspect of preparedness you might imagine. There are a lot of step-by-step instructions for the many issues that you'll encounter in times of trouble, and it's all in plain English.

There are extensive sections on food storage, water, sanitation, gardening, and medical issues. Everything is arranged in logical order, and the book will serve as a useful reference guide for anyone concerned about the uncertain future.

What sets the book apart is that, in addition to the subjects covered in other books, it also brings up a plethora of things you might not have thought about, such as: What makes an ideal retreat? How do you prepare caches of supplies if you have to leave your home? What's the effect of spirituality in survival? What about charity towards others when your survival is on the line? And lots more..

Two thumbs up to Tess Pennington's "The Prepper Blueprint"! It'll be a great addition to your survival library.

Joe Alton, M.D., co-author, The Survival Medicine Handbook
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111 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on October 8, 2014
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This book is certainly comprehensive - she covers everything from very basic preparation for short term emergencies to homesteading as a survival lifestyle. It is all in here.

But trying to read the book is really difficult for me. It is very dry - written much more like a text book than something more readable. I am not enjoying reading the book, even though I am very interested in the topic and usually find these sorts of books fascinating. The book also comes across as more of a compilation of various lists and short bits of information than as a cohesive book. I'm wondering if much of the book may have come from blog posts that she tried to string together into a text?

Another problem I'm having with this book is that it needed a good editor. There are a lot of small errors that really start to annoy after a while. The second sentence in the book uses the words "make due" when it means "make do". There are several places where I saw things like that - words swapped out for another word that sounds the same but has a different spelling and different meaning. There is also incorrect use of apostrophes [for instance - on page 25 when she has a bullet point list of items to buy for your first aid kit, she says "Band-Aids's" when she should have written "Band-aids". There is some incorrect grammar usage, as well.

There are also passages that don't make sense - as though the sentence is incomplete or she left out an explanation of the reference she's making. There are other issues of things not quite being explained enough to make sense - such as the beginning of Chapter Two that starts by saying "For tens of thousands of east coast residents that worst case scenario is now playing out in real time.
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