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Save your money
on February 2, 2012
The ten bucks will do you more good in your prep stash than this book. This is strictly for beginners, and I gave it three stars for beginners. If you want to plan for natural disasters this is a fair start; if you want to plan for SHTF this is not the book by any means.
If you want to plan for SHTF then I would suggest a cheaper alternative, the internet. There have been a couple SHTF's in recent history, for instance Argentina's financial collapse and the Bosnian war. There are many REAL survival stories from both of these on the internet and from them you will learn what it's really like, (this books author does not know what its really like, he's a pilgrim) and you will learn a lot more.
If you want a good useful book I think one on outdoor survival techniques would serve you better than this. Lastly, I'd recommend if you are really serious, tape your refrigerator shut, tape your toilets shut, turn off your water, shut off all electrical everything (except your frig, no need to damage good food for an experiment) and shut off anything running on gas. Try that for a weekend and you'll be a lot smarter than you are now. Primitive campers will do better than most, but it will be eye-opening for all. While you're drinking out of your hot water heater you'll wish you had that survival book to read since there's no internet. You'll wish you had a camp toilet and a LOT of garbage bags, but you'll be learning real fast. If you're in a cold climate, don't do this when the pipes could freeze, but realizing they will freeze and what might flood, what might be damaged, should be part of your learning knowledge. With no TV or internet you'll have a lot of time to think, and to think about the problems associated with every season in your area.
This little exercise will drive you nuts in a few hours and you'll turn everything back on, but you'll still be smarter. Make some adjustments and try it again and see if you can go 24 hours next time, then 48, and so on until you can go a whole week, that's graduation for most people.