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The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster (Preppers) [Kindle Edition]

Bernie Carr , Evan Wondolowski
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BE PREPARED
BE SAFE


From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, you can’t escape that inevitable day when catastrophe strikes your home town — but you can be prepared! Offering a simple DIY approach, this book breaks down the vital steps you should take into 101 quick, smart and inexpensive projects:

#6 Make a Master List of Passwords

#16 Calculate How Much Water You Need

#33 Start a Food Storage Plan for $5 a Week

#60 Make a Safe from a Hollowed-out Book

#77 Assemble an Inexpensive First Aid kit

#89 Learn to Cook Without Electricity

#94 Pack a Bug-out Bag




Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Bernie Carr has had extensive experience with surviving natural disasters and keeping her family safe. She writes The Apartment Prepper’s Blog and resides in Houston, TX with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0884865061
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056C1V0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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337 of 343 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners guide and experienced checklist July 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
I am not usually a fan of the 'dummy's guide to....' or '101 easy steps to...' kind of book. This excellent little handbook is a rare exception. Well written and broken down into logical subject headings it is a great checklist for the seasoned prepper to see if their preps are as complete as they think. Have you really checked to see if you have everything needed to cook that food you stored? Really? Going through the food section will help double check what you have.

For the beginner who is overwhelmed by the idea that they have to go out and get a year's supply of food at $1300 per person this little book is the answer. Simply put, don't waste your money. The guide leads through easy stages to find what you need, where to get it, and how to store it. No huge outlays - you can successfully prep on $5 a week and this guide shows you how.

In each major area, the book takes you through the essentials and shows you what you need and how to get it. There is no attempt to sell you on this gizmo or that food supplier. It is a simple straightforward look at those things that one needs should the support structure that we have grown accustom to disappear.

Now, for the draw back. One of the reasons I am not a fan of most guides is that they don't contain enough detail. While this guide is better than most, no pocket guide can contain the background information that will help you understand the 'why' of something. It can tell you to use unscented chlorine bleach to make your water safe to drink but doesn't go into detail as what is wrong with the lemon scented stuff in the laundry room. It is a minor point and I would hope all readers would get interested and seek more information in every area.
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130 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Resource. July 28, 2011
By Kris
Format:Paperback
Sometimes prepping can become overwhelming. It's difficult to put a plan or checklist down on paper, and then apply a timeline to it. There's just so much to do! It's practically impossible to focus on every area of prepping at once. Consequently, you may be sacrificing security preparedness while focusing on long-term food storage, for example. Frequently while working on one thing, I'll realize there's another area that I've been neglecting. I'll make a mental note to tackle it next, but then often forget about it (I'm no spring chicken!). Several times now, I've intended to make myself sit down and write out a checklist. But as soon as I get started, the enormity of what needs to be covered quickly intimidates me.

Enter this nifty little book. The author has taken general emergency preparedness, and broken it down into 8 key areas, making it much easier to see the big picture. At the same time, the book acts as a checklist and/or plan for my prepping, which helps me keep all areas in mind even while focusing on one component at a time.

This book is not the be-all, end-all on the subject of prepping: it would be impractical for the author to try to cover each topic she presents in-depth. Some topics require--and are given--more coverage than others. What this book does do is give anyone interested in preparedness a foundation on which he can build to meet his own needs.

I, for one, have gone through the book, highlighting areas and ideas the author presents that I can utilize to improve my preparations. I'm sure before long the margins of my copy will be filled with notes. This book would be good to give as a gift, if you're looking for a way to introduce others to emergency preparedness, but is also a good resource for those already knowledgeable about the subject, as it condenses a large amount of information into one small package.
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140 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man! I just love this book! July 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
I try to be ready for any situation that may come my way. Storms, floods, hurricanes, unemployment; anything can happen. I am amassing a large collection of books from all my reading about becoming self-sufficient. I have books on canning, cooking, camping, chickens, goats, pigs, farming, gardening, solar, green energy, survival... You get the point. I always encourage people to be self-sufficient and to be prepared for any situation. I am so glad I found this Pocket Guide, because it really packs so much into a nice neat package. When people ask me what they should do to be prepared for anything, I will just hand them a copy of the Prepper's Pocket Guide. It will be easier than trying to explain everything, which I would probably do in a way that would intimidate them.

This book taught me things I did not know and reminded me of things I don't want to ever forget. This book will encourage you to get prepared, because each of the 101 things listed are so doable! If you do just half the things listed in this book and a disaster never happens, you would not regret it and your Grand-maw and Grand-paw would be proud of you. You will live a more relaxed life knowing you can take care of yourself, your family and even your dog or cat. I know one thing, I can't wait to try roasting my own coffee beans over a camp fire and following the instructions in the guide to make the perfect cup of coffee. When everything has gone wrong, who says you can't enjoy the good things in life.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broad Overview with a Focus on Food and Water July 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is truly a "pocket guide" as the title states. It covers quite a bit of information without going too deep and is divided into bite-sized segments/projects that are easy to do and apply.

Where I think this book really stands out is in the sections that pertain to water and food acquisition, storage, and preparation. I would estimate that approximately 50% of the projects in this book are dedicated to these subjects in one way or another. This may seem a little out of proportion until you think of the importance of these areas.

The other projects vary widely from fitness reality checks to waste disposal and much more. Many of the projects may seem simplistic and common sense, but it is nice to have them all listed and organized in one place to make sure that they aren't missed.

This book was well formatted for the kindle with the ability to quickly skip from chapter to chapter and access the linked Table Of Contents. This is essential for a reference book like this "pocket guide" and allows the reader to come back and quickly reference the different sections later.

This book is highly recommended for:
- Anyone looking for projects to help them prepare for disasters
- Anyone who wants to find out more information about water and food acquisition, storage, and preparation
- Anyone who is looking for a broad overview guide to get them started prepping

If you enjoy reading about survival and prepping, I also recommend Ultralight Survival: Make a Small and Light Bug Out Bag That Could Save Your Life for specific advice on creating the lightest and most efficient bug-out-bag possible (yes, written by yours truly).
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More About the Author

Bernie Carr became fascinated with survival techniques and self-sufficiency as a child, hearing stories of her father's adventures in the wilds of Southeast Asia as a land surveyor and avid outdoorsman. As an adult, she developed an interest in emergency preparedness and self-reliance, having survived the 1991 Northridge earthquake in California, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the evacuation of her home during the Southern California wildfires. She relocated to Houston, Texas, in an effort to avoid more natural disasters only to arrive in time to encounter the fury of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Bernie has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern California and has worked as a technical writer in various fields such as personal finance, insurance, and health care. She writes The Apartment Prepper's Blog at http://apartmentprepper.com and resides in Texas with her family, along with her dog, Miller.


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