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Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"Many times I have referred to [this] book...one of the few 'normal' books on survival." -- George Guillery, manufacturer of nuclear survival products
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Top Customer Reviews
THe bulk of the book is about food and water--stockpiling, production, and preservation are the three largest chapters--but the rest of it is completely useful as well.
The resources section is lengthy, explicit, diverse, and totally helpful.
I put the book down with a comment to my wife that survival is very hard work, and preparing for survival is almost as hard. This book does everything possible to help you get started. It is chock full of gems, for example, plan on 26 rolls of toilet paper per person per year. I had no idea!
I also admire the author for being blunt about not favoring "retreat homes." His common sense view is that you have two choices: move now, or prepare your existing home for survival. His thinking, that it may be impossible to GET to your retreat home (or, I would add, once you get there, take it back from the armed strangers that have broken in and will kill you on sight) makes perfect sense.
This is not the only book you want. I admire the two spotlighted reviews very much, and have kept my own review short because of the excellence of the other reviews. Let there be no doubt: this book is worth every penny, and every minute of your time.
I recommend a four-part approach to preparedness: a below-ground safe room and iodine pills, train the kids to go deep and sit for three days in case of a nuclear event; a 3-4 week supply of water, food, and essentials that assumes NO ELECTRICITY; a one-year rudimentary supply kit; and a neighbohood association to study and prepare for survival as a group.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the subject matter as well as for people you'd like to 'gently' introduce to it. I'm buying several copies for friends and family.
Definitely 2 thumbs up!
Just as the title says, this is a preparation handbook. It will help you prepare the place you live so that you can make it through tough times in relative safety and comfort.
No, it will not help you learn to forage for nutritious weeds, track NWO soldiers to their base in the forest, or how to most efficiently loot the bodies of the dead. On the other hand, it will help you decide what food to store and how much, how to keep your electricity running, how to keep a working water supply, and includes a very brief section on guns.
I've read a lot of self-sufficiency books and this is one of the most well rounded that I have encountered. If you are already a survival nut, this won't cover any new ground, but if you have people in your life you are just beginning to show some interest in self-sufficiency, there is probably no better introduction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Advice for financial collapse? ... mostly about hand-to-hand combat, cleaning guns, guns, how to use a knife, storing water,choosing a car. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert
This review is about the 2002 second edition of "Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival" by Jack A. Spigarelli . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Omar Fink
Though I know a lot of what this book covered, it is still good to have it in written form so I can go over it again later.Published 21 months ago by Michael P. Spears