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The Prepper's Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster Paperback – May 17, 2014
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Never with this much conviction have I recommended that a book must be purchased and read from cover-to-cover.
-- Daisy Luther, TheOrganicPrepper.ca
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 - PrepperWebsite.com
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 - TheSurvivalMom.com
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.
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.
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.
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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." What worst case scenario? I am assuming, based on date of publication, that she must be referring to hurricane Sandy, but no where on the page does it say that. And it never does explain what that "worst case scenario" is, either. It is like you walk in to the middle of a conversation without having heard the first part and it doesn't make sense....
This book appears to be self published [there is no copyright page or publisher information that I can find anywhere in the book]. I think that this may be a part of the problem. A good editor could have pointed out these things to her and had her correct them. But as is, this text is kind of frustrating to read. I paid a hefty price for this book [more than I usually spend on a single book], and I feel a bit annoyed to get what is, essentially, a rough draft that is difficult to read.
Some of the instructions aren't explained well. For example, in the first aid section she says "If the individual is unconscious, move him or her into the recovery position." But she does not tell you what the recovery position is. [I know what it is, because I am a certified CPR instructor, but many readers may not know.] She also gives instructions in that section that are contrary to current American Heart Association guidelines for non-medical civilians responding to a medical emergency. She instructs you to check for a pulse [but does not explain how to do this]. For non-medical rescuers, this is no longer recommended. The pulse can be difficult to find for someone who is not used to taking a pulse and it can waste valuable time that could be used for chest compressions that could save the victim's life. The fact that she gave erroneous information on this made me wonder if other things in the book were incorrect as well.
There was also a lot of wasted space on the pages in the book because of the formatting she used. This really isn't a problem as such, but it is a pet peeve of mine. Why waste the space? The book runs a good bit over 400 pages, and probably could have been done in 300 pages if better use of space and fonts had been made. It just seems like a waste.
These issues aside, this really is a comprehensive book. That is why I am giving it 3 stars. The information is good, if you can put up with the other issues. I think that if you buy this book and put it to use, you will do very well in any emergency.
I do think that other books do a better job, though. For beginning and intermediate preppers, I recommend "Survival Mom" by Bedford [for males & females], because it is well written and fun to read and seems almost as comprehensive as this book [but not quite]. For "advanced" level preppers, I recommend "Prepper's Long Term Survival" by Cobb and/or "The Modern Survival Manual" by Aguirre. Both of those books are extremely interesting and easy to read, with great information.
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. There are no glossy pictures and some readers might criticize the writing style. None of that matters to me. I believe this is one of the best, well thought out books on the market. Tess has covered every facet of preparedness and I believe the book is both thought-provoking and well worth the cost.