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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.
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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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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.
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.
There is some repetition among the various chapters, but that's bound to happen in a step-by-step and for some of those things a reminder isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The step-by-step aspect of it is fairly solid, imo. I agree with how the author has organized things and laid out the steps. I also quite appreciate the real world examples given for each situation, because not everyone is great at imaging things that aren't in their personal experience, and also because some people just don't think (not meant as insult, some people just don't have the type of mindset for it).
I took off the star partly for some of the unnecessary repetition but mostly because I felt things could have been more concise, which would help its major problem - sheer size. Some people will like the absolutely-laid-out way this approaches the subject, but I feel like many people new to prepping may be daunted by its size and/or overwhelmed by the amount of detail and info.
I feel it should have been broken into at least 3 volumes, perhaps in line with what the authors calls 'layers'.
For those already into the prepping mindset, I'd probably give this a 2 star rating. Really for the same reasons as above - so much repetition is not needed and caused a lot of bulk and minutia to have to slog thru. It's just too big to be that useful to those already into the subject. I did find a couple of aspects I hadn't really addressed personally, but for the most part it's pretty basic and I'm not real happy I had to spend so much time just to find a couple of tidbits.