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Prepper's Instruction Manual: 50 Steps to Prepare for any Disaster Paperback – July 2, 2012
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"Provides practical information for families seeking to organize their preparedness efforts." --James Talmage Stevens, Making the Best of Basics
"Compared to other books with similar titles, this manual really delivers! A great book for anyone's bug-out bag."--Shane Connor, ki4u dot com
"What I appreciated most from this book is Bradley's focus on being prepared so that we can help those around us, and the unintimidating, conversational style in which he presents the information." --Cindy Baum, Books and Chocolate
"Was hooked by the first few pages of the Introduction! Great synopsis of reasons to prep."--David Marshall, Reviewer for American Prepper's Network
About the Author
Dr. Arthur Bradley holds a doctorate in engineering from Auburn University and currently works for NASA. Having lived all across the United States, he writes from personal experience about preparing for a wide variety of disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, house fires, massive snowstorms, electromagnetic pulse attacks, and solar storms. He has been featured in the New York Times, Money magazine, the Toronto Sun, and numerous radio shows. Dr Bradley subscribes to the philosophy that preparedness should always be motivated by love and concern, never by fear and paranoia. His practical approach to family preparedness has received widespread praise from individuals, emergency preparedness groups, and religious organizations. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on disaster preparedness, including the “Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family,” “Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms,” and the “Prepper’s Instruction Manual.” He conducts free seminars around the world, teaching individuals and families how to establish effective disaster preparedness plans. His website, http://disasterpreparer.com, provides free information regarding practical disaster preparedness as well as discounts on his books.
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Top Customer Reviews
I read this book on my kindle, but the print version comes in at 270 pages long, so this is no short and sweet pamphlet. What impressed me the most about this book is the amount of practical and helpful information found in each section of this book. While the sections aren't exceptionally long, the author manages to get the most important and basic information into each section so that the reader both understands the need and reasoning for that step and has some direction and specific actions that he or she can take immediately.
From Faraday cages to hardening your home and radiation safeguards to prepping your pets, this book surprised me with it's depth!
The "steps" are in alphabetical order rather than in any practical order of importance. It seems slightly amusing that becoming a ham is 30 "steps" before putting your financial house in order. Feel free to pick and choose the steps you read first.
Thankfully, the book is well formatted for the kindle with the ability to quickly switch between chapters/steps and access the linked Table of Contents. This is essential in a reference book, especially on that is organized alphabetically rather than for flow.
This book is highly recommended for:
- Beginner preppers who want an overview before they start
- Anyone looking for a poignant overview of a number of areas of prepping
- Intermediate and Advanced Preppers who want to fill out their prepping library
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.
If you enjoy reading about personal security and tactics, I also recommend Tactical Bible Stories: Personal Security Tips from the Bible for advice specifically for keeping you and your family safe in dangerous times.
I cannot recommend this book enough! My only minor complaint... would be nice if there was some sort of index in the back so you could more easily find a certain tool or technique fast again, but that is a very minor point.
This is a great starter book for those who are just now getting into prepping. It covers a lot of subjects in concise chapters that get the new or experienced prepper some areas to think about. As usual with his books, there are lots of illustrations and places to make your own notes. I use this information in presenting seminars to groups on a regular basis. Remember a disaster is losing your job or having an unexpected financial crisis just as much as a power outage. Can you still feed your family for 30 days? Concerning this book, I would have changed the order of the chapters slightly especially for the new prepper. For instance, step 7 on Bury the dead, although important, should have come later in the book. I heartily recommend Dr. Bradley's Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 3rd Edition as a book that every family should have and read together. Because some kind of a storm will come your way and you should be prepared.
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