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The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Paperback – July 12, 2011
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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. While I found the book accurate and often offering alternatives to critical needs, my bias says that being informed of the 'why' of a thing better equips you for survival.
With that caveat, this little guide is very helpful for both old and new preppers alike. It is small enough to be carried (do you remember EXACTLY how much bleach to use per gallon of water? It's in the book) so it should always be available. It is a great refresher for things you already know and a really solid checklist to see if there are any gaping holes in your preps.
The price is very reasonable and you can have a hard copy and a copy on your Kindle for under $20. I highly recommend it as an easy read with a great deal of information that just might keep you or a loved one alive.
The language does get a little tiresome, ie: lack of full sentences. The entire book is written in the exact same sentence structure which while simple and easy to understand (big plus) makes it hard to stop by wishing there was at least one or two sentence subjects on a page. But that does not take away from the job this material does (and does well). I recommend everyone take a look because I'm sure you'll find at least one or two things you can do that doesn't take a lot of time, money, or effort but would pay off in every day life, not just emergencies.
The strategies in the resource are so practical that in a few, virtually no-stress, weeks, I could be ready for most situations involving interruptions in food, water, and electricity just by following the advice and strategies the way they are written.
There is even a checklist for the office in case I get caught at work! I will forever keep an old pair of walking shoes in the trunk of my car, too!
The only thing I'd say lowered my rating is the reliance on canned food from the store. I try to avoid canned food, but using up canned food routinely is part of the plan. For those who don't mind, the canned food makes being prepared much easier. (There is some info on home canning but not a how-to since it's not a canning book.) In spite of this small criticism, I am a satisfied book owner.
This book is a good value. The information is reliable. Save some time, money, and frustration trying to find this information by yourself, and get this book because it has information you probably won't even think to look for. Put your efforts into your preparation; this book is step one.
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Good basic information primarily for a new prepper.
I found it helpful, and will keep in my library.