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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.
On the other hand, I am NOT looking to plan for what might be called "survivalist" total civilizational collapse. Though history tells us that even the best of places and societies CAN have that happen, history also amply demonstrates those who are paying attention have plenty of time to plan ahead. I'm more concerned with Katrina, Sandy and other severe events that can last for weeks, or maybe months, at the worst.
NOTE TO BEGINNERS: I just want to point out I'm a former Eagle Scout, can build furniture and fix most anything, so my level of comfort with some of the projects/planning in the book may be different than someone who is not used to anything outside the average suburban environment. Home bodies and office workers should first off just get comfortable camping and getting dirty, along with with basic home repairs before embarking on emergency prepping. If all your power is out and the family is panicked, it's NOT a good time to try and learn how to build a fire, trust me! But like most things, it's not rocket science, and with a little practice and the right attitude, you might actually have fun learning something new.
Ms. Carr is a proponent of a Do it Yourself approach to emergency preparedness. She helps dis-spell many of the myths surrounding preppers and prepping. This is written in an easy to follow step by step format to guide the reader especially the beginner prepper.
The book provides real life examples to prep especially for those on a limited budget. This book is accessible and not intimidating for beginner preppers. The 101 suggested mini projects are extremely doable.
As mentioned, I found her information solid and valuable that I incorporated many of her thoughts into my preparation and survival acumen. I would highly recommend anyone serious on emergency preparedness and survivalism to read her book. It will definitely give you practical and sound approaches to improving your prepper skill set.