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on August 18, 2011
I've been reading the author's Apartment Prepper blog since she began posting and have enjoyed reading her thoughts on the topic of prepardness from the perspective of an urban apartment dweller rather than the typical wilderness survival guru or retreat survivalist living in an isolated bunker in the middle of nowhere. She relates to many readers who may not be interested in that kind of hard-core survival by describing her own journey that began with a growing feeling insecurity in an uncertain world and how she started taking the steps to address her concerns for herself and her family. I am pleased to see that journey lead to this excellent book that I think will benefit her blog readers and many, many more people who may not have given this topic serious thought because of misconceptions they may have about preppers. She dispels many common myths about prepping right in the beginning, such as: Prepping is Expensive, Prepping Takes Too Much Time, You Need a Lot of Space for Storage, You Need a Farm or Retreat Location, and Prepping Will Turn Me Into One of Those Crackpots Living in a Cabin in the Woods, Dressed in Military Gear and Threatening People with Explosives.

I really like the format of this book because it is just what the title says it is: a pocket guide packed with useful information that spans just about every aspect of survival and disaster planning. Each of the 101 tips is solidly researched and clearly presented in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand. While no pocket guide can go into great depth in any one subject area, the value of this book is that it introduces readers to ideas and concepts they may never have considered, opening the door to further research and reading on the topics they want to know more about. Some of the major sections include: Financial Readiness, Water Needs, Food Supplies and Personal Health and Safety.

As the author of Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late, I especially liked Chapter Eight: When You Have to Get Out. The tips in this section distill the essential elements of bugging out of a danger zone in a few short pages but manage to cover all the important points like what to pack in a bug-out bag, transportation, safety, exit routes, communication and navigation.

Whether you plan to bug-in, bug-out or just want to learn more about what this "prepping" movement is all about, I highly recommend The Prepper's Pocket Guide as an addition to your library.
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