If you have read Angela England’s book Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less), then you will be excited to read this new book Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress from her series, The Untrained Housewife Guides.
The Book: Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress
Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress by Robin Edgerton is a book for novice preppers, but it also has tips for the advanced prepper. The goal of this book is to create a storehouse of emergency supplies that are suitable for your family’s actual needs. This isn’t a guide that will tell you to buy an industrial-sized electric power generator or stock up on 500 pounds of dried peas, but rather a guide that will help you identify the real emergency needs of your family and prepare for those needs.
My Thoughts on Getting Prepared
When I was asked to review the book, I was a little hesitant at first. I tend to be an extremely harsh reviewer. If any of you have ever visited my book site, Daily Mayo, you can attest to that. I always review books honestly, and if I feel like a book isn’t worth the money, I will say so!
But, as soon as I started the book I knew I would have no trouble recommending Getting Prepared. Not only is it well-written and easy to understand, it also has some of the best tips and guidelines for preparing for real emergencies that I have ever read. I give this book five stars, and here’s why:
- Getting Prepared is targeted toward real-world situations. It isn’t likely that zombies will attack, but the chances of seeing a hurricane or blizzard are high and it is wise to prepare for them. This book is aimed at preparing for disasters like these (and disasters lasting up to one month).
- It covers everything. Even things I had never thought about, like doing laundry during a power outage or how to deal with an unexpected home birth.
- Getting Prepared offers tips for situations in both rural and city areas. I appreciate this because we live in the middle of the city, and many rural tips simply don’t apply where we live.
My Favorite Parts of Getting Prepared
My favorite part of this book was the section on laundry and body care during an emergency. Honestly, I had never thought about that aspect of dealing with an emergency (probably because the ones I have experienced have never lasted more than 24 hours). As a cloth diaper user, I appreciated the plug for cloth diapers. In my personal opinion, flats and covers are the way to go for an emergency because they dry so much faster than any other diaper.
I also liked the section on how to use your emergency supplies during everyday life. How fun would a “power-free weekend” be where you use no electricity for the entire weekend? When I was a child, we would occasionally eat our emergency meals for a lunch, and I thought those were the best meals ever.
I was also amazed at the level of detail and research included in every page. From the detailed section on canning to the large recipe list for 30-day meals, I was impressed.
Things you will find in Getting Prepared:
- Tips for preparing a reasonable emergency stash for up to 30 days
- Comprehensive lists of must-have items
- Help with determining what you really need for emergencies
- Awesome recipes using your storehouse
- Storage tips for your supplies
- Canning tips and help with emergency meal preparation
- How to find food in your surroundings
- Traditional and homeopathic first-aid tips
- Advice on surviving the heat and cold without power
- 1 month of meal planning
- A guide for dealing with insurance in emergencies
- Resources for gathering your personalized emergency supplies
- And, so, so much more!
About the Authors
Robin Edgerton is a first-time author with years of experience living the prepper lifestyle. She lives in a rural community and experiences many things that the rest of us would consider “emergency situations” on a daily basis. Robin is the perfect author for this unique guide on preparing for emergencies wherever you are.
Angela England is the original “untrained housewife.” Her website was created to inspire women to get back to their roots and rediscover the arts of sustainable living and home care. The Untrained Housewife Guides are the result of years of hard work by Angela and other renaissance women from around the world.
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