When I searched the library’s catalog for books on preparedness I found that there was a whole section of big, thick, hardback books. They looked like they were doing their best to scare me. In between a couple of these intimidating books on the very top shelf was a small, hand-sized paperback. It looked like something I could understand and process easily, even with my busy life so that’s the one I took home with me.
Great Introduction To The Prepper Lifestyle
In The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Bernie Carr writes in an encouraging and easy to understand manner with bite size information to consume. Some of the tips I actually already knew, some I had heard about but had no idea how to execute them, and some were totally new to me.
The ‘101 things’ are divided into 8 chapters that include water needs, financial readiness, food supplies, and when the power is out. I like that she gives very practical, inexpensive ways to help me prepare my family and pets. She includes measurements and how-tos that make it a great reference for any time. One of the things I tried was distilling my own water with things I already own. It’s easy to follow her information and instructions for how to do things.
Here is some of the backcover copy:
From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, you can’t escape that inevitable day when catastrophe strikes your home town — but you can be prepared! Offering a simple DIY approach, this book breaks down the vital steps you should take into 101 quick, smart and inexpensive projects.
Some of the included projects are as follows:
- #6 Make a Master List of Passwords
- #16 Calculate How Much Water You Need
- #33 Start a Food Storage Plan for $5 a Week
- #60 Make a Safe from a Hollowed-out Book
- #89 Learn to Cook Without Electricity
You can find out more about the author at her site. She has also written How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget.
Helpful For Prepper Lifestyle
If you’re new to preparedness, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide is a great book to work through step by step and build on as you learn without being overwhelming. If you’ve been living a prepper lifestyle for a while it might not be anything new to you, but the information and “recipes” are good things to have on hand at any time.
Here are some other books we recommend. What books do you recommend for reading about preparedness?