I’ve been prepping and homesteading now for quite some time. I try to always have things ready for my family when we need them and have them at arm’s reach so no matter what happens or when it happens, I’ve got something near me to help the situation. With that said, after reading The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, I felt like I needed to do more for my disaster readiness.
Author Jim Cobb breaks it all down section by section to help the reader figure out what should be prepared, why, and in most cases, how. The way the sections are written is such that each could be a stand-alone mini-book for each topic. That means you can skip around and scan through when you need to find a reference quickly.
One of my favorite sections is called “YOYO Time,” and contrary to the name, has nothing to do with fun and games. “YOYO” stands for You’re On Your Own and refers to a time when you can’t rely on anybody but yourself. There may be no emergency services and nobody to come to your aid, so you ust do things on your own like foraging, bartering, tracking and open-fire cooking. He relates such time to someone actually playing with a yo-yo in that they do all their tricks without even thinking about it because of lots of practice. The more your practice a skill, the less you have to think about it when the time comes to actually use that skill.
The book is a treasure trove of information on topics like shelf-stable food, safe drinking water, home defense strategies, bug-out plans, and much, much more. It’s one of those books that you would actually want to pack IN your bug-out bag to take with you and read over and over again to retain the knowledge so you can put it into practice on the fly. It really made me aware that my preparedness isn’t up to par and gave me lots of ideas on how to improve what I have (and what to add that I don’t already have).
There is also a lot of side-bar commentary where Jim gives you his opinion as well as a broader outlook on the world we’re currently living in and his own experiences with each topic. These asides really allow you to relate to Jim and understand his viewpoint and reason for writing the book.
All in all, I think this book is a very handy manual for all preppers – novice as well as the advanced. One of my new goals now that I have this book is to break it all down and tackle one section at a time, making the necessary changes around my home to get better prepared for potential disaster.
The suggested retail price of this book is $16.95, but you can get it from Amazon right now for as low as $9.99!