We’ve talked before about the potential for disaster to strike and how to be prepared for it. But what happens when the floods recede, the wind stops blowing, the earth stops shaking and the fires burn out? That’s when preparedness turns into survival. That’s when you need a long-term survival plan, and this handy guide will help you!
Jim Cobb’s “Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide” goes beyond the basics of surviving the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe. It balances hardcore planning with simple ideas that can make all the difference — like having portable solar panels to charge cell phones and laptops for vital communication and family entertainment.
One of my favorite shows on TV is Revolution. I hate that it’s getting cancelled, but that’s Hollywood, I guess. Anyway, the show’s premise is that the power has been shut off and cannot be turned back on. Can you imagine? If you had no power whatsoever? It’s scary to think about… unless you’re prepared for it!
Jim’s book is broken up into 12 chapters, each covering a different subject. Things like water, food, medicine, hygiene and security are all in their own section with extensive information about how to manage each situation. A really cool thing Jim does (that I’ve never seen in such an informative book before) is he starts each chapter with a fictional entry from a journal or diary written during the weeks that follow an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) strike in the United States to help illustrate what life may truly be like in the wake of a disaster. I love that, because it truly immerses you into a situation that helps you to better understand what you’re reading.
Chapter 1 talks about things we have learned from historical events that can help us prevent future repeats. Jim discusses, at length, pandemics, famine, economic collapse and other freak occurrences, their impact on society, and how we handled those situations. Speculating an EMP, he says it could occur either by nuclear detonation, or a geomagnetic storm sent via the sun. If you don’t think either of these things are possible, I urge you to research both. Both are more possible than you may imagine. The chapter ends with information on war and terrorism, covering information from Pearl Harbor to 9/11.
The next area of the book is on water. Every good prepper knows you can only last about 3 days without water. I promise you, you won’t want to go that long. Jim has some great information on finding water sources as well as filtering, purifying, and properly storing it. The next rule of 3 is “3 weeks without food”, so aptly enough, chapter 3 is on food, and how to avoid a starvation diet. Of course food storage is covered, but Jim also talks about the importance of diversification. If water is not in large supply, you’ll need foods that are easily eaten without having to add any water. He also talks a little about gardening, foraging, fishing, hunting and trapping, and how to preserve what food you find. It does you no good to get a deer if you can’t preserve some of that meat to eat at a later time.
Jim’s book also covers medicine, hygiene, shelter, security, tools, and even such topics as entertaining yourselves to avoid boredom, and bartering. Let me tell you, if I’ve got an abundance of one thing and none of something else I need, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be making some trades!
Whether you’re a “hardcore prepper” or not, this book is a great addition to your library. Some of the sections are kind of short, and they only skim the surface of the topic, so you’re not being inundated with too much information at one time. Read the book, digest it well, read it again… and if you need to know more, you can always visit Jim over at Survival Weekly where he blogs about survival and preparedness, too!