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Book Review! The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

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The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

101 Easy Things You Can Do To Ready Your Home for a Disaster

Author: Bernie Carr     Ulysses Press, Berkley CA 2011

There are things that I really liked about this book and some things that are just wrong. The writing is very simple and easy to read, I felt like I could move right through without rethinking much at all. There were several topics that were very interesting and I would not have thought to include them, particullary on clearing clutter and making more storage space in your home, good ideas here.

The information was presented fairly well but I wonderd after reading parts, what I was supposed to do, and had I missed information. Financial portion of the book was nice and well done. Food storage ideas were clear and concise and eat what you store and store what you eat is a good basic plan. Clearly everything in the book was for the beginner and the general infomation was kept basic and vague at times.

More of the issues for me was the statement that boiling water would not kill Giardia, nothing could be further from the truth. Boiling kills everything but heavy metals and man made poisions. A beginner may take this as fact and find themselves without water they don’t think fit to drink. after finding this, I looked deeper at other chapters to see if this was one random problem, for me it was not.

The book states that it will not deal with defensive firearms. At the very least, I felt the book should have directed the reader to information on the subject. After all , the book does tell you how to make toothpaste (that part was great). The book noted to only store a very small amount of gasoline and don’t use diesel because it’s smelly, this is ridiculous. These are basics that you need to do, when the pumps don’t work, where do you get gas? These were among the glaring items that for me, don’t make this worth the purchase.

There is some good information but I wonder for newbies, do they know the good from the bad?

My opinion is save your money. Buy 20 gallons of gas, a new shotgun and a better book.

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5 responses on “Book Review! The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

  1. Noel says:

    Thanks Vic, they look like very handy references both of them and I have ordered them now.

    I was actually feeling a little bit overwhlmed with “where do I start?” and appeciate the suggestions on trying not to do everything at once but do a bit at a time. I did see a guide online that had a calendar with suggestions on what to buy or do each week to build up a good food reserve (they were building a 1 year supply minimum in a year) and on cycling that through. However I believe that your approach with the blackout bag first then bugout bag next is far more practical (and easier to feel you have made some progress) for a beginner.

    Anyway love your blog and the stories are always interesting and I go away knowing a little more each time and encouraged to put in a bit more effort.
    keep up the great work it’s really valuable
    kind regards
    Noel

    • Vic says:

      Noel,
      Great to hear from you again and I am glad your not making your prep’s and pain in the ass. Prepping should be enjoyable and give you a feeling that you are moving forward not in a panic but a steady pace that you decide. Those books will help you see things to do. I will be doing a video on the Bug Out Bag to help others get theirs done and dispel some myths about them. Take care!

  2. Vic says:

    Noel,
    Great question and one most often asked.

    I am writing reviews on two books that I find good resources, they are on my shelf as well.

    First is from Peggy Layton, Emergency-Food-Storage-Survival-Handbook.
    The first third of the book covers general topics of prepping and the last 2/3 covers food. I think she did a great job on the food information which is the reason I like this book. Food is #2 in survival, right behind water.

    The second is from Arthur Bradley, Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family. Now this book has lot’s of general information on prepping and much less on food.

    Information on both books is accurate and timely and they ARE on my shelf as well.
    Important thing for new preppers is to not get overwhelmed, it’s easy to do.
    Start with blackout bags, bugout bags and work on food and water storage. Start small but do something each day or week as your budget allows.

    See how much of your daily life you can integrate into a self reliant form which will also be part of your prepping as well because it impacts the future.

    Both of these books are in our bookshelf tab on the main page
    Cheers’ mate

  3. Noel says:

    Thanks for the candid review – very helpful and your excellent site

    As a newbie could you please recommend what would be a better “beginner’s guide” book please.

    • Vic says:

      Noel,
      Great question and it’s the one most often asked.
      I am in the process of writing two reviews and both will get my seal of approval. They are factual and contain good information.
      The first is Arthur Bradley’s book,. This book covers many area’s of prepping and is accurate and timely.
      The second book I suggest is Peggy Layton’s book, . Peggy has good information in the first third dealing with general topics and the last 2/3 of the book is on food. Both together are great resourses.
      Tao words of advice for new preppers: don’t get overwhelmed, it’s easy to do and do something every day even if it’s small.
      Keep in touch and let us know how your doing!
      Vic

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