Buy The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness for That Newbie Prepper

If there’s a friend or loved one who you’d like to introduce to prepping, why not give them the gift of knowledge? Get them started on a survival library.

For starters, I suggest you buy The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness for that newbie prepper. It’s a 288 page paperback, by Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez and John Hedtke.

The title may sound insulting, but I assume the idea is that if a “complete idiot” can prep for survival, then so can you. I Think of it as something like prepping for dummies.

Info about the authors says, “Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez, DO, is the founder and president of the consulting firm High Alert, LLC, dedicated to making individuals, families, businesses, and communities more aware of the need for disaster planning and education.” The coauthor John Hedtke “is an award-winning author who has written about high tech, management, and business topics for over 25 years.”

Many people haven’t given thought to natural or man-made disasters, so they haven’t planned for them. That’s the sort of thing that happens to somebody else. But you and I know differently. Now’s the time to get ready.

The book’s description says in part that The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness “teaches readers the right steps to prepare the home or office for a disaster, and about issues relating to insurance, evacuation plans, and building an emergency to-go pack.”

If you know someone who doesn’t have a clue as to how to start prepping, get him or her this book so they can make use of its practical advice before it gets any later. Click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post, and you’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured.

Remember, books will be around when computers and the Internet aren’t. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness is a book to use before that happens.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Buy The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness for That Newbie Prepper”

  1. Thank you very much! This book was actually fun to write: not because I *like* writing about how to deal with dealing with stacks of bodies from pandemics or surviving chemical spills, but because I learned an awful lot while doing it.

    The world can be a dangerous place and our ability to survive is a function of being ready for it. Everybody knows that hurricanes hit Florida (and more hurricanes have been hitting harder as the Caribbean waters warm up from the overall increase in temperatures), but knowing how to deal with some of the ancillary problems (like tornadoes, flooding, and electrical fires) can make the difference between staying alive and not. Similarly, there’s a lot of bad advice out there about surviving a major earthquake, but most quakes are very survivable if you know what to do.

    The biggest thing that I learned while writing this was that all disasters are the same disaster. Sure, you need to do some different things for a flood than you do for a wildfire, but all disasters are disrupting your normal life and overwhelming your ability to respond. If you look at disasters this way, you’ll be able to come up with plans that encompass all possible disasters, from plagues to nuclear meltdowns to giant meteors, and you’ll be more likely to survive as a result.

    1. Thanks for your comment, John. I’m glad you helped make this book possible. I saw it favorably reviewed elsewhere–I forget where–and thought it worth the mention.
      I appreciate your point about disasters being disruptive. So often we think things will go on like normal, no matter what happens all around us. I often say we need to think the unthinkable.

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