Will You Be Ready When Things Go Boom?

The clock is ticking. It’s getting awfully late to start prepping, considering what might happen in the next few months.

What if you wanted to give a friend or loved one a crash course in prepping basics? What if you need one yourself?

If so, the DestinySurvival Pick of the Week is for you. Brian Howard has done the research to save you time. He’s put it together concisely in a book called When Things Go Boom! Brian was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio for May 31, 2012. View my post about it here.

When I first saw the title, I chuckled. It sounded like a phrase you’d use with a toddler. “Don’t fall down and go boom!” I wondered if this book could be taken seriously.

But when I started reading it, I quickly realized this is definitely a no nonsense book, as suggested by the remainder of the title. And that full title is When Things Go Boom! A Highly Practical (NO FLUFF!) Guide To What You Can Do Now To Prepare For The Coming Chaos: Techniques, Tips and Supply Checklists.

Don’t be fooled by the brevity of this 140 page paperback. Howard doesn’t mince words. He gives you his straightforward opinion and recommendations, and you can take them or leave them. After all, it’s his book, and he’s entitled to write whatever he believes is right.

Howard wants to see that you and those around you get prepared. The main chapters cover:

  1. Personal Defense / Safety
  2. Water / Filtration
  3. Food / Nutrition
  4. Shelter / Habitat
  5. Medical / First Aid
  6. Communications / Navigation / Signaling
  7. General
Obviously, each chapter could be its own book or series of books. Plenty of tables and checklists present the information as simply as possible. You’ll find “Do Now!” sections throughout the book to help you prioritize your prepping.

Self defense is addressed in chapter 1, even before he deals with water, food and shelter. Naturally, he gives recommendations for firearms and ammunition. He’s a big AR-15 fan.

He says to stock up on ammo that’s readily available. Have items like a baseball bat, tactical knife and handcuffs, among other things.

Numerous tips are given on all subjects covered. If you’re not resourceful, get this book and take the advice of someone who is.

One of the most interesting water gathering tips to catch my attention is the collection of tree sweat or transpiration moisture.

If you’ve wondered how much bleach or iodine to use for cleansing water, a table on page 32 has the answers. Find out how to store water and what to store it in as well.

As you’d expect, he devotes considerable space to food, but doesn’t dwell long on any aspect of this broad subject. He only says what seems necessary.

Here are a few questions about food for which he gives guidance.

  • What should you have in your survival pantry?
  • How should you store it?
  • What about proper rotation?
  • What are some ways to preserve meat?
  • What are some natural food sources?
  • How would you collect and prepare natural foods?
Howard says what Doctor Prepper (a.k.a., James Talmage Stevens) and others say. Store what you’ll eat, and you’ll eat what you store.

On the other hand, would you eat raw worms or bird eggs to survive? Your answer today might not be the same as the one you’d give when faced with the brutal reality of life or death.

Howard shares several interesting fire starting techniques in the chapter on shelter. One uses batteries and steel wool fibers. Another uses the polished bottom of a Coke can to concentrate the sun’s rays on tinder.

In the first aid chapter, he acknowledges you’ll need a good medical manual. He only hits a few highlights you’ll need to know.

Part of that chapter lists natural or herbal remedies with brief info on their uses. This shows the growing prevalence of alternative medicine for prepping.

I was pleased to see the mention of CB radio and ham radio in the chapter on communication and signaling. Police scanners and shortwave radio are referenced as well.

As you might expect, when it comes to navigation, he recommends knowing how to use maps and a compass. He also gives info on direction finding without a compass. One tip for wilderness travel is to use colored electrical tape for marking trails.

Brian Howard says we’d better be ready to abandon our homes if that’s necessary. We can become too attached to sheltering in place. Our preps need to go beyond that.

In the final chapter he addresses a number of subjects, including various modes of survival transportation.

Having primary and personal bug out bags will help you prioritize what to take when leaving home is urgent.

The concluding pages present a listing of Web sites for vendors of products mentioned in the book. This is another resource that makes the book worth having.

This compact, well organized book is one you’ll want in your survival library. It will fit nicely in your bug out bag, too.

Buy When Things Go Boom! by clicking on its title where you see it linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.

Not only is this a book for your survival library, but it would make a great gift. Think of someone you know who’s interested in prepping now but feels overwhelmed or unsure of where to start.

There’s no better time than the present to bone up on prepping and survival. Who knows when things really will go boom?


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.