Let me tell you why you need The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness. It’s a DestinySurvival Pick, and it’s by Jim Cobb, a noted disaster readiness expert. What sets him apart is that he approaches prepping with refreshing common sense, not hype or B.S. He’s been involved with emergency preparedness for about thirty years.
He’s also the author of Prepper’s Home Defense. I’ve read both of Jim’s books and recommend each one. I’ve interviewed him on DestinySurvival Radio, too. In fact, he was my guest on this week’s show. I’ll tell you about his book and our conversation.
Is it really complete?
No book can ultimately be complete, in spite of the title. But Jim wanted to give new and veteran preppers a complete spectrum of subject matter pertaining to disaster readiness. A chapter near the end gives great recommendations for further reading from books with a narrower focus.
Here are some of the topics covered in the book’s chapters.
- The Survival Mind-Set
- Survival Kits
- Bugging Out vs. Sheltering in Place
- Pantry Organization and Storage
- Health and Wellness
- Miscellaneous Emergency Gear
- Children, Pets, and the Elderly
- Wilderness Skills
- Offsite Survival Retreats, Survival Communities, and Retreat Groups
- The Survival Library
Are you a balanced prepper?
Nonetheless, common sense should prevail. This is a word of caution for those among us who entertain scenarios whichmost people would think of as inconceivable. Keep things in proper perspective. Maintain a balance. Jim says it’s good to be informed, but time is better spent getting prepared than connecting dots that may or may not be real.
Can’t I do anything I want?
It would take an EMP or disaster of similar magnitude to bring about a widespread environment where there is no law and order. But do what you can now so you’re not surprised by the unexpected. At least be as ready mentally as you can be. If you’re prepared for total societal collapse, you’re surely prepared for a smaller event like a three day power outage.
How can I use the best survival tool?
- Be present (situational awareness)
- Be positive
- Be realistic
- Be resourceful
Jim says play with it. Pretend you’re eight years old again. Let your imagination run wild.
That’s the best and simplest advice I’ve heard.
What’s in the bag?
Should you buy a commercially available ready-made bag? Don’t buy it just to feel good and say you’re prepared. Jim says the key is to customize your bag for your needs. Buy quality items. Get familiar with what’s in your bag. Know how to use it.
To buy wheat or not to buy wheat…
So what about buying large amounts of freeze dried food or MRE’s? Let me put it thisway. There’s a reason Jim joins Doctor Prepper and others who say to store what you eat and eat what you store.
But I gotta do it this way!
What about the children?
When it’s really over…
What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine
The difference is in the intent. Jim defines looting as taking things that don’t belong to you but have little or no survival value. Scavenging also involves taking things that aren’t yours, but they have survival value.
Usually looting happens immediately. Scavenging happens later.
Then there’s other stuff
Pet lovers will be glad to see that he touches on the necessity of gathering prepping supplies for pets, too.
There’s even a chapter in Jim’s book on post apocalyptic fiction in the popular culture, such as books, movies and TV shows. We’re both sick of zombies. However, quality fiction can be of value if it prompts you or your children to be more survival-minded. It can capture your imagination and make you ponder, “What if?…?
Jim’s Got More to Say
Get The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness by first clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. Or click on the book’s image above. That takes you to the page where it’s featured. You should put it in your survival library because of Jim’s common sense approach to such a wide scope of preparedness topics.
Find Part 2 of my conversation with Jim Cobb here.