Why You Need The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness–Part 2

This week on DestinySurvival Radio Jim Cobb and I resumed the discussion we started the week before on his book, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness<. I still had questions for him. His book covers so many topics relevant for prepping. I encourage you to get the book to see for yourself. It's one you'll want for yourself or to give to a friend or loved one who's interested in prepping. Below I'll touch on highlights of my conversation with Jim as well as things about the book which I didn't mention in Part 1.


The Prepper's Complete Book of Disaster Readiness


Water–Jim and I discussed a good point he makes about water. Not all of it has to be potable or drinkable. Grey water can be used for flushing the toilet or putting on the garden or flower bed. Though, obviously, you want a good supply of clean water for drinking.

Time and energy–In a grid down scenario, tasks such as doing laundry will re quire a lot more of each of those.

Health and wellness–Jim’s chapter on this topic is very good and includes useful info on personal sanitation. Want to know what you should have on hand for first aid? There’s info from Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of DoomAndBloom.net.

Keeping meds cool–I’m intrigued by the FRIO insulin cooling case Jim mentions in his book. It’s designed to keep meds cool when there’s no refrigeration. It has received a number of favorable reviews.

Refrigeration–People have kept food and drink cool in various ways before we had electricity. If there’s not a way to keep something cool, ask yourself if it’s critical for life anyway. In a disaster, you just want to get through until a more normal order of life can be established again.

Destination Imagination–Jim was excited to talk about this program for children. It stimulates creativity and fosters self confidence and problem solving. These are qualities essential for survival in a disaster.

Self Defense–Jim does an excellent job covering this in his first book, Prepper’s Home Defense. There’s a little overlap in the chapter in his latest book, but it’s not duplicate content.

In a nutshell, Jim emphasizes the importance of situational awareness. And he wants you and me to have a reasonable perspective on security and self defense without going to extremes.

Where to bug out–In his book he addresses not only the matter of how to decide on bugging out, but where to go. You don’t want to be a well equipped refugee. Pick out two or three locations from different directions.

Should you go to a relative’s or to a state or national park? Consider this. Jim points out that it takes a specialized set of skills to live off the land, and the majority of those who can do so have a better plan.

Should you take in another prepper who’s bugging out when he or she needs your help? You might be surprised by Jim’s response when you hear it.

Wilderness skills–Jim’s chapter on this tackles shelters of all kinds, such as debris huts, snow shelters, and even shelters for swamp and desert situations. As you might expect, there’s info on basic fire starting and direction finding. In fact, in our conversation we discussed how to determine directions using an analog watch.

Jim has loved the outdoors since his youth. There’s always something new to learn and experience. He believes in getting along with nature, not fighting it.

Retreats and communities–Jim’s opinionated on this one. If you want to join a group, start by getting to know the people around you. He discourages trying to fit into an existing group out there somewhere.

Tools–Though we didn’t discuss this in our conversation, in his book he spends time on the importance of having quality tools, too. Buy what you need now, and don’t skimp.

YOYO time–That stands for “You’re on your own.” Jim says he didn’t come up with that term himself, but it’s a good one. In his chapter on it, he talks about bartering. He’s not in favor of using .22 ammo for currency because it might be returned in a most unpleasant way.

There’s more–Hear my entire conversation with Jim Cobb on DestinySurvival Radio for October 3, 2013. I think you’ll really appreciate his common sense outlook. Find Jim online at SurvivalWeekly.com. And check out the classes and seminars from DisasterPrepConsultants.com.

Get The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness by first clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured.


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.

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