Many of us realize that 72 hours worth of prepping supplies is the bare minimum. How about setting aside enough for three weeks or even three months? How do we get started with that?
That’s where Richard Bryant’s book When There is No FEMA comes in. Rich was my guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio for part one of a two part conversation about his book.
Why another book on prepping?
It’s a large reference guide of over 500 pages for preppers and survivalists. It’s described as the definitive reference for the serious prepper. This is a comprehensive manual, and thankfully it’s arranged in such a way to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Through his involvement in preparedness groups, Rich gained an understanding of what information people want and need. He wanted to give people a sense of empowerment and hope and realized the best way to share that information with a larger audience was to write a book. Thus began the three year process of putting together When There is No FEMA.
He doesn’t intend for this to be the only book you read on preparedness. Readers are invited to hunt and peck for the information they’re looking for. This is sort of a tutorial and reference book rolled into one. Appendices, an extensive bibliography and an index complete the tome. Rich researched his subject matter as if writing a textbook.
It has a bright red cover, too, so you can find it readily when you need it. This probably isn’t a book you’ll grab to put in your backpack when you go hiking or camping because it’s so large. However, Rich says you may want to take it with you in your car or truck.
Who wrote this massive book?
As founder and organizer of the Tampa Readiness group and floridareadiness.org, Rich Bryant has been deeply involved in the disaster preparedness movement since 2008. Prior to being drawn into the world of disaster preparedness, Rich worked as a technology consultant specializing in information and physical security for many major organizations throughout the US.
In earlier years Rich worked on the family farm, growing up hunting, trapping and fishing in the swamps and woodlands of West Tennessee. This diverse background of practical knowledge is the background with which Rich has approached prepping, and the authorship of When There is No Fema and NoFEMA.com.
What’s behind that title?
The full title of the book is When There is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in (Very) Abnormal Times. Rich intends for his book to be for everyone. You don’t have to have a specialized level of training or an abundance of resources to benefit from what he has put together.
- Disaster Planning
- Bugging in and bugging out
- Emergency food and water
- Emergency fuel and power
- Raising small livestock (chickens, rabbits, etc.)
- Survival gardening and farming
- Hunting, trapping and fishing
- Guns and other weaponry
- Home and community defense, defensive tactics and intelligence gathering
- First aid
- Post disaster physical fitness
- Disaster Communications
- The role of precious metals for disaster preparedness
- Survival strategies for those with limited means
Chapter 14 is different than what you’ll see in most books on prepping. It’s about building a community and deals with matters like governance, law enforcement and a currency system. It’s intended for use in the event such local systems break down after a collapse and are in need of rebuilding.
Everyone has a place in a community. For example, Rich notes in the introductory matter that someone in a wheelchair could help provide security by being watchful.
What about planning and bugging out?
Define levels of emergency and what actions each level will require. If you’re going to bug out, have a place to go and a plan to execute.
How can you find out more?
Any thoughts? If there’s something you’d like to say about what you’ve read here or heard in my conversation with Richard Bryant, feel free to leave a comment below.
Read about the conclusion of our conversation here.