In between traveling and work, I’ve made time to do some more reading.  Last month, I reviewed The Prepper’s Pocket Guide and encouraged everybody who didn’t already have a copy to buy it.  This month, I had a chance to read an even more in-depth book on the subject and will encourage everybody to pick up a copy as well.

The Prepper’s Instruction Manual covers a lot of material but focuses on fewer subjects.  The result is more detailed and in-depth information that can be used to become better prepared.  I really liked this book and thought it struck a good compromise between being thorough detailed on the subject matter yet broad enough to cover a wide range of preparation-related subjects.  The result is an advanced-beginner to intermediate-level book on the subject.

The author is a NASA Engineer and has thoroughly researched the subjects he covers in his book.  Like me (and you?) he is a normal person who lives in the real world, not one who lives “off the grid” on some remote retreat in the forest.  That said, he isn’t afraid to tackle some serious subjects (ex. burying dead bodies) in his book.  The writing makes it easy to read and the chapters are short and sweet.  This book is worth the time and money.

So if you have a few spare dollars, buy a copy and start reading.

Overall Rating:  8/10

Click here to buy the Prepper’s Instruction Manual

For the last several months, I haven’t done much reading other than reading various websites and occasional magazine articles.  However, I did have a chance to purchase and read The Prepper’s Pocket Guide recently and decided to share my thoughts on it.  After all, there are many sources of information out there and sometimes it can be a real challenge determining which ones are worth your time.

This one is worth your time, especially if you are new to preparation.

The book has a lot of good information and is very easy to read.  Bernie Carr is a technical writer and she does a good job of clearly explaining how to prepare for many different scenarios.  I was able to get through it in three days so it won’t take up too much of your time.

However, because it is so light and easy to read, the book sometimes only touches on some topics.  This leaves the reader wanting to learn more and get more specific information on what to do.  Generally, the content is light fare and doesn’t deal with many of the harsher realities (ex. armed and unarmed confrontations) that accompany many disasters.  Given the range of topics though (101), this is understandable given the limited number of pages and small book format.

So get this book, read it, and start applying the knowledge you gain from it.  The Prepper’s Pocket Guide represents a starting point in your journey towards greater preparation, don’t consider it to be the definitive or ultimate guide in that regard.  For less than $15, its a great investment that will help you now and in the future.

Overall Rating:  6/10

Click here to purchase The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

Even if you have never served in the Armed Forces, you can learn the same information that these guys do.

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The site enlisted.info has an extensive listing of US Army Field Manuals on their website that you can read and download.  Since these were paid for with American tax dollars, there are no copyrights and no charge for downloading them.  This means civilians can learn about a wide range of topics that will come in handy when things go wrong.

When you arrive at the site, you will see that there are dozens of field manuals.  Most of them won’t be applicable for normal civilians given the subjects they cover.  However, there are some relevant manuals to look at when you have a moment:

I’ll offer my thoughts on some of these manuals in future posts.  In the meantime, download a few of them and read them when you have some spare time.  The knowledge you gain from them could come in handy sometime in the future.