I was recently sent a new book to review titled “The Practical Prepper: A Commonsense Guide to Preparing For Emergencies”. The authors Kylene and Jonathan Jones are a husband and wife team who have served for many years on the advisory board for American Civil Defense Association.
The book is best suited to people who are just getting into prepping and looking at preparing for short term emergency scenarios.
And that really is the best place to start if you are new to prepping. I often suggest to people to begin by preparing for a three day event, then prepare for three weeks, and then three months. And so on. It’s a simple strategy that will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
The Practical Prepper is a book that will help you get started. And it delivers on the promise of its title – it really is full of very common sense information.
As I was reading it, I came across a information that I just want to have around in the home library, such as the charts that show how many drops of chlorine you need to sanitize a gallon of water. Or the storage life of different types of fuel sources and what happens when they get too old.
I appreciated the chapter that had very simple techniques for securing your home that didn’t involve firearms.
I felt the books strengths were in the emergency cooking sections and the water treatment chapters.
This book will not be as useful to those who are preparing for severe collapse scenarios or end of the world as we know it situations. But as I’ve mentioned above, you shouldn’t really be trying to prepare for those scenarios until you’ve become prepared for shorter time-frame emergencies first.
If you are looking for a solid practical guide to prepping then this book is a good place to start.
You can pick up a copy of the book at Kylene and Jonathn’s website at www.YourFamilyArk.com
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.