This afternoon, Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast interviewed me about Pivot Points. You can listen to the interview here.
Those who are the biggest promoters of preparedness in America - people like Jack Spirko - agree that we need to get more Americans to embrace the preparedness culture. He raised an important question today - one that we need to answer if we're being honest with ourselves:
"How likely is it that we can really create a culture of preparedness?"
I believe it's very likely. Judging by the calls and emails I regularly receive from people wanting to know more about how to become prepared, it's clear to me there's a strong appetite for leadership in this area. If you're in the preparedness community, consider starting your own preparedness service project to lead an effort in your community.
From a friend of a friend this evening:
We're putting together an emergency supply cupboard in our garage. Do you have a recommendation for a book we can keep in there with survival tips? I can read all about what to put in the cupboard on the inter web but if we ever have an emergency, I want a survival type book for reference....
Let me first say I love emails like this. It gives me a great subject about which to blog, and it allows me to share some thoughts about some of my successes and mistakes along the way.
I'm going to assume for a moment that this is not a request for a "how to get prepared" book (since it wouldn't do any good sitting in the emergency supply cupboard). Instead, I'm assuming this is a request for more of a troubleshooting, "how to deal with X situation" type of a reference book.
Before I give you my suggested bibliography, let me say that I'm a big believer in real, old fashioned books. Ones with paper pages. Ones that don't require electricity or software to read. I can appreciate the fact you can store a lot of information on a flash drive or backup hard drive or on a cloud sever somewhere in Kansas. In an emergency, however, a good old fashioned book is what I prefer.
Given that, here are some of the more salient books in the reference category that I recommend to the starting prepper. This is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you some basic reference materials:
One final thought: These are not "buy on Amazon and put on the bookcase" kind of books. You still need to read them, when things aren't bad, to get a sense of what is required of you and what you need to be doing and practicing.
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