The Prepper’s Pocket Guide
101 Easy Things You Can Do To Ready Your Home for a Disaster
Author: Bernie Carr Ulysses Press, Berkley CA 2011
There are things that I really liked about this book and some things that are just wrong. The writing is very simple and easy to read, I felt like I could move right through without rethinking much at all. There were several topics that were very interesting and I would not have thought to include them, particullary on clearing clutter and making more storage space in your home, good ideas here.
The information was presented fairly well but I wonderd after reading parts, what I was supposed to do, and had I missed information. Financial portion of the book was nice and well done. Food storage ideas were clear and concise and eat what you store and store what you eat is a good basic plan. Clearly everything in the book was for the beginner and the general infomation was kept basic and vague at times.
More of the issues for me was the statement that boiling water would not kill Giardia, nothing could be further from the truth. Boiling kills everything but heavy metals and man made poisions. A beginner may take this as fact and find themselves without water they don’t think fit to drink. after finding this, I looked deeper at other chapters to see if this was one random problem, for me it was not.
The book states that it will not deal with defensive firearms. At the very least, I felt the book should have directed the reader to information on the subject. After all , the book does tell you how to make toothpaste (that part was great). The book noted to only store a very small amount of gasoline and don’t use diesel because it’s smelly, this is ridiculous. These are basics that you need to do, when the pumps don’t work, where do you get gas? These were among the glaring items that for me, don’t make this worth the purchase.
There is some good information but I wonder for newbies, do they know the good from the bad?
My opinion is save your money. Buy 20 gallons of gas, a new shotgun and a better book.