Prepper Book Review: Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family By Arthur T. Bradley

11 Oct

If you’re looking for a good book for new preppers, I recommend Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family by Arthur T. Bradley. Bradley give common sense advice that’s too easy to forget. His cardinal rule: “The cardinal rule to surviving a disaster is, whenever possible, to get out of its way!” This simple rule can save many lives, but many of us want to stay put, even when we shouldn’t.

Some advanced preppers will find the book a bit basic, but it gives solid advice about:

1) Storing food
2) Storing and purifying water
3) Improving your existing home for disasters
4) Providing electrical power with a generator and battery storage system
5) Options to heat your home if your main heat is out
6) First aid
7) Financial preparedness

Bradley has a chapter about surviving an unlikely EMP attack or solar storm, if that topic concerns you. This is a book mainly about stocking up a few key supplies and being prepared to weather a short term disaster. Bradley writes, “Unless civilization breaks down, you don’t have to be self-sufficient [in the homesteader sense] to be prepared.”

Three things I really like about this book:
1) It covers all the basics without any important omissions.
2) It’s well illustrated and well organized.
3) It approaches the topic from a realistic perspective.

There’s nothing I really dislike about the book.

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