Top 5 Prepper BooksBrian Neville
In many parts of the country February is a slower time of year – great for catching up on your reading. Here are our recommendations for five books that will give your prepping plans a boost:
1. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster by Bernie Carr – This small guide encourages readers to make a sensible evaluation of potential risks then make incremental preparations that don’t break the bank. If you’re just getting started on your emergency plan, this is a great starting point.
2. When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Healthcare in Challenging Times by Gerard S. Doyle, M.D. – In addition to teaching and practicing emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Doyle is in charge of the hospital’s emergency plan. Who better to write a book full of medical tips for emergency situations? This book is about protecting health in difficult situations but it also is about what you can do if real medical care isn’t an option. Used by preppers and budget-minded people alike, this is guide to “improvised medicine” in hard times.
3. Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency in ¼ an Acre by Brent Markham – We’re all about self-sufficiency and urban agriculture. Enough food to raise a family can be grown in a small area, but it takes planning and development before a disaster hits. This book describes small-area farming for non-gardeners and includes the basics of buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Markham also discusses raising backyard chickens and home canning along. We also like that there is a list of materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
4. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring – This is a great read for anyone brushing up on basic skills that can be adapted for a more simple life now or after a disaster. The author provides instruction, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations for dying textiles with plant pigments, grafting trees, raising chickens, creating furniture with hand tools, and even how to make small comforts such as jam and cheese. Once you’ve mastered those skills, the book will even teach you how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.
5. The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer – Edible plants are nature’s fast food – they can boost the nutritional content of dehydrated emergency meals and help stores stretch. However, eating the wrong plant and you’ll have to deal with serious illness (or worse!). This is a great pictorial guide to plants that are abundant, safe and tasty. The time to learn about them is well ahead of an emergency.