Prepping is kind of fun. Watching survival shows on TV is fun. What’s not so much fun is thinking about scenarios in which hand-to-mouth survival is something that goes on for years, not just a few days or weeks.
Addressing these types of scenarios is author and preparedness expert Jim Cobb’s latest work, Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide. This well-written manual addresses each of these worst case scenarios in the first chapter. None of them are far-fetched, and among those mentioned are:
- Pandemics — Ebola, anyone? It’s spread into African cities and could go much further.
- Famine — Drought, food shortages and rising prices, flooded farmland have all been historic causes of famines around the globe. This scenario could happen right here in what was once the world’s breadbasket.
- Economic collapse — This scenario absolutely could happen here.
- New Madrid earthquake — This would devastate an enormous segment of the United States and would impact all of us.
- EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) — Whether caused by solar activity, cyber-terrorism, or a nuclear detonation, this would wipe out our electric grid for years.
Recovery from any of these events would take years, and our nation would never be the same. Could your family survive the aftermath, and for how long?
Jim provides answers to those questions as well as a general blueprint to follow. You’ll need to have supplies and plans in place for:
- Water — storing, purifying, filtering
- Food — procuring, preserving
- Medicine — over the counter meds, prescription meds, if you can still get them, and home remedies
- Hygiene — bathing, laundry, toilets
- Staying warm in the winter, cool enough in the summer
- Tools — which are most useful?
- Entertainment — morale boosting will be important
- Setting up a survival community
From my own research and experiences, this pretty well covers it!
In Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, Jim provides a multitude of helpful tips in each of these categories. The book isn’t meant to be a complete study on any given topic, but instead provides general guidelines, tips, and even numerous DIY projects, requiring cheap supplies.
I picked up tips for building a rain barrel system, cleaning my cast iron cookware, and saving t-shirts to use later for wound dressings. Jim also explains how to sanitize those t-shirts in case I run out of the packaged dressings in my first aid kit.
Over the years I’ve found Jim’s advice on his blog and other books to be sound, practical, and budget-friendly. This book continues that same down-to-earth tradition and is an enjoyable read. His writing style is pleasant and conversational, even when tackling difficult subjects, such as how deep to bury a corpse!
Readers will appreciate the numerous checklists and thorough coverage of everything to consider when considering a true end-of-the-world event.
I am honored that Jim asked me to write the forward for Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, and for him to be one of the contributing writers here at The Survival Mom.