The Survival Mom » Books/Resources http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Review and Giveaway: “Forsaking Home” by A. American http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-giveaway-forsaking-home-american/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-giveaway-forsaking-home-american http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-giveaway-forsaking-home-american/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15478 This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner – LeAnn! When I had first agreed to review FORSAKING HOME, I didn’t realize I was picking up on book four of a survivalist series. The first sentence of, FORSAKING HOME, took Read More

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Forsaking HomeThis contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner – LeAnn!

When I had first agreed to review FORSAKING HOME, I didn’t realize I was picking up on book four of a survivalist series.

The first sentence of, FORSAKING HOME, took me immediately into a prison camp. Like the female detainees in the book, I felt chained and immersed in total darkness.  I wanted to know who these characters were and why they were being harshly treated. As it came to light that they were in the detention center of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) I wanted to understand from the very beginning what brought them to this point.

As a newcomer to the series, I at first struggled with the introduction. Fortunately, the dialog between the inmates filled me in on many points and before I knew it, I was on chapter three. Then something magical happened.

Things started to click.

Lessons from the series

The author, A. American, has been involved in the prepping and survivalist movement for more than 20 years. As I turned each page, I realized his work of fiction was loaded with useful information.

FORSAKING HOME is the glimpse of an American family surviving the aftermaths of a collapsed society that has been thrust into the dark ages. With no electricity, no running water, and very little food, the characters are forced to make do with what they have.

Fortunately, for the reader, they can learn along with the characters on what foods are edible, how to live off the grid, and practical skills like making soap.

For procrastinators who want to put off learning survival skills in real life, we’re taught in the book, “Sometimes tomorrow doesn’t come.”

A reality check is also pointed out with the statement, “Food is Freedom.”

Some characters in FORSAKING HOME are prime examples of what could happen in real life when an unprepared society is faced with the options of going hungry, or handing over their freedoms in exchange for food.

“Control the food, you control the people,” is not fiction.

Read the whole series!

GOING HOME, the first book of the series, takes you on a harrowing journey with Morgan Carter. He’s a husband and father, stranded on a highway 250 miles away from home.

In the second book, SURVIVING HOME, Morgan who has already reunited with his family, is dealing with the collapse of his community.

Struggling for survival in the third book, ESCAPING HOME, Morgan and his family are on the defensive with Martial Law.

FORSAKING HOME, brings us back to the prison camp, and some “payback” action. Weaving actual survival skills and knowledge into a work of fiction is nothing short of genius.

I won’t post any spoilers here, but highly encourage you to read the entire series. It may not be the first thing you think of For a beach read, but this is a great series to enjoy this summer, especially if you are the lucky one who wins a free copy!

Win the entire series!

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the 48 continental United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age and older at the time of entry. The giveaway starts July 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am (CDT) and ends on July 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (CDT). We will choose a winner at the end of the giveaway and that person will be notified by email.  They will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond we will choose another winner.  Good luck to everyone and here’s to enjoying a great book series!

 

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Are books on your emergency checklist? http://thesurvivalmom.com/books-checklist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=books-checklist http://thesurvivalmom.com/books-checklist/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:00:39 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15818 “So many books, so little time.” I love books. One of my favorite places growing up, besides the library, was my grandmother’s basement. Her walls were lined with bookshelves and there were so many books. Books are an important part Read More

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“So many books, so little time.”

I love books. One of my favorite places growing up, besides the library, was my grandmother’s basement. Her walls were lined with bookshelves and there were so many books. Books are an important part of our preparedness, for many reasons

Homeschooling

There may be a day you need to teach your children at home. It could be for prolonged snow days or for a long period of power loss, or simply because their school doesn’t cover an important (to you) topic.

Having books on hand about history, math, biology, literature, and science gives you the ability to teach your child. If you can find a complete encyclopedia set, you have found a highly sought after item. These kinds of books can also be helpful for research when a report is due, but the Internet connection is down.

For some subjects, really old used books can be a great resource. Arithmetic doesn’t change, so an 1870s book will be just as good as a brand new one at a fraction of the cost, and may bring up some interesting lessons on its own through the word problems. (A train goes…before stopping for water. How much water does it need?. A horse travels…distance in….)

Reference

First aid, gardening, woodworking, sewing, cooking – these topics and instructions can easily be found online. If the power is out and you need information on one of these topics, you should have books about these on hand. As with math, some subjects don’t really change and antique books can be the best reference for some of them.

Power Outages/Pleasure

Books also give you something to do in case the normal life pleasures aren’t available. Reading out loud to kids can be calming in emergency situations. Stocking up on classic literature is one way to ensure your family is not bored, even with a prolonged power outage. Consider tucking a family favorite in a bug out bag, too.

And about those classics, such as Peter Pan, Oliver Twist, and Robin Hood, somehow along the way of our public system evolving, it was deemed that these were too difficult for American kids to understand. Not so! Homeschooled kids read these books all the time, along with countless other classics and do just fine.

Remember that while Kindles are great, they do need to be charged, unlike physical copies of books.

Journal

Book margins have been used in history as a place for people to journal and write their thoughts. During the Holocaust, one person used the margins for a personal diary. When paper is scarce, books can give you a place to write things down.

Fuel/fire

It would be a hard thing to do, but if it came down to it, books can be a way to feed a fire in desperate times. (Some folks have stocked up on old phone books just for this purpose.)

Preservation

What books would you want to have around just to pass on to future generations? If a day ever came where you could not travel far to a library, your library would consist of the books in your home and the homes around you.

Where to put them?

Books do take up a lot of space, but they can be tucked away in unused storage locations, like under the bed or in closets. But, one nice thing about books is that they can be used as decorations on top of furniture or even as furniture. Have you seen the coffee table made out of books on Pinterest?

If you have a large number of books, be careful if you put several full bookcases in a row that they need to be on a load-bearing wall. They really can get quite heavy, but this is usually only a problem if you have several bookcases together.

Where to find them?

If you need ideas of where to find books inexpensively, read some tips here in another Survival Mom article. I tend to find mine in used bookstores, library book sales, thrift stores, and garage sales.

Why do you think books should be a part of prepping? What kinds of books are best to have on hand?

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25 Ways To Use Your Library’s Free Resources For Better Preparedness http://thesurvivalmom.com/librarys-free-resources-better-preparedness/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=librarys-free-resources-better-preparedness http://thesurvivalmom.com/librarys-free-resources-better-preparedness/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:00:58 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15840 Why spend money on information and services that your tax dollars are already paying for? Your public library has a multitude of benefits for its patrons, and you’d be smart to take advantage of the library’s free resources. Check out Read More

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library free resourcesWhy spend money on information and services that your tax dollars are already paying for? Your public library has a multitude of benefits for its patrons, and you’d be smart to take advantage of the library’s free resources.

  1. Check out nonfiction books on various topics to educate yourself how things work in gardening, engines, solar panels, or identifying edible plants – whatever you need or want to learn about!
  2. Use the library’s photocopier to make a copy of a checklist, document, recipe, pattern, or design you may want to use later.
  3. Use the library’s laminator (ours charges only pennies per page) to laminate an important document so that you will have it safe and waterproof.
  4. Use the library’s PCs for free to do any sort of online research you may need to do. Bonus points if you do research while the kids are attending a program or story time. It’s a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone!
  5. Not everyone has a printer at home and inkjet cartridges are very expensive! Use your library’s printer for free or for a very nominal amount to print out the results of your research, recipes, designs, or patterns. Sort them by category in a 3-ring binder for your own Survival Mom binder!
  6. Read the newspapers without a subscription at home, to keep up on current news events. It’s just one more of the library’s free resources.
  7. Read the financial magazines/journals/periodicals for free, to keep up on current financial events.
  8. Read the back issues of Mother Earth News or Foxfire Magazine to learn all kinds of handy simple living methods.
  9. Attend presentations that the library may offer with guest speakers on all kinds of topics. My library has had presentations on gardening, raising animals, clearing out the clutter, and financial topics. Usually free, these are valuable ways to learn skills from someone who maybe has more experience than you do.
  10. Drop off the kids at a children’s program the library is offering this summer, and you’ve just cleared out a little “me time” to work on a project you might need to complete or start! Yes, you do have to go pick them up on time after the program is over!
  11. Check out a fictional book with a preparedness angle such as Patriots or One Second After. Read the book and see what questions or issues it raises in your own mind and how you may apply concepts and ideas from the book to your own plans.
  12. Going on a long car trip this summer to check out a possible bug-out location or test out your camping skills? Be sure you let the kids check out books and other media they may enjoy for the long car ride. It will allow time for the non-driving adult(s) to do a little reading or research of their own without interruption.
  13. Check if your library allows you to check out an e-reader or tablet to “try before you buy” if you’re considering making a purchase like this to store lots of books and documents for use in the future. I tested out 3 different models before I bought my Kindle Fire.
  14. If you know there’s going to be a rainy or stormy day, rent a DVD from the library that can be played on a fully charged up laptop (even if the power goes out). Having a diversion ready to go will keep both children and adults calm and entertained while waiting out the weather situation.
  15. Take a look at specialty magazines to learn something new without spending a dime. For example, browse a cooking magazine and jot down a new recipe to try. Take a look at a crochet or knitting magazine and get yourself a brand new pattern or stitch that you can try yourself or teach to your kids.
  16. Ask at your library if they have discards that they give away or sell at a seriously reduced price. Twice a year, my library has a book sale that benefits their programs. Hardcovers sell for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, and recent issues of magazines can be had for as little as 5 cents an issue. I have been building my gardening, knitting, and crocheting libraries for years this way for next to nothing cost-wise!
  17. Volunteer at a library event to meet people who live in your community. Strengthening your community bonds and making new friendships is a great way to help be prepared for whatever may come in the future.
  18. Sign up to be notified when newly released books are available to be checked out. If you’re a preparedness-minded person like me, you can’t be spending a fortune buying every new book that comes out by your favorite author. I save the money for other gear or activities, and check the books out of the library instead.
  19. Check if your library offers any adult crafting events. Mine does! For a nominal amount of $5.00, I was able to attend a library event where I used their tools and my own photos and created several pages for a scrapbook of memories. Photo albums and scrapbooks to remember the past may be invaluable one day.
  20. Offer to teach a class at the library to share something you know well with others. This is a great way to potentially meet other preparedness-minded folks. If, for example, you offer to teach an hour long class on “how to hurricane proof your home”, you are likely to meet other people who are thinking along the same lines as you are and are interested in being ready for whatever may come.
  21. If your library doesn’t have a book, magazine, or other periodical you wish you did have access to, ask at the front desk if there’s any way they can order it for you from another library. Many libraries participate in exchanges of material with other libraries.
  22. Learn how to use your library’s media on demand programs. I am able to download, for free, onto my Kindle and my mom’s Nook, tons of books for absolutely free. I believe you can also use the apps on your iPad if that’s your tablet of choice. Usually the book just “disappears” from your device after the “lending period” so there’s nothing for you to remember to return (score!). Sometimes, the book is yours to keep forever. Bonus!
  23. Check out if your library offers any free legal resources. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new home or piece of land, if you can get some of your legal questions answered for free, you have that much more money to put toward the purchase price.
  24. Check if your library has any type of music program. I can download a free song weekly at no charge from the library to my cell phone or iPod. It’s awesome! I love to listen to music while gardening or building things or exercising.  The music soothes me and helps keep me focused on the task at hand for much longer periods of time.
  25. See if your library has a nice quiet corner armchair or cubby where you can hide yourself away for just a few minutes once or twice a week. This is where I practice my “mindful breathing” and meditation. I combine this with my exercise and take a brisk walk up to the library, meditate, check out some books, and take a brisk walk home. When I arrive home, I feel productive and proud of myself for accomplishing all of the above!

What other ideas can you think of to use the resources at your library to help in your preparedness efforts? Please post below – I’d love to hear what you come up with!

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A prepper encyclopedia for your smart phone: the Proclivus phone app http://thesurvivalmom.com/proclivus-phone-app/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=proclivus-phone-app http://thesurvivalmom.com/proclivus-phone-app/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15594 Whenever life takes me away from home for hours or days on end, my smartphone has become my computer for whenever I’m on the road. A big advantage of the smartphone is the multitude of apps available, and recently I Read More

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proclivus phone appWhenever life takes me away from home for hours or days on end, my smartphone has become my computer for whenever I’m on the road.

A big advantage of the smartphone is the multitude of apps available, and recently I downloaded a particularly helpful one, Proclivus. Proclivus is a clever new app that aggregates the best prepper and survival information from across the internet and puts it all in one place, your iPhone or iPad. It’s far handier than using your phone’s browser to check out one site after another. Why bother with all that browsing when everything is right there on Proclivus, and it’s free?

With the Proclivus phone app, you can quickly scroll through a multitude of articles, over 1000 on some days. With a quick glance, you can decide if the article is of interest. There is also the option of selecting categories as a way to seek out only the information you are interested in right now. Sorting through numerous categories helps a great deal when it comes to staying focused on what you want to learn now, and since that information comes from multiple sources, you can learn a great deal, indeed.

proclivus phone appProclivus updates its feeds every 15 minutes, so throughout the day there is always something new to read. The most recent articles will be presented first, and typically, articles remain on the app for 90 days. The 150 feeds are constantly searching for newly posted articles, and you may find yourself addicted!

See something you want to share? Proclivus has an easy sharing feature which allows you to share via email, texting, Facebook, and Twitter. If you find something that is worth saving, it can be saved to a separate free app,  Pocket, which allows you to save things you find while browsing. These saved articles can be read offline or at a later date. With Proclivus and Pocket (not affiliated with Proclivus), you can create your own personalized survival library.

When I began using Proclivus, the first thing I noticed is that it was similar to Pinterest, but focused solely on survival and preparedness topics. In fact, one new feature of Proclivus now brings in Pinterest feeds. You’ll find it at the bottom of the Categories menu. There’s a vast resource on Pinterest of survival related material, so this is a nice addition. Some prepper Pinners have tens of thousands of followers, and this is a feature I would love to see enhanced on Proclivus.

Currently, Proclivus is available only for iPhones and iPads. Writing the app for the Android platform requires a complete re-write of code, unfortunately. An Android version is not out of the question, though, and based on the success of Proclivus, that version may become a reality sooner rather than later.

You can download Proclivus from iTunes or go to this website for the download and instructions for utilizing this app. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Why I Read Disaster Novels, and You Should, Too http://thesurvivalmom.com/read-disaster-novels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=read-disaster-novels http://thesurvivalmom.com/read-disaster-novels/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 16:30:49 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=14582 When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader. I read a novel a day and if I couldn’t find something new to read, I would read a book over again. The variety of genres and subjects I read Read More

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disaster novelsWhen I was a kid, I was a voracious reader. I read a novel a day and if I couldn’t find something new to read, I would read a book over again. The variety of genres and subjects I read were all over the place and I have gone through phases of reading only mystery or only non-fiction.

While I have recently been on a fantasy/fiction kick (Game of Thrones, anyone?), I have also been reading books that deal with some country or world-changing scenario and follow people as they try to survive. I call them “disaster books” for lack of a better term. I suppose they could be called apocalyptic books, or SHTF books, or survivor books. “Dystopian” is the most recent popular term for them. Whatever you call them, these books have a value that many people do not recognize.

With all of the kinds of stories and different perspectives I have read about in my life, I have a great imagination and can put myself into pretty much any role and understand why the character would think, or feel, or act in certain ways. Even the ‘bad guys.’ The entertainment value and escapism is wonderful, of course, but the fact that it enBook Cover: "One Second After"riched my way of thinking and increased my ability to see both sides of the story is far more important. It has allowed me to adapt to odd situations more easily and handle emergencies with calm focus (I tend to ‘freak out’ after it is all over, haha!) and that is vitally important in disaster situations.

Disaster Novels (Dystopian Literature)

Book Cover: Lucifer's hammer"With the overall shift of our lifestyle, enter my interest in disaster stories. Stories depicting an EMP taking out the electrical grid in our country or a meteor hitting the planet and sending tidal waves across the oceans, helps the reader visualize and consider things what they would do and need to counter such an event.

By reading books that present these scenarios in a non-threatening way (it’s just a story, right?), readers can safely get caught up in the emotions and truly contemplate how they would feel, react, and respond. It is easy to judge characters’ decisions while you are safe and secure in your home reading. If you apply what they are going through to your own situation and how it would truly affect you, the realizations may be huge (as in you are NOT prepared at all) or they may simply reaffirm that you have been on the right track for years.

Book Cover: "Last Woman"For me, reading these types of books has opened my eyes to areas in which I need to improve or things that I have overkilled. They give great conversation material with your spouse or group on how you would collectively respond. They can expose areas you all need to address to be better equipped to overcome a disaster.

The largest and most valuable side to reading this particular genre of book, though, is the mental aspect of. Reading these books help to expose your mind to these unlikely (but possible) scenarios. If you take it a step further and form a plan in your mind or go all out to improve your chances, you are ahead of the game so far that you have lapped the people on the couch twice already.

One of the biggest skills we can learn as preppers or self-sufficient people is how to react when sudden and unexpected events occur. We have to mentally train our minds to react instead of freeze up. It is my strong belief that reading some of these types of books and really letting yourself get caught up in them will help on that path.

There are dozens of books like this on Kindle and Nook that are usually $3 or less – many are free. Some aren’t the best story or written very well, so choose at your own risk. Reader reviews and rankings can be helpful,  if you read them. When a book doesn’t have many reviews, a single person who rates it as one star because they hated the hero(ine)’s name (or five stars because they loved the cover) can seriously skew the results, so it’s worth taking the extra minute. Also, an outstanding book may have only a few reviews if it is new or poorly marketed.

Here are some of the books I have read recently that are not only well done, they can really make you think:

Other books that are recommended:

Printable: 32 Survival Books for Your Collection

What disaster books do you recommend?

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Book Review: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-preppers-long-term-survival-guide-jim-cobb/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=book-review-preppers-long-term-survival-guide-jim-cobb http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-preppers-long-term-survival-guide-jim-cobb/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:54:16 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13654 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 Read More

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Jim Cobb bookPrepping 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
  • Security
  • Tools — which are most useful?
  • Entertainment — morale boosting will be important
  • Bartering
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

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Book review: Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid by James Hubbard M.D. http://thesurvivalmom.com/12878/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12878 http://thesurvivalmom.com/12878/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:23:41 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12878 I never thought I would enjoy reading a book about treating burns to human flesh, but I actually did when I read Dr. James Hubbard’s book Burns. When he asked if I would read and review his newest book, I Read More

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I never thought I would enjoy reading a book about treating burns to human flesh, but I actually did when I read Dr. James Hubbard’s book Burns. When he asked if I would read and review his newest book, I was only too glad to do so.

If anyone can make First Aid interesting and understandable, it’s James Hubbard. LR-First-Aid-Cover-2001I’ve enjoyed reading his blog, The Survival Doctor, and watch for his tips on Facebook. His advice is always practical, always easy to understand and apply.

His new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid is a handy 7×5 inches, ready to be popped into a backpack or in the glove compartment of your vehicle. The author’s intention is to make this information handy both in its physical form as well as it’s very readable content.

That’s what I liked most about the Living Ready Pocket Manual. It’s well organized and explains in very simple terms each step in responding to a first aid emergency. In a panic, I don’t need complicated instructions. Just tell me what to do, how to do it, and when to get it done!

Before a first aid emergency hits, Dr. Hubbard provides a comprehensive list of the supplies and medications to have on hand. However, just in case something isn’t available or your kids have used it up playing medic, he also provides suggested alternatives. For example, he recommends SAM splints but then suggests using sticks, paint stirrers, or newspaper as makeshift splints. It’s always a good idea to have alternatives in the back of your mind and listed here in this book, it’s even better.

His list of medical supplies are easily attainable at most any drug store and on Amazon. When I saw his recommendation for including a box of 100 tongue depressors, I knew I wouldn’t be finding those at Walgreens, so headed over to Amazon, and there they were for about 5 bucks. The remaining 145 pages of this book guide the reader through steps in dealing with:

  • What to do when a person collapses
  • How to handle choking
  • How to make water drinkable
  • Dehydration
  • Exposure to extreme heat and cold
  • How to treat both hyperthermia (overheating) and hypothermia
  • Makeshift sound-treatment tools
  • Sterilizing medical instruments
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Animal bites
  • First, second, and third degree burns
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Treating bone, muscle, and joint injuries
  • Pneumonia
  • …and much, much more

You’ll also find “Prevention Tips”, illustrations, pop-out boxes with extra details, and a thorough index. The Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid is just as handy for the busy mom with children as it is to the hunter or backpacker who heads out into the wilderness. Survival minded people will appreciate the practical and realistic advice.

Dr. Hubbard readily admits that calling 911 or seeking medical help is going to be necessary in many situations, but until that ambulance arrives, this book will provide guidance and peace of mind. I highly recommend it.

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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 7, Super Survival Book Bonanza! http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-super-survival-book-bonanza/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-days-holiday-giveaways-super-survival-book-bonanza http://thesurvivalmom.com/12-days-holiday-giveaways-super-survival-book-bonanza/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 05:33:01 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12747 This giveaway has ended. The winners have been notified by email. They are: Melissa, Kristie, Colleen, and Greg. I had several additional books offered by authors and will include them in an upcoming giveaway. Visit this site often to see Read More

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This giveaway has ended. The winners have been notified by email. They are: Melissa, Kristie, Colleen, and Greg. I had several additional books offered by authors and will include them in an upcoming giveaway. Visit this site often to see what’s new!

You’re going to love this giveaway! I’ve collected books from some of the best known authors in the survival and preparedness niche Four Bonanza packages will each contain the following books with dozens of hours of reading pleasure!

pioneering todayANOTHER JUST ADDED!!  Pioneering Today: Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way by Melissa K. Norris   Melissa writes and podcasts on topics related to living a simpler life, one similar to that of our great-grandparents. In this book she explains practical and easy methods for cooking from scratch, preserving your own food, and seeing God’s fingerprint in your everyday, busy life. You’ll learn how to:

  • Decrease your grocery and energy bill
  • Improve your family’s health by cooking from scratch and over 40 delicious recipes
  • Grow and preserve your own food
  • Reduce your time in the kitchen without sacrificing taste and nutrition
  • Expand your view of God in your daily activities

Whether you live in the big city or in the most secluded rural area, you can life the homesteading, pioneer lifestyle.

grid goes down book tony nesterJUST ADDED! When the Grid Goes Down, Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear for Making your Home Self-Reliant by Tony Nester  After you’ve read some of the grid-down/EMP scenario books in today’s prize package, you’ll be grateful for this book by survival expert Tony Nester, who tells you how you can prepare for and survive that type of scenario.

“Topics include: The 6 Key Areas for Creating a Self-Reliant Home, Water Storage and Purification Methods, Alternative Water Sources At Home, Creating a Water Map for Your Region, The 3 Essential Food Types to Stock Up On, Designing an Off-Grid Medical Kit, Home Security and Personal Defense Measures, Safeguarding the Exterior and Interior of Your Home, Heating, Cooling and Lighting When the Power Goes Out, and Alternative Sanitation and Hygiene Methods.”

jim cobb disaster bookJUST ADDED! Preppers Home Defense and The Prepper‘s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness by Jim Cobb. Both are great books, even if you’re not a prepper. Who wouldn’t want to learn about strategies for keeping their home safe or preparing for large scale natural disasters?

“Is your survival plan complete from A to Z? Are you truly 100 percent prepared? Because if you overlook one vital area, fail to stock one critical supply or underestimate one potential danger, your whole plan could come crashing down. The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness guarantees you won’t miss a thing as you prepare for the most important moment in your life. This bible of prepping shows each and every life-saving step necessary to keep your family alive and well when the world around you is in chaos.”

The Perseid Collapse, Steve Konkolys brand new book! In fact, it’s so new, you will receive one of the first copies available! Perseid CollapseSigned, even! I thoroughly enjoyed Steve’s first book, The Jakarta Pandemic (see review here). This new title follows Alex (LeaFletcher into a new, darker reality:

“On August 19, 2019, an inconceivable “event” will unleash a darkness over the United States. A human darkness with a vast appetite for chaos and violence. Alex Fletcher will wake to this new world, thrown headfirst into an impossible journey. His skills and preparations will be put to the ultimate test, in a brutally hostile landscape, where the forged bonds of friendship and family remain the only true constant.”

Lights OutLights Out by David Crawford. This is one of my favorite post-EMP books and is currently being made into a movie! (Learn more about the movie here.) It’s full of action, great survival strategies, and realistic characters. This is the one that first became a best-seller online and was downloaded over 3 million times!

“It chronicles the challenges of Mark “Karate Man” Turner when the lights go out over most of the free world. He must find in himself the ability to unite his family, friends, and neighbors if any of them are to survive the harsh reality that everyday life becomes when the veneer of civilization is stripped away.”

How to surviveHow to Survive the End of the World as We Know It by James Rawles. This classic non-fiction survival handbook covers all the basics. You’ll read Rawles’ recommendations for food storage, water purifiers, home defense, post-collapse communication, and a lot more. This is a must-have manual.

“James Rawles, founder of SurvivalBlog.com, clearly explains everything you need to know to protect yourself and your family in the event of a disaster-from radical currency devaluation to a nuclear threat to a hurricane. Rawles shares essential tactics and techniques for surviving completely on your own, including how much food is enough, how to filter rainwater, how to protect your money, which seeds to buy for your garden, why goats are a smart choice for livestock, and how to secure your home.”

going home bookGoing Home, Surviving Home, and Escaping Home by A. American. All three books in this survival series are included! The series follows one man and his family surviving a collapse of the electrical grid.

The series begins, “If society collapsed, could you survive?When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.During the grueling trek from Tallahassee to his home in Lake County, chaos threatens his every step but Morgan is hell-bent on getting home to his wife and daughters—and he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.”

the end bookThe End and The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf. A super-EMP has left America devastated and Gordon Van Zandt must figure out how to survive with his family and neighbors. This series is well-loved by readers across the country. Click here to ‘Like’ the Facebook page.

“With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety.”

meals in a jar bookThe Meals in a Jar Handbook by Stephanie Peterson, aka Chef Tess Bakeresse. Make your own just-add-water meals with this book filled with original recipes from Stephanie/Chef Tess. It’s a great collection of skillet/casserole recipes, soups, stews, desserts, and even breads! Get to know Stephanie on her Facebook page.

To win one of these prize packages, enter this Rafflecopter giveaway. This giveaway ends on December 10. The winners will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or forfeit their prize.

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Click HERE to download the complete lesson and study sheet.

The_Survival_Mom_1As a mom, it’s sometimes hard to set priorities. Is it more important to get dinner ready, put the laundry in the dryer before it molds, stop the kids from fighting, or listen to my husband telling me about his day?

Not even Calgon can take me away from days like this!

I get the same feeling at times when I start thinking about preparedness. There are emergency kits to pack and maintain, food to store (and make sure it’s in a cool, dark, dry place), security issues to worry about, and so much more.

It’s a good thing that Survival Moms are more than capable and can leap over screaming toddlers in a single bound.

Today’s lesson is all about defining what we should be prepared for and then setting priorities. These 2 steps, along with taking action, will ease any panic and make Calgon baths a luxury, not a necessity!

Define your disaster

When we first begin thinking of planning for a disaster, we may feel reassured since these aren’t events that happen every day. Depending on where you live, you might even feel insulated against hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes. Those things happen to other people, right?

Well, in today’s world, there are other concerns to prepare for, events that touch us all, no matter where we live. In the words of our own government, there are “man-made disasters” that include terrorist attacks, power grid failures, environmental disasters, wildfires, nuclear events, wars, riots…

Still feeling insulated?

Add to that pretty impressive list of man-made disasters are a variety of personal crises, everything from a cancer scare to divorce, and it becomes even more necessary to define exactly what to prepare for.

In fact, random preparedness, going in all directions at once, can actually do more harm than good because it may provide a sense of security without any actual, real security!

To get started defining the first disasters you should prepare for, read pp. 6-13 in your textbook (Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios).

You’ll be listing the disasters that are most likely to affect you on the chart in the downloadable study sheet. This activity will provide a visual of your own reality and might even be a comfort to you when you realize how many things you don’t have to worry about!

Before completing this lesson’s study sheet, be thinking about:

  • The top natural disasters that might affect you, depending on where you live and spend most of your time.
  • The top man-made disasters that are most likely to occur in your area
  • The top extreme weather events to prepare for
  • The most likely personal disasters/crises that would affect you and your loved ones

Peace of mind

Years ago when I ran a home-based business, it seemed as though I always had a dark cloud hanging over me with all the many things I had to do or had forgotten to do. The cloud contained my guilt, my failures, worries about all kinds of things and I never felt free to enjoy life.

I hated that cloud.

If you’ve felt like a black cloud has been hovering over your head filled with fears for the future, scary headlines from the news, and all of the prepper things you’ve been meaning to do, the step of simply defining what you need to really prepare for will make that cloud a little smaller and give you more peace.

As part of this lesson’s assignments, you’ll be identifying only the top 4 disasters that are most likely and imminent in your particular circumstances.

Four big, scary events may still seem daunting, but what if you reviewed the list and selected just one for your primary focus? You may not have the time or resources to prepare for a job loss, tornado, EMP, and a winter blizzard all at once, but certainly you can prepare for one of these!

Remember, this curriculum is called “Step-by-Step…” not “Your family is going to DIE because you didn’t prepare!!”

Of the 4 events you have identified, only one will be your Top Priority Emergency. This will be your first, primary focus.

Dark storm cloud, gone. Poof!

Setting priorities

Once you’ve determined your Top Priority Emergency, you’ll need to tackle it in a smart way.

All too many new preppers immediately rush to buy an expensive water purifier or a truckload of “survival” food. Before you go crazy with that Visa card, let’s establish the most important areas, regardless of the event:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Security
  • Special needs unique to your family

(Shelter, security, and special needs will be included in Lesson 3.)

Water

Water storage sounded so silly to me at first until I heard about an outbreak of meningitis in a town not far from me. Two young children died from the bacteria in their drinking water. I was so grateful for the 50 large water bottles I had stored under various beds throughout the house!

For details on how to store water and different ways to purify it, read pp. 21-28 and complete the Family Preparedness Plan worksheet on p. 34, if you haven’t already done so.

By the way, if a job loss or reduction in hours is a major concern, you may want to pay a bit extra on your water bill each month, just in case. The City will come out to turn off your water if a bill remains unpaid, but a nice credit on your account can help avoid that.

Food

I spent 2 chapters and almost 70 pages in my book devoted just to food storage. If you want to get the full dose of this information, read Chapters 4 and 5.

Otherwise, I want you to start your emergency food storage by focusing on foods that are shelf stable, meaning they can be stored at room temperature, and can be prepared and eaten without any cooking, if necessary.

No one ever died from eating cold ravioli. That I know of.

A list of these Handy, No-Cook Foods can be found on p. 71 or at this link.

Organize your emergency food by meals (breakfast foods all together in one bin, lunch foods all together, and so on) or in containers with enough food for each day. Example: a small bin contains all the food for one day, breakfast (oatmeal energy bars, fruit cups), lunch (cans of juice, cracker/cheese packets, jerky, and cookies), and dinner (canned beef stew, pilot bread, pudding cups, and vodka).

This lesson’s assignment is to collect at least 2 weeks worth of these foods. Write out a daily menu for 14 days using the foods you have stored and still need to buy. You’ll find a form for your daily menu in this lesson’s study sheet.

Store this emergency food in a location that is easily accessed but won’t be so available that the kids will be sneaking into it whenever they’re hungry for a snack! The food should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. Yes, storage conditions are important and can greatly increase, or decrease, the shelf life of your food.

Read pp. 100-108 for more details about proper storage conditions.

A word about organizing supplies

I don’t know about you, but in a severe crisis, the first thing to go is my brain. When the adrenaline is pumping through our veins and we’re faced with something sudden and scary, we very often find it hard to make rational decisions and might easily forget where certain things or stored or even our home address.

Even if you are organizationally challenged, take some extra time to categorize and label emergency supplies.

For your containers of stored food include a list of what they contain and a menu. Don’t assume that you’ll be thinking clearly when the tornado siren sounds.

Organizing now means even more peace of mind later.

Moving forward

After you’ve completed this lesson and its activities, you will have identified your Top Emergency Priority, along with 3 other likely emergencies, and will have stored enough water and food to last you and your family for at least 2 weeks.

In Lesson 3, we’ll focus on making your home disaster-proof, security steps you can put into place, and any special needs considerations.

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Video Vibe Recording! Home & Personal Safety http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-vibe-recording-home-personal-safety/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-vibe-recording-home-personal-safety http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-vibe-recording-home-personal-safety/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:49:38 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12503 Just in case you missed the outstanding video webinar last night, here’s the link for the recording: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/83fba1fc/5530647 You’ll hear a martial arts expert, Steve Ledford, discuss the 4 phases of self-defense, alternative weapons, how a criminal thinks, why there’s Read More

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video vibe cameraJust in case you missed the outstanding video webinar last night, here’s the link for the recording:

https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/83fba1fc/5530647

You’ll hear a martial arts expert, Steve Ledford, discuss the 4 phases of self-defense, alternative weapons, how a criminal thinks, why there’s no such thing as “women’s self defense,” and a lot more. I was so impressed with his information.

Charles Daugherty, an expert in home security introduces a product I’ve never heard of, sill spikes for protecting window sills. He talks about the pros and cons of a home security system, the downside of having a dog for security, and so much more that you’ll see in his slide presentation.

Finally, we wanted to cover school safety, so we invited an assistant principal to address the issue of how to talk with school administrators and teachers about their emergency plans, items kids should carry with them everyday, and how schools have responded to the Sandy Hook shooting.

Here are more details about each speaker:

Steve Ledford, Asheville Integrated Combatives – http://www.avlcombat.com/
Steve currently serves as the Chief Instructor and head of curriculum development for Asheville Integrated Combatives, including the Heroes in Training program, women’s self defense program, and C.O.R.E. Krav Maga. C.O.R.E. is a system developed by Steve over the past several years and is a culmination of the many reality systems he has studied. The goal of C.O.R.E. Krav Maga is to present a reality based system in a format that is quick and easy to learn, providing programming to students who seek to further their martial arts and combatives training across a broad spectrum. While Steve continues to develop the system, he also continues to be an avid martial artist, continuing his own traditional martial arts training under Master Julio Anta (Hung Gar Kung Fu) and Shidoshi Sean Kennedy (Budo Taijutsu), as well as continuing to study street combatives through instructors such as Tony Blauer (SPEAR), Eyal Yanilov (Krav Maga Global), and others.

Charles Daugherty, Patriot Crime Defense – http://patriotcrimedefense.com/
Charles is currently the owner of Patriot Crime Defense which specializes in home security from a prevention stand point.
They have designed and have manufactured The Patriot Door Kit, which when installed will prevent your doors from being kicked in. This type of breach is the most common way a criminal gains access to your home. In addition to his engineering and design background, Charles also is an avid outdoorsman,  a certified NRA Rifle and Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer to name just a few of his many talents. His life is very simple; he want to honor God in his work, take care of his family, and help others succeed!

Todd Sepulveda, Ed. that Matters – http://www.edthatmatters.com/

Todd Sepulveda is an elementary school assistant principal.  He is also a minister and pastors a home church.  Todd is better known in the preparedness community for being the owner of Prepper Website that was started in September of 2011. He also runs Ed that Matters.com where he posts his own articles along with guest posts on education and preparedness.  Ed that Matters also features Todd’s free ebook, Education After the Collapse that has been downloaded more than 6,900 times.  Two times a year Todd publishes The Preparedness Review – a free eReview that contains articles from well-known authors in the preparedness community.  TPR-Spring 2013 was released in May and has already been downloaded over 29,000 times. Todd is a prepper and believes that it is just plain common sense.  He is a native Texan and lives in Houston with his wife and boys.

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