My library of preparedness and survival books is growing by leaps and bounds. Recently I had the chance to read blogger Ray Gano’s book, Survive the Coming Storm and am glad to have it on my bookshelf.
Ray writes from the perspective of a Christian and a guy, naturally, and this book is ideal for men, in particular, who are fairly new to the idea of preparedness. It’s not that the book doesn’t contain any “advanced” information but because Ray does a very good job of first laying out why it’s important to prepare. I’ve always said that awareness has to come before action, and this book does a very good job of taking the reader step by step through the complicated series of events that have brought us to the point of feeling the need to buy buckets of wheat and freeze dried food.
Interwoven with sound advice and specific examples of preparedness, Ray shares his own experiences and how he and his wife, Tracye, became hard-core preppers. Like many of us, their prepper story began with Hurricane Katrina. Living only two hours from the Gulf Coast, Ray’s tells the story of straggling into Walmart the night before Katrina hit and finding a store stripped of nearly every useful good. It was nice to know that even those of us with preparedness backgrounds and mindsets can sometimes be caught unaware by a gathering storm.
Survive the Coming Storm continues with specific advice of what foods to store and what has worked well for Ray and his family. One feature that will appeal to most men is the 50+ pages of information and advice about weapons. Ray has told me that he’s, “a knife guy,” thus Chapter 7: A Few Words About Knives. Most readers will appreciate his recommendations of specific brands and models of both firearms and knives as well as tips for using and concealing them.
It’s always interesting to read the perspectives and experiences of others because when it comes to survival, no two individuals or families are exactly alike. A food storage plan that works perfectly for one person might be woefully inadequate or over the top for others. That’s one of the values of this book. Ray’s approach to survival is based on everyday products and simple tactics. It doesn’t leave the reader thinking, “We don’t live like this at all!”
Ray Gano’s Survive the Coming Storm provides a comprehensive response to the questions, “Why should we prepare?” and “What do you think is going to happen in the future?” It’s foundational to understand the need to prepare and what one should be prepared for. You’ll find plenty of helpful tips for getting the most out of your food dehydrator and some very creative ideas for foraging for food using Google Maps, which make the book even more helpful.
If you would like to hear more from Ray in person, I interviewed him on my Survival Mom Radio Hour, and you can listen to that episode on either of these links:
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