When you first take the leap into a prepared lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There are so many potential disasters that it’s hard to figure out how to prepare for all of them. What if you could find a reference – in which the information you needed was all together in one place? What if you could find a book that taught you all you needed to know to get ready for…well, pretty much anything? What if there was a blueprint that organized the steps a family needed to take to be prepared not only for short term disasters, but for long-term self sufficiency?
That book is here and it’s called The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster.
I had the opportunity to work with Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition for the past two years as she brought this book to life. I’ve never taken on an editing job that I felt so strongly about as this one. Every chapter I read, I learned from, even though I’ve been involved in preparedness for many years. Since I helped to edit this resource, I wouldn’t call this article a review, but an announcement.
Based on her very popular series, 52 Weeks to Preparedness, the book takes Tess’s weekly step-by-step guide to an entirely different level.
Here’s the excerpt from Amazon:
Across the ages, in every survival story, a disaster of some sort plays a prominent role. Sometimes the part is played by the government, sometimes it is played by Mother Nature, and other times, the role is taken on by a random mishap. If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not.
A crisis rarely stops with a triggering event. The aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. Because of this, it’s important to have a well-rounded approach to our preparedness efforts. Due to the overwhelming nature of preparedness, we have created the Prepper’s Blueprint to help get you and your family ready for life’s unexpected emergencies. To make a more comprehensive, easy-to-follow program, The Prepper’s Blueprint has been simplified and divided up in a way to help you make sense of all the preparedness concepts and supply lists provided. We have divided the chapters into layers of preparedness.
Layer 1: Chapters 1-14, prepares you for those everyday disasters that have shorter-term effects: power outages, storms, injuries, and evacuations
Layer 2: Chapters 15-31 help you to get ready for disasters that turn out to be much longer-lasting: economic collapse, long term power outages, and pandemics, to name a few.Layer 3: Chapters 32-56 prepares you for the long haul and a complete change of lifestyle, the end of the world as we know it: providing food and water once supplies run out, security, retreat properties, and long-term plans
The goal of The Prepper’s Blueprint is to help you find freedom through self-reliance, and ultimately, to get you and your family to a point where you can not only survive, but thrive, in a world that may be permanently altered.
While the book is an excellent tool for beginners, it is not just for those who are new to the prepping game. I’ve been at this for a long time, and the lists at the end of each chapter showed me that there were some definite holes in my preparedness. The beauty of this book is in the organization – it makes it so simple to get prepared for the unexpected. With reference to actual disasters, first person stories, and list after list, it thoroughly answers the questions of “why” you need to have certain items or skills and “how” to acquire them.
Many of the chapters have supplemental information. There are instructions on everything from “How to Build an Outhouse” to “How to Treat Frostbite”. Most chapters start with an article straight from the headlines, a first-person experience during a crisis, or another story that makes the situation come to life. This book is 430 pages of concentrated information, written in a down-to-earth, engaging style. If you are serious about getting prepared, The Prepper’s Blueprint is a must-have.