Showing posts with label catastrophe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label catastrophe. Show all posts

Sunday, November 12, 2017

33 Recommended Books For the Prepper and Survivalist




By Karen Roguski


Being a prepper, farmer, or survivalist can be difficult for those that are not ready and prepared. It takes knowledge of just about every detail that one might have or didn’t realize that they will need.


To help one be as knowledgeable as possible we have gathered together our recommended 33 books. These reading materials are to help ensure accurate and hopefully complete knowledge for the all - the beginner to the proficient.


  • Prepper Handbook: Road Map to Advanced Disaster Preparedness by JR Ray
  • Living Well on Practically Nothing by Edward H. Romney
  • The Encyclopedia of Country Living – by Carla Emery
  • Country Living by Carla Emery
  • The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
  • Just in Case by Kathy Harrison
  • Real World Survival by Richard Lowe Jr
  • Live Off The Land In The City And Country by Ragnar Benson
  • SHTF Prepping: The Proven Insider Secrets For Survival, Doomsday and Disaster Preparedness by Gavin Williams
  • Off The Grid Living by Oliver Stokes
  • The Self-Sufficiency Handbook by Alan Bridgewater
  • Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring
  • Crisis Preparedness Handbook by Jack A. Spigarelli
  • Countdown to Preparedness by Jim Cobb
  • SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
  • Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
  • Prepper's Homesteading by Nathan Chester
  • Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton
  • Prepping Made Easy by Terry Garreth
  • Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury
  • Little House on the suburbs by Deanna Caswell, Daisy Siskins and Jacqueline Musser
  • Prepper: Complete Prepper’s Survival Guide And Self Sufficient Living by Greg Adams
  • The Home Survivalist's Handbook by Christopher "BigBear" Eastin  and  Ryan Acker
  • Prepping: How To Survive Off The Grid by Martin Luxtonberg
  • The Prepper's Workbook Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazz
  • Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival by Creek Stewart
  • Survival Theory: A Preparedness Guide by Jonathan Hollerman
  • The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way by Joseph Alton and‎ Amy Alton
  • Practical Prepping (No Apocalypse Required) by Randall S Powers and Steven Konkoly
  • How To Survive The End Of The World by James Wesley Rawles
  • Doomsday Prepping Crash Course Book by Patty Hahne
  • Barnyard in your Backyard by Gail Damerow
  • PREPAREDNESS NOW! by Aton Edwards

One will find hundreds of additional topics, handbooks, tips and tricks books and PDF’s. Keep in mind that with new books coming out on a daily basis one's library will never be totally complete. With this in mind, we at Family Survival Farm hope that you will list any additional recommendations below.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About


There are lots of reasons people make mistakes when first beginning their prepping journey. One of the main ones is that it is rushed into with very little planning put into place first.

Really though, the lack of information is usually at the root of every mistake made. That’s good news, because it’s easy to get your hands on information these days! While there are some places that have faulty information, you should be able to discern, sooner than later, between the good and the bad.

To kick-start your momentum, we’re going to offer you some tips right now that will help you with your prepping and hopefully catapult you into your own research. Remember, do what’s right for you and yours, and you will have successfully prepped. It’s just that simple.

Live Below Your Means

Pinching pennies pays off!


We live in a day and age where the American dream seems to be the rule of the land for most people. Everyone wants a college degree, a home on some land, a new car, a couple of credit cards and plenty of money in a savings account in case anything goes wrong. While some of this makes great sense, in a real emergency scenario, much of this will no longer matter.

We could spend pages and pages explaining all the things that could go wrong and wind up causing you to leave the home, land and vehicles behind. We could talk at length about banking systems and what can ultimately happen to your money. However, we’ll leave that topic for another day.

The point is, in order to do your best prepping, living below your means is incredibly important. It’s tempting, I know, to put tons of prepping supplies on a credit card and feel accomplished. However, it’s better still to be frugal and save money that can be used on those supplies instead.

If you’ve never lived in a frugal manner before, the task might seem daunting at first. In this case, don’t make all the major changes all at once, but rather pick one a week. Over time, you will have moved into a lifestyle that allows you to save a lot more money than you ever thought you’d be able to.

The Important of Water Cannot Be Stressed Enough

Saving water is important too.


The fact is, you will last a whole lot longer without food than you will without water and in an emergency, you will use a whole lot more of it than you think you will. Keep in mind that you will not only be drinking water, but bathing in it, washing your dishes in it, providing hydration for any pets you might have, and more.

So the two or three gallons per week per person that most agree you have to have is really only for drinking purposes. Figure in much more than this for other things, especially if you are on the move and won’t be staying in one place for long at a time.

There has been a lot of discussion as to what the best storage containers for water are. Try to stay away from the bottles that single-serve drinking water actually comes in. Experts agree you shouldn’t even reuse these because chemicals from the plastic will leach into the water and can make you sick.

Empty milk jugs are another go-to container for many preppers, but this could be a bad idea overall as well. If you’re not carefully, you might not get all of the residue from the milk cleaned out. This gives a perfect environment for bacteria to grow in your water, eventually resulting in you or your family getting sick. Food grade containers, especially those made specifically for storing water, are the best.

Another important note on this topic is that you don’t have to go out and purchase water. It’s just as easy, over time, to catch and store your own. Again, we suggest using the right containers because safety is of the utmost importance in an emergency situation.

Don’t Store What You Won’t Use

Sometimes, you might come across a deal on canned goods that just seems too good to pass up. Perhaps it’s spinach or artichoke hearts. My advice in this situation is to think before you buy! Filling the shelves of your emergency pantry might be important to you, but if you buy foods your family won’t eat, you are wasting money, plain and simple.

It’s more than ok to pass on items like this and just wait for sales on foods that will be used. This way, not a penny is wasted, nothing will have to be thrown out because it wasn’t eaten, and in the event that there is no emergency, years down the road, you can serve it for a regular meal.

Rotate Your Emergency Pantry



If you haven’t already done so, make sure to keep a running inventory of all the food items you have in your prepper’s pantry. One of the most important pieces of information to keep on this inventory is the expiration date of each item. Of course, the expiration date isn’t the “magic day” on which that particular item goes bad, but it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to.

If you’ve had food stored for a while and find yourself nearing an expiration day, go ahead and serve that item for a meal. Then simply replace it with the same thing, or with something similar. It all depends on your desire for the contents of your pantry.

The Importance of Regular Exercise

It’s not always first on the list that you need to be in shape in the event of a large-scale catastrophe. However, if something were to happen, it’s likely that there would be a great deal of moving, hiking, lifting and more to be done. All that involves strenuous physical labor, and if you’re not in shape, you might be in trouble.

Even spending a few minutes on a treadmill a couple of times a day will help. If you’re able to do more, by all means, do it. Regular exercise benefits you every single day and in some cases, can stave off illness and certain diseases that are linked to being out of shape.

In Closing

Just remember, you don’t have to do everything in a day, a week or even a month. The fact that you are getting started is the most important thing. And so is finding quality information you can trust to help you make all the right decisions.


Hopefully, if you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, these tips will have helped you get a decent start on the right things. Good luck and happy prepping!