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Posted March 9, 2013
Good Book! Some ideas are a little out there, but overall good i
Good Book! Some ideas are a little out there, but overall good ideas!
Prepper’s Home Defense
By Jim Cobb
As some of you may know we are into preparing. Preparing for what you may ask; we prepare for natural disasters, unemployment, tragedies, manmade disasters, etc. Now just because we try our best doesn’t make us experts so we read a lot of books written by experts to try to prepare better and more efficiently. The latest book we have added to our library is called “Prepper’s Home Defense” and I actually gave it to my husband for Christmas (He was pretty excited to get it!)
Most of us have heard the instructions to build your food storage but it’s good to remember “all the preps in the world will do you no good if someone takes them from you” (as the author put it).
I love in the introduction that Cobb reminds us that in the aftermath of an event that leads to a long term lapse in social services (ie police and fire departments) the rules will change significantly. If people can’t feed their families what lengths are they going to go to in order to find food? This is what we need to prepare for. It’s scary, but it’s a harsh reality.
This book covers a lot of topics; from simple things such as creating a security plan, how to add to your storage without drawing attention from others, to how to defend the perimeter and how to create a secure structure (think doors, windows, walls, etc). He also talks about things such as: safe rooms (Cobb gives some great pointers and things to think about - things that I never would have even realized before reading this book), storing cashes (items hidden outside your home that you may need in the future), firearms and weapons, physical combat, guard dogs, communication, helping parents to help prepare their children, things to be included in a “bug out” bag, and more. Also included in the back of the book is an appendix of further reading and useful websites and suppliers.
He also reminds us that most of the things in this book are things that should be planned and prepared for but should NOT be used except in a post-collapse scenario. He is not concerned with a common potential burglar after your new computer. Those type of things are for police officers. Post-collapse emergency response will not be available.
We really liked that his book is written for real people in a real home – not people living in an isolated area or in a remote bomb shelter (or whatever – you get the point). It’s written for home owners across the US. However some of the suggestions are a bit out there and we are not sure we would really do them (for example when discussing how to prepare your perimeter Cobb suggests to build a fence or grow a hedge around your property and then right inside the fence or hedge dig a trench and fill it with glass, nails, etc. I do not think this would be a very wise move for the modern family – especially if you have kids). But the book did a good job at opening our eyes and making us aware that if something major were to happen it would not be all play and games, we would need to be willing to do anything to protect our families and defend our home.
I received this book for free to facilitate my review. This did not affect my opinions of the book, author, or publisher.
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