The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster

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From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, you can’t escape that inevitable day when catastrophe strikes your home town — but you can be prepared! Offering a simple DIY approach, this book breaks...

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The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster

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From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, you can’t escape that inevitable day when catastrophe strikes your home town — but you can be prepared! Offering a simple DIY approach, this book breaks down the vital steps you should take into 101 quick, smart and inexpensive projects:

#6 Make a Master List of Passwords

#16 Calculate How Much Water You Need

#33 Start a Food Storage Plan for $5 a Week

#60 Make a Safe from a Hollowed-out Book

#77 Assemble an Inexpensive First Aid kit

#89 Learn to Cook Without Electricity

#94 Pack a Bug-out Bag

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569759295
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 284,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernie Carr has had extensive experience with surviving natural disasters and keeping her family safe. She writes The Apartment Prepper’s Blog and resides in Houston, TX with her family.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Getting Started 17

1 De-Clutter Your Home 17

2 Get Creative About Storage Space 18

3 Rethink Your Mind-Set 20

4 Make a Written Emergency Contact List 22

5 Make a Family Emergency Plan 23

6 Make a Master List of Passwords 24

7 Assemble a 72-Hour Survival Kit 25

8 Avoid Common Preparedness Mistakes 28

9 Carry These Important Items Daily 30

Chapter 2 Financial Readiness 32

10 Create a Personal Economic Disaster Plan 33

11 Start an Emergency Savings Fund 34

12 Pay Off Debt with the Snowball Method 36

13 Review Your Insurance Coverage 37

14 Keep an Emergency Cash Stash in Your Home 38

15 Consider Investing in Precious Metals 39

Chapter 3 Water Needs 44

16 Calculate How Much Water You Need 44

17 Start Collecting Water for Emergencies 45

18 Find Hidden Backup Water Sources in Your Home 47

19 Learn to Empty Your Water Heater 48

20 Find Water Outside Your Home 50

21 Keep Contaminated Water from Entering Your Home 51

22 Learn to Filter Water 52

23 Make a Simple, Inexpensive Homemade Water Filter 53

24 Learn to Purify Water 55

25 Learn to Distill Water 57

26 Learn to Build a Solar Still 58

27 Learn to Build a Vegetation Still 60

28 Learn to Disinfect Water with Sunlight 61

29 Choose a Commercial Water Filter 62

30 Conserve Water in an Emergency 63

Chapter 4 Food Supplies 64

31 Track What You Eat 65

32 Learn Basic Cooking Skills 67

33 Start a Food Storage Plan for $5 a Week 68

34 Buy What You Eat, Eat What You Store 72

35 Stockpile Food 73

36 Rotate Your Food Supply 74

37 Know the Different Types of Expiration Dates 75

38 Consider Storing MREs 76

39 Store Dehydrated and Freeze-Dried Food 77

40 Decide How Much Food to Store 79

41 Buy Staples in Bulk 80

42 Overcome the Enemies of Food Storage 84

43 Learn to Sprout Seeds and Beans 86

44 Learn to Cook Lentils and Beans 88

45 Learn to Make Homemade Yogurt 90

46 Learn to Marinate Vegetables 92

47 Learn to Make Freezer Jam 94

48 Learn Basic Canning Methods 95

49 Try Sample Canning Recipes 99

50 Dry Herbs and Peppers without a Food Dehydrator 102

51 Make Your Own Beef Jerky 103

52 Learn to Make Bread from Scratch 105

53 Start an Inexpensive Container Garden 107

54 Start Your Own Seeds 108

55 Start a Garden in a Small Space 109

Chapter 5 Ready Your Home 112

56 Teach Children About Prepping 112

57 Don't Forget About the Pets 114

58 Keep Important Documents in One Binder 115

59 Secure Family Photos and Keepsakes 117

60 Make a Safe from a Hollowed-Out Book 118

61 Assemble a Car Emergency Kit 120

62 Assemble a Desk Emergency Kit 122

63 Assemble a Mini Survival Kit in a Mint Tin 123

64 Stock Up on Multipurpose Items 124

65 Make a Can Organizer for Your Pantry 130

66 Prepare for an Earthquake 131

67 Prepare for a Hurricane 134

68 Prepare for a Tornado 136

69 Prepare for a Flood 138

70 Prepare for an Ice Storm 141

Chapter 6 Personal Health and Safety 143

71 Follow the Number-One Safety Rule 144

72 Protect Yourself from Crime 145

73 Know Basic Fire Safety 148

74 Protect Your Family from Germs 149

75 Learn to Make a Disinfectant Cleaner from Emergency Kit Items 151

76 Take a Fitness Reality Check 152

77 Assemble an Inexpensive First Aid Kit 153

78 Assemble an Emergency Dental Kit 156

79 Make an Electrolyte Solution to Prevent Dehydration 157

80 Learn to Make a Gel Pack for Muscle Pain Relief 158

81 Learn to Make a Saline Spray for a Stuffy Nose 159

82 Get by with What You Have 160

83 Learn to Make a Temporary Toilet 164

84 Learn to Dispose of Waste Matter 165

Chapter 7 When the Power Is Out 166

85 Assemble a Power Failure Kit 167

86 Know What to Do if You Have a Power Outage 168

87 Consider Buying a Generator 169

88 Learn to Store Gasoline Safely 170

89 Learn to Cook Without Electricity 172

91 Learn to Build an Outdoor Pit Oven 173

91 Know Different Ways to Start a Fire 175

92 Consider Alternative Lighting 177

93 Learn to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee Without Electricity 179

Chapter 8 When You Have to Get Out 184

94 Pack a Bug-Out Bag 185

95 Determine Whether You Should Stay or Go 189

96 Make an Evacuation Plan in Advance 191

97 Find Exit Routes from the City 194

98 Have the Right Footwear for Walking Out 195

99 Keep Paracord on Hand 197

100 Learn to Navigate Without a Compass 198

101 Learn to Signal for Help if You Are Stranded 200

A Final Word 203

Resources 204

Acknowledgments 211

About the Author 213

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Great tips that most people can do

    Our family has been working on being more prepared for emergencies; there is just so much stuff going on throughout the world that it is hard not to think about it. So rather than getting excessively worried, we are trying to filter that worry into preparing (which we feel is way more useful and less stressful than fear and anxiety). We have read about preparedness on the internet and some tips are great and others well are not so great. There are many suggestions out there that cost a lot of money and well we don’t have a lot of extra money to spend. This book has very logical tips (that can usually be completed without a lot of money) that our family can do without being overwhelmed or intimidated. The tips can help readers wade through the mass amount of information available from other sources and realize which things are truly important when starting out. The book is broken into eight categories which makes it easy to work on various things and not be prepared in only one area (I know I wouldn’t want to only prepare in food storage and forget about preparing my water storage or first aid!). However one has to remember that this book is meant to be a pocket guide and not a 1000 page book on preparedness. This book will give you ideas and help you plan but will not show you how to make 10 different wilderness shelters; it’s just not designed to do that.

    The first chapter is “getting started”.

    The second chapter is about financial readiness.

    The third chapter is to help readers prepare a water storage.

    Chapter four is about food storage.

    Chapter five is about readying your home. This chapter includes tips on how to add baby/infant items, pet supplies to your storage needs, multipurpose items to stock up on, things you will need for an earthquake, hurricane, flood, and ice storm.

    Chapter six is personal health and safety.

    Chapter seven is “when the power is out”.

    Chapter eight is entitled when you have to get out.

    Our family has used this book to create a preparedness plan. We went through each chapter and made a list of the things we would like to do to help prepare us in case of an emergency. We are slowly but steadily checking off the list and it is helping us feel a lot less stressed about the crazy situations going on throughout the world.

    I received this book for free to facilitate my review. However this did not affect my opinions on the book. All opinions are 100% mine and my immediate family’s.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    The Survival Guide for the Rest of Us

    What great little book! These days everyone is talking about prepping and yet so many people think that prepper's are gun toting weirdo's that wear camouflage clothing 24/7. Of course nothing could be further from the truth and this book proves it.

    I found "The Prepper's Pocket Guide" to be chock full of sensible and practical tips for both new and experienced preppers. The best part is that most of the tips described cost very little money and many can be implemented for free using everyday household items.

    Here is why I love this book:

    1. The tips are short and to the point. No extra fluff - just simple, easy to follow techniques for accomplishing a myriad of prepping goals.

    2. The practical tips are universally applicable to a wide variety of living situations, including city and apartment dwellers that may not have a lot of extra space available for their emergency supplies.

    3. Big bucks are not required. None of the tips in this book require a fat bank account. As a matter of fact, many of the tips are of the do-it-yourself type that require common household items and no extra cash at all.

    4. No doom and gloom, no end of the world, no SHTF. This book is upbeat and upfront when describing prepping as an adjunct to insurance.

    5. The tips apply to day to day life where accidents, storms and insecurities about jobs and the economy are a reality. The Prepper's Pocket Guide is about being ready for the unexpected with a security blanket of preparedness strategies and tools.

    There are a number survival guides out there but most are either highly technical or such thick tomes that they are intimidating to someone just getting started. This is the perfect book for the beginning prepper although there is plenty of useful material for the experienced prepper as well.

    This is a book everyone should have in their library. Highly recommended!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Great reference for salty veterans or newbies.

    Prepper's Pocket Guide is a great review for survivalists who have been in the game a while, or an equally good starting point for newbies getting going.

    It's broken into 101 sections that are roughly a page each, so very easy to scan through and get to what you want.

    Not an "end of the world" book. More about emergency preparedness than "tough guy survival." If you're looking for that, this is not the book for you. Very usable ideas though--especially relating to food storage and securing drinking water.

    Cool graphics and charts as well.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Excellent guide for new and seasoned preppers - highly recommend

    I am not usually a fan of the 'dummy's guide to....' or '101 easy steps to...' kind of book. This excellent little handbook is a rare exception. Well written and broken down into logical subject headings it is a great checklist for the seasoned prepper to see if their preps are as complete as they think. Have you really checked to see if you have everything needed to cook that food you stored? Really? Going through the food section will help double check what you have.

    For the beginner who is overwhelmed by the idea that they have to go out and get a year's supply of food at $1300 per person this little book is the answer. Simply put, don't waste your money. The guide leads through easy stages to find what you need, where to get it, and how to store it. No huge outlays - you can successfully prep on $5 a week and this guide shows you how.

    In each major area, the book takes you through the essentials and shows you what you need and how to get it. There is no attempt to sell you on this gizmo or that food supplier. It is a simple straightforward look at those things that one needs should the support structure that we have grown accustom to disappear.

    Now, for the draw back. One of the reasons I am not a fan of most guides is that they don't contain enough detail. While this guide is better than most, no pocket guide can contain the background information that will help you understand the 'why' of something. It can tell you to use unscented chlorine bleach to make your water safe to drink but doesn't go into detail as what is wrong with the lemon scented stuff in the laundry room. It is a minor point and I would hope all readers would get interested and seek more information in every area. While I found the book accurate and often offering alternatives to critical needs, my bias says that being informed of the 'why' of a thing better equips you for survival.

    With that caveat, this little guide is very helpful for both old and new preppers alike. It is small enough to be carried (do you remember EXACTLY how much bleach to use per gallon of water? It's in the book) so it should always be available. It is a great refresher for things you already know and a really solid checklist to see if there are any gaping holes in your preps.

    The price is very reasonable and you can have a hard copy and a copy on your nook or other ebook reader for under $20. I highly recommend it as an easy read with a great deal of information that just might keep you or a loved one alive.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Useful, Thoughful, and Helpful

    Bernie Carr's new book: The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster would be an excellent book for someone curious about where to begin preparing for possible future difficulties. :: "A Disaster" does not necessarily mean a Zombie Apocalypse, it can be something as common as illness or a loss of work for a time. These days, with so much uncertainty about the common infrastructure, finding simple ways to prepare for possible difficulty is a kind of "insurance", increasing our confidence and peace of mind, that we are more likely to weather a transitional time well. :: The Pocket Guide is a helpful, not-scary introduction to major categories to think about and prepare. Bernie's writing is clear, and reading her book feels a bit like having a knowledgeable friend to talk to. Looking through the chapters: Getting Started, Financial Readiness, Water Needs, Food Supplies, Ready Your Home, Personal Health and Safety, When the Power is Out, and lastly, When You Have to Get Out; each section of the book has numerous useful, simple projects. :: While it can be easy to either feel overwhelmed and do nothing, or to become obsessed with one aspect of preparation and forget to maintain balance, this simple book is a good reminder that really, it's not too late, it's not too difficult... Just move forward one small step at a time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013


    Very quick read. Gives good advise on prepping as a supplement to other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Outstanding resource!

    Outstanding resource!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012


    This book was awesome!!! HAS great tips tht are good for a begginer and great as a review for experts

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Short but Sweet read.

    Informative but limited.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Helpful for a Newbie!

    This is very good for a beginner like me. There are topics in here that I will be exploring further, too...ones that never would have crossed my mind. :0)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011


    There is a whole lot of useful information in this book, and even if you use only half of it, it may just save your life, and your family! You can never be too prepared or too ready when it comes to disasters. We recently had an earthquake followed a week later by a the Mid Atlantic! Unheard of! It was pretty mild in my area but it was definitely a wake up call. It could have been a million times worse. The more knowledge you have, the more likely you are to get through it. This book is a must read for those who want to be among "the survivors".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 29, 2012

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