Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Authors: Kylene and Jonathan Jones
Publisher: Plain Sight Publishing
“Current world events are prompting many individuals to prepare now. While prepping is important, we recommend that you always strive to keep balance in your life,” Kylene and Jonathan Jones remind readers in their book, The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies.
At three hundred and sixty-eight pages, this paperback targets individuals who want to be prepared for an emergency. With no introduction or index, the book contains twenty-three chapters, ending with chapter notes and the authors’ biographies. Charts, bullet point lists, and black and white photographs are spread throughout the pages.
Knowing that each of us may possibly face some type of natural disaster, illness outbreak, terrorist/war situation, or man-made events or accidents in the future, authors Jones have compiled a guide for preparing for the worst.
With four types of people being those that are oblivious, target painters, rat racers, and excuse slayers, the book is geared toward expanding knowledge and preparation for any future disaster, mainly related to water, food, and quality of life.
After the first three chapters discussing where to begin, the odds of experiencing a catastrophe, and how to survive and thrive during one, the majority of the book contains tips, instructions, and suggestions for survival.
From having an emergency plan and survival kit, options mention communication, water storage, disinfection, and purification, sanitation, food storage, fuel safety, emergency lighting, heating, cooking, and shelter. Also offered are ways to keep warm or cool, home protection, security, personal safety, medications, community involvement, and financial and legal documentation.
With checklists of house preparation and vehicle / survival emergency kits, also are directions for long-term water storage, storage container comparisons, instructions for disinfecting water using household bleach, long-term food storage calculations, and a cooking fuel planning guide.
Focusing on different types of water purification such as boiling, pasteurization, distillation, using chlorine or dry calcium hypochlorite, and iodine, also mentioned are types of filtering. Cooking methods cover insulated and pressure cookers to apple boxes and Dutch ovens as well as solar cookers and portable grills. The authors also explain their family experiment living four days with no heat in their home during winter.
Although there is little information or instructions of what to do during a nuclear, biological, or chemical incident as far as taping off a room, knowing when it is safe to go outside, and medical precautions, the book concentrates on typical survival tips dealing with a disaster.
Thanks to Cedar Fort for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.