Whether you’re lost in the woods, facing an armed insurrection, or preparing for a hurricane, the experts at Outdoor Life magazine are the people you want on your side. An amazing compilation of 333 survival skills that you may need if you are in a sticky Wilderness, Disaster, or Urban situation. With all of the kinds of stories and different perspectives I have read about in my life, I have a great imagination and can put myself into pretty much any role and understand why the character would think, or feel, or act in certain ways. By reading books that present these scenarios in a non-threatening way (it’s just a story, right?), readers can safely get caught up in the emotions and truly contemplate how they would feel, react, and respond.
For me, reading these types of books has opened my eyes to areas in which I need to improve or things that I have overkilled. The largest and most valuable side to reading this particular genre of book, though, is the mental aspect of.
One of the biggest skills we can learn as preppers or self-sufficient people is how to react when sudden and unexpected events occur.
There are dozens of books like this on Kindle and Nook that are usually $3 or less – many are free. There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product. I am an avid reader, and have always been drawn to this kind of fiction, ever since I discovered Alas Babylon as a grade schooler! I liked the story line for the most part but it has a Zombie factor and I just can’t go there.
Of course a lot of the content is uncomfortable to horrifying in this type of book by I agree it makes your brain work. I enjoyed several books from the 299 Days series and Trojan Horse (though not specifically survival – it focuses on computer dependence issues). Surviving a Disaster Book - Evacuation Strategies and Emergency Kits for Staying Alive - A Survival Book by Tony Nester. In his third book in the Practical Survival series, veteran survival instructor Tony Nester takes you through the mental attitude, scenarios, planning, and gear for overcoming natural and manmade disasters where you are forced to evacuate your home. Years in the making, Surviving a Disaster covers what has worked for those who have lived through actual disasters and delves into the practical skills for preparing you and your family. Tony Nester has taught survival courses for Military Special Operations Units, the National Transportation & Safety Board, and served as a consultant for the Discovery Channel. Simple step-by-step guidelines to help you get started with minimum effort, time, and money. A handy reference and easy access to quick tips, ideas, and the information you need-when you need it.
Using this Quick-Start Guide, you can make significant progress in as little as a few hours. This book is the one you need if you want to protect your family, save yourself, and prevail over any danger.Your Go-To Guide for Surviving Anything GET READY, GET SET, SURVIVE!You're lost in the woods without food or water.


My only disappointment was that my E-ARC was missing pages so I didn’t get the entire manuscript.Rich Johnson has written an entertaining and informative guide to survival.
The in-color illustrations and diagrams are excellent for each skill being taught and are fun to peruse even for us couch potatoes and dreamers of adventure. I read a novel a day and if I couldn’t find something new to read, I would read a book over again. Even the ‘bad guys.’ The entertainment value and escapism is wonderful, of course, but the fact that it enriched my way of thinking and increased my ability to see both sides of the story is far more important. Stories depicting an EMP taking out the electrical grid in our country or a meteor hitting the planet and sending tidal waves across the oceans, helps the reader visualize and consider things what they would do and need to counter such an event. It is easy to judge characters’ decisions while you are safe and secure in your home reading.
They give great conversation material with your spouse or group on how you would collectively respond.
I would love to read a book written by someone who would direct it more to a woman or just an average person even.
Some were better than others, but my favorite parts are where characters repurpose things, and learn new hacks to make life a little better than just stone age living. The most effective means of surviving a disaster is to have the essential gear and plans in place beforehand. The variety of genres and subjects I read were all over the place and I have gone through phases of reading only mystery or only non-fiction. It has allowed me to adapt to odd situations more easily and handle emergencies with calm focus (I tend to ‘freak out’ after it is all over, haha!) and that is vitally important in disaster situations. If you apply what they are going through to your own situation and how it would truly affect you, the realizations may be huge (as in you are NOT prepared at all) or they may simply reaffirm that you have been on the right track for years. They can expose areas you all need to address to be better equipped to overcome a disaster. If you take it a step further and form a plan in your mind or go all out to improve your chances, you are ahead of the game so far that you have lapped the people on the couch twice already. It is my strong belief that reading some of these types of books and really letting yourself get caught up in them will help on that path.
Hicks’ series about GMO run amok (Season of the Harvest, Bitter Harvest, Reaping the Harvest). Late last year the genre got me to thinking so much, that it transferred over to my own family. In his book The Ultimate Survival Manual Rich Johnson offers a comprehensive guide that will prepare you for all those pesky eventualities such as being mauled by a bear, finding yourself in a workplace shooting or making it through a mud slide.Packed into four big chapters - Essentials, Wilderness, Disaster, Urban - this short yet informative guide gives knowledgeable advice on many likely, or not so likely, situations you could one day be faced with. I had not realized this would in a survival manual though I know survival skills for urban living.This title is packed full of wonderful pictures and hints for rough situations. The how-to instructions are limited to one page or less for each skill so may not be as detailed as some would-be adventurers might need if in an actual survival situation, but with this book in hand, smart, daring, and desperate-to-survive folks will be well on their way to getting home safely once more.


Whitley Streiber has some great novels with a lot of good little hints peppered throughout, such as The Coming Global Superstorm (with Art Bell), Warday (with James Kunetka) and more.
How would they survive, how could we deal with situations when faced with long term survival needs.
You don’t have to go out in the wilderness to be in a situation that requires survival techniques.
Kyle Pratt is a newer author I’ve gotten to know as I won an autographed copy of Through Many Fires. The thoughts led me in another direction as well, one that told a story and I turned it into my very own survival book.
Know what to do when the going gets tough.In an Urban Crisis Arm yourself with the latest self-defense moves, weapons tips, and home-protection tactics, plus crucial strategies for handling bad guys and bad situations at home and abroad.
No harm in keeping the spirits up with some jokes when faced by a hungry bear, right?Though obviously, when lives are at risk, the most important thing is to know what to do, or what not to do (playing McGuyer is usually not a good idea). There’s a chance that there is a large amount of information in this book you will never need.
The manual includes many handy tips from how to filter water while lost in the wilderness, how to start a fire in the snow, to helping someone struck by lightning or dealing with downed power lines in a car, and how to throw a knife or defend yourself with keys.
Complemented with photos and illustrations, there is plenty of background information included too (who would have thought that not all bears are equally scary). However, the one technique that you learn that later saves yours or someone else’s life is invaluable.
This manual is full of useful information that can be used in daily life but that will better prepare many of us for those situations that we think may never happen to us, but one day do.
Sorry for the plug, but honestly, when you enjoy something so much that you have to recreate it in your own spin, that just shows your passion right? Additionally you'll find case studies as well as life-threatening situations which the author himself lived through. Okay maybe learned is not the right word but I realized there was something I hadn’t thought of.
Rich recommends that you keep an emergency bag in your office or place of work that includes rugged clothing, socks and a pair of tennis shoes.
The bag is available if you need to leave your work in a hurry and are not dressed for an emergency.
I would, almost, have thought it unnecessary but I guarantee that one day you wear the tight skirt or new dress shoes is the day that the weather turns and you have to evacuate or a shooter comes into the area and you have to flee.It’s a scary and dangerous world out there.



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