We don’t really know if these are truly the best disaster preparedness books , however these are the ones we love the most. All of them are written by experts in the disaster preparedness field and are especially suitable for new and inexperienced preppers.
Remember that knowledge weighs nothing so the more you learn the better off you will be in an emergency. In the meantime however, a good preparedness and survival library is a great investment and an outstanding reference asset. Books are also great to keep with you in your camper or vehicle so you can look things up in the field when electricity and Wi-Fi might not be available.
These books are not listed in any particular order. We truly hope you will find this list informative and helpful.
1) STRATEGIC RELOCATION by Joel Skousen
Joel Skousen is a political scientist and commentator specializing in the philosophy of law and Constitutional theory. He is also a survival consultant specializing in preparedness topics, particularly survival retreat and fallout shelter design and construction. Joel was born in San Diego, raised in Oregon and served as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot in Viet Nam. He currently operates the World Affairs Brief which is highly recommended to all preppers as a good source of information.
Skousen’s book STRATEGIC RELOCATION outlines locations throughout North America capable of providing safe havens during emergencies. Listed and described is every state in the U.S. as well as every province in Canada. The book includes full color maps, land use, geography, threats to security and much more.
2) THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS HANDBOOK by Dr Arthur T. Bradley
Small enough to take anywhere and packed with high value information. Dr Bradley is a U.S. Army veteran, author, preparedness expert and a NASA engineer. His book is geared towards family disaster preparedness and will help you build a complete Disaster Preparedness plan. This book not only covers all the obvious necessities such as water and food, but also sheds light on topics very often overlooked such as care for the elderly and pets. If you have a family and have some unanswered questions with regard to how to handle a particular scenario, this book is highly recommended.
3) WHEN ALL HELL BRAKES LOOSE by Cody Lundin.
Very well written book covering a broad spectrum of information ranging from important psychological lessons to instructions on how to dispose of dead bodies. This book is truly an outstanding piece of work and should be considered a must-read. Also, an author of 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive, Cody is not the typical fear monger but applies well researched and thought out solutions for even some of the most uncomfortable and difficult situations we might one day find ourselves in.
At one time, Cody was a student of Alberta’s very own bushcraft master Mors Kochanski, which demonstrates his commitment to understanding self-reliance and disaster preparedness. If you are a new prepper, don’t know where to start and would like one source of information to get you going, this would be it. You will keep using it for ever.
4) THE PREPPERS BLUEPRINT by Tess Pennington.
One aspect of disaster preparedness that many experts don’t talk about is the long term planning. What would our lives be like one year after a disaster that changes the world forever? …two years…?
Tess Pennington not only focuses on preparations prior to collapse but also what to do once the triggering event is over and our world is very different. Tess also operates the Ready Nutrition site where you will find lots of very useful information to complement your preparedness arsenal.
5) THE ULTIMATE WINTER SURVIVAL HANDBOOK by Tim Macwelch
Canadians accept the fact that a significant part of the year is spent in the grips of winter. Many of us even pride ourselves that dealing with snow and ice is want makes us Canadian. The reality is however that our “dealing” with the winter months consist of, for the most part, enduring a short transit time in cold between our warm homes, work and shopping. In reality, many of us no longer understand what it’s like to be exposed to -30 degree Celsius weather for extended periods of time let alone spend a few nights in it in the outdoors. This book will hopefully clear up some misconceptions and help you prepare for having to endure an emergency in extreme cold. This book is a must for every Canadian prepper.
6) PREPPER’S LONG TERM SURVIVAL GUIDE by Jim Cobb
Another outstanding book specifically geared towards long term disaster preparedness mindset. It is one thing to survive a short term catastrophe such as a tornado or the effects of an earthquake. To live in a continuous state of emergency which has become the new norm is something entirely different. Most preparedness publications and government pamphlets are geared toward getting by until help arrives but few consider a scenario when you are left on your own for months or perhaps years.
7) THE SURVIVAL GROUP HANDBOOK by Charley Hogwood
Existing alone in a world devastated by a catastrophe will be a difficult if not impossible. This book addresses some of the less explored topics of survival and disaster preparedness and that safely finding and working with others to not only stay alive but to thrive. By employing some hard learned lessons along with sociology, history, law and threat analysis, the survivor will understand what makes a group work, how to build one from scratch and how to fix one that has become dysfunctional. If you want to put a razor’s edge on your team, understand how to effectively lead people, increase participation, correct poor group dynamics, and be able to successfully operate under a multitude of conditions, this book holds all the keys to your success.
8) BUILD THE PERFECT BUGOUT BAG by Creek Stewart
Buyout Bags and Buyout Systems vary widely from environment to environment and should be based on specific needs of the individual. The bugout bag is one of the most important parts of a preparedness plan and should receive adequate attention. If you don’t know where to begin or are having trouble matching equipment to your environment this book is for you.
9) BUILD THE PERFECT BUGOUT VEHICLE by Creek Stewart
Another book by Creek Stewart that goes hand in hand with building the perfect bugout bag. This publication covers all means of escape from a disaster stricken area. It not only covers, trucks or four wheel drives, but also quads, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes and more. There is nothing better than a piece of mind which that comes from knowing that you have maximized the chances of survival for yourself and your family. Getting out of a danger area safely will have a big impact on morale and future cohesion of the group. Therefore, means of escape is something that should not be overlooked.
10) THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK by Joseph and Amy Alton
Dr. Joe Alton is a retired M.D. and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. His wife Amy Alton A.R.N.P. is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. Together they authored this book which will is an absolute must for every preparedness library. This book covers not only the most likely diseases and injuries that one can encounter in an emergency but also the less talked about problems such as dentistry and what to do when the doctor is not coming. In a time when we can no longer expect any professional medical help, this book will be worth all the gold in the world!
Today, the Altons are the operators of the www.doomandbloom.net website which has been awarded the Reader’s Choice Award from www.survival.50.com
two years in the row as the highest quality website on the net.
If you are a new prepper and not sure how to start building your preparedness plan, the above titles will provide more than enough information for you to begin. Keep in mind that doing further research on the authors will point you to more information as well as specialized skills and knowledge which will bring your preparedness skills to an expert level. The more knowledge you have, the more independent will you be.