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April 28, 2012 - 10:08 am

After reading Lloyd Tackett’s A Distant Eden about how to deal with a solar storm, I decided that I needed to learn more about survivalism, particularly the practical things that one should do to prepare for disasters of all types. I picked up a copy of a new book by a woman named Bernie Carr called The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster. It’s a good guide for those of you who just want the basics of DIY projects that you can do to get your home prepared for a variety of problems from earthquakes to hurricanes. She also gives a step-by-step guide to such 101 things to do such as disinfecting water with sunlight, learning to build a solar still, learning to distill water, and learning to purify water. Separate sections give information for different disasters such as how to prepare for a tornado, hurricane or even an ice storm.

I’ve noticed that there are a number of other books on survivalism written by women such as Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios. Some of these women seem to be coming around due to the economic decline. For example, according to the author’s biography on the Amazon page for “Survival Mom,” the recession made her think more about survivalism:

I was always the mom with a case of water bottles and blankets in the trunk of her car and famous for saying, “Just in case…” Four years ago when I began to see signs of a deteriorating economy, I wondered, “Is there a way I can be proactive and get my family ready for an uncertain future?”

Well, I guess whatever makes you think about to deal with a disaster before it strikes is good.  Now excuse me while I go try and learn how to make a safe from a hollowed-out book:  Tip #60 in The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster.   

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Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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