Having the ease and convenience of picking up a book and thumbing through it to find answers and solutions is, to me, a no-brainer. That is not to say there is no value to a digital collection of reference books. There is. There are times, however, when nothing but a print book will do. In addition, it has been my experience that retention of the written word is far greater when the printed word is just that, printed on paper and not in a digital format.
With that thought in mind, I would like to recommend a print book you can get for free, including postage. The book is the Are You Ready: An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness, and it is published by FEMA.
Not known by many is that you can call or send an email to FEMA and have most of their online reference materials sent to you in printed form. This particular book consists of 206 pages book chock full of useful information presented in a format that is easy to read with photos, charts, and checklists. It can be used as a reference guide or even as a step-by-step manual for taking protective measures to secure your homestead against disaster.
The chapters include:
- Basic Preparedness
- Natural Hazards
- Technological Hazards
- Recovering from a Disaster
Plus the three appendixes:
- Water Conversation Tips
- Disaster Supplies Checklist
- Family Communication Plan
This is good, credible information and I think it is a good idea for everyone household to have all of it ready to reach for in print form. Did I mention it is 100% free? Of course, our taxes have paid for this but if you don’t know about it, you can’t get it, right?
How to Get Your FREE Copy of the Are You Read Guide
Getting a copy of the print book could not be simpler. There are two ways and as of March 2017, both work.
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email indicate you would like a copy of “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22)”. Be sure to include your mailing address (a PO box is okay). A short time after sending the email, you should get an order acknowledgment. My copy arrived in about ten days.
2. Call the FEMA publications office at 800-480-2520 with the same request.
If you would like an electronic copy as well, here is download link: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness.
Interested in other free publications in print form? Click on this link and drop down to the section titled Brochures For Individuals And Families
The Final Word
Regardless of your personal feelings about FEMA, their website at www.ready.gov is a storehouse of useful information. Over the years I have found the information at the site invaluable to my own research. It has also proven to be a good starting point when mitigating the risks in my own area. Just keep in mind that any publication related to preparedness, whether free online or purchased on Amazon.com or elsewhere, is only as good as the follow-through you take to ensure you have done the best job you can to acquire the skills and supplies to prevail following a disruptive event.
Finally, if you are like me, you have amassed a huge collection of electronic books, manuals, brochures and documents related to preparedness. This is all fine and good and something I endorse one hundred percent. Just keep in mind that there are times when a print book may become a lifesaver.
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Bargain Bin: One of the best places to seek out survival gear is the outdoor and camping section of your local sporting goods or hardware store. In addition to two book suggestions, here are some basics from Amazon to set you on your way to having the right gear available to do the job without spending a ton of money.
The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook: Third Edition: When it comes to print books, this is my number one recommendation for every survival library. This book by Dr. Joe Alton is the definitive source of medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible not only for emergency medicine but for day to day ailments as well.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Because I feel that essential oils are so important, this is my second recommendation. This is a newly updated version of Valerie Worwood’s classic that has been my EO bible for years and now it is even better.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw has become somewhat of a gold standard for carrying in packs while out in the field. It is lightweight and portable and is considered the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. The Lifestraw contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz. For more information, read my LifeStraw review.
Paracord Planet Mil-Spec Commercial Grade 550lb Type III Nylon Paracord: An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others. Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel: This “Scout” is the one I own. Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version and is my personal favorite.
Cyalume SnapLight Green Light Sticks: These are fantastic. Each lightweight stick glows for 12 hours. They are well priced and hold up well, even when packed around in a pocket or handbag. For more information about glow sticks and chemical lighting, read 10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Survival Kit.
SE 7-Inch Hunting Knife with Fire Starter: Another inexpensive option for a highly rated knife. It has a full-tang stainless steel tanto blade and includes a green cord-wrapped handle a belt sheath with a Velcro securing strap and a magnesium alloy fire starter. Less than $10.
Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch: This is a survival chain saw that includes a belt loop pouch. Here is what one of the reviewers said: “This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).”
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