Community preparedness is at the core of author Kyle Ferlemann’s summary of myriad lessons learned over decades of studying, interviewing, and living through any number of natural disasters and geo-political conflicts. Practical Preparedness focuses on what we can do before disaster strikes, listing the steps to take so you and your family will have the best chance of surviving any type of event during any season of the year.
If we respect nature, add knowledge to our toolboxes, and reach out to others in our communities, Ferlemann believes—and has witnessed firsthand—anyone in any location and at any time will greatly increase their chances for survival. It comes down to making personal choices that offer the best opportunities to survive, and even thrive, during a downturn of fortune, whether caused by nature’s fury, an armed conflict, or a worldwide pandemic. According to Ferlemann, it takes resiliency, strength, determination, independence, cooperation, positivity, adaptability, and determination, along with focused preparation and a sense of community.
Building emergency shelters starts with knowing what can be done and then learning the expedient way to do it. Odds are in your favor that these largely forgotten techniques will get you through, even if you start barehanded. Regardless of whether you need to survive a few hours, overnight, or for an extended period, Demara shows you how to make tools from whatever is available, select the proper site for your shelter, and match the type of shelter you need to the terrain, climate, and native materials.
In this unique guide, author Fred Demara (who instructed readers on what plants to nibble on in Eating on the Run) shares tips for identifying safe insects, locating their habitats, harvesting them in numbers, and preparing them properly to make them safe and tasty to eat while on the move. Find the idea of eating insects hard to swallow? Get over it. To sustain life, if you don’t have the food you love, then you’d better learn to love the food you have.
“Feeder” mind-set means being in control of a situation, proactive rather than reactive. It is an optimistic outlook that reframes any situation as a learning experience. Kevin Estela teaches survival skills from this feeder-based perspective, which is what separates his teaching style from other wilderness instructors.
Kevin has written the quintessential guide for an outdoor enthusiast’s “bucket list” of skills—how to make a fire, build a shelter, gather food, find water, use a knife correctly, and make cordage. These skills will keep you safe and better prepare you to deal with emergencies in the field, when you’ll need the additional skills of signaling and communication. Each chapter concludes with more advanced techniques to build your skills in various challenging situations, with tips that even seasoned survival enthusiasts haven’t thought of.
101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods is not a onetime read but a lifetime reference you will turn to over and over again. It will become the first thing you pack for any adventure and might just save your—or someone else’s—life.
Author Dave Canterbury hosted Discovery Channel's Dual Survival, and his YouTube Channel has 300,000 subscribers. In this valuable guide, Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach readers how to survive in the backcountry with very little equipment. Using the foundation they learned in his New York Times best-seller Bushcraft 101, Canterbury will show them how to completely immerse themselves in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He will cover crucial survival skills like tracking to help readers get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He will also offer ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, those looking to extend their bushcraft skills will learn how to forgo their equipment, make use of their surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness. Whether they're eager to learn more after their first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help readers take their wilderness experience to the next level.
This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to fully prepare your family for any cataclysmic event. Every year rivers flood, hurricanes strike, and earthquakes shake buildings to the ground. Catastrophic disasters can hit anywhere at any time. There’s simply no escaping them. The only reasonable thing you can do is get prepared. Accessible to absolute beginners, this guide to prepping shows how to create a self-sustainable home for surviving anything from a power outage to societal collapse. In just a few hundred well-thought-out pages, Countdown to Preparedness takes you and your family from clueless to completely ready.
Do-It-Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid illustrates just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and, in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.
Eating on the Run will equip you with a working knowledge of dozens of readily harvested plants, grasses, nuts, and berries that require the least, if any, preparation. You will learn how to distinguish safe plants from toxic varieties, which parts of the plants are edible and when, and where abundant supplies are likely to be in each season. Plus, the author shares delicious ways to enjoy the plants when on the move.
Extreme Wilderness Survival is a compilation of the real-life tactics that wilderness instructor Craig Caudill has built and really used, especially during two nature sabbaticals when he lived in the woods for nearly 30 days with only a knife. Through his extensive training with some of the best martial artists in the country and his experience as the chief instructor at Nature Reliance School, Craig has become a go-to expert in the outdoor survival community. In the book, he first teaches readers the most important safety tactic—how to set the right mentality and awareness before heading outside. Craig then teaches about basic survival needs and how to meet them depending on whether you have reliable man-made gear or no gear. He covers navigation, self-defense, shelter and warmth, water and food. Each chapter starts with a true story of outdoor adventure gone right or wrong, analyzing what should have been done differently.
The book covers the basics for outdoor enthusiasts who want to stay safe but have limited survival knowledge. It then dives into tactics for those ready for more advanced wilderness survival long-term, either solo or in a group. Extreme Wilderness Survival is an experience-based resource for keeping yourself and others safe on any nature excursion.
Discover how to get off the consumer treadmill and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Gary Collins documents his firsthand experience in this comprehensive guide on how to find property and build a self-sustaining home to achieve happiness through simplicity. Included are tips for how to deal with general contractors and a review of common types of off-the-grid home construction (standard, straw bale, logs, and green cinder block) that highlights energy efficiency and insulation. All the basics are thoroughly covered, such as well water, septic and sewage disposal, and off-the-grid energy options (solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal). Factored in are contemporary concerns, including access to internet and cell phone service and the importance of an effective security system. Chapter summaries drive home key points for success, and a list of resources directs readers to key information.
An added bonus of growing your own food is that it is cheaper, fresher, tastier, and as organic as you make it, and your footprint (carbon and otherwise) is greatly minimized. Fred Demara's revised how-to manual, Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival, gives readers food for thought about starting their own guerrilla gardens.
In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, Living Off the Grid can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.