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Two Book Reviews of Mike Oehler’s Books

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By Beverly Sandlin

I bought Mike Oehler’s book The $50 & Up Underground House Book back in 1978 when it was first published. And yes, I lived in the panhandle of Idaho at that time where Mike hails from. My homestead was on the north facing slope and just not suited to an underground home even though I have always yearned for one. Well, my house burned and that book went with it, but Wyzyrd just sent me these two books. I am still totally a believer!

We recently had a video on a Ridge Sheltered home built by Mike Oehler HERE. The $50 & Up Underground House Book is a classic in the alternative building world. If you have ever been interested in the advantages of earth sheltered building this book is a must!

New to me is The Earth-Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book by Mike. LOVE THIS BOOK! Even read a recent newspaper article from Minneapolis where a couple up there is harvesting fresh vegetables year around in the city using this method. Good index, lots of drawings, some full color photos and takes you from his first experiments to the conception and development of the earth-sheltered solar greenhouse.

How impressed am I? Well, I’m considering building one off the side of my house. I don’t have a south facing area that is not blocked from the sun by something, but I do have an east side that I believe would not only produce vegetables, but assist my home with solar heat and where I could put my koi, chickens, pigeons and rabbits in the winter. We’ll see what happens, but I have been drawing, thinking, redrawing, thinking more, and pretty sure I have a plan that may just work – heat sink and all!



Surviving In the Marsh – Book Review

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“The Coach”

I have been hunting and fishing southeast Louisiana for a good portion of my 63 years on this earth. A fact of life here is that if you want to hunt and fish, you will be dealing with the marsh and a boat most of the time. Most of southeast Louisiana is at or below sea level.

I have owned several, aluminum, V-bottom and flat bottom boats during my life. As I am sure many of you are aware of, it is not hard to punch a hole in an aluminum boat. If you hit almost anything while underway, you are going to have problems. If you do so, here in southeast Louisiana, some of the marshy areas are so remote that you could spend a couple of days in the marsh before another boat comes along that could assist you.

I have been looking, unsuccessfully, for a long time for written information on surviving in the marshlands of southeast Louisiana, but have been unable to locate very much written material on the subject. There is a little information in the U.S. Air Force Survival Manual. But I am always open to learning as much as I can.

I was speaking to a friend of mine, Mike B., about my quandary. Mike told me about a person that he knew, Mr. Eric M. Lacefield, that had written a book for the Louisiana Department of Wild Life and Fisheries titled “Survival in the Marsh”.

When Mike told me this, I knew that I had to obtain a copy. I went onto the Louisiana Department of Wild Life and Fisheries website, but did not find the book listed.

Several weeks later, Mike gave me a call. Mike advised me that he had seen Mr. Lacefield and secured a copy of Mr. Lacefield’s book for me. I was elated.

The book is only 103 pages long but it is crammed pack with useful information that not only answered all of my questions but also went much further. I read the book, front to back, without stopping and learned things that would have helped me out in many of situations I had gotten into over the years. I also learned things that could help me out if I am ever stranded in the marsh.

The information in this book would be useful not only to southeast Louisiana residents but to anyone that hunts, fishes or travels in marshy areas anywhere in the world or uses a small boat anywhere. He has many original concepts and ideas that are very useful, such as; do you know how to set a straight course in the fog, in a small boat? How to create a survival kit that will float if your boat suddenly sinks?

These are just a few examples of what is in Mr. Lacefield’s book.

The book is titled, “Surviving in the Marsh”, revised 1995, written by Mr. Eric M. Lacefield. It is printed by Baker Pict _ 1 001Printing Co. for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

 I found the book listed in, The Natural History of Louisiana:  A Selected Bibliography, Compiled by Bob Thomas, Loyola University New Orleans, the Louisiana Master Naturalist web site,, scroll down to the “EDIBLE PLANTS & HERBAL MEDICINE” section. The book is listed there if you are interested. There is a lot of other good information listed and available on this web site.

For those of you who cannot find a copy of “Surviving in the Marsh”, I found a copy at main branch of the East Jefferson Parish Library in Louisiana.



Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom,

and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.

Patricia Sampson


Book Review: Soup Night

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This is an article that came to me via email from The Northern Gardener magazine. Given our “Survival Soup” series and thoughts on bringing together a neighborhood, I thought this might be of interest to SCP readers. Bev

Book Review: Soup Night

by Mary Lahr Schier

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Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup, by Maggie Stuckey (Storey Publishing, 2013) isn’t a gardening book—though its author has two garden books to her credit and gardeners will love the ways these recipes incorporate garden produce. It isn’t exclusively a cookbook either—though it has some very tasty recipes. Soup Night is a cookbook with a purpose—to build community understanding and coherence by encourage neighbors to gather for meals.

The book began when the author heard about a monthly “soup night” held on a street in Portland, Ore. Once a month, the neighbors gather for soup and conversation. Hosting duties are divided up (usually at a once-a-year block party) and the host makes two big pots of soup — one with meat, one without. Beyond that, the rules are simple and flexible. Guests come whenever they want between 6 and 8 p.m.; they can contribute wine, bread, a dessert or salad, or not if they aren’t able to; and everyone brings their own bowls and flatware, so the host does not have to do a vat of dishes. Not everyone makes it every month, and that is fine. This simple low-key event has done much to cement relationships in the neighborhood, making it friendlier and safer.

From that first gathering, Stuckey discovered soup nights all over the country, from Houston to Milwaukee, New York to San Francisco. The book celebrates those neighborly gatherings and encourages others to start their own soup nights. She does this with stories about the soup nights she’s visited and recipes that lead soup makers (and gardeners) through the seasons.

For cold winter nights like the ones we’ve had recently, Stuckey offers recipes for a beef stew topped with coleslaw, red lentil soup (delicious!), potato-wild rice soup and a beautiful butternut squash soup. In spring, the soups are lighter: asparagus and pea, sherried mushroom. As a gardener, the late summer and fall soups look especially appealing: strawberry gazpacho with berries, tomatoes and cucumbers and a corn chowder with potatoes, leeks and cream. The soup recipes are supplemented by recipes for breads, salads and desserts, all from the folks who host soup nights around the country.

Does your neighborhood host something like a soup night?

Two Books for the Gift of Preparedness

Here are two more books you can buy off of Amazon to give as a gift of preparedness to someone you love, or to yourself – Please click through the Amazon link on the sidebar as that will put a few cents in Rourke’s pocket to help support this site.

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The Secret Garden of Survival – A Book Review


By MsKYprepper, Editor At Large

I first heard of The Secret Garden of Survival on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle – don’t laugh, but I love that show.  When I researched the book, I found that Amazon had it listed as the #1 selling book in the Garden Design Category.  That did it.  Had to have it.

The book is self-published by the author, Rick Austin, and he’s proud of it.  With 132 pages for $30 I thought it was a too expensive so I opted for the Kindle edition, and download it for $10.  Having said that, I recommend to you that you purchase the book.  If IHTF you’re gonna want it in print, and – really, it’s worth it.  The information is clear and concise.  It’s easy to read, in plain English.  It’s very detailed with complete, step-by-step directions. 

As with most self-published books, be prepared for a few typos and grammatical errors.  But if you can look beyond that, the author is a prepper and he writes in earnest, from the heart.  He quickly earned my respect with the many photos.  Obviously he’s practicing what he’s preaching. Obviously it’s working for him.  From looking at the topography and his writing about “red clay soil” I’m thinking he’s growing some place in the Southeast – which is perfect for me because he mentions a few specific species that I can grow.  Most of the photos show a lush and productive 2-year old food forest complete with berming as a water catchment system. 

This book will be of interest to preppers because the food forest doesn’t look like a traditional row or raised bed garden.  It looks like a dense, overgrown forest.  It’s not a pretty garden, but if you have some land to grow a small forest, your food will be camouflaged.

The system relies on companion planting, in concentric circles, and in three dimension.  Instead of planting rows, you use circles.  At the center of the circle is a large central tree – perhaps fruit of nut.  Around the tree, you’ll plant vines – perhaps grapes.   The next circle is shrubs – berry bushes of all sorts.  Around that you’ll plant medicinal or cooking herbs and flowers and the final circle are ground covers, maybe strawberries.  Then move over 20 feet and plant another circle. It’s a very simple, natural, Garden-of-Eden type permaculture design.

Another thing that preppers will like is that you plant it once.  Of course, you’ll want to add annual veggies but most of the core plants are perennial. And, the author promises minimum labor: no weeding, no pesticides, no fertilizing, no watering.  If IHTF you’re gonna be busy with other things.  Even if you don’t live at your bug out location, it will be nice to know that your food is growing now and is secure, without you tending to it.  And, the starving hoards will walk right by without ever realizing your secret. 

The author also has a few YouTube videos.  Search for them on his Survivalistgardener Channel.

Interested in purchasing the book – click HERE.



We have a winner….

“Wild Bill”  has been selected as the winner for the recent Going Home book giveaway.  

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Thanks everyone for participating.



Another Book Giveaway: Going Home…….

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Win a copy of Going Home!!!!!

Reviewed yesterday, this is one of my favorite books. If you would like a copy of your very own simply leave a comment to this post sharing your favorite preparedness-related book OR movie.  

Maybe you have enjoyed reading Patriots or One Second After….or possibly you loved the movie Red Dawn or Day After Tomorrow.



Let’s here it folks!!!!!


Contest will be open through Sunday.

Book Review: Going Home

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I am a book “scavenger”. Basically – I look through books for information and then move on to another. It’s a rarity that I read a book from cover to cover. Several weeks ago I downloaded Going Home onto my Kindle Fire. It’s taken awhile but I finally finished it.

What a great book!!

The basic premise of the movie revolves around “Morgan” who is traveling away from home/family and there is some kind of EMP event. His car – as well as most everyone else’s  - dies. He grabs his pack and starts walking the 200+miles……going home. Along the way Morgan has his fair share of excitement as societies morality begins to plummet as their desperation raises.

The book does a good job creating the environment of no power, no modern conveniences. I really got into the head of Morgan who was desperate to get home to see his wife and kids. Always wondering if they were OK – Morgan had to be careful to keep his head and make minimal mistakes to stay alive. As he travels on foot mile after mile – his experiences really got me thinking about my own situation. I work 22 miles from home and sometimes travel 150 miles or so away. What would happen if something happened and I needed to walk?  I have started to rethink my vehicle kits.

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Morgan has one adventure after the other – from saving some innocent civilians from ruthless murderers to surviving a game of cat and mouse in the dark against ruthless brigands. Morgan is not a super soldier or super hero – just determined to get home.

Morgan was a prepper prior to the EMP event. He had some basic supplies in his pack to help him along the way. He also made some very important friends and picked up some supplies – including a hand-held HAM radio. His use of the HAM really intrigued me. His ability to communicate to friends (not going to give anything away) helped not only give him valuable information but also boosted his morale. 

I mentioned “friends”. Morgan did not walk alone the whole way. He met up with a few people who joined him on his journey. Safety was found in numbers and they often worked to their mutual benefit – but not always. In that kind of situation as you can imagine some very close bonds could be made.

If you like adventure, a bit of intrigue, and some preparedness fiction – this book is for you. It will really get you thinking.

For more information – click HERE.



Book Giveaway: The Mini-Farming Guide to Composting

Alright folks…..I have two brand new copies of the book The Mini-Farming Guide to Composting and figured I would give one away. Whether you are a beginner or advanced “composter” – this book has something for you.


To enter for a change to win the book – just do the following:

  • Leave a comment to this post. Don’t know what to say? How about whether or not you have a garden and if you do how it has been going so far this summer?
  • Second – if you have a Facebook account – PLEASE click the Facebook button at the bottom of this post and share with others.

I will allow commenting for a couple days, close comments – and then use a random number generaor to select the winner.

Good luck all!!




Book Recommendations… many choices….

Loyal reader Arlene sent me the following in response to the “Recommended Products” section here on 

“I like the carousal display style of the products!! Rourke and all-could you please list the authors for recommended books because sometimes there are many titles of the same .I am searching for Lights Out, Going Home and Patriot Dawn. Thanks Arlene
Lee- Alas Babylon by Pat Frank was exc. -I agree.”

Here are a bunch of survival and preparedness books listed by author along with “hodge podge” thrown in. Both non-fiction and fiction are represented.

Thanks for the suggestion Arlene!!

 - Rourke


James Wesley, Rawles

Scott B. Williams


Bruce D. Clayton


M.D. Creekmore


Joe Nobody


Here are several books from various authors that may peak your interests….. 




Any other suggestions?

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Top 10 books for a WROL library…..

This post was originally published over at It can be seen HERE.

Top 10 books for a WROL library…..

by Rourke



In a grid down, societal collapse, WROL (without rule of law) situation – what books would you want on your bookshelf?

Here are a few suggestions:


1. Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You SurviveI am still reading this book and find it very informative. To the non-military person – like me – I am getting a lot out of it.  Very useful should a WROL situation happen.

From Amazon“WARNING: This book contains material that may be offensive to some readers. It is an instructional guide covering tactical actions and capabilities which should only be executed in last-resort survival situations.
“This book was written for non-military readers who believe in self-reliance and wish to develop advanced, just-in-case capabilities for themselves and their families. It leads the reader through progressively more complex preparations and activities. “


2. Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart - This book was long overdue when it came out. Great information on how to protect your retreat – wherever it is – city, country  -wherever.



From – “HOLDING YOUR GROUND is an instructional guide and planning tool that addresses defensive preparation of a location. If the government can no longer protect your home, farm or property, HOLDING will teach you how. HOLDING covers virtually every aspect of protecting you and your family in the event society breaks down. Many people have preparations for food, water, shelter and personal defense. HOLDING will teach you how to configure your home, train your team, and properly equip any location for defense.

Covering topics ranging from hiding in plain sight to pre-positioning of supplies, HOLDING uses common sense, military tactics and historical examples that allow you to prepare for defense without affecting your property’s value or appearance.”


#3. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine HandbookGreat medical reference to have for when there is no available urgent care of hospitals. Jam packed with information in it’s 440 pages.


From – The #1 Amazon Bestseller “survival medicine handbook” is meant for those who want to ensure the health of their loved ones in any disaster situation, from hurricanes to a complete societal collapse. Integrative medical strategies abound for situations in which medical help is NOT on the way. This book will teach you how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, and shows you strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. You’ll learn skills like performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound!


#4. The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City – This book is packed with information from gardening to making your own cleaning solutions. Tremendous value here and I have learned a lot.


Amazon.comThe expanded, updated version of the best-selling classic, with a dozen new projects.

This celebrated, essential handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

Learn how to:

  • Grow food on a patio or balcony
  • Preserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheese
  • Compost with worms
  • Keep city chickens
  • Divert your grey water to your garden
  • Clean your house without toxins
  • Guerilla garden in public spaces
  • Create the modern homestead of your dreams
#5. Storey’s Basic Country Skills – This book is an encyclopedia of skills that would be valuable in a grid down, WROL situation. I can’t emphasize enough how much homesteading/country living information this book has.

From This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable.More than 150 of Storey’s expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide to living a more independent, satisfying life.Readers will find step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every aspect of country living including:

  • Finding country land
  • Buying, building, and renovating a home
  • Developing water sources and systems
  • Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating
  • Using alternative heating and energy sources
  • Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening
  • Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup
  • Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables
  • Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings
  • Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets
#6. The Survival Handbook – Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure - This book covers a wide range of situations with excellent contains the absolute best illustrations and instructions on how to do…..just about anything – in the great outdoors. Excellent training tool.

From Amazon.comFrom planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you’re in the great outdoors.Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there’s an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found. 7. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre – In a long-term, grid down, WROL situation the ability to maximize food production on your land – whatever the size – will be essential. This books contains volumes of information on doing just that. One of my personal favorites and given to me by my brother.


Via – Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income.

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.


 8. The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants – Unless you posses the knowledge and skills to identify that which you can eat in the woods – this book is for you.


Via - A practical guide to all aspects of edible wild plants: finding and identifying them, their seasons of harvest, and their methods of collection and preparation. Each plant is discussed in great detail and accompanied by excellent color photographs. Includes an index, illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar. The perfect guide for all experience levels.


 #9. Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th EditionAnother information packed book to assist living in a tie without electricity and other “modern” resources. Excellent addition to the preparedness bookshelf.


Via - This book is phenomenal! Besides offering general information on
gardening and variations on the usual ways to prepare and preserve
produce, Carla Emery includes thousands of other exotic and old
fashioned recipes. That alone would be remarkable, but she doesn’t stop
there. She covers information on every aspect of farming and
homesteading from buying a farm to delivering your own baby—yes, if you
are all alone when you go into labor!

Here is a general idea of what she includes, as well as some of the
weirder specifics:

How to get water – dowsing, getting it to your farm, using it, pollution
Living primitively – shelter, backwoods refrigeration, campfire kitchens
Alternative energy – information and resources, using a solar cooker (We
have one, and they really do work.)
Washing clothes by hand
Candle making – paraffin and beeswax
Foraging – also poisonous plants and mushrooms
Wood – harvesting, heating, wood cook stoves
Fertilizing your soil
Raising earthworms for gardening, bait, or money making
Using draft horses and oxen
Grain (all kinds!) – planting; mowing by hand; binding sheaves and making
shocks to cure them;
threshing by hand, with animals, or machinery; winnowing; drying;
storing; grinding; and protecting from pests
Preserving food – canning, freezing, drying, salting, larding, fermenting,
jams and juices, making vinegar
Saving seeds for next year plants
Herbs – culinary, not medicinal
Pressing oil from seeds
Acorns – making meal and flour
Bamboo – growing, recipes, and various other uses
Wild Rice – foraging and growing your own
Flax – growing and making linen
Maple sugaring – collecting sap and making syrup
Dandelion root or chicory coffee
Beekeeping – keeping bees, harvesting and using wax and honey
Raising, feeding, and caring for all types of livestock
Building barns, fences, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, etc.
Pastures, forage, hay, feeds
Predator control
Diseases and veterinary care
Reproduction from breeding to births
Dehorning, castrating, hoof trimming
Sheep shearing and using wool
Pigs – housing, fencing, and how to catch a pig!
Rabbit raising
Poultry – chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas; hatching chicks;
preserving eggs and testing them for safety; using feathers
Dairying – milking and milk handling; all types of dairy products; cream
separators and butter churns
Butchering – preserving meat; making sausage, soap, and lard; tanning
hides; making pickled pig feet!
Home funerals and burying your dead 


#10. Holy Bible – no explanation should be needed.


Any other suggestions? Glad my shelf holds more than 10!!


Take care all - 



And the winner is……….


The winner of our recent book giveaway is………..



To select the winner I went to and used the random number generator. I entered the total number of entries (17) and clicked “Generate” and……wallah!!!  The number 7  was the result.

So….congrat’s Carmen! I will be sending your copy of the Prepper’s Pocket Guide to you shortly.




Book Giveaway……….

Wanna win a FREE preparedness book?

It’s simple!!

You can win a FREE copy of…….

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster



Just leave a comment in response to this question……..

“Why do you prepare?”

Good Luck!!!

(A winner will be chosen via a random number generator in two days.)

Do you own a Kindle?

Do you own a Kindle? There is a good reason for asking. For those of us that own the Kindle book reader  - we love our Kindles. These little devices allow you to surf the Internet, readers many books, read magazines, send and receive emails, and even listen to music or watch a movie. I own a Kindle Fire and use it all the time.


Back to why I am asking if you own a Kindle. Well - frequently Amazon has books that are temporarily available for FREE – or close to it. Simply click “Purchase” and within a short time the book appears on your Kindle. I have been considering showcasing some of those FREE Kindle books related to preparedness  - but do not want to burden readers with something that no one would be interested in.

So – if you could take a moment to participate in this poll – I would appreciate it.




Book Review: “When Technology Fails”

“When Technology Fails”
– Book Review by Servantheart, Editor-At-Large
So, I pulled out my copy of “When Technology Fails” by Matthew Stein. It’s a large book, not one that will fit in a pocket, certainly, and somewhat heavy, even for a “paperback”, with 493 pages of print. What Stein really means is, “when SHTF”!
I haven’t pulled this book out in a while, so, it was interesting to flip through it for my notes. I’m one of those people who likes to mark my books as I read: notes in margins, highlight a few things, that sort of thing.
What struck me as I went back through this book is that I did not have the same response to it as the first time I read through it. Perhaps that is because I have learned a great deal since I first picked up this book so that now, much of it seems well, sort of “primary”. But I do not want to give you the wrong impression; it does, indeed, have useful information in it.
I came to the conclusion that this book, “When Technology Fails” is a good starting point for beginning preppers.  It covers just about every area of thought one might need to consider in meeting every conceivable need when SHTF. The problem is, for the most part, it only touches on most of the subjects, and some information you might do well to research further.
I would not, for example, put much stock in the “training” available for medical and emergency health care. Having served as a volunteer for many, many years with the world’s largest disaster relief agency, including teaching First Aid and CPR at various levels, I did not find the information all that useful, even though it purportedly was taken from the ARC book (what little is there). Take the class, folks. It’s a hands-on thing, for sure. All you need is one person to take the class, get the book, and teach the others, if it comes to that. But much of what you learn is best learned “in live practice”, not from a book. The book is a reference, not a teacher.
There are many illustrations, but they are all low-budget drawings, IMHO. I don’t think they will do anyone much good, but they are better than nothing.
The one exception to the limited information, in my opinion, is WATER. Stein does an excellent job of telling you most of what you’ll need to know about water, storing it, treating it, threats to it and how to handle each threat…even those “unusual” places to find water in an emergency situation; I actually bought separate books just for that information!  So I highly recommend reading the section on water.
One thing I DO really appreciate about this book is that it contains many valuable references for contact; you can spend a lot of time trying to pull this information together, where to go for what information, who to contact to learn more about XYZ subject…but Stein has made that easy. I also like that he includes Joel Salatin, a Christian and possibly THE authority on whole food eating, and well as other individuals who have proven that they know exactly what they are talking about and are qualified to teach.
The real value in this book, in my opinion, is that it raises the right questions. You won’t find all the answers here, but, if you don’t know what questions to ask, how can you possibly find the answers? This is a good resource for those new or young at prepping, or even just a quick review for seasoned preppers, in my opinion.
For more information……click HERE.










Recommended Book: When Disaster Strikes………


Editor-at-Large MsKYprepper recently mentioned that she really liked the book….When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival.


Any disaster-prep book written in late 2011 has plenty of material to work with.  Matthew Stein gets right to the point reminding the reader of recent tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and civil unrest.  In the first few pages of reading you might be tempted to think “there’s no new news, here” but venture on.  After the author lays out level-headed justification for becoming self-sufficient during and following a disaster, the book accelerates quickly.  If you believe as I do that skills and knowledge are as important as having stuff, you’ll be hooked by page 30.  


THE most valuable thing about Stein’s book is in having such a wide variety of emergency preparation information in one book – and I mean EVERYTHING, in detail, for surviving a short term disaster.    


By my standard, if I can learn 3 new things from a book, then it was worth my time to read. So, I especially appreciated the water purification section. The author offers a detailed discussion on each option – when it’s better and its limitations. This book is all about you having options and knowing how to decide which option to choose.  Stein also included a complete product review of each big-name water filter – which is best in what situation. I had not found this any other place. I appreciate that throughout the book the author included web site URLs and resources for more information to allow self-research.  In the medical section the author is favorable on colloidal silver and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). I’m now revisiting the possibilities of making CS and stocking MMS.    


Those are just a few examples; every section is carefully explained, in detail, with options and references.  


I recommend this book because it’s an all inclusive review of stuff you (should) already know; it’s an equipment-review guide for confident purchasing and it’s a good reference for when the bad thing happens and you can’t remember details. I recommend it because of  the author’s writing style, it’s easy to understand, concise and to the point, plus …I love lists, and Mr. Stein gives the reader lots of lists.  


In the end, I learned more than my required 3 new and important items. It may not be worth the $16 price-tag if you’re already well-briefed and well-rehearsed but it’s THE one book to recommend to family and friends who are not yet confident in a broad range of skills. Even though it’s a 400-page book, it is a quick read. A little each night and I gobbled it up in about a week,   Go to Amazon to view the table of contents – it’s too extensive to list here.  Yes, you can save money at Amazon with the Kindle edition, but like I said, it’s a great reference.  …get the book …just in case… 

For more information – check it out HERE.


A couple ebooks “from the other side”……


By Wyzyrd, Editor-At-Large

A couple ebooks “from the other side”




“Total Resistance” 

Hans von Dach – Swiss Army 


This was issued by the Swiss Army in the 50′s as a HOW TO guide, based on WWII anti-Nazi resistance movements, just in case the Soviet Union decided to move west. A “how to cripple enemies and not get caught” guide. Useful reading for everyone. Still useful 60 years later. I have NO sympathy for the next author’s political or ethical position, but this was the textbook at Patrice Lumumba University in the former Soviet Union, and still used to train insurgents worldwide. A VERY practical guidebook. It never hurt to know the enemy, and learn from him. 


“Guerrilla Warfare” 
Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara (multiple formats) 

Yes, THAT “Che”. The one on the t-shirts. I would have shot him myself, but the SOB wrote what may be the best treatise on organizing a “survival community under adverse circumstances”, ever. Che’s #1 priority for putting together a rural army was SHOES, not guns, or ammo, or transport, or commo. If your people can’t walk, they can’t get or grow the other stuff. It is written at that level of practicality. 

“Know The Enemy” and take every advantage of the knowledge. 

Just in case there are questions, I got my original paper copies when the Institute for Defense Analysis was clearing out their unclassified library, and I had to show ID from a different DoD contractor to get in – LOL


Preparedness Download: Montana Winter Survival Manual


Editor-at-Large, John from Iowa, sent this manual along to share with everyone.  As the mercury continues to dip throughout much of the US – this Winter Survival Manual arrives within the Download section of this site just in time.

I also will be listing all downloads in one place  - the Preparedness Download page.

Thanks John!






Montana Winter Survival Manual

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 - – - Rourke

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Enter Promo Code: SCPREP offers an excellent collection of preparedness guides. Watch the video above for an in-depth explanation as to what they are all about.

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Preparedness Download: Ranger Survival Manual – 2006



This is the first of a series of posts where downloadable survival and preparedness documents of all kids will be provided. These are totally FREE. Some may be books, some manuals, some guides, and others will be articles.

I also will be listing all downloads in one place  - the Preparedness Download page.


Ranger Handbook – 2006

Preparedness download: US Special Forces Medical Handbook


This is the first of a series of posts where downloadable survival and preparedness documents of all kids will be provided. These are totally FREE. Some may be books, some manuals, some guides, and others will be articles.

I also will be listing all downloads in one place  - the Preparedness Download page.


US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook ST 31-91B

Special offer for readers……

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I am very pleased to share this special offer to readers of Season Citizen Prepper. The folks over at are providing a special promo code for 10% off on all items at their website. Check ‘em out.

 - – - Rourke

10% off any purchase at 

Enter Promo Code: SCPREP offers an excellent collection of preparedness guides. Watch the video above for an in-depth explanation as to what they are all about.

Enter Promo Code: SCPREP to receive 10% off any order.

YouTube Video: Required Reading for Survival


One of my favorite YouTube channels is Sootch00. Here I present another great video from Don (aka Sootch).



Sootch shows a great selection of books and I own most of these myself.

Here is the rundown:

Lights Out

Surviving the Economic Collapse

The Doom and Bloom Survival Medical Handbook

The Prepper’s Handbook

Patriots - Surviving the Coming Collapse

Lights Out is an excellent read. Great fictional story based on an EMP attack and struggles one community goes through.

Take care all -