Portsoy Woods is my newest book, available November, 10, 2016
It can be purchased on amazon.com or through:
Portsoy Woods is the story of a young Northern Virginia intelligence analyst who convinces his wife that their young family and four small children, should relocate from the relative comforts and security of their suburban home to a large acreage tract in a very rural setting. This is a difficult decision for them to make initially as it takes them from friends, family, and from good jobs with negligible commutes.The decision to relocate is certainly, at first, counter-intuitive.
They relocate and find that even within their own state,a completely different rural culture, and to some degree, different values exist in comparison to those of the suburban world they knew. Their journey and adaptation, new friends and their learning is explored, as the economy and culture of the country is in decline. They also endured a continued deterioration of the United States, an economic collapse, some notable disasters including a national pandemic, personal losses, and uncertainties. The family learns not only to provide help to family and friends was but when to graciously receive it themselves.
Although this book will probably attract those who are interested in preparedness, pre-emptive relocation, and survivalism, this story of a family is about much more. Told from the perspective of the wife, a registered nurse, it also concerns the value of flexibility, resilience, hope, faith, loss, and charity for one's family, one's friends and for the community. It is also a hopeful look at today's families and of rural life. Anyone who has ever tested the boundaries of their comfort zone in any venue will appreciate this book.
When Disaster Strikes Home by Norris Beren
A simple basic text on how to get started.
Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmadge Stevens
There are several editions of this remarkable book. I highly recommend any edition that you can obtain.
First Responder Chem-Bio Handbook (The National Security Chem-Bio Product Line Series
by Ben N. Venzke
Designed to permit first responder appropriate initial response and management of a situation.
US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76 paperback by US Dept. of Defense
Basic and honest text for the bleakest or most extreme circumstances.
EMP Survival: How to Prepare Now and Survive, When an Electromagnetic Pulse Destroys Our Power Grid
by Larry Poole
I have not yet read this. I am hearing positive buzz.
The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families (Second Edition) by Arthur Bradley
Good text especially for those who could find themselves in a rural area in an emergency or could just as easily find themselves traveling on a business trip during one.
I have owned this book for years, and I consider it to be one of the most important reference books I have. It is currently on sale at Lehman's for $15.00. (www.lehmans.com) You may also check www.amazon.com and www.half.com Written by John and Martha Storey.
This is the authoritative survival guide for anyone who plans to spend time at sea. It is a well written and technical text, but is written in an informational and interesting style.
"Essentials of Sea Survival" by Frank Golden, MD, PhD and Michael Tipton, PhD
Although we did hire a builder to build our kennel to our own specifications, we did a lot of research first. This book was one of the most inspiring sources for ideas and for practical considerations. It is well worth the expenditure.
"How to Build Animal Housing" by Carol Ekarius
This is "The Ultimate Guide to Barns, Shed and Outbuildings" The Publisher is Creative Homeowners, and the last time this edition was updated was in June of 2010. This is an excellent reference whether you are planning to build an outbuilding or barn yourself, or whether you are simply planning one to be built by a professional builder.
This is "Renovating Barns, Shed and Outbuildings" by Nick Engler. If you are lucky enough to have inherited a barn or standing structure, this is the book you need in order to properly assess, to strengthen and maintain your structure.
These are excellent guides published by Storey Books in Vermont. These are excellent resources, and there are many more books on raising varieties of animals than I have listed below:
Storey Books, Pownal, Vermont, USA 05261 www.storeybooks.com
This incredible book is the guide which allows the savvy homeowner to measure and quite possibly to do his own radon remediation. At the very least, it is a must have prior to hiring someone who could pull the wool over your eyes should you not own this book. This is a step by step guide to understanding the techniques of radon remediation. Authors: D.L. Kladder, Dr. J.F. Burkhart, S.R. Jelinek. Published by: Colorado Vintage Companies, Inc.
This can be purchased through amazon.com or through http://www.radonattahoe.com/
This large book, "Country Wisdom and Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Live Off the Land" has been one of the most helpful references to me, here on this farm. It is published by Storey Books.
Another excellent reference text: "Survival Wisdom and Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Subsist in the Wilderness." From the Editors of Stackpole Books.
Written by my friend Jim Cobb, who is the writer of many other strong works on preparedness and survivalism. This book is available at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble, after October 16, 2012, and is published by Ulysses Books.
"Real World Safety for Women" by Christine Schlattner and Michael Linehan
About the Author
- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Real World Solutions Publishing (July 2000)
- ISBN-10: 0968596304
- ISBN-13: 978-096859630
Everyone is on a preparedness journey. Everyone lives in a different place, perhaps a different nation, and our needs and challenges will not be the same. This is not a list for you to aspire to own. This is a list of books to consider. Whenever possible, read reviews, check libraries, and buy from www.half.com or from Ebay. Conserve cash whenever you can. I will add interesting books as I am able.
Apologies for the "click to look inside" feature not working. You can go to www.Amazon.com and see various pages of these books before buying.
Of course, now that I have a book myself, I must include Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness by Jane-Alexandra Krehbiel
This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and can be ordered from almost any bookseller worldwide, and from
The website above also has sample pages.
Contents: Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness
Chapter One Accepting Our Own Role in Disaster Preparation
Chapter Two Preventing Overreaction
Chapter Three Starting Somewhere
Chapter Four Evacuation versus Sheltering in Place
Chapter Five Advance Planning for Family Evacuation
Chapter Six Activating an Evacuation Plan
Chapter Seven Sheltering in Place
Chapter Eight Rehydration and Your Rehydration Kit
Chapter Nine Stocking Supplies at Home
Chapter Ten Considering Water
Chapter Eleven Filtering Water
Chapter Twelve Considering Home Defense
Chapter Thirteen Mitigating Home Hazards
Chapter Fourteen Special Pet Evacuation Challenges
Chapter Fifteen Assessing the Need to Relocate in View of Safety and Preparedness Issues
Chapter Sixteen The Human Response to Disasters: Mental Health Issues
Chapter Seventeen Vehicle Readiness
Chapter Eighteen Emergency Tool and Home Repair Kit
Chapter Nineteen The Many Aspects of Education in Disaster Preparedness
Chapter Twenty When in Rome
Chapter Twenty-One Conclusions
This book is not about preparedness, but it is highly entertaining and is an encouragement to strong women everywhere. The writer of this book is not only a friend of mine, but she is prepared for anything and this shows in the sequential way in which she writes.
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| by Jim Cobb|
This is an additional book written by my friend Jim Cobb. This is a broad survey of many preparedness related topics.
It can be bought at the following link on amazon:
This is the first book in a trilogy of books written by my friend Deborah D. Moore. Moore is a preparedness expert who initially created passages of this book as a preparedness exercise. In the hands of a master such as she, the result is a highly entertaining book in journal form. It is also an excellent preparedness exercise.
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is a non traditional book in card form with a durable binding and band at the top of the book.
Jason Charles is a 9-11 first responder and a community organizer for the American Preppers Network. This is not how I have organized my own bags, but this is certainly an interesting and credible way of formulating a bag. Well worth locating it on the internet and buying it.
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