Preparedness Books... of Which to Take Note

   Portsoy Woods is my newest book, available November, 10, 2016

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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.

 (Multiple covers and editions exist for the above book.)

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.

Where There Is No Doctor    by David Werner, newer copies also authored by Jane Maxwell, and Carol Thuman.

This is a step-by-step village health guide to maintaining health in isolation and without a local physician.

Where There Is No Dentist      by Murray Dickson
An excellent text on maintaining teeth and gums, and the treatment of basic dental issues. There is even a section discussing oral issues and HIV-AIDS.

This is "Bungalows, Camps and Mountain Houses: 80 Classic American Designs
by William Phillips Comstock, Clarence Eaton Schermerhorn, with an introduction by Tony P. Wrenn


This book shows and discusses 62 plans for living in less than 1000 square feet. You are sure to find a plan that is not only agreeable, but one that will meet requirements in most municipalities.  Compact Cabins, by Gerald Rowan is published by

The "Everything Russian Practice Book" is a fun way to enhance your basic Russian speaking and writing skills. It also includes a CD.  Whether you are seeking a way to broaden your horizons, or you realize that the Russians comprise one of the largest consumer markets on Earth and that you are going to need to have some basic skills to do business with them, this book is a pleasant way of exploring the possibility of learning this interesting and complex language.   Written by Nina Wieda, and published by Adams Media.

This is a new book as of January, 2012, written by Joseph Alton MD and his wife, Amy Alton,RN ARNP who is an adult nurse practitioner. For a brief period, both of them were producers of my show, following our original producer. The book is available on I am taking the step of recommending it and advertising it in advance of seeing it or owning a copy because I know that they are both well qualified and enjoy the process of conveying to the public how to manage in an absolute emergency should competent medical care be some time off.


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. (  You may also check and 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


  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.
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                         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

From Amazon:

About the Author

Christine Schlattner has a background in communications and holds an M.A. in adult education, specializing in Transformative Learning. Michael Linehan has an extensive background teaching physical arts. He holds an M.Ed. and is a Sandan (third-degree black belt) in Aikido. Together Christine and Michael have taught thousands of women, men and youth how to keep themselves safe by awakening and empowering their natural abilities.

  • 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  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 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,  Barnes and, 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.


This book can be purchased through Amazon at:   

I don't think you will be disappointed !


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One of the books I read yesterday was E.J. Bohan's Barbed Wire, Barricades and Bunkers: The Free Citizen's Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat.    On our own farm we have controlled access by installing gates, placing hidden camera monitoring equipment, and planting additional blackberry bushes in natural regions in which trespassers might inadvertently cross to our property..  We do have a section of deep woods which has some barbed wire which predates our ownership here.  It never ceases to amaze me at how the deer so gracefully jump over the barbed wire, and what a pain in the neck it is to human beings who might wish to traverse it.    However, this book would have been an excellent guide to planning access control on any rural property, farm and even some suburban homes.  Bohan discusses at length, the use of barbed wire and  barbed wire fencing alternatives.  He moves on to the uses of bollards.  That tall round post painted yellow between the parking lot and the store is one type of bollard.  He also explains gabions which are another type of access control barrier.   He then includes a chapter on revetments, which are protective walls. There is a lengthy chapter on bunkers. This is very valuable because it discusses the differing types of bunkers for lots of different purposes including as storm shelters. I think my favorite was the concrete pillbox bunker.   This book is an excellent resource for anyone remotely interested in such subjects. Seeing drawings and directions for what is possible in terms of access control and protection of a property you own is exceedingly helpful in that you are less likely to overspend and make costly mistakes, especially on a subject in which not a great deal is authoritatively written.

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Most families, even if they don't intend to hide anything from law enforcement, seek a place to hide valuables.   Even if you have a security system, anything can be breached while you are away, and if you are living in a rental home temporarily, for example, a safe might not be practical.  (Some safes can easily be carried away also.)   This book begins the process of our looking in the rooms of our home and selecting hiding places for things that aren't immediately obvious. If we are robbed, and the thief takes his time, these are places that he will likely never find.   This Paladin Press book is brief, but very interesting.

NOTE: Even if you do use some of these techniques, please make sure that someone in your home besides you knows where things are, as the potential for documents and valuables to be lost is great.


    Special Forces Unarmed Combat Guide  by Martin J. Dougherty

This is an excellent text which shows in drawing as well as directions, important information that can be used in hand to hand combat, or for our purposes, informed self defense.

I bought my copy on sale at Barnes and Noble, and they may also have it at your location too.


 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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Emergency Bag Essentials: Everything You Need to Bug Out   by Jason Charles
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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