Written by Greg Ellifritz
With the recent hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and the southern part of the USA, lots of folks have preparedness on their minds. Lots more folks have no idea where to even begin with regard to the topic of being more prepared for natural disasters or other calamities. I just finished a book that would be ideal for the beginning “prepper.”
I recently read and enjoyed Grant Cunningham’s latest book Prepping for Life. I don’t think there is any better book on the market for the person who has absolutely no idea how to start preparing his or her family for a disaster scenario.
Grant is best known for his books on shooting, particularly shooting a revolver, but he has been a sensible “prepper” for years. This book is a great addition to his body of work.
The publisher’s description is as follows:
“Prepping for Life: the balanced approach to personal security and family safety is a groundbreaking book that introduces you to Adaptive Personal Security, a structured yet flexible method to prepare for a wide range of dangers without being overwhelmed. It gives you the tools you need to understand what and how to prepare while maintaining a happy life balance!
Survival preparations are not “one size fits all.” The Adaptive Personal Security method understands that and helps you prepare for the dangers you face in your life — not someone else’s. Prepping for Life shows you what Adaptive Personal Security is and how to tailor it to your life. You’ll learn how to prepare for a “worst-case” scenario without turning your home or lifestyle upside-down.From defending against criminals to surviving natural disasters, the Adaptive Personal Security approach shows you how to Anticipate, Detect, Deter, and Respond to the kinds of dangers you face in your life. You’ll learn how to equip, train, and maintain your preparations with a minimal amount of disruption in your life.
From defending against criminals to surviving natural disasters, the Adaptive Personal Security approach shows you how to Anticipate, Detect, Deter, and Respond to the kinds of dangers you face in your life. You’ll learn how to equip, train, and maintain your preparations with a minimal amount of disruption in your life.”
The book is unique in that it provides a structured analysis based on current need and likely events. If you do the written analysis as suggested by the author, you will have a comprehensive and prioritized list of steps to take to ensure that your are better prepared for the most likely scenarios you will encounter.
I like that the book also injects some sanity into the overall preparedness process. Too many people get completely wrapped around the axle about the idea of preparing for any possible scenario, even one that is highly implausible. Such nuttiness is how we get people like you might see on the TV show “Doomsday Preppers.” You don’t have to wear a tin foil hat to start preparing for an emergency. Grant’s advice:
I want to emphasize this point, because it’s so easy to get bogged down in the fear of preparing or in the consumptive orgy of buying more things because you “need” them: The reason Adaptive Personal Security exists is so you can live your life. Never lose sight of that. It’s my fervent belief that, by systematically preparing for the plausible dangers you face in your life, you can relieve yourself of the burden that comes from unresolved uncertainty about the future.
At the same time, by striving for balance and not delving into any one area to the point you become obsessed, you avoid the creeping paranoia that afflicts others. When you’ve reached a point of “enoughness” in any one area or subject, you move on to the next thing (or maybe next several things) and devote your attention there. Your filled Matrixes serve as proof that you’ve done enough by your own measures.
Sleep soundly knowing you’ve done what you can, and what you’ve done is enough. No greater peace exists.”
That is a refreshing statement in the world of people stockpiling millions of rounds of ammunition in their underground EMP-proof bunkers.
I’d also like to thank Grant for mentioning my research on burglary prevention in the book. I appreciate the shout out.
If you need an honest audit of your current preparedness efforts or some guidance about how to get started preparing for emergencies, I’d highly recommend the book. It’s available at Amazon.com or your local book store.
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